Congratulations to Mutts Matter Rescue, the 9th $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:
Mutts Matter Rescue
Mutts Matter Rescue is a 501C3, all volunteer based, dog rescue. Over the last year and a half MMR has saved the lives of over 450 dogs. Our goal is to continue to help save the lives of so many animals in need. It isn’t just about rescue, rehabilitating, and rehoming, but to educate as well. Our rescue continues to take on some extremely challenging cruelty cases; a lot of the cases we take most people would have looked the other way.
In February of this year, MMR took in 5 Mastiffs that were part of a cruelty case out of PG county. These dogs were breed over and over, lived in outdoor pens all year round, had little to no socialization,and had wounds on them. They were by far one of the most shut down dogs we had ever seen. Two of the female mastiff’s, who are now named Fortune and Hope, suffered from Pyometra from over breeding. Had we not gotten to them in time, they both would have died of infections from septic. In addition to the thousands of dollars we have spent on their continued vet care, we have, and continue to pay for behavioral therapy. This case has cost us an excess of over 5K
The most recent case we took on has cost MMR over 3K. Mimi (aka-Miracle), a pitbull mix, was left tied up to starve to death on an abandoned property. Once we vetted her, we realized that Mimi was diabetic. Besides the numerous trips to the ER to regulate her insulin, we have now been told she has cancer. I have attached her bio and story below.
Any funding we would be lucky enough to receive, would help us pay for the cost of Mimi’s bills. In addition, it would also allow us help spay/neuter countless dogs that need our help.
My name is Miracle-my nickname by my foster momma is Mimi. I was named that-well-because that is what I needed to survive. And thank God one came in time. I was surrender to a high kill shelter in SC in this condition. I was starved almost to my death. I was emaciated and broken spirited. Luckily, a rescue saw me, took pitty on me, and brought me to safety. I currently weigh 65lbs. I was under 50lbs when I came into rescue in June. I am between 7-8 years old, and believed to be a French bulldog terrier mix. I love other dogs outside of the home, but I would do best as only dog or with dogs smaller than me. It’s amazing how sweet I am considering how awful mankind has been to me. Clearly people walked by me every day and did nothing to help-until now. I would do well in a home with a yard where I can have free roam and total freedom-something I haven’t had much of. I need lots of TLC and kisses, and will gladly return all the love you give me right back. If you can’t adopt me, you can still help contribute to my care by sponsoring me.
Miracle is diabetic. She is on insulin, and will have to remain on it for the remainder of her life. Miracle is one of the lucky ones tat made it out of the shelter and to a safe place. Even as a rescue, this type of abuse is something we never get used to seeing. Please choose your next dog from your local shelter or rescue and help save dogs like Miracle who deserve a second chance.
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