Congratulations to Shepherds Hope Rescue, the 7th $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:
Shepherds Hope Rescue
Glen Head, NY
We rescued Snow and Mikey New York’s Animal Care and Control about 2 weeks ago. They are both visually impaired and need surgery for entropian. These dogs came from a home where the owner said they had too many. We were appalled by the condition of these dogs- although they are not even German Shepherds (which is what we rescue) our hearts broke to see them covered with scabs and scars, having these eye issues, we felt strongly about getting them out of there and to safety. They were volunteer favorites at the shelter and everyone who came in contact with them just loved them because despite their lives of obvious neglect, they are loving and gravitate towards people for attention and love. Snow does have a home to go to, but poor Mike does not. We are raising money for entropian surgery and their boarding expenses, so that they can live out the remainder of their years without the terrible discomfort they must be enduring.
UPDATE: Snow was adopted to an awesome lady in northwestern PA. He was supposed to have his surgery the 26th but the vet didn’t like the way he responded to anesthesia. She sent him home and told his mom to fatten him up a bit so hopefully he can withstand it better. Thought you might enjoy this picture attached of Snow below in his golf cart.
I understand we can also submit for past dogs, so we are submitting for our beloved Zephyr (Zee):
Zephyr, formerly Tyler was found limping along the streets of Brooklyn and was brought to Animal Care and Control. They stated he had been hit by a car and needed immediate surgery. We saw his picture and thought him so beautiful with his soulful eyes, we could not let him die. So we pulled him from the euth list the day before he was set to die and had him transported to our vet. Zephyr arrived at our vet in pain and scared. We knew he had a fracture of the acetabulum (the socket where the hip fits into) when we took him, but we just could not let him die. There are xrays of both hips and his uninjured hip was a mess too. He had the surgery in February, 22 screws, two titanium plates and $1,400 later! No matter what was done to him, all Zee ever wanted was love, love and more love!! He was examined, manipulated, made to walk several times a day, almost immediately after surgery. He never had anything but love to give to all those who came in contact with him. We were ecstatic when a wonderful woman came along who wanted to adopt him and she was a veterinarian. But upon further examination, she determined his body suffered way more from being hit by the car than we first saw, and there were many other injuries that were not detected. And less than two weeks after being adopted, our beloved boy passed away from bloat. We are grateful that we were able to help him – he didn’t die in pain at the ACC and he had nothing but love and being spoiled for the two months he was in our care.
We also have one dog, Benny a black Lab mix, who’s neuter was botched so badly at the shelter it resulted in a week long stay at our vet and another surgery. He was in deplorable condition when he came to us – and he is also deaf. As a black, older dog I’m sure he will be with us for a long time.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this grant. We are soooo grateful!!
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