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:
MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue
Omaha, NE 68116
Giving Phoebe Sight
(attached are pictures of Phoebe before and after her eye has been removed)
My name is Phoebe. I am a 3 year old Boston Terrier that was picked up as a stray. My owners never came looking for me and I do not know why. I show all signs that I was well cared for and loved so why did I land in a shelter? The shelter diagnosed me with juvenile cataracts. MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue was called upon to help as the shelter deemed me unadoptable as I am now blind. I saw the eye doctor who stated I was a good candidate for cataract surgery. This expense and procedure was nothing new for MABTR as they have on average three of these cases a year. MABTR raised the $800 needed to have one of my eyes repaired. This cost is after a 25% rescue discount. Recovery was long and strenuous. Unlike those before me things were not going as smoothly as expected.
Unfortunately I got my repaired eye scratched resulting in major damage. You may hear it alot how Bostons have buggy eyes and are prone to injuries but in my case it is something I could not afford. As a result I had to have my recently corrected eye removed which cost MABTR $150. They just could not save it and it is not worth the pain. MABTR wants me to be able to see again. They see my potential as I am a well-mannered, loving and loyal little girl. We are back to the drawing board to raise more money not only for corrective surgery for my one eye that remains.
Attached is the estimate from the vet. The cost of cataract surgery will run between $1087.50 to $1320 which includes a 25% rescue discount. The quote attached is without the discount.
We appreciate any consideration to financially supporting our effort in order to give me sight again.
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