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The Last Resort: Shelter+ Challenge Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our never ending veterinary bills!

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

Our mission is to rescue neglected, abandoned or abused animals and a large part of the rehabilitation of these animals is the extensive medical care required to make these animals ready for re-homing. Before the animals can be rehomed we have to ensure that they have received all the necessary vaccinations necessary to keep them healthy, have been cleared of all parasites; internal and external, and most important of all they need to be neutered so that they will never be a contributary factor to the problem of unwanted companion animals we have in our world.

Basic medical care such as the above can easily cost hundreds of dollars but because we are often working to help animals that have been abused their medical cost can be much higher. One animal that was helped by this recent grant was Wyndall.

How many pets did this grant help?

A large part of the money went to saving Wyndall and the rest of the grant was used to pay down our medical bills so that we could continue to help animal in need like him.

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

Wyndall was just 8 weeks old when he was left at animal control with a deep puncture wound and a broken jaw. These were not life threatening injuries but when abandoned at a high kill facility with no budget for medical care they were enough to place Wyndall at the top of the kill list. A kindly employee contacted us to see if anything could be done to help this poor baby. Arrangements were made to transport Wyndall to New Jersey but rescue almost came too late for this small dog. His inability to eat hard food and exposure to the kennel environment caused him to arrive severely dehydrated and suffering from a respiratory infection. Wyndall was rushed to the animal hospital and thanks to medical intervention was able to make a full recovery. His foster Mom refers to him as “the sweetest, sweetest puppy” and “an absolute joy.” Thanks to the medical care that the Shelter Challenge was able to provide this gentle, little animal the only lasting effect of his mistreatment is a slight grinding noise when he eats.

The Last Resort Rescue: Shelter Challenge Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Money received from winning the state level shelter challenge was used to pay down our medical bills.

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

Our mission is to rescue animals that are in neglectful and/or abusive situations. Rehabilitating these animals requires providing the minimal care that the majority of these animals have not received. These animals often have not received the vaccinations that would keep them safe from disease, medicine to prevent parasites and of course the most important of all, spaying/neutering that would help reduce the amount of unwanted animals. This is the minimal care provided. Many of our animals require much more in the way of medical care because of the ill treatment they have received. The money received helped us to pay down our medical bills so that we could continue to provide this necessary care to the animals in our rescue.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped many of our animals because by paying down our medical bills it helped us maintain a good working relationship with the animal hospital we work with. It is essential that we have access to medical care and getting to far in debt would stress this working relationship.

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

During a recent rescue mission we noticed a home with four filthy but very beautiful puppies enclosed in a small cage. We discovered that these 5-month-old puppies had spent their entire life in that cage with minimal care because they had been an unwanted litter. Taking on 4 animals who had received no medical care and would require major socialization would have been beyond our means if we had not received the grant. Knowing that Petfinder Foundation was supporting our efforts allowed us to take those babies into rescue. They have all received their shots, been wormed, and will be neutered. Providing just the essential care for these little ones consumed most of the grant we won but so worth it to see them in loving foster homes instead of a filthy pen! We were unable to get the owner to surrender the Mom but we were able to convince them to have her neutered so this would not happen again.Thank you!