We’ve received 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 will 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:
A New Hope Animal Foundation
Please consider granting our organization a $2000 grant for medical care of the animals we help in our community and in other areas. Our primary focus is to assist those animals at our county shelter who need more help to be adopted – the medically impaired, behavorially challenged and those breeds that are more difficult to adopt. This quarter alone, we’ve provided medical assistance for:
* two heartworm positive dogs – Mia (older pit bull) and Chance (beagle)
* chihuahua who had his legs broken in a domestic violence case – needed surgery for both legs
* a local yellow lab who fell off a bridge and is owned by a family whose fireman husband has recently lost his job
* a dalmatian who was systematically starved and neglected with horrific skin and nail bed infections (still in protective custody)
* litter 10 puppies and mother left in foreclosed house – all emaciated with ringworm
* starving pit bull left in a 3 feet by 3 feet enclosure
* senior chihuahua who needed a dental and teeth pulled
* boxer with bladder stones
* litter of 7 puppies with demodectic mange over 50% of bodies
* spay for pot belly pig with prolapsed uterus
* prolapsed uterus of bull dog
* demodectic mange treatment for 8 dogs
We run ongoing fundraisers including collecting recyclables, used books and run rummage sales twice a year to help us fund our medical costs for homeless dogs. Unfortunately, one of our fosters from a famous dog fighting case has become very ill and we need help for her costs so that we don’t jeopardize our ability to help other animals.
About June Bug
Recently, one of the dogs we took in from a horrific dog fighting case in Missouri became ill and her verterinary costs are now beyond $4000. She came to our group from Missouri Humane and was found at a dog fighting site with a prolapsed uterus which was also prepared. One of our volunteers had been taking care of the dog fighting victims and we chose to bring June Bug into our group as her personality was stellar and she is being trained for service, currently doing public events. Last week, June Bug stopped eating and started vomitting. She became deathly ill and during surgery, it was discovered that she had an old piece of cloth throughout her abdomen and intestines which had probably been there from her prior life. They also found scar tissue and staples from people repairing her after fights.
Although June Bug came to scarred from dog fighting, we found her to be very dog and people friendly. June Bug is the daughter of Fay, another dog from this dog fight bust who subsequently passed away but received public attention and became a poster child for this particular bust. June Bug continues to vomit and will need an additional surgery to ensure that her bowells have not become necroptic. She is still vomiting and has been NPO for this week. She is on PPN and finally today her weight stopped dropping but she was down
to 34 lbs.
Here is a Youtube link to the bust information and note that June Bug is the first dog shown in this video.
June Bug at Intake and Taken from the Bust Site
June in Foster Care and Cuddling with Other Dog
Thank you very much for considering us for your grant so we can continue to provide animals in our care and in Placer County Animal Services medical care for their needs. If you would like references, please let me know.
Thank you again.
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