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I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation’s Emergency Medical Grant award was applied towards Ruthie’s surgeries on her legs. Her medical-care costs were estimated to be $2,500, which included multiple surgeries and follow-up care.

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

Through generous donations and the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to afford the medical care necessary to get Ruthie healthy again.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Ruthie came to us as a pull from a nearby municipal shelter in Detroit, where a good Samaritan turned her in after finding her alone, emaciated, and with two broken rear legs. Once Ruthie was released from her initial surgery, she went into a short-term foster with a volunteer of ours who frequently fosters for us. Not long after, a more permanent foster family inquired about her. Ruthie’s sweet and playful puppy antics seemed to immediately win over the family and their dog. After a few more follow-up appointments and positive recovery progress with the vet, Ruthie’s foster family “failed” and wanted to adopt her, making her a permanent family member. Despite all the pain Ruthie endured, she has shown to be a resilient, loving, happy puppy who got the happily ever after she deserves.

I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Emergency Medical Grant that was awarded to I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven was used towards Peaches’ medical bills for a leg amputation.

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

This grant was extremely helpful, in more ways than I can describe. Being a nonprofit and no-kill depletes our resources quickly when we help dogs in our care with medical procedures and emergencies. Receiving the Emergency Medical Grant allowed us to pay off one of many veterinary bills and lets us keep helping animals be healthy and happy, which betters their chances of landing in forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

One dog — and it made all the difference!

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

Peaches came to our rescue as a stray with an infected foot (fourth photo). She looked uncomfortable, but tolerated the pain unlike any human probably would. She was originally placed on antibiotics. When the infection was revisited, the veterinarian saw that gangrene had set in and Peaches’ leg needed to be amputated or she would likely die. Since losing her leg, Peaches has had very little difficulty adjusting to life on three legs. She is running, jumping, swimming, and playing like nothing ever happened to her. She spent some time in the home of one of our staff members, being fostered temporarily after surgery. She was not on Petfinder for more than a few days before her profile was removed because she had an adoption application! We are happy to report that she is in her forever home now. Peaches’ adopters say she has settled in great. They describe her as “comical.” Her forever family walks her on average 3-4 times a day, and when mom is out of town, Peaches gets to go with dad to work.