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 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:
Rakki-Inu Akita Rescue
Virginia Beach, VA
Two weeks ago, on June 1, we picked up a female Akita and her 6 puppies from North Carolina. The mom, Saki, is approximately 2 years old, skin-and-bones, had every intestinal parasite known to man, and has hair loss from malnutrition and a severe flea infestation.
She was found giving birth on the side of the road leading to a sand mine on May 24, 2011. She gave birth over three days to 7 puppies. One puppy, the largest and a male, was run over by a truck and killed. After the loss of her little son, she moved the puppies up under an abandoned house. The next day when the good Samaritan who discovered them was bringing her more water and food, they discovered that Saki was acting strange, panting and pacing, and they found that one of the little pups had gotten stuck, head first, in an empty peanut butter jar. The puppy was wet from where mom had tried to get her out, but she was very stuck. After a struggle, they were able to free to puppy, but, as she was all black, she was burning hot and exhausted. It was then that the good Samaritan decided to take mom and the pups back to her place. After riding in the car with AC on full blast and getting a bath in cool water, the puppies were all fine.
Since taking them on, one of the puppies, Kamakaze, has had stitches twice, staples once (mom licked both sets of stitches out), and has been treated for a fever. He had to be separated and bottle fed for a little over a week. Saki, is currently being treated for a uterine infection, intestinal parasites, and explosive diarrhea. We have been to the vet’s offices approximately every other day, and have already spent over $700 on just Saki and the one puppy. The puppies still need de-wormer, puppy vaccinations, and spay/neuter for them and Saki.
You can see little Kamakaze (pictured above at one week old), now 3 weeks of age and playing with a toy at:
We are still a new, small rescue, having only been formed in October of 2010. We are still in the application process for our 501(c)(3), non-profit, status and therefor funds are very tight. We need help to get this family all the medical attention and forever homes that they need!!!
Thank you 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