We’ve received so many wonderful submissions for 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 recipients’ stories here on our Shelter Blog. 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:
Buffalo Pug & Small Breed Rescue
Buffalo Pug & Small Breed Rescue is a nonprofit, volunteer run organization. We are active in both Buffalo & Rochester, NY. We accept dogs from various avenues; shelters where they are at risk of being euthanized, directly from owners as an alternative to local shelters, puppy mill rescues and other situations. We make sure that all dogs that come through our rescue are vaccinated fully, spayed/neutered, heart worm tested and treated for any additional medical issues. We also provide a safety net for each dog for the rest of their lives and will take back our adopted dogs at anytime.
A $2,000 grant would allow us to help several dogs. We always go for the underdog! We’d like to share a few of our success stories with you.
First, we have Gianna. Gianna (and her brother, Chase who we also rescued!) were surrendered to a high kill shelter by their owners because they were “sick.” In actuality, these 2 beautiful boxer mix pups had demodectic mange that had gone untreated. Their owner even dipped them in motor oil thinking it would cure the mange before dumping them off at a shelter to die. No one would even look twice at these babies so they were scheduled to be euthanized immediately. An angel at the shelter saved them as they were being taken into the euthanasia room and our rescue committed to taking them immediately after. At 12 weeks old, with a compromised immune system, a serious skin infection, an upper respiratory infection and bodies that had lacked proper puppy nutrition, our vets thought Gianna was failing to thrive and doubted that she would live another week, but we went for it and did everything we could for her. We’d like to share her before and after picture with you. She was a fighter and we were able to bring her back to health. She was even adopted and has a wonderful home and loving family and is now known as “Bella.”
And Lastly, we’d like to share Guiseppe with you. Guiseppe was picked up by one of our volunteers after she questioned his owner about why he was in such bad shape. She immediately relinquished him to our rescue. Guiseppe was missing most of his hair due to a severe flea infestation. He had broken his leg and it had gone untreated. It hung there swinging unattached and a large cyst developed. We had no choice but to amputate Guiseppe’s leg. We nursed him until he was healthy enough to undergo surgery, helped him heal and then he looked like a million bucks when his new family took him home.
These are just 2 of the more than 1,200 dogs our rescue has helped. This grant would mean the world to dogs like Gianna and Guiseppe and they would allow us to help dogs that the rest of the world has seemed to have given up on.
Thank you kindly for your consideration.
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