Congratulations to the winner of our 2nd grant!
We’re receiving so many wonderful submissions for the Purina Veterinary Diets® Adopt-a-Pet.com $50,000 Veterinary Care Fund! We are 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 think 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 will change the life of a pet or pets in this grant winner’s care:
Greyhound Friends of New Jersey, Inc.
Cherry Hill, NJ
Greyhound Friends of New Jersey (GFNJ), a registered 501(c) (3) charitable organization with the state, is the oldest greyhound rescue still in existence New Jersey. GFNJ has become the “go to” rescue for many greyhounds that other organizations are unable to help and, since 1986, has saved more than 5,000 greyhounds from destruction following their racing careers. Of the more than 300 dogs helped each year by GFNJ, approximately 30 have life threatening illnesses or serious track injuries. A few of the most recent arrivals needing special treatment include:
Fuzzys Cajun, who suffered a broken leg while racing in Florida. His leg was repaired before he came to GFNJ in March. However, when he arrived it was obvious that his leg was virtually unusable and in need of additional veterinary care. He received orthopedic surgery in mid-March and is recuperating in the GFNJ Foster Care Program at Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility in Annandale, New Jersey. Fuzzy’s veterinary care will be about $2500–$2197 for the surgery and another $300 in additional x-rays, cast changes and medications.
GeeZee (Lizzy) was found to be ill the day after arriving from an Alabama track in March. She was unable to swallow and was diagnosed with megaesophagus by Dr. Shreiber at Valley Vet in Phoenixville, PA. Her weight dropped to 46 pounds during the two weeks that Dr. Shreiber fought to save her life. Lizzy is a fighter, though, and finally responded to treatment. She is in a foster home where she receives four small, liquid meals a day. At mealtime, Lizzy stands with her front feet on a small stool allowing gravity to help with her feeding. Lizzy is a happy, active 3-year-old. Even with two weeks of in-hospital veterinary evaluation and care donated by Dr. Lindsey Schreiber, Lizzy’s veterinary bill was over $1500.
Utimitt arrived from Florida in early June with a rear leg showing a slight swelling. By the next morning, it was twice the normal size, he was severe pain and it was evident that he needed immediate veterianry care. This outgoing 3-year-old male spent several days at the vet. The veterinarian feels that Utimitt was bitten by a Recluse spider while in transport or that the anesthesia needle was not removed properly during his neuter surgery in Florida. He is currently on antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and pain medication with his leg requiring flushing every 2 hours. He is recuperating in foster care and receiving wound care for skin that sloughed off from the swelling and infection. Utimitt’s veterinary costs were close to $1000 but he is still recuperating and may need further veterinarian care.
These are just three of the special needs dogs that Greyhound Friends of New Jersey have helped this year. A $2,000 grant from the Adopt-a-Pet.com/Veterinary Help program would be greatly appreciated and used to help a future greyhound in similar need. If awarded a grant, GFNJ would gladly provide the history and photos of the dog aided by the Adopt-a-Pet grant.
Thank you for your consideration.
To learn more about Purina’s support of animal welfare organizations around the U.S., and to see if you are eligible, visit www.purinashelterchampions.com