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:
Dirk’s Fund Golden Retriever Rescue
St. Louis, Missouri
Dirk’s Fund Golden Retriever Rescue is a small, no-kill organization devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of homeless golden retrievers. We rescue approximately 200 dogs per year. We have no paid employees and run a full shelter on the volunteer efforts of about 40 dedicated people. The $2000 grant will go directly to the veterinary expenses of dogs like these below. Every dollar spent changes the lives of one of these beautiful creatures.
A breeder was auctioning off his Golden Retriever breeding stock because he was going to concentrate on smaller breeds. He said they “take up less space.” One of the dogs he wanted to get rid of (sell) was Nannie. She was born in January of 2003. She has been bred constantly since she was a pup. Nannie has a significant (3+) heart murmur. When we spayed her, we also removed an ovarian cyst the size of a fist. She is very overweight because of lack of exercise and bad nutrition. We had to pull eight of her teeth that were rotten because of the poor quality of food that she was fed. Her skin was terrible from a combination of bad food, thyroid problems, and very poor hygiene. In order to provide Nannie with quality of life, we have started her on a heart medication that will cost $180.00 a month for the rest of her life. We believe that she is worth every penny. She is currently a resident at our shelter in Pacific. In spite of the lack of attention she had received all her life, in spite of the lack of decent veterinary care, in spite of all of this, she is an extremely happy dog and is our ambassador to new arrivals. She goes up to all the new dogs that come into our shelter and gives them kisses. Nannie was extremely overweight when she came to us and has now lost 15 lbs.!
Glassie (here with her sister Shayna) developed a Mast Cell Tumor – Grade II on her rear leg. We had it removed and got great margins during surgery. If we find another one, we will consider chemotherapy. Because of how deep we had to go into the muscle to get all of the tumor, we are going to have to do a skin graft. We are carefully cutting away the dead skin around the wound because we cannot put a good skin graft on top of dead skin. The opening that we have to work with is about 3″ x 4″. She is one happy critter in spite of everything that she has gone through.
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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