We’ve received so many wonderful submissions for 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 recipients’ stories here on our Shelter Blog. 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:
North Texas Bully Rescue
Fort Worth, TX
North Texas Bully Rescue is a small organization that runs solely out of our volunteers homes, we do not have a facility to house dogs in. We as an organization have strikes against us because we are a Bully Breed Rescue, but that does not stop us, we are here for the dogs through every obstacle that comes our way. We struggle with every new dog we have to make sure that they get the vet care that they need to be happy and healthy, we generally spend more on the dogs then we get in adoption fees. Right now, some of the dogs we have that desperately need help, even though we do not have the resources to help them we are trying to find resources so the dogs do not suffer any more than they already have. We have a 5 1/2 week old Pit Bull puppy named Nala that has a broken jaw right now, she is scheduled for surgery next Tuesday, we have $35 in the bank for the rescue, her vet bills alone will be over $800 after it is all done. We have 2 dogs, Paprika and Owen that are heartworm positive, and have gotten about $75 in donations towards their care, when it will cost us over $1,200 to treat both of them. We have a Mama dog named Athena that had puppies under a house, and raised them to be fat happy little babies. When Athena was caught by animal control we took her into our rescue because of her loving and sweet disposition, with a temperament like that she is perfect for a household with other dogs, children, smaller dogs, and even kitties. Athena has a heart murmur, and weighed 42 lbs at the vet, when she should weigh around 60lbs, Athena needs heart medication and monitoring to make sure her heart stays strong, and that she will be able to live a long healthy life. Athena’s 6 babies who are just now 6 weeks old need to be spayed and neutered as well. Little Nala is NOT part of Athena’s litter, she is about a week younger than those puppies are.
With a $2,000 grant we could help these dogs to find their furever home where they are safe and don’t have to worry about abuse, neglect, or hunger any more. Many times the dogs that come to us are abused, neglected, hungry, and very unsure of the world around them. With $2,000 we could help little Nala get much needed surgery on her jaw, so she does not live a life full of pain, Owen and Paprika can get heartworm treatment so they don’t have to live life coughing and wheezing because of the severe heartworm infestation, and last but not least Athena can get medication and monitoring so her heart stays strong and does not fail her now that she has a chance at a happy life. Please consider helping us with these wonderful animals, the deserve the chance to live long, happy, and healthy lives free of pain and discomfort. Thank you for your consideration.
The pictures in order are: Athena, Athena, Little Nala, Paprika, Paprika, and Owen.
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