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Wildthunder Wildlife and Animal Rehabilitation Sanctuary: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used towards the expenses we incurred with Dale’s surgery (which was $2,600).

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

We are a small shelter, so a surgery like Dale’s has a large financial impact and affects the number of animals that we can help. With this grant to offset Dale’s expenses, we’ll be able to help the next animal in need of surgery in order to become adoptable (we currently have two more such pets in our care).

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Dale was found in a field by a young girl. He was unable to walk and was dragging his back end. X-rays showed that this poor guy had two fractured femurs. We don’t know what caused his injuries, but it does not appear that he was hit by a car. Even with the injuries, Dale is a sweet and loving cat and will be highly adoptable after his recovery.

Dale’s options were surgery or euthanasia, and this beautiful soul deserved a second chance at life.

Dale was recently neutered and was listed on Petfinder for adoption. You can meet Dale here.

UPDATE: We have some happy news to share about Dale. Yesterday, he was adopted by the young lady who found him in the field. We could not be happier that this boy got his second chance at life!

Wildthunder Wildlife and Animal Rehabilitation Sanctuary: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Cayden has not yet been adopted, so we have not spent the money. We will use it to cover his adoption fee, the estimated costs of senior care over the next two years, and four bags of prescription food. It will take a special adopter for Cayden and we hope that offering some assistance will help us find a forever home that won’t be afraid of adopting a senior with special needs.

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

Although Cayden has not yet been adopted, these grants are valuable in helping to promote some of the cats who have been at the shelter or have special needs (like Cayden). We haven’t given up hope that we’ll find the perfect forever home for him!

How many pets did this grant help?

It will help one

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

Cayden was found in the ditch along a gravel road with another cat, dehydrated and emaciated (bottom photo). Upon intake and examination, we found that he had maggots in his eyes, mouth and penis. We can’t even imagine how much pain he was in and we are so thankful someone found them and brought them to Wildthunder to get the medical care they both desperately needed. Cayden means “fighter,” and he certainly is one! He had a will to live, and within three days of treatment, he was up walking!

Due to the injuries he sustained, he has ongoing urinary issues and requires a special diet of Hill’s Science Diet Prescription C/D food. Not only is Cayden a senior, he also requires special care for the urinary complications.

Cayden lives in a community room with other cats with similar special needs. He is a sweet boy with the bright blue eyes and we would love for him to find his forever home. After everything he has been through, he deserves that.

Our sweet Cayden was not yet been adopted despite our promoting him on our page with the added benefit of the Petfinder Foundation grant. We have not given up hope, though, and will continue to promote him so we can find his forever home.

Meet Cayden here.

Wildthunder Wildlife and Animal Rehabilitation Sanctuary: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Wildthunder utilized the grant money for supplies (cat litter, cat food) as well as medical costs.

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

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, donations decreased. The grant funds were used for the needs of the 50+ cats at Wildthunder, including cat food and cat litter. Wildthunder also took in a new medical case in July — Luna, the emaciated shepherd — and these funds also helped with the initial vet visit and testing.

How many pets did this grant help?

50+

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

Luna, a German shepherd, was an owner-surrender whom Wildthunder took in. Initially described as a thin dog who was very picky about her food, we were horrified to discover that she was emaciated. Upon intake, Luna weighed 20 lbs. at the shelter. She was just over a year old and should have weighed more than double that amount.

Blood work was performed on her and the vet prescribed medication and I/D food to help her digestive system. Luna did better for a few days, but then began throwing up and having diarrhea. She was admitted to the hospital for three days while undergoing additional testing. Lab work was sent out to Texas A&M and it was determined that she had a gastrointestinal infection, which was treated with antibiotics.

Luna has been gaining weight steadily and is now at 40 lbs. She has emotional and trust issues, but Tracy and the volunteers are working with her. It will be some time before adoption is even considered.

Wildthunder is is also home to more than 50 cats who also benefited from this grant. As Covid negatively impacted the donations we received, we still had weekly and monthly expenses such as food, litter and specialized formula for the medically compromised.

The eighth photo shows Tom, Jenny and Chief snuggling in a bed. Chief sustained head injuries from a vehicle accident and is unable to eat. She is tube-fed with a specialized formula to ensure proper nutrition.