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Speak St. Louis: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used to help pay for a lifesaving surgery on a foster pup, Greta.

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

The grant contributed toward a successful craniotomy for Greta.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped save one precious life.

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

We were asked to help Greta because she was deaf and because no one else would help. Dogs with special needs are not easily adoptable.

On the day of transport, we learned that Greta sometimes falls over because she was dropped as a puppy. As soon as we met her, we learned there has to be much more to Greta’s story than we will ever know.

She had suffered horrible physical trauma, enough so that two different veterinarians who examined her felt she had brain damage. She had multiple deep-tissue scars on her head and nose, a suspected broken rib, and her jaw had been displaced. These were the things we could physically see. Her foster parents helped her heal the inner, emotional scars. Thankfully, Greta is a forgiving sweet soul despite the awful trauma she endured at the hands of a monster.

Because of the pandemic, it took a while to get an appointment to see a neurologist, but we finally did. In the meantime, Greta developed a large mass at the base of her skull. At our appointment, the doctor felt her daily falling-over and rolling episodes appeared to be vestibular rather than brain damage; perhaps the bones in her inner ear could have been broken during her abuse. That would also explain why she is deaf.

This could not be determined without an MRI. Before an MRI and spinal tap could be performed, the mass needed to be aspirated. The results came back this week and while there is a little bacteria present that we are treating, the experts felt the mass is a seroma, which developed from severe head trauma. They were not even aware of Greta’s detailed history.

Thankfully, we had so much support for Greta and a village to be grateful for, starting with Dr. Shomper, a talented and trusted neurologist at VSS who performed a craniotomy; devoted and caring foster parents who had no idea whether Greta would ever live to see this day; and people who believed, as we did, that Greta deserved a chance at a happy and healthy life.

Greta’s surgery was in September and it is still surreal that we were able to make brain surgery for her chance at a better life a reality. Her foster parents struggled with having to keep Greta calm during several weeks of recovery. Finally, she was taken off crate restriction and Greta’s foster parents needed a respite during an out-of-town trip. Greta went to stay with a temporary foster home, one who knows and adores the Rottweiler breed, a home with two dogs, Parker and Petey, who happen to also adore Greta.

Then today, Greta saw Dr. Shomper again. While she still has some ataxia (weakness in her legs) and her gait can be a little wobbly, he thinks she looks fabulous and will keep improving. At this time, he sees no reason for any further follow-up appointments and that Greta can finally enjoy her puppyhood. She is doing exactly that in her temporary home, which is now her forever home! Her new mom has been teaching her sign language and Greta has learned that, besides life itself, playing ball is one of life’s other greatest gifts.

We are eternally grateful to everyone who made this day possible for Greta!

Speak St. Louis: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used toward food and heartworm/flea/tick prevention.

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

The grant helped us to purchase food and prevention for our pups at a time when things were hard to come by because of Covid-19. We have not been able to host events or fundraisers and the funds were greatly needed for these basic essentials.

How many pets did this grant help?

About 20 special-needs dogs

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

Gigi (first photo) and Georgie (second photo) are just two of the special-needs dogs this grant helped provide food and prevention for during Covid-19. Georgie and Gigi are both completely blind and deaf. Gigi has been adopted and Georgie has an adoption pending! We are very grateful for the assistance during this difficult year.

Speak St. Louis: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

It was used towards Mia’s surgeries.

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

As you know, being a 501(c)3 nonprofit rescue, Speak! STL relies on donations and grants to help the animals we rescue. Some rescued pets like Mia require extensive medical care. Although we are small, we do all we can to make sure our Speaklings are healthy and happy.

How many pets did this grant help?

Mia

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

Mia was born without an anus and lived outside on a chain the first several months of her life. Thanks to our loving volunteers, donations and this grant, this sweet girl had several surgeries so she can go to the bathroom normally. She is now loving life with her foster family. She loves to play ball and frisbee. It’s a joy to see her happy and enjoying life to the fullest. She is still searching for her forever home. Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41422875

Speak St. Louis: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for an amputation.

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

The grant came at the right time. We had an adult Australian sheperd who needed an MRI, which in turn revealed that his leg would need to be amputated. This a very costly surgery.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Reggie, a 1½-year-old Australian shepherd, needed our help. Reggie was picked up by Animal Control as a stray with an injured leg. He was not able to bear any weight on his leg. We scheduled a visit with an orthopedic surgeon, who determined that he would need an MRI to see what was going on. The MRI showed that Reggie had a fragmented coronoid process, or FCP, resulting in a significant bone fragment that needed to be removed from his elbow. If this were the only culprit of Reggie’s pain, it would not be a big deal; however, it was also discovered that he had a deformity in the bone, near his elbow joint, contributing to his lameness and discomfort. Unfortunately, Reggie had already developed extreme arthritis in his lame leg; so even with extensive surgery, a lengthy recovery, and a lifetime of meds, Reggie would still suffer pain throughout his life. Therefore, Reggie’s team determined that amputation would be the best plan to help him live a happy, pain-free life.

Reggie’s surgery went perfectly. His transition to being a tri-paw has been seamless. Since he consistently carried the lame leg that was causing all the pain, he was already used to walking on three legs. It turns out his foster family fell in love with him and decided to adopt Reggie. He is currently living a happy life with a wonderful family and Aussie sister.