We’ve received so many wonderful submissions for the the Purina Veterinary Diets® Adopt-a-Pet.com $50,000 Veterinary Care Fund! We were so moved by the amazing lengths rescues and shelters go to give homeless pets a chance at getting healthy so they can be adopted – and thought you would be too! So we’re sharing some of the submissions, and all of the finalists’ and recipients’ stories here. Here’s how a $2,000 grant would (or, in the case of our recipients, WILL) change the life of a pet or pets in their care:
Circle of Friends Animal Society
Greensboro, GA, 30642
When reading your description of the need for these funds and how many of us rescue animals with large medical expenses, even when we have no idea where the funds will come from, it was as though you were speaking DIRECTLY to our organization. We are well known for taking cases no one else will take on our shoe string budget. Many of our foster homes will spend their own money caring for these animals simply because we don’t have the funds and we can’t bare not to rescue them. Currently we have three cases requiring extra medical care. Jessie, a 7 month old lab mix, had chemical burns down her back. Dead tissue had to be removed and she is currently recovering. Animal control was about to put her to sleep simply because they thought no one would ever want her. They couldn’t be more wrong. She is a wonderful girl with so much love and compassion to give, even though it wasn’t initially given to her. Pepe, a 2-3 yr old Fox Terrier mix, was found skinny and barely surviving the streets in a very busy part of town. He was rescued but has heartworms. Heartworm disease is rather common in Georgia, but never any fun to treat and always an added cost. Since it is so common a few dogs with heartworm disease can set us back more than a thousand dollars. Pepe is a very kind and gentle soul and we are so glad we were able to give him a fresh start. Finally we have Ginger. Ginger is a Shepard mix that has had a rough life. She lived in a pen behind a rural sheriff department for a few months while they tried to find her a home. Before they had her put down one of our volunteers took her in. Ginger not only has anxiety issues and severe skin allergies, but she has a luxating patella which will require knee surgery. Her surgery will cost $600+. These are only three of the dozens of cases we see every year. We are not a group that will shy away from difficult medical cases. In 2011 we have already hand raised multiple litters of baby kittens and puppies, treated a rottweiler with pneumonia, rescued a great dane from abuse and malnourishment, treated three cases of entropion eyelids, and helped amputate two toes from an injured girl we named Tippy Toes. If granted the $2,000 we will continue to rescue animals that truly need rescuing and find them forever homes after their emotional and physical wounds have healed.
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