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:
South Florida SPCA
This $2,000 grant will change the life of the horses and other animals we rescue, because we will be able to continue to provide the kind of medical care they need, no matter how costly. We recently rescued 8 animals at one location and the owner was charged with animal cruelty, was arrested and remains in jail. A potbellied pig was covered with mites and open sores. A boxer had a collar embedded into his skin. This little pony had a bridle on that was so tight it became embedded into her skin and a veterinarian had to surgically remove it.
In addition, this year we rescued 6 pregnant mares who gave birth to 6 fillies over a 5 week period. They have needed extra medical care.
We also rescued a mare with a newborn filly that had untreated and severe eye infections. The filly is blind in one eye, but we found an equine ophthalmologist who is attempting to save some of the sight in the other eye. She is a very sweet horse and loves attention from our many volunteers.
The South Florida SPCA is committed to providing whatever veterinarian care our animals need so that we can give them the best possible chance at a quality life. Our vet bills have double this year to a projected $36,000, but our income has not doubled, so this $2,000 grant will go a long way toward helping us pay our equine veterinarian for the wonderful care he gives to our animals.
Thank you for considering the South Florida SPCA for this much needed grant.
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