Adopt-a-Pet.com’s mission (and passion!) is to help homeless pets find loving homes. Thanks to our corporate sponsors and individual donors, one way we help animal shelters and rescues in their amazing pet-saving work is with grants for veterinary costs, so pets in their care can get the veterinary care they need to become healthy and adoptable – and then Adopt-a-Pet.com can help them find loving homes!
Congratulations to From the Heart Rescue! they are a $1,000 grant recipient from the 2015 Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund. We are so moved by the amazing lengths shelters and rescues go to give homeless pets a chance at getting healthy so they can be adopted. Below is their grant application detailing how this grant will change the life of a pet or pets in their care.
See photos at the end!
From the Heart Rescue
We are seeking a veterinary grant to assist mobility-challenged dogs in our rescue.
From the Heart Rescue was founded in 2004 and is dedicated to helping the stray and unwanted animals in our area, with a focus on the ones who need us most — the sick, the injured, and senior pets which other rescues and shelters often reject or euthanize. In fact, over 80% of the approximate 150 dogs which come to us each year are medically-challenged or senior. Although From the Heart is one of the smallest groups in the area and always full, somehow our fosters manage to make room when a dog desperately needs us.
Among the type of dogs we handle are the mobility-challenged. In fact, we are the only group to take such dogs and provide them with the ability to run and play through supportive devices — dogs like Scooter, Winter, Remington, Chia and Georgie.
One of our many success stories involves Scooter, a Chihuahua puppy discarded in a trash can as a very young pup because he had no feet. Somehow, he made his way to the Las Cruces municipal shelter and From the Heart Rescue was afforded the opportunity to give this little guy a new lease on life by providing him with a wheelchair. He now runs and plays like a normal pup, and don’t you dare tell this guy he is different from any other dog! He even goes to the local Triple AAA Baseball Team (The El Paso Chihuahuas) as an unofficial mascot to spread the word that special needs dogs are wonderful companions, and now is training to be a Therapy Dog at a local rehabilitation center.
Scooter is not the only one for whom we have been able to supply wheels to assist with mobility in the last year. A little pup named Chia was stepped on, paralyzed and then turned in by her owners. Weighing only 2 lbs, she was too small for a regular wheelchair since they must be no more than ½ the dog’s weight. Not being a group to step away from a challenge, From the Heart Rescue was determined to help this girl — she already had been through enough. We worked with a wheelchair company who was able to provide her with a wheelchair made on a 3D printer which weighed only 11oz. She now lives in a loving home where she rolls around playing with the children.
Remington, a 1-year old Doberman, came to us after having his front leg shattered by bullets. He allegedly was shot for being aggressive, but throughout his time in rescue, he never showed the slightest bit of anything other than love. Despite his pain from being shot and then the surgery to knit together his shattered leg, Remington loved to cuddle and comfort the smaller pups, including Chia, as they went through their own struggles. After two surgeries and months of therapy, Remington’s leg was saved, but in order to go for long runs or extended playtime, he needed a special brace. We were able to provide that for him and his new family reports him to be a happy, loving companion, who still cuddles with the “little ones” – his five year old and one year old human sisters.
Winter, another Chihuahua mix, received her set of wheels as an early Christmas gift this year. Winter had been severely abused and came to From the Heart with untreated fractures of her rear legs, which healed in such a way as to cross in the back. Needless to say, this young dog faced a life of struggling to move. Although taken to several specialists, there was no surgery to correct the past injuries. A fundraising drive allowed us to provide a custom wheelchair for her. While she still is searching for her forever home, we are sure she will bring love and laughter to whomever will open their heart to her.
Currently waiting for his turn at mobility is Georgie, a Chihuahua/dachshund mix. He is only 3 years old and suffering from polyarthritis in all joints which is crippling him. Providing Georgie with a quad-chair, which would support his body weight, will allow him to live a longer and more enjoyable life. He is entirely too young to not be able to run, play and do normal doggie things.
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Mobility-challenged pups are just one of the types of extraordinary cases with which we work. We also take old, the sick, and the injured, so the dogs in our care normally have a higher than average veterinary bill. For instance, we just recently we took in an American Staffordshire Terrier, named Puma, suffering from an old leg injury causing her to drag the leg; she also had a prolapsed uterus. She underwent surgery to amputate her rear leg and, of course, was spayed correcting the uterine problem. Puma still is in recovery, but turning out to be the happiest tripod you will ever meet.
Since we are dedicated to helping the animals who are often turned away elsewhere, veterinary care can often be expensive. The average price for a mobility wheelchair can run from $450 for a rear wheelchair to $750 for a quad chair. Orthopedic surgery often runs between $350 for a simple amputation, to over $500 for extensive corrective surgery But that cost pales in comparison to the smile on a dog that can run and play, perhaps for the first time in his life.
Any grant fund money received by From the Heart Rescue will go towards animals like Georgie in need of a mobility assistance device, allowing us to free up funds for use for the elderly dogs in our Senior-to-Senior Program, who often require extensive veterinary treatment prior to adoption. Simply put, a grant would allow us to make a bigger impact on saving animals’ lives in the El Paso area since it would allow us to help more special needs and senior dogs find loving homes.
Adopt-a-pet.com has been an extremely useful tool for us which has resulted in multiple adoptions. The perfect example is Joe Cocker, an 8-year old cocker boy who came to us with bilateral ear infections, skin infections, an eye infection, and suffering from low thyroid. It has taken months to correct all his problems with special medications and medicated baths, and he will be on thyroid medication the rest of his life. Once listed in our Senior-to-Senior Program (designed to help place senior dogs with older citizens at greatly reduced adoption fees), we quickly got an application on him from a lovely older lady who saw his posting on Adopt-a-Pet! He will start 2016 in his very own loving home.
We cannot express enough how Adopt-a-Pet.com has made an incredible impact on our hard-to-place pets. Whereas showing our pets at offsite events like Petsmart helps, it is a simple fact that special needs and senior pets take longer to to find an appropriate adoptive home. Adopt-a-Pet opens up a larger audience to us to showcase the wonderful dogs in our care. From the Heart Rescue is so grateful for Adopt-a-Pet which has produced many happy endings for multiple pets and families.
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