Congratulations to A PAW UP Rescue, the 5th $1,000 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 this grant will change the life of a pet or pets in their care:
A PAW UP Rescue
We recently took in a dog from another rescue. He has an extremely poor hair coat and the first day he was here, showed signs of illness. Upon vet exam and tests he was shown to have pancreatitis. Testing procedures and bloodwork, etc. cost our rescue $300. This Dachshund (purebred dog) has need of a dental (another $150-200 if done at the less expensive vet clinic. However he also needs a test for determining if he has Cushing’s disease, and if he does, will need medication also. We’re talking upwards of $300-500 more to diagnose and treat this dog. Being an older guy – at least 6yrs. according to our vet - his adoption fee will likely be $100 – 150. With our adoptions so slow at this point due to this horrid economy, we need all the help we can get. The photo I’ve attached is my husband starting and working on Otis’ IV, because to hospitalize Otis would have cost another $2-300. Since Jeff is a paramedic he could start the IV himself, and save that money. We are as frugal as we can be, without compromising the dogs’ health.
Last year A Paw Up also applied for an Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Grant. Here are updates on how the four dogs in that application are doing now:
The Dachshund with the pink camo bandanna is “Kya”, she was 25lbs. and turned into a kill shelter. The shelter contacted us immediately as we have a special place in our hearts and rescue for Dachshunds!
Kya should have weighed just 12-15lbs., but was so overweight her chest dragged on the ground and wore off her hair. We put her on a diet and over the next few months in our home, got her down to 17lbs., and she found a loving home of her very own! She’s doing wonderful there and staying in tip top shape. She resides in Lacy, WA, with her new pet parents who are long-time Dachshund lovers!
Belle, the Basset, came from a small kill shelter in North Idaho, and we made the long trip to get her from there. She is a very sweet girl but had a defective paw on the front, making it difficult to take long walks, etc. She was also overweight but we are careful in planning dogs’ diets so they can either bulk up if too thin or lose, if too heavy. She did lose some weight and that helped her paw. She got a loving awesome home where the teen boy had fallen in love with her but mom wasn’t so sure. After a few days in their home, Belle won mom over and they are smitten with her! Belle and her family reside in Montesano, WA.
Two parvo puppies are included in the photos – the black one with faint tan is now known as “Anubis” and he’s living in a terrific home near Seattle. He also recently got a big sister – her name is Heidi and she’s a special girl herself, she came from our rescue after having lost her leg to careless owners! I’ve attached a photo of her and her brother playing (see above)! They live in Olympia, WA. In the one photo you can see Heidi’s amputation. The fur is over it so you have to look closely!
The other parvo puppy is “Rocky” (photo above), and he was an owner surrender (due to the parvo – owner could not afford treatment) we mistakenly thought he was 3mos. or so, like most of the parvo babies we tend to get. We were surprised to learn he was over 6mos., with a full set of brand new adult teeth when I checked him out!!
Rocky healed up well and went on to find a lovely home of his very own in Spokane, WA!
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