We’ve received so many wonderful submissions for the the Purina Veterinary Diets® Adopt-a-Pet.com $50,000 Veterinary Care Fund! We were 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 thought you would be too! So we’re sharing some of the submissions, and all of the finalists’ and recipients’ stories here. Here’s how a $2,000 grant would (or, in the case of our recipients, WILL) change the life of a pet or pets in their care:
German Shepherd Rescue of GA
German Shepherd Dog Rescue of GA is a volunteer based 501(3)(C) organization and based in Kennesaw, GA. We accept a dog for its life, regardless of health problems. Not knowing what ailments shelter dogs have, we keep funds on reserve to be sure we can treat them, in addition to having a strong fundraising program. But cash can dwindle quickly. We have had 2 and 3 Heartworm positive dogs come into rescue at a time and we have to treat them. Turning them away isn’t an option once we commit to them.
Over the years, we have taken in several dogs who have been very sick, despite low funds. Luke came to us with no fur due to what his owner thought was mange. His owner couldn’t afford to keep him but we took him in. After extensive diagnostic testing at a teaching hospital, we learned he had severe allergies, to almost everything. We found the right food and put weight on him so he could go to forever home. He cost about $3300.
Gunter came from a shelter. He was a sweet dog but very sick and very thin, someone was not kind to him. He had 2 sores where maggots had burrowed inside and he had advanced Heartworms. We had to wait about a month to treat his Heartworms, he was so weak. He had a reaction to treatment a couple weeks after and we almost lost him. He appeared to have a stroke, so his foster dad got him to the vet. They had him on oxygen and kept him in the ICU till he was able to go home. He had no other complications and was adopted to his forever home. Now he is learning to be a therapy dog. Gunter cost about $2600. His pictures are attached, before and after.We were able to count his ribs but now he is healthy.
We want to help the next Luke or Gunter that comes to us in bad shape. Shelters will contact us when they get a sick or seriously neglected dog in, which is not a dog a normal adopter would be interested in. Also, there are dogs that have no known health problems until we take them in, such as hip dysplasia, or exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) common in GSDs, or Heartworm
$2000 would make a huge difference in a dog’s life, and ultimately, in a human’s too. Please consider German Shepherd Rescue
of GA for a grant.
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