Congratulations to Morning Meadow Animal Rescue the 19th $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:
Morning Meadow Animal Rescue
MMAR is a small rescue that takes on many animals. There are two of us who do the actual rescues, calls and care for the animals. We have a man who helps us clean and my mom and another lady help out with fundraising. People are surprised when they learn we are small because of the number of animals we have helped since we started in March 2010. Something we are so proud of is that we have gone to court six times to speak for the abused animals and we have won all six cases. We have on average 100 + animals in our care. They include dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and horses.
We are always long on animals and short on money. Our local vet, Dr. Scott Campbell, Fordyce Animal Clinic has allowed us to carry a bill since we began the rescue. Sometimes, we have been under $1000.00, but most of the time, we are way over. He charges us his cost for the medicines we use and small amounts on surgeries. Basically we have about a 85% – 90% discount. Every time we get it paid down and celebrate, here comes an animal in need. We simply cannot turn them away and Scott understands this. Just recently, with a bill over $2000.00, he called me about a dog that a lady had brought in. The dog, a young golden retriever, had been shot through the neck and the bullet lodged under her skin. He asked if I would take her. I could tell by his voice, he could not put this one down. He gave her the treatment and meds she needed and never was a word said about the bill. I cared for her until she went to her new home with a regular adopter of our that handles special needs animals. She is a great dog and thanks to a caring vet, she got her chance. I have included her picture (she’s in the pool) along with a few of some others we have saved.
We have had many animals with gunshots, caught in traps, caught in snares, runover and horribly malnourished. We could not have helped them if we did not have Dr. Campbell’s belief in us and love for the animals. His is not a large practice, and I know it is difficult for him to carry us at times. It would be like Christmas to have this type of money to be able to pay on our bill. We manage to keep going no matter what, but we need to pay Dr. Campbell so that he can continue to help us as well as others in the community. We operate on donations and a monthly payment of $500.00 from the City of Fordyce to help with feed. We are working on getting help from the county right now. It took a bit to convince the city and now the county, but Dr. Campbell was on board right away and has stood with us.
Morning Meadow Animal Rescue would be so appreciative to be considered for this grant. We may be small, but the animals get the care they need and are dearly loved by us and Dr. Campbell until they can be adopted. To be able to pay on our bill would mean the world to us. Thank you for considering us.
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