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:
Paws and Prayers
Thank you so much for the opportunity to apply for the Veterinary Care Fund Grant. We are a rescue (dogs and cats) in a multi-county area in Ohio. We have over 60 volunteers and save over 1,200 animals last year, but our biggest challenge has always having enough funds to treat the animals that we take in. We are already up to 700 animals this year so we think we will surpass last year’s statistics. Thank you for any help you can give.
Right now there are 20 ways we can use the money. I will start with little Pocahontas’s story: Pocahontas is a puppy that was born into our rescue. At 6 months old we found out that she only had 6 months left to live without surgical intervention! She had already spent half of her life! She had what was called PDA which is where the blood vessels don’t close properly in the fetal stages and pump blood into the lungs, straining the heart. 60% of dogs die within the first year of diagnosis. Between her visit to the heart doctor, the echo-cardiogram, surgery and follow up appointments, this beautiful girl has really raked up the vet bills. She is very worth it! Please help us by making a donation so we can continue to save the lives of cats and dogs, just like little Pokie. Her costs exceed $2,000. Picture attached.
At the beginning of July, we took in 3 mommies with litters of puppies from a shelter in West Virginia. These moms and pups were all scheduled to be euthanized that day. We just couldn’t let that happen, so, we worked with All Breed Puppy Rescue to transport them to Akron. We got a silver lab mom with ten 4-day-old puppies, a Chihuahua mom with three 4-week-old puppies, and a beagle mix mom with three 4-week-old puppies. We hoped to save their lives! We noticed right away that something seemed “off” about the beagle puppies. They were a little lethargic and sleepy. We were hoping that they were just tuckered out from the long transport, but being in rescue, you just can’t take any risks. We tested the smallest and sickest looking one for Parvovirus… And got the result all rescues dread. Just to be sure, we tested his other littermate which just solidified the finding. Our poor beagle pups had contracted Parvo.
Rescue is always risky when you take in puppies. The Chihuahua puppies came down with parvo also. Luckily, we caught it early but Parvovirus is very expensive to treat and unfortunately, one of the Chihuahua puppies died. It can run as much as $1,500 per puppy. The labs were separated out and did not come down with the dreaded disease. Tiberius, one of the beagle pups is still at the emergency hospital battling strangles, a result of the parvo and his young age. This whole endeavor will cost us several thousand dollars and $2,000 will help us make a dent on it and get the puppies on their way (pictures of three litters attached).
Thank you so much for any help you can give us. We are on Facebook and will be sure to share knowledge of any grants we may receive with our volunteers, adopters and followers. Since you love U tube video links we have attached our site:
We are truly looking forward to your response and truly appreciate Adopt-A-Pet (where many of our adoptions are generated) and Purina Foods (use a lot of your puppy products on these little guys). Have a Great DAY!
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