Congratulations to the winner of our 9th grant!
We’ve received so many wonderful submissions for the Purina Veterinary Diets® Adopt-a-Pet.com $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:
Gateway Pet Guardians
St. Louis, Missouri
Gateway Pet Guardians is a nonprofit, virtual animal shelter and pet rescue located in St. Louis that rescues stray dogs and cats in and around the East St. Louis, Illinois and St. Louis metro area. Our volunteers feed the strays in East St. Louis on a daily basis. All of Gateway Pet Guardians’ adoptable animals are in the care of loving foster families within our network while they patiently await their turn to be adopted and go to a forever home. Often, the animals that we encounter are the victims of abuse and neglect and in dire need of veterinary attention. Veterinary costs are the number one expense for our organization and $2,000 could go a long way in providing life-saving care for these animals. We never turn away an animal or euthanize solely because the cost is too great to rehabilitate that animal.
Attached are pictures of two dogs: Humphrey and Trendley.
Humphrey was rescued from the streets of East St. Louis on one one of the coldest days of the St. Louis winter. It was obvious that Humphrey had a severely injured paw, but did not realize the extent of the injury. After careful examination by a veterinarian, the injuries to his leg were thought to be too traumatic for surgical repair alone and would require a leg amputation. A resilient spirit, Humphrey underwent the surgery, recovered, and is thriving in a permanent loving home. He has adapted well to his new life and is far removed from the dangers that haunted him on the harsh streets. Humphrey was also neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. The cost of his surgery and care was $733.
Trendley was most recently rescued from the streets of East St. Louis. Dragging a broken leash attached to a collar that was deeply embedded in her neck, she was a heartbreaking sight. Gateway Pet Guardian volunteers rescued Trendley and immediately took her for a veterinarian evaluation. In addition to the deep cuts in her neck from the imbedded collar, which needed to be treated with antibiotics, Trendley had a skin infection over most of her body and was positive for heartworms. While recuperating, Trendley was vaccinated and microchipped. Once she has recovered from her immediate injuries, she will be spayed. She is very early into her recovery and her costs are still ongoing. Trendley is currently recovering in a foster home with a loving family. In addition to her physical healing, she is receiving socialization that will help her successfully transition to a permanent home.
The stories of Humphrey and Trendley are two recent cases that required a higher level of veterinary care. As many of the dogs we rescue come directly from the streets, so many of them test positive for heartworms, which can be a very expensive treatment. With this grant, we can continue to save dogs like Humphrey and Trendley, and reach out to others that are in such dire need of healing. Veterinary expenses are always a huge, but necessary cost in operating a street rescue. In 2010, Gateway Pet Guardians rescued 124 dogs and was able to rehome 95 of those dogs by year end. In addition 17 cats were rescued and 9 were adopted by the end of 2010. Every animal remains in a loving foster home until they are matched with the right forever home. Gateway Pet Guardians is dedicated to providing safe and healthy homes to animals in need.
We appreciate the opportunity to apply for this funding and thank you for your careful consideration of our request. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
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