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:
Partners for Animal Welfare Society, Inc.
Thank you so much for making an opportunity like this available to small rescues! Partners for Animal Welfare Society [P.A.W.S.] operates as a not-for-profit, no-kill animal rescue group in Hancock County, Indiana. We pull animals from six different open admission shelters in and around Hancock County and take in over 300 homeless pets each year. P.A.W.S. is known for taking in pets with special needs that would be at the top of the euthanasia list. We recently took in three wonderful dogs considered unadoptable by the open admission shelters that had them. Two are heartworm positive and the third has a yet unknown physical problem with the joints in her hind legs.
First is Danny, a 3-4 year old Parson Russell Terrier that came to P.A.W.S. from the Anderson Animal Control shelter on July 14.
Danny was one of about 40 dogs and cats that Andersaon AC took in from a hoarder. P.A.W.S. was the first rescue to respond to Anderson AC’s request for assistance and as a result we were the first to discover that several of the dogs were heartworm positive. In addition, Danny was covered with fleas and underweight. He’s been treated for the fleas, putting on weight from a healthy diet supplemented with vitamins, and is scheduled to begin his heartworm treatment next week.
The very next day, on July 15, I got a call from the New Castle/Henry County Animal Control Shelter. They had three miniature dachshund they had impounded when their owner was sent to prison for a long period and abandoned the dogs. One of the dogs, Sebastian, is a 1-2 year old who is also heartworm positive. As with Danny, Sebastian was infested with fleas and underweight. He too will begin his heartworm treatment next week.
When I picked up Sebastian, I also picked up Roseanne – a 4-5 year old Fox Terrier mix. NC/HC Animal Control picked her up as a stray. She was slated to be euthanised because of problems with her hind legs. She walks with a very pronounced limp and her hind legs tend to splay inward. The veterinarian P.A.W.S. uses has done an initial physical exam and believes there is a problem with her knee joints. We will need to take x-rays in order to diagnose the precise problem. Unfortunately, we don’t currently have the funds for the x-rays or surgery, if needed. We are devoting our next fundraiser on August 20 to help raise funds for Rosie.
Thank you for making opportunities available to rescues to save animals with medical needs.
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