Grant Submission: New Rattitude Rat Terrier Rescue

Posted by Jennifer on June 16th, 2011

We’ve received so many wonderful submissions for the the Purina Veterinary Diets® $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:

New Rattitude Rat Terrier Rescue
Atlanta, Georgia 30341

(Below) is New Rattitude Rat Terrier Rescue’s application for a $2,000 Adopt a Pet Veterinary Care Fund grant. We are applying on behalf of foster dog Carly, who has epilepsy, and other foster dogs like her whose on-going medical needs make them unadoptable without further diagnosis, treatment, stabilization, and on-going support.

I have also attached two pictures of Carly. In addition, below are two links to YouTube videos of Carly. One of the links shows Carly when she was very, very sick due to a respiratory infection and the side effects of her seizure medication. The other video shows Carly happy and feeling much better!

Thank you very much for your consideration of our application.

Carly Sick:

Carly Feeling Better:

New Rattitude, Inc. is a nationwide, all-volunteer rescue group for Rat Terriers and Rat Terrier mixes. We provide temporary living environments for abandoned, abused, neglected, sick, or unwanted Rat Terriers. In private foster homes they are nurtured, socialized, trained, supported medically, and provided with professional veterinary care while we work diligently to find them new and permanent adoptive homes where they will be safe, loved, and properly and humanely cared for the rest of their lives.

New Rattitude, Inc., is a non-profit charitable corporation (501(c)3), licensed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Since we spend more on veterinary care than our low adoption fees cover, we are dependent on public support through charitable, tax deductible donations, fund-raising, and grants. A $2,000 grant from the Adopt a Veterinary Care Fund would be appreciated and well-utilized.

One dog we are currently caring for would particularly benefit from this grant. Carly is a one year-old rat terrier who we took into foster care on May 17, 2011. Carly had been housed at a humane society for about ten days after being surrendered by her owners. She came with a new bottle of seizure medicine dated 5/3/11 leading us to the possible conclusion that her former family didn’t want to deal with the seizures and/or the ongoing related medical costs of caring for an epileptic dog.

Carly had just been spayed and also had a respiratory infection. All the changes – shelter stay, new foster home, surgery, and the side effects of the phenobarbital that was new to her little body – was giving Carly a pretty rough time. She was weak, lethargic, congested, coughing, gasping for air, and had no appetite. Carly was given subcutaneous fluids and an antibiotic shot at the vet’s office and was prescribed a two-week course of antibiotics, along with some cough medication.

Carly’s foster mom gave her fluids by syringe to keep her hydrated and fed her enticing foods like tuna fish to encourage her appetite. Within about five days, Carly was feeling better and the respiratory infection symptoms were winding down. But that wasn’t the end of Carly’s health issues. The vet had recommended weaning Carly off the seizure medication to determine how bad the seizures were. On May 24th, Carly had a grand mal seizure, lasting about 15 minutes from start to finish and confirming the need for the phenobarbital.

Carly is back on her seizure meds, but will need to have her blood tested regularly to measure the level of drug in her system to make sure it’s not too high or too low. If the phenobarbitol is not enough to control the seizures, she may require another drug called potassium bromide to avoid increasing her phenobarbitol dose and avoid further side effects. Blood tests must be done every 3-4 weeks until Carly’s seizures are controlled, and then every 6-12 months after that.

A $2,000 grant would allow New Rattitude to address the special needs of dogs like Carly that are turned into shelters with on-going medical needs that make them unadoptable without further diagnosis, treatment, stabilization, and on-going support. Thank you very much for your consideration of our grant application.

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