Congratulations to Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue, the 1st grant recipient from the 2012 Adopt-a-Pet.com $20,000 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! We’re sharing the recipients’ stories here on our Shelter Blog. Here’s how a $1,000 grant will change the life of a pet or pets in their care:
Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue
Burns, TN 37029
This grant will be applied to the veterinary bill for Pokey. His story is compelling.
Ten months ago, a teacher witnessed someone throw a very pregnant dog from a car on a rural road in middle Tennessee. The teacher was never able to catch the terrified dog who eventually had three pups. Each day the teacher would bring food to the area where the dog had been abandoned where the dog would arrive with her pups to eat. The teacher was never able to touch or catch the momma or pups. Eventually the momma and two of the pups were killed by cars.
Pokey was the lone survivor.
On 4/23/12, Pokey was not at his usual spot awaiting his food. On 4/24/12, the teacher saw him awaiting his food but half of his face was shot off. She put out his food, snapped a photo with her cell phone and sent it to Proverbs 12:10 Rescue to see if we could help her catch him and get him veterinary care.
It took three heartbreaking days and honey baked ham to catch him due to his terror of people. He finally went into a humane traps which we covered with a quilt to help calm him for transport to Cornerstone Animal Hospital in Dickson, TN.
There he was sedated so the wound could be debrided the dead and infected tissue, broken teeth extracted and he was neutered. He was treated with antibiotics and further debridement until 5/15/12 when he was transferred to a veterinary specialty clinic.
A specialty surgeon agreed to swing a flap of his neck tissue up to create a new muzzle for Pokey. That surgeon donated his time and charged only the cost of supplies needed for the surgery. On 5/16, Pokey returned to Cornerstone Animal Hospital for post-operative care to assure that the graft had proper blood flow, did not swell excessively and did not get infected.
Pokey’s physical recovery has been amazing but his psychological recovery is even more impressive. From the caring of the veterinarians, vet. technicians and Proverbs volunteers, Pokey has become a tag wagging, affection seeking puppy. His Elizabethan collar was removed recently and his tail moved like a whirligig in a wind storm. He can look forward to an adoptive home within the new few months.
6/26/12 Happy Update: “Now that he has left the hospital – Pokey has decided to further his education and attended school today with his foster mom.” See photo below!
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