Congratulations to Cullen’s Archangel RescuE, the 6th $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:
Cullen’s Archangel RescuE
The desperate calls for help come from individuals, veterinary hospitals, and animal control officers. An animal is in need of medical treatment, but there is no one to take responsibility for payment or to care for the pet during the recovery process. CARE, a 501c3 non-profit all species animal rescue, says yes to those pets whenever possible.
It is hard to say no to an animal who’s life will be cut short for something treatable. Xavier just came to CARE from a Veterinary Emergency Hospital where he was to be euthanized for nothing more than a broken leg. He is only 5 months old with the most trusting eyes and the sweetest soul. They asked us for a miracle for Xavier, and we said yes.
Homelessness is not limited to dogs and cats, and neither is the help CARE provides. Rabbits are the 3rd most euthanized pet in shelters behind cats and dogs. If not spayed, 80% of female rabbits have cancer by the time they are 4 years old. The cost to spay a rabbit is more than the adoption fee we can ask, but it is necessary for their health. Kiwi is a 6 month old domestic rabbit who was found on the side of a rural road. She is now safe and happily indoors again waiting for her spay surgery because we said yes.
2012 has been a particularly expensive year for CARE medically. We provided surgery to repair a young Chocolate Lab’s broken pelvis after he was hit by a car. Delco had only hours to live in a shelter when the animal control officer found CARE. Lyla, an amazing Rottweiler, was just a week shy of her first birthday when she blew out her knee. She was also hours from euthanasia when an employee at the veterinary hospital found CARE. Mazie, a one year old Cockapoo, had a birth defect in her urinary tract that caused her to leak urine. It not only diminished her quality of life but would have led to kidney failure without surgery. These surgeries added up to thousands of dollars and represent only a fraction of the medical costs incurred for pets in need who CARE has said yes to. Delco, Lyla, and Mazie are now healthy and living happily in their forever homes. We said yes to Xavier and Kiwi without knowing where the money would come from but with the faith that it would come, and they now have the same chance to live long, happy lives with a loving family.
A grant from the Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund will pay for Kiwi’s spay and Xavier’s surgery and follow-up care, and help ensure that CARE can continue to say yes to pets who have run out of options.
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