The Emergency Medical Grant of $920 awarded to Grey Face Rescue was used to support payment for double tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy surgery on one of our senior rescues, Cara, a 9-year-old yellow Lab.
This grant allowed us to say “YES” to a senior dog in need. Cara’s double TPLO surgery came at a time when Grey Face Rescue was experiencing a high number of emergency medical cases. Because Cara’s need was not deemed an emergency, she had to wait longer than initially anticipated to receive her surgery. Because of this grant, we were able to move forward in helping Cara while still supporting other senior pets in need.
Cara is a sweet, goofy, 9-year-old Lab who is young at heart. She came in to rescue with a limp and it was later determined that she had torn ligaments in both of her hind legs. Not only was this condition painful for Cara to live with, but it held her back from living her best Lab life with her foster siblings. When the option for a double TPLO surgery to address Cara’s condition came to the table, our board of directors immediately wanted to move forward. Cara’s foster parents, Ashlei and Blake, were on board to help her through her recovery. They went so far as to rearrange their home and relocate their main living area to their basement so Cara would not have to deal with stairs post-surgery. Cara had surgery in early November and has recovered like a champ! She can now properly “sit” and “lie down” with ease and no pain. She is able to be her true, goofy self and live the life she deserves. The best part of the story? Cara’s foster parents are now her FOREVER parents! Ashlei and Blake have officially adopted Cara into their pack of Labs. The whole family is looking forward to when Cara is at the off-leash stage of her recovery so she can truly enjoy a Minnesota winter and play in the snow!