Congratulations to the winner of our 3rd 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:
Siberian Husky Club of Greater New York, Inc.
Huntington Station, NY
The Siberian Husky Club of Greater New York, inc. (SHCGNY) works hard to provide Siberian’s the opportunity for a happy and healthy life and of course, this involves the complex realities of dog rescue! Our most recent rescue is certainly in need of love and care and his presence on Adopt-a-Pet.com is the stepping stone he needs to realize this opportunity.
We found Bruce, a four-year old unneutered male, walking down a major road in Long Island, NY. Gardeners working at the corner of the road approached us and were convinced that Bruce was the dog they spotted the a few days prior about 10 miles away! Throughout the week SHCGNY contacted all veterinary centers within a 30 mile radius of where Bruce was found, contacted local police precincts, checked with other rescue agencies and reported Bruce’s location to all local shelters, but no one had reported a dog fitting Bruce’s description as missing.
Upon taking him to a local low-cost veterinarian, we were displeased to find that Bruce has tested positive for heartworm and that without rigorous and long-term treatment he would certainly die. The day after his diagnosis, SHCGNY found Bruce’s family only to learn that they were unable and unwilling to provide the containment and financial support needed for him to survive this debilitating condition. The SHCGNY learned that Bruce had been passed around from home to home and that no one really knew where he was from or how long he had been sick. It seems as though Bruce has been given up by everyone in his life, and the SHCGNY refuses to let this kind of solitude and loneliness happen to him again.
Bruce is currently a rescue dog recovering from heartworm treatment at the SHCGNY, and he is getting stronger every day. He is fed, cared for and loved but will be in need of a permanent home that can give him the consistency he deserves. When our agency found Bruce he was malnourished, unclean, and unable to be contained. It has been a little over a month since his heartworm treatment and due to the generous donations from agencies like Adopt a Pet, Bruce has been given the resources he needs for his development, he has reached a healthy weight and he can be contained in a safe and reliable environment.
Bruce is great with people, young children and other dogs. He responds to commands and smiles when you scratch behind his left ear! Like many Siberian Huskies of his kind, Bruce has proven that he is an energetic, intelligent dog with a big heart and a desire to survive. He has outlasted neglectful ownership, miles of major New York highways and a lack of sustainable resources, but now there is hope, opportunity and a chance for a full life.
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