Grant submission: Pawzitive Petz Rescue

Posted by Jennifer on July 18th, 2011

We’ve received so many wonderful submissions for the Purina Veterinary Diets® $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:

Pawzitive Petz Rescue
Verona, KY

Winning an Adopt-a-Pet Veterinary Care Fund grant would mean the difference between surviving from one adoption to the next, and having a disaster fund set aside for when an emergency case arrives. Pawzitive Petz Rescue, Ltd. began out of need in March of 2011. Currently we are the only rescue dedicated to the advocacy, education, and rescue of Pit Bulls and other Bully Breeds. We work with shelters in Gallatin, Boone, and Campbell Counties to save and find homes for the Pit Bulls brought into the shelters that would otherwise be euthanized simply because of their breed. The rescue is operated solely by volunteers, primarily founder/president Lou Hozeska and her 10-year-old son, Basil. Dogs and puppies pulled from shelters are housed in foster homes until permanent homes are found. Every dog is spayed/neutered, brought up to date on vaccines, and micro chipped. This very small rescue of 1 full-time and 3 part-time foster homes, and less than 10 volunteers have already saved and adopted out 39 puppies and juvenile dogs. There are currently an additional 15 puppies and juveniles in the rescue awaiting homes, some of which have to be boarded because of the lack of foster homes. Adoption fees are kept low enough to allow good families to adopt without experiencing financial hardship. This means Pawzitive Petz Rescue frequently spends more money on medical care and food than they receive from the adoption fee, especially if additional medial care is required. The rescue is supported exclusively by donations and what little ‘profit’ can be gained on some of the quicker adoptions. Winning a $2,000 grant would allow Pawzitive Petz Rescue to help the Bully Breeds of Northern Kentucky in the following ways:

  • Pay off vet bills that resulted from 4 puppies being hospitalized with Parvo and Canine Influenza back in April.
  • Off-set the cost of the 3 Pit Bull puppies – Sparta, Racer & Quaker – who were taken in dehydrated and covered mange. These puppies are currently being treated for the mange and coming along, but will not be ready for adoption until sometime in August.
  • Continued care for Rufus who was treated for, and survived, Parvo this past weekend. He continues to be contagious and needs additional care.
  • Care and spay/neuter costs for 6 hound-boxer pups left at a rural shelter at just 5 weeks old; the shelter didn’t even have proper puppy cages in which to keep the pups. These 6 pups will not be ready for adoption until the end of July.

This grant would go directly to the care of the above mentioned puppies, help pay off our vet bill, and allow Pawzitive Petz Rescue to set aside some funds for the next emergency case. We hope you will consider our rescue worthy of the Veterinary Care Fund Grant. Thank you.

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