Grant Winner: Healing Hearts Small Animal Rescue, Inc.

Posted by Jennifer on July 11th, 2011

Congratulations to the winner of our 5th grant!

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 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:

Healing Hearts Small Animal Rescue, Inc.
Old Fort, NC

Dear Adopt-a-Pet,

We would like to thank you for giving us this opportunity to apply for the Veterinary Care Grant. Our rescue is a foster home based rescue located in McDowell County, North Carolina. We are a small rescue, striving to make a difference in our county through educational programs for local schools and community events. This grant would help us to continue to provide the medical treatment that some severely injured animals like Angel and Ms. Kitty have needed to survive.

In the early morning hours on January 14, 2011, a woman saw what she thought was a stuffed animal laying in the snow on her way to work. When she returned home later that afternoon, the “stuffed animal” had moved closer to the road and it was then that she realized the “stuffed animal” was actually a dog in desperate need of help. She called Healing Hearts Small Animal Rescue, Inc. and we sent one of our volunteers, Jennifer, to access the situation. I told Jennifer to expect the worse due to the snow, severe cold temperatures and the fact that the dog may have been hit by a car. When Jennifer arrived, much to her surprise, Angel was alive. Jennifer scooped her up and took her immediately to the veterinarian’s office.

She was so matted, on one side of her face we could not see her eye and her other eye appeared to be infected. The mats were horrible some of them connected to her front legs from her chest and others were pulling at her back legs. Our veterinarian told us that Angel’s mats probably saved her life, providing the much needed insulation for her malnourished body to be able to stay warm during the time she spent lying in the snow.

After her exam at the veterinarian’s office, we found out that Angel was heartworm positive. They recommended that we treat Angel with the slow kill method since they did not think she would make it through the traditional treatment for heartworms. We all thought that we would be providing hospice care for Angel due to her condition, but much to our surprise we received an application for her adoption! Martha Benton and her dog, Ginny, had just lost their blind dog and were looking for a new friend. They came to meet Angel and it was love at first sight for both Ms. Martha and her dog Ginny. Angel walked behind a door and Ginny stood and cried because she could not find Angel. Ginny helps to lead Angel around and has become her “eyes” due to her limited vision.

As you can see from the pictures, Angel has gained weight and looks wonderful thanks to Ms. Martha and Ginny’s care. Angel will, forever, hold a special place in all of our hearts.

Ms. Kitty was released to our veterinarian’s office after a house fire caused her to lose her family, home, and two kittens. Ms. Kitty tried to save all of her kittens but sadly two of them did not survive the smoke and intense heat. We took her into our rescue so that she could recover in a home environment with her kittens.

Ms. Kitty received severe burns to her face, ears, back and the bottoms of her feet. It will take several months to allow her body to heal from the burns. She will have to have surgery in the future to remove portions of her ears that were burned so severely in the fire and her spay after she has regained her strength. She is such a good mom to her two remaining kittens and she loves everyone in her foster home. She is always purring and wanting to be petted. She is such an inspiration to all of us with her strength to survive and her love for her kittens.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration in the Veterinary Care Grant.

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