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:
Pawfect Match Rescue
Holly Springs, NC
On June 16th I went to a rural shelter in N.C. to pull a dog to bring in to our rescue. Although that went totally fine, I was not prepared for what else I saw when I arrived there.
Animal Control had picked up a momma dog with her 8, 2 week old babies. Mom had a deformed left leg and had been shot (which we found out later) in her good right paw destroying all the bones in her foot. She could not walk, was totally emaciated, heartworm positive, and making no milk for her babies. One of her babies had a deformed leg much like hers, another was almost blind in one eye, and another had badly forming front legs from malnutrition. They had been neglected, abused, and abandoned….I could not leave them there…..
What kind of rescue pulls dogs like this? Pawfect Match Rescue does..Do we have the funds to do so? Absolutely not….And quite frankly, I thought we were going to lose at least half of the litter and that we were going to have to euthanize the momma.
Almost 2 months later and after treatment and good nutrition, our baby with the bad eye has 70% vision, our baby with the bad forming bones in his front legs have straightened out! Our little “gimpette” as we call her will probably need to have her leg amputated at a later time but already has a loving forever home.
Momma dog has undergone cutting edge stem cell surgery on her paw and is requiring twice monthly visits for bandages and x-rays and recovery could take as long as 4 months IF it works. If it does not, we will need to start to pursue prosthetic device options so that she will have use of that leg.
She has started heartworm treatment and once that is completed she will be spayed.
What gets me about this girl is after ALL the crap she’s been through, she is the most loving, trusting animal I believe I have ever met.
A $2000.00 grant will help us offset her ever climbing medical bills so that we can offer her the most loving, trustworthy home she is so deserving of.
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