Congratulations to Animal Rescue New Orleans, the 11th $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:
Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO)
New Orleans, LA
ARNO is a no-kill triage shelter and rescue group created by animal first responders in the wake of Katrina. As a volunteer based organization all funds go to help our rescues. We assist those that would have no chance anywhere else: the old, too young, maimed/injured, sick, abandoned and abused. Your grant would help us assist these helpless animals. ARNO has just weathered Hurricane Isaac with damage to the shelter but also the need to hospitalize a heartworm positive dog to keep him in air-conditioning as we were on generators and fans the week of the storm.
Napoleon was standing in the middle of I-10 searching for food. He was blinded by an eye infection and cataracts, emaciated, had a yeast infection and flea allergy, was heartworm positive and of course he was not neutered. At present Napoleon’s skin issues have been remedied, he has been treated for heartworms and neutered. Napoleon will see the face of the lady adopting him sometime soon, if we can raise enough funds for his surgery by an eye specialist.
Little Kentucky Jack, a small blue and tan minpin mix, was found curled in a ball on the side of the road. He had been hit by a car and had multiple fractures in his pelvis, and multiple breaks in his legs. He was sent to a specialist for surgery and is doing great as he goes through his physical therapy. He will soon find his perfect home.
Freeway was only a kitten when thrown from a moving car onto the interstate. This brave little kitten was smart enough to remain perfectly still waiting for a good Samaritan to bring him to ARNO. To our great horror we discovered he already had ulcerations covering his eyes, giving him at most pin hole vision. Freeway was emaciated, dehydrated, and had to be built up and on antibiotics until he was strong enough for surgery. His surgery was a success, and the black ulcerated eyes are not a beautiful green! He is an adorable little cat and is in foster waiting for his permanent home.
Recently rescued was a little family living under an abandoned house in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Three puppies left behind by a high-kill shelter that trapped their mother and planned on euthanizing her because she was feral. While trapping the puppies, poor old Gladiator (the Daddy) wandered into the trap and collapsed. He was in terrible condition: heartworm positive, hemolytic anemia, prostate, lung and ear infections had this poor sweet guy in terrible shape. He saved his own life by going in our trap set for the puppies. He is under constant vet’s care and in the kindness ward of our shelter, getting better and gaining strength so that he can be treated for heartworms. The puppiesDelery, Tupelo and Maurice, once feral, are now socialized and will need spay/neuter before finding their forever home. Mama Stella was pulled by ARNO from the high-kill shelter and is becoming more and more social every day, and will be also treated for heartworms. Your generous grant will help this little family become healthy and adoptable, so that one or more victims of the streets, the spill and the storms will find there way to a permanent home.
Together we can save them…just one animal at a time. You help us spread the word about our adoptables and now you will help us get them healthy! We are so grateful, and so are these animals, God’s creatures.
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