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Capital Area Rescue Effort (CARE): COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To fill the gap between our adoption fee and the additional expenses being incurred for each dog saved from euthanasia and staying with the rescue longer due to the pandemic. These expenses included food, heartworm preventative, flea and tick preventative and any additional medical care the dogs required prior to their adoption.

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

This enabled us to rescue five more dogs so that they were not euthanized.

How many pets did this grant help?

Five

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

Asher is a precious little male papillon mix who is 4 years old and fully grown at 7 lbs. This little guy came to CARE from a hoarding/backyard-breeding situation with 17 other dogs and was shy and fearful. We believed that Asher needed an experienced and patient owner to allow him time to learn to be a cherished pet. It took a couple of months, but that adopter came along, willing to open their heart to him.

Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for helping Asher!

Capital Area Rescue Effort (CARE): Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant is being used for medication and prescription diet food for a senior dog.

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

Arabella is 16 years old. She has recurring bladder stones and is no longer able to have surgeries due to her age. She takes an oral medication twice a day in prescription canned food. This grant is providing the medication and prescription diet to prevent the development of badder stones.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

At age 16, Arabella is a tiny senior dog whose owner was no longer able to care for her. She weighs only 3 lbs. and has recurring bladder stones. In the past, she would have had surgeries to remove the stones. Due to her age, she is no longer able to have surgeries. Arabella is still able to live a happy, comfortable life, as our veterinarian has placed her on medication and a diet to minimize the possibility of new bladder stones. Arabella is still looking for that special home where she can spend the rest of her days on someone’s lap. You can meet her here.

Capital Area Rescue Effort: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only) Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Purchase of play/exercise runs.

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

Allows our dogs to socialize with one another and get play and exercise. This helps reduce their level of stress and allows them to be happier.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Hugo (first photo) has cerebellar hypoplasia, so his back legs sometimes move in an unpredictable manner. We affectionately refer to him as “Wonkie Butt.” Hugo doesn’t get along with many dogs, except for Joy, another of our adoptable dogs (second photo). The new play/exercise pens allow the two of them to be together. Hugo and Joy continue to be available for adoption. The third photo shows Hugo and Joy in one of the play/exercise pens.
Meet Hugo: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38103802
Meet Joy: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38039720

Capital Area Rescue Effort: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We greatly appreciate the assistance that the Petfinder Foundation and Orvis provides to animal rescue. The $1,000 grant was used for veterinary care.

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

The $1,000 was used towards special veterinary care for two dogs. With this care, they are more likely to be adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two

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

Claire (first photo) is a very sweet older girl who is a pug mix. She had a lump on her leg and some bad teeth that needed to be removed. This grant provided funding for those procedures. She is much more comfortable and healthier now. These issues may have been barriers that would have prevented some people from adopting her.

Clifford is a dachshund mix and is a big, happy guy. Unfortunately, he is underweight and hasn’t been able to gain weight. The Petfinder Foundation/Orvis funding was used for testing to determine whether he has underlying health issues that are preventing him from gaining weight. We don’t have the results yet, they they should help determine a course of action to help him.

Meet Claire: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37901819
Meet Clifford: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37605253

Capital Area Rescue Effort (CARE): Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Lifesaving medical care and surgery

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

We were able to prevent the euthanasia of Cotton, an 8-week-old puppy, and provide her with lifesaving surgery.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

The Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Grant assisted with the surgical and medical needs of Cotton, a Jack Russell terrier puppy with atresia ani, a congenital defect that results in an inability to pass feces. This condition is often fatal and takes animals early in life. We were fortunate to be able to save her from [an open-admission] shelter two states away, transport her to Virginia Veterinary Surgical Associates in Richmond, VA, and provide her with lifesaving surgery. It’s been nearly four months since her surgery and she is doing extremely well! She is now available for adoption: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36627547

We are very grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for this grant that saved Cotton and for the ongoing support provided to the animal-rescue community.

Capital Area Rescue Effort, Inc. (CARE): Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Emergency medical needs – surgery

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

This money was used to help with surgical costs for one puppy, Carley.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Carley came to CARE at the age of four weeks from [an open-admission] shelter in South Carolina where she was to be put down. She was diagnosed with a rectal fistula. That shelter gives medical-needs dogs only 24 hours to find rescue, and a local supporter pulled the dog for us and helped to transport her 10 hours to CARE in Richmond. Carley arrived on Friday, July 31, and was immediately taken to our vet, Dr. Susan Ware, for evaluation. Dr. Ware stated that Carley had a condition known as atresia ani, a congenital birth defect that is fatal in most cases. She suggested euthanasia, but said she was amazed that Carley was otherwise healthy.

CARE decided to take Carley home and care for her over the weekend and visit Virginia Veterinary Surgical Associates on Monday morning, as one of the specialists there had some history of treating the condition during his time at Cornell. On Monday, we took the dog in and were told that she needed emergency surgery. Her rectum did not open to the outside of her little body and had, instead, created a passageway for stool to travel through her vagina out. Not only was the condition extremely painful for her, it caused a severe urinary tract infection that was becoming septic.

Carley’s surgery was immediately started and she was given a 50/50 prognosis. During surgery, it was discovered that only one passageway existed between the two areas (the best news possible). It was surgically closed, and a new area (anus) was opened for fecal elimination. Carley healed well and her infection immediately cleared. She is now seven weeks post-surgery and her prognosis is a normal life. Upon completion of her puppy shots, spay and microchipping, Carley will be placed for adoption and is expected to have a wonderful life. The funds contributed by the Petfinder Foundation allowed our rescue to pay about 1/3 of the surgical costs for this dog.

Capital Area Rescue Effort (CARE): Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Surgical expenses for Delaney

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

This grant helped pay for part of the surgical expenses for a dog named Delaney. The total cost of the surgery was close to $3,000.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Delaney, a young German Shepard, was on the verge of euthanasia in a county animal shelter in another state. He had a dislocated elbow and could not support any weight on one of his front legs. Therefore, he was considered unadoptable. CARE found out about Delaney and organized a series of individuals to transport Delaney from the county shelter. Now safe with CARE, Delaney was evaluated by a specialist. Delaney’s dislocated elbow had gone so long without treatment that extensive surgery would be required to fix his leg. Post-surgical rehab would also be needed, since his muscles had atrophied. Delaney is now in the process of recovering from his surgery. Once he is ready, Delaney will be available for adoption by an appropriate, loving family.

Capitol Area Rescue Effort, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kong toys are one of our rescue’s “go-to” tools for dogs in our care. Many rescue animals come into the kennel fearful and anxiety-ridden from being in a shelter, having lost their homes and having many lifestyle changes along the road to their forever homes. Giving these dogs tasks provides meaning to their time with us, as well as provides a diversion from the loudness and frequent changes in neighboring dogs. Kong toys are highly recommended by our trainer for keeping our dogs busy.

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

We prefer to freeze peanut butter or cream cheese in our Kongs, when appropriate, to give additional longevity to the time our dogs spend working on their task of cleaning the Kong! As a quality choice for a toy for a dog, the rescue benefited financially from the gift. We are a small rescue and every dollar counts, so the ability to purchase a substantial number of toys was out of our reach. Bored or anxious dogs have their attention well diverted by Kong toys and are given hours of playtime each day!

How many pets did this grant help?

20+. With proper sanitation, these toys will continue to enrich the lives of the dogs that pass through our rescue!

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

Tyler is a male chihuahua who has been in rescue for over a year waiting for a forever home. His breed is known for its anxiety in general, and Tyler is no different. As a small dog, he cannot be given free range to run in our kennel for fear that he could be accidentally hurt by larger dogs. He spends several hours a day in his crate and boredom easily sets in. Inferior-quality toys are quickly destroyed by Tyler and other dogs like him. Kong toys provide a great diversion and way to stay focused during his crated time. And we have great news to share: After 17 months, Tyler will soon be leaving our Virginia rescue for his new home in Delaware!