Grant Submission: RezQ Dogs

Posted by Jennifer on September 6th, 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:

RezQ Dogs
Dodson, MT

My name is René Brown and I am the co-founder of RezQ Dogs, a rescue in north central Montana. We just recently discovered your veterinary grant and I would like to tell you a little about a few of the dogs currently in our care.

We live in an economically depressed area of Montana and are based on Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. We have worked hard to spread the spay neuter word throughout our communities, however like many areas, we still have a large overpopulation of companion animals. Not only do we help with the stray population, but many times, these companion animals have medical emergencies their owners are not able to cope with, and the animals are turned in to Fish and Game to be destroyed. This is where we come in. In the last month we have taken in three puppies from two separate turn-ins. All three puppies had tangled with a porcupine. The quills were in their mouths, faces, and eyes. In Gingers case, not only did she have quills, but also ringworm and malnutrition so badly she had extreme laxity and her front legs looked to be broken. All three of these puppies needed emergency veterinary care that has left us with a rather large vet bill. We routinely accept dogs with mange, broken limbs, quills, severe malnutrition, internal parasites, and a host of other ailments that challenge our veterinarians and our checkbooks. A grant of any monetary value would be humbly appreciated and help us make sure next call from Fish and Game with an animal needing emergency veterinary care will not be turned away.

(Then in response to our email asking how the pups were doing now, their rescue sent the following:)

Pheobe and Fozzie both got to keep their eyes- which is great! Their owner had let them go for about a week and a half before turning them in to Fish and Game, so they were pretty infected and we weren’t to sure. After a couple weeks of medication, they cleared up quite well. Both of them are ready for adoption- great little dogs!

Ginger is still on crate rest for the loose ligaments. Good quality food is really helping that. She’s still on medications- the ringworm has her in isolation, which she’s not crazy about. Hard to explain to them it’s for their own good. She’s going to be just fine though :) I’ll attach the pictures of Ginger, after just two weeks :)

Thank you!

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