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New Leash on Life USA: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Due to Covid-19, our dogs needed to be removed from the prison program a few weeks earlier than expected. The funds received from the Petfinder Foundation allowed us to purchase supplies for the dogs while they were in foster homes.

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

The grant allowed us to keep the dogs in safe and secure foster homes while we completed the adoption process to ensure the dogs were being placed in the perfect homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

6

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

Onyx was our toughest dog to place, for no reason at all. She is sweet and well-behaved but just had no interest or applications. We received one application and it turned out to be perfect. See below, in the words of her adopter:

“Izzy (formerly Onyx) is the best pup we could have asked for. She is incredibly sweet and LOVES cuddling — all the time! No matter what you’re doing or where you’re sitting, if she thinks she’ll get pets, then she will try her hardest to climb into your lap. And of course, she usually ends up getting pets 🙂

“She’s also super playful! The whole family loves playing with her and she’s always ready for a game of chase-Izzy-around-the-kitchen-table. She still loves her firehouse toy that she came to us with, but she also has expanded her toy collection by quite a bit. She discovered the stash of lacrosse balls in the garage and now you’ll rarely see her without one in her mouth, even when she’s sleeping! She loves to play fetch with the lacrosse balls in the yard too, and she’s really good about staying in the yard and not running off.

“We also found out that she LOVES the hose (and any running water, really). She absolutely goes crazy for it. If she hears the spigot squeak, she is instantly begging to be let out to play with the hose! This makes bath time a lot of fun, but also very wet — great for hot summer days! Her other favorite hobby is being a four-legged vacuum cleaner for all the crumbs on the kitchen floor. She’s not picky, either — she loves veggies like carrots and cucumbers.

“My mom has gotten really into making Izzy new collars for each month of the year. We just switched her from her Pride-month collar to her patriotic collar, and there are lots more to come! Izzy is always ready to play or nap depending on the mood in the house. She is so happy and she makes everyone else in the house just as happy! We are so glad she’s become a part of our family!”

New Leash on Life USA: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to fund the medical care for Shortcake, who initially presented with hind-end ataxia, decreased eye movement, a large mass, a lick granuloma, and vaginal hyperplasia. Shortcake was initially assessed by a veterinarian from Emancipet, who recommended further diagnostics. She was then seen at Philadelphia Animal Hospital, where an immediate spay and mass removal was recommended along with a neurology consult with a suggested MRI. Her spay and mass removal was done at Providence Animal Center. A University of Pennsylvania neurology consult led to an x-ray and recommendation for management and supportive care; at that time, her ataxia was beginning to resolve and it was determined that an MRI was not necessary. Throughout this period, she was also cared for by a licensed veterinary technician to monitor her care closely and ensure that she was being supported.

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

This grant allowed us to provide high-quality care for Shortcake and address her many medical concerns. She required care, diagnostics and procedures that would not otherwise have been possible.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Shortcake was initially brought to ACCT Philly by a good Samaritan; unfortunately, she was not in adoptable condition when we met her and required medical treatment. After multiple veterinary visits including a mass removal, x-ray, and neurology exam, Shortcake improved significantly and has been adopted into an amazing home where she is loved and spoiled. She was also able to visit a school for disadvantaged children to share her journey and provide therapeutic support.

New Leash on Life USA: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were used as enrichment items for our at-risk adoptable dogs, the Kongs help our dogs decompress and destress as they heal and acclimate to their new environment. Having a stuffed Kong in their crate during downtime also helps our dogs learn positive associations with their crates, which makes them more adoptable companions.

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

The gift of Kong toys helped our dogs learn to self soothe and chew on appropriate items during their training program. Having Kongs to utilize also means that we don’t have to worry about our dogs getting hurt with less-durable toys or chews.

How many pets did this grant help?

We had five adoptable dogs this session who benefited from the Kong donation, and they will continue to benefit our next class of six as well.

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

Penny had been returned twice to the shelter before we pulled her this past year. She had a hard time adjusting and was scared of her crate initially. To help make it a safe and comfortable place for her, we used Kongs stuffed with her favorite treats. Penny quickly adapted and stopped behaving fearfully and has been adopted into a wonderful forever home. While we cannot take pictures inside of the prison cells, photos of Penny with her handler in prison and with her new family are at right.

New Leash on Life USA: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Total ear-canal ablation surgery

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

Enabled us to provide much-needed comfort to Rosie, whom we rescued after seeing her in the shelter and knew had been a victim of horrifying abuse and neglect.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

The funds donated for Rosie’s medical care were applied to her recent TECA (total ear canal ablation) surgery. Rosie has horrific scarring of her ear pina and canal from past abuse and attempts to crop her ears with fishing line. After years of regular cleaning and external treatments, her ears were still chronically inflamed and she was suffering from repeat infections due to trapped fluid within the scar-tissue folds. This was her second TECA procedure to remove her remaining ear tissue and prevent all future ear infections and discomfort. The surgery was performed at the Veterinary Referral Center in Malvern, PA, on March 31, 2018, and she is recovering well at this time.