Congratulations to the winner of our 4th grant!
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 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:
Pampered Pets Animal Rescue
The Purina/Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund scholarship would help our organization immensely. We are a 100 percent volunteer foster network and receive no outside or state funding. Our average (discounted) vet bill can range from $600 to $1,000 a month – and sometimes more with emergency cases. The recession has dried up most of the donations we did receive, so our primary form of fundraising comes from our volunteers making pet-related craft items to sell at numerous events through the year. All proceeds directly benefit the animals in our care and enable us to rescue and re-home even more animals in need.
PPAR works with high-kill rescues in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area to take in urgent animals in danger of being euthanized. Most often, the shelters give us very little information on the animal and its health and we have to accept them as-is, health issues and all. We routinely encounter animals that have required more than standard veterinary care. Here are just a few of our more complex – and expensive – cases:
- Allie survived the odds after twice being surrendered to a high-kill shelter due to owner negligence/irresponsibility. After this gorgeous dilute calico cat was pulled from the shelter, her new foster mom noticed that she wasn’t eating. After a gamut of expensive tests and hospitalization to pinpoint the cause of Allie’s anorexia (lack of appetite), which can be deadly for cats in just a matter of days, Dr. Carrie Ellis of Animal Hospital on Mt. Lookout Square (Cincinnati, Ohio) conducted an abdominal ultrasound of Allie and detected a possible intestinal blockage. Allie required emergency exploratory surgery, racking up hundreds more dollars in veterinary bills on top of those she had already accumulated for a total of more than $1,500. In the end, it was determined that Allie did not have a blockage, but rather irritable bowel disease. Allie’s condition is completely manageable and she is thriving in her foster home now that she is on the right combination of food and occasional medication. See a video of Allie in action at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oC-ApiosPM&feature=player_embedded
- Dusty, a 7 week Snowshoe Siamese mix kitten (photo attached), came to us after her feral mother had been euthanized by the local animal control. Soon after, young Dusty developed a respiratory infection and her eye completely closed shut. Dusty required multiple visits to the vet, but was not responding well to the medication prescribed. The vet then issued a referral to a veterinary ophthalmologist for fear that Dusty might lose the vision in that eye. Dusty responded very well to the treatment prescribed by the specialist, but overall, it required nearly $500 in vet bills to save her eye.
- Mia, an adorable 6-year-old Shih Tzu (photo attached), was found abandoned, malnourished and with an upper respiratory infection in a trailer that had been foreclosed on. We are not quite sure how long Mia had been alone in the trailer, which was infested by roaches and had inches-thick feces covering the floor. Severely malnourished and matted, Mia’s foster mom and our vet worked hard to bring her back to health. She was adopted out to a loving family and is now enjoying a life of being a pampered pet.
- PPAR is one of just two rescues in the Greater Cincinnati area that take in rabbits. As a result, we have to maintain a near constant waiting list for intake mostly due to cost and space issues. We have all of our bunnies spayed/neutered prior to adoption, which can be expensive as only a handful of vets in the area even treat rabbits. We have to set our adoption fees in line with pet store prices to encourage people to adopt a rabbit, rather than purchase one. It costs us $83 to spay a bunny; our adoption fee is $40. Rabbits Daphne and Dewey were being offered as “pets or meat.” They were being housed in horrible living conditions and Daphne had double eye infections. Three days after a PPAR volunteer rescued them, Daphne gave birth to 11 babies, 8 of which survived. This represented a very large and unexpected cost of nearly $1,000 to PPAR to have all of these babies, plus their parents, spayed/neutered and treated for medical ailments. A photo of the eight babies is attached.
The heartbreaking list of animal neglect and cruelty can go on and on. A $2,000 grant could make a HUGE difference in the lives of the animals we rescue and enable us to continue rescuing even more animals in need!
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