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:
Friends of Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter
We are a non-profit group dedicated to animal rescue. Six years ago, we won the bid to run the municipal shelter in Pittsfield MA. We take in stray dogs and re-unite them with owners who are looking for them, and we find homes for the dogs who aren’t claimed and as many cats as we can possibly help in our small facility.
Some of our animals are in pretty rough shape. They’re the ones we’re most determined to create happy endings for, but often, it’s a challenge to finance the care they need.
Currently at the shelter, Bonnie a sweet, old stray hound dog who was never claimed. She was poorly taken care of for a long time. Her nails had curled under and were growing into her pads. She’s in need of surgery on one of her damaged paws.
Dozer, an English Bulldog mix has had 2 surgeries to solve his eye problems; his eye lashes are turned under so that they scratch his eyes. We hope he won’t need additional surgeries, but he might…. and we are still trying to solve some pretty persistent skin issues.
Olivia arrived as an 8 week old puppy whose leg was broken in a car door. Her surgery was a large expense for us, but it was successful. She’s healing well in a foster home and will soon be going to a new home.
You can see Olivia here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIaiCIQUc4A&feature=relmfu
There are so many stories of animals we have helped. They’re all in great homes now… it’s hard to know which ones to tell!
Sherpa the cat was found outside freezing. Literally! He was suffering from severe hypothermia and frostbite. During the first few weeks in the care of the shelter, he shed the dead skin on all of his foot pads and skin on his stomach fell away, creating an open wound. A tendon in his back leg was severed, and the end of his tail fell off too! The vet we brought Sherpa to thinks that this poor kitty had actually been frozen in a snow bank. He lived in a foster home for many months while he got all of the medical attention and pain medication he needed to heal. This is Sherpa in his great new home.
Ebby’s story can be seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Zb0oIe1sEE.
Faith a spunky, ancient little poodle needed dental work and treatment for a thyroid and heart condition. Here you can see some of our efforts to find this poor old gal a home at a local dog show… she won second place for best smile. http://www.youtube.com/user/SonsiniAnimalShelter#p/u/36/GEFhpQdEHrE.
Roselyn, a stray unclaimed Pug, had difficulty walking on her back legs and was incontinent. It took some time, several veterinary opinions, and multiple x rays to determine that she most likely had disc damage. She wasn’t in pain; she just had trouble getting around. Check out our solution:
We hope that there will never be a day when we can’t afford to turn around the difficulties that face these animals who just need a little boost to live a wonderful, whole, full life. We hope you will help us! Thank you for considering.
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