Grant Recipient #15: Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART)

Posted by Jennifer on September 21st, 2011

Congratulations to the recipient of our 15th grant!

We’ve received so many wonderful submissions for the Purina Veterinary Diets® $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:

Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART)
Fairfax Station, VA

HART, The Homeless Animals Rescue Team has been saving lives and making a difference in the community for over 20 years. While many of the animals in our care are perfectly healthy, we sometimes encounter animals with special needs. Very recently two especially needy animals came to us.

Gypsy was brought to a rural shelter on a Sunday in June to be euthanized. The people who brought her in told the shelter manager that she was a stray they found injured, yet when they went to get her out of the car they tapped the seat and said “Come on Gypsy!” Stray? We think not. Gypsy had apparently been hit by a car and had suffered two broken legs (left front and left rear), various cuts and abrasions

The shelter manager prepared herself to euthanize Gypsy but then Gypsy reached up and licked her cheek. She took Gypsy outside to the grass and to her amazement Gypsy began to lope along on her two right legs. She couldn’t balance standing still but she could move! The shelter manager decided that Gypsy wasn’t ready to die and she immediately started contacting rescues. Twenty four hours later there were no takers but when we heard her story we couldn’t bear the thought of her suffering a moment longer. We picked her up on a Tuesday afternoon and had her at the surgeon at 9am the next morning. The surgeon examined her thoroughly but as careful as he was, it caused her pain. Gypsy didn’t complain though. She didn’t snarl or cry…she would just gingerly pull away. Even with all the pain, all the poking and prodding her tail gave a constant thump…thump…thump…

Gypsy’s surgery lasted close to 5 hours and went well. Her repair required a plate in her left femur and screws and wires in her left humorous. By 6pm Wednesday night she was recovering comfortably. So now she’s in her foster home recovering. She was very sore at first and couldn’t find a comfortable position but all it ever took, all it takes now is a kind voice and a soft touch and that tail goes thump..thump…thump…

And then we met Missy the cat. She showed up at a volunteer’s door recently in sad shape. She was missing an eye, had terrible swelling to one side of her face and was tragically skinny. Missy is an old girl who’s had a rough life on the streets. We are doing our best to treat her ailments and make her comfortable in the months she has left.

HART is a rescue and adoption group that strives to save as many lives as possible with the resources available. HART seeks to end suffering where ever we find it. A grant from Purina and Adopt a Pet .com would contribute to Gypsy’s costs and certainly help us give Missy the care and peace she deserves.

Thank you so much for your consideration.

Photos below:

*Gypsy the night before surgery crouching in the yard in between right legged balancing
*Gypsy’s break when the first surgery failed
*Gypsy the day after surgery
*Gypsy after surgery
*Gypsy at the shelter the day we saved her
*Missy the day she was found
*Missy before getting to the vet
*Missy at the vet
*Missy at the vet in her foster’s arms

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