Grant Submission: RESCUE

Posted by Jennifer on August 8th, 2011

We’ve received so many wonderful submissions for the Purina Veterinary Diets® $50,000 Veterinary Care Fund! We are 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 think you will 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:

Phoenix, AZ

his is Brooks, a yellow lab that we saved from the kill list. He was placed on the kill list because of this injury on his left front toe – see photo. Sadly Brooks was left to suffer in the kennel for 10 long days before he went on the kill list. He was not weight bearing on this leg but despite this injury he was your typical happy go-lucky lab. We quickly rescued him and had him treated by our vet. Brooks needed to have blood work to rule out Valley Fever, x-rays to determine the condition of the toe/foot, antibiotics and pain medications. X-rays revealed bone loss so we were concerned for Valley Fever, bone infection or bone cancer. The blood work came back negative for Valley Fever and the antibiotics appeared to be working. He was moved into foster care so he could recover from his injury and put on some much needed weight. After three long weeks, we had him re-checked by the vet. The antibiotics appeared to be working and x-rays revealed that he was no longer losing bone. We were hopeful that we were dealing with an infection and not cancer but only time would tell. Another month on antibiotics was prescribed. Brooks was now weight bearing and starting to put on some weight. We all crossed our fingers. After another exam and x-ray we got our wishes granted – Brooks was given a clean bill of health!!! We were so happy for him! His foster was over the moon. After 3.5 months he was ready for adoption. Unfortunately the foster had to go out of town so we need to find alternative arrangements for Brooks. Another foster parent volunteered their home so Brooks moved into his care with his other lab. About a week later the “boys” decided that it would be a good idea to do some counter surfing and sadly got into a container of Advil! We rushed both of them off to the emergency vet where they required 72 hours of IV fluids and medication in order to save them from going into renal failure. The foster dad of course paid for his dog but that left RESCUE with covering another large vet expense of $1700. Thankfully at the end of the 72 hours Brooks made a complete recovery. All his kidney and liver values were normal and again Brooks didn’t seem to be any worse for the wear. We told Brooks that he’s not a cat but he definitely has used up several of his lives between the pound, the bone infection and now the pills. He is one lucky dog for sure!

So you see, $2,000 would greatly help us recoup our costs that we spent to save Brooks’ life, not once or twice but three times!!

Photo from the day we saved Brooks.

Here is Brooks now.  As you can see he has filled out and is acting like a typical lab – in the pool trying to retrieve a toy!

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