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Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Poodle and Pooch Rescue used the $500 grant funds to contribute to three special-needs dogs’ medical procedures in order to get the dogs to an adoptable state so they can find their forever homes.
1. VEGAS (first five photos): a 1-year-old special-needs Chihuahua/terrier mix boy — we contributed $300 towards his leg amputation.
2. MOLLY MAE (sixth photo): a senior Yorkie girl — we contributed $100 towards her senior blood tests and x-rays on her bad knees.
3. JOYA (seventh photo): a special-needs senior Havanese/Maltese mix — we contributed $100 towards the surgery she needed to remove mammary tumors.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Poodle and Pooch Rescue specializes in taking in a high percentage of special-needs and senior dogs. These dogs have higher medical costs than healthy dogs. Outside of the basic spay/neuter procedures, on average, basic veterinary services for each “healthy” dog is about $200 and vetting for each special-needs/senior dog on average is an incremental $300 on top of that (typically for additional diagnostics such as extra blood tests, x-rays, heart evaluations, orthopedic exams, checks for mammary tumors, etc.). The diagnostics alone increase the overall average vetting cost per dog, and most require serious medical treatments in order to get them to an adoptable state.

The grant funds helped replenish some of our special-needs medical fund, which then allowed us to take in more dogs with medical challenges from our local shelter and keep up with the procedures they needed. With these extra funds, we can focus on rehabilitating our rescues emotionally and physically, rather than worrying about the incredibly high medical bills they have.

How many pets did this grant help?

3

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Vegas is a 1-year-old, 14-lb. Chihuahua/terrier mix who came to Poodle and Pooch in poor health (first photo). His back right leg had an older break that was not taken care of and healed incorrectly. His right front leg was atrophied and his paw was knuckling over. We immediately got him to our vet and found out that his right front leg would have to be amputated.

However, before that we needed to get him to a specialized surgeon for his hind leg. After doing the preliminary surgery procedures, the surgeon informed us that Vegas’ kneecap was running into his femur. Once the surgeon started the surgery, she found that she could chisel just enough bone down to pop the kneecap into place. This gave Vegas range of motion in his back leg. She took the remaining bone fragments and used them to fill in other hairline fractures that were present and that did the trick! Soon after this surgery, Vegas had to have his front leg amputated; it could not be repaired, so that was the only option.

Next Vegas went into foster care and he made his foster fur-sibling, Lucy, his absolute best friend. He loved going between dog beds and blankets, snuggling up in them. Because he was so young, Vegas recovered quickly and was loving his new life! He did need extensive physical therapy for his back leg.

He just kept getting happier in his foster home. When he first arrived at his foster home, he was uninterested in everything. He didn’t want to play with his toys and hated peanut butter. This situation totally changed for the better after his second surgery. He starting loving his toys, actually hoarding them, and he got wiggly all over when he saw the peanut butter jar.

Vegas was next listed for adoption and it didn’t take long for this adorable, sweet boy to find a happy forever home (second photo). This handsome boy made the best companion. Although he only has three legs, that doesn’t slow this guy down. Vegas is a happy-go-lucky boy who loves to play with his toys and other mild-mannered dogs.

Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money from this grant was spent on emergency surgery for one of our special-needs dogs, Biscotti, who had 16 stones blocking his urethra. An emergency cystoscopy and urethrotomy were performed. In addition, Biscotti had severe trauma to his right eye, which required enucleation. The emergency surgery cost $3,050.95 in total, and we used the entire $1,000 grant to contribute to this expense.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The Petfinder Emergency Medical Grant helped Poodle and Pooch Rescue by allowing us to focus on rehabilitating Biscotti emotionally and physically, rather than worrying about the incredibly high medical bills to cover his surgery.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Biscotti has experienced more strife in his seven years than many do in a lifetime. He was thrown out of a car and left to fend for himself in the wild. He was attacked by another dog so viciously, his eye had to be removed. Sixteen stones blocked his urethra, causing excruciating pain. But none of these hardships, brought about by abuse and neglect, changed his core essence. After we gave him the medical care he needed to recover physically, we placed him in a foster home to help rehabilitate him emotionally. Biscotti was adopted by a wonderful couple who understand that senior and special-needs dogs are true gems. They adopted Biscotti in late July and now his life is filled with new adventures such as going to the beach and visiting family. Each day, he is treated kindly and adored.

Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money from this grant was used to cover Leo’s adoption fee of $200 for the new adopter, and to supply the new owner with seven months of Leo’s heart medications.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We believe that, by offering an adopter financial help with Leo’s costly heart medications, we were able to cast a wider net to attract people who would be willing to consider adopting Leo, a senior dog with ongoing medical expenses. With this grant, we significantly reduced the amount of time it would normally take to find a suitable adopter and get Leo in his forever home.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Leo is a special-needs senior Peekapoo boy who came into Poodle and Pooch Rescue’s care on April 19, 2019. His owners had taken him to a boarding facility in south Florida and never came back to pick him up. When the boarding facility finally reached his family, they said they didn’t want him and that if they were forced to come back for him, they were immediately taking him to Miami-Dade Animal Services.

Knowing he was a senior dog and very likely to be passed over at MDAS, since they have nearly 400 dogs currently up for adoption, the boarding facility called Poodle and Pooch and asked us to help. We have strong relationships with many Florida shelters, boarding facilities, and vets’ offices, who know we have an outstanding ability and deep experience in taking in senior dogs, providing them excellent medical care, and finding them new forever homes in which to see out their golden years. We often get calls, e-mails and pleas on Facebook to help senior dogs in the state because they know we have the compassion to help seniors in need.

We had Leo transported to one of our vet partners, Chuluota Vet Hospital, where Dr. Zern (the practice owner) examined him. Leo was aged at 13 years old, weighed 13.4 lbs. (thin), was heartworm-negative, had lenticular sclerosis, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and was coughing. His heart murmur grade is a 5 out of 6, he has good joints, his urinalysis was normal, and he had an enlarged heart with marked pulmonary changes due to CHF and a large spleen.

Our goal was to give the appropriate treatment to Leo in order to prepare him for a foster home and, eventually, adoption. After completing his vaccinations, getting a dental and being prescribed the proper dosage of heart medications (Furosemide, Enalapril and Vetmedin), Leo moved into a Poodle and Pooch foster home. Leo needed a special adopter for several reasons: 1. He was 13 years old, 2. he had a serious heart condition that required expensive monthly medication and it was unknown how much time he might have left, and 3. he required a belly band due to frequent urination (caused by one of his meds).

We posted Leo for adoption on Petfinder and are happy to report that Leo found his forever home and was adopted on June 27, 2019. He’s such a sweet, happy and loving boy and deserves to live out his final years as a beloved part of a family.

Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used towards the medical bills incurred on intake – to cover an exam, a dental, spay/neuter, Heartgard, Nexgard, standard vaccines, urinalysis, blood work and, in many cases, radiographs or other medical services needed.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Any money we get from donations or grants is helpful to cover our vet bills, as it requires a lot of care to prepare a dog for adoption and ensure that he/she is in the best shape for a new forever family.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

The donation was for Ricky, a dog who was ultimately adopted. Ricky was an older Cavalier King Charles mix with some health concerns who found himself homeless when his owner passed away. He was in search of a new family to love him, but we knew that would be tough to find since he was 13 years old. To our pleasant surprise, Heidi read about his story and knew she had to help. At just 28 years old, Heidi opened up her heart and her home to adopt this special-needs senior boy. His new name is Cooper (he doesn’t mind the name change, as he can’t hear!) and, man, is he living the good life! He goes to cafes with mom, gets to play with his new big brother and he even got to enjoy the strawberry festival in his very own stroller! Heidi didn’t scoop up a puppy; she knows how special seniors are and how much love and life they have to offer.

Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money was applied towards a mastectomy for April, our sweet little Dachshund girl.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Helped pay for surgery for April.

How many pets did this grant help?

This helped one very special girl in need.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

April was a breeder throwaway. She was used for as long as she was useful, then dumped at animal control. She is an absolute sweetheart! April is 7 years old and has mammary tumors up and down both sides and needs two mastectomies. April had a great recovery from her first mastectomy and her second will be in May. We’ll clean her teeth at the same time. She’ll be ready for a home in June. She’ll spend the rest of her life as part of a family instead of an asset in a business!

April is being spoiled in foster care and learning to love, trust, enjoy stuffed animals and soft beds. She’s a special girl and this donation helped to heal her. We couldn’t be more grateful.