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:
Houston Beagle & Hound Rescue, Inc. (HBHR)
Nadine (now Dina) came to HBHR early in 2011 from a backyard breeder who was proud of the fact that Dina had never been out of her garage and was the only human Dina had ever met. Dina is three and had had as many litters of pups as she could in her short life. When she came into rescue along with four of the six pups the breeder couldn’t get rid of, all four of her canine teeth were broken and the roots exposed from chewing on a chain. All her other teeth were ground down, down, down. Dina was scared of everything–grass, furniture, people, other dogs–you name it and it made her unbelievably anxious. However, she is so sweet and loving that when HBHR took her and the pups in, we decided to commit to her absolute health and well-being.
HBHR is known in the Houston area for taking in challenging medical cases that other rescues may turn down, particularly where surgery is required. We had never taken on a case where such significant dental work was required, and we located a veterinary dentist who doesn’t give much of a price break for rescues, but is the best in the business, will do everything plus way more when he does the work, and allows a payment plan. For Dina, we had a special fundraiser as the cost to fix her teeth was $1,867.70! We then saw the Adopt A Pet grant, which we are applying for because now we have Jazzy, who has similar dental issues, and we would love to give her the same chance that Dina has gotten. For Dina has recently been adopted by a wonderful family. We had been concerned because Dina’s anxiety level has required as much if not more attention (albeit at a lower, volunteer rate zero cost!) than the physical teeth issues. But after many months of conditioning, love and attention by a dedicated volunteer, Dina has found her forever home. Here is an excerpt from a note from her new family:
THANK YOU both so much for matching us with The Most Perfect Dog! She’s so sweet, so beautiful, so well-mannered! (In fact, she’s the best mannered dog we’ve ever had. Or met. Or even heard of.)
She seems to be able to identify our dog-loving neighbors, too. With or without their dogs, she runs up to the ones we know have pets, like she already knows and likes them. Of course everyone is absolutely charmed by her!
She was a little anxious yesterday, but now she appears to be very much at ease with us, and has [us] eating out of her hand! I’ve never had a pet I’ve loved this much! We are so grateful to Houston Beagle & Hound Rescue for this extremely wonderful dog. Thank you forever.
Attached are three pictures of Dina–one with her “smile” that will forever show the neglect that caused her to end up in rescue, and one of her sniffing in the grass as any beagle should have the opportunity to enjoy, over and over again, which Dina will get to for the rest of her life!
Thank you for providing these grants. Whether we receive one or not, we are grateful for the support to all the rescues!
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