Grant Recipient #17: Kingston Animal Rescue

Posted by Jennifer on October 5th, 2011

Congratulations to the recipient of our 17th grant!

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:

Kingston Animal Rescue
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Kingston Animal Rescue is a 100% volunteer-run, no-kill animal rescue based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Our primary focus is helping ‘last chance’ animals, those who would otherwise be euthanized or are high risk. We use a network of foster homes to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in need.

We recently assisted with the rescue of 200+ rabbits removed from a single home by the Ontario SPCA. Our organization took in 25 rabbits and placed them in loving foster homes, likely providing the first kindness and compassion they’ve know in their lives. Taking in these rabbits doubled the number of animals in our care and is a significant undertaking for our less-than-a-year-old organization.

When we first learned of this situation we did not have a single foster home available. In the matter of 72 hours we rallied our supporters using social media and free advertising to recruit, screen and approve 18 foster homes, who took in a total of 25 rabbits. We also secured donations of pens, bedding, food and other supplies to set up our new foster homes. These results were incredible given that we are an entirely volunteer-run organization and the very limited amount of time we had to make this happen.

The rabbits arrived in our care on Monday June 27, 2011. All the rabbits are being treated with antibiotics for upper respiratory infections and Revolution for fleas/mites and six are being treated for Rabbit Syphilis. Each will be spayed or neutered in the coming weeks. Because we do not know the background of these animals, we expect more health issues will arise. Many have damaged ears and a few have eye problems, the likely result of fighting due to living in poor conditions. We anticipate medical care for these animals will cost at least $5,000.

A $2,000 grant from the Veterinary Care Fund would provide vital medical care and would mean the world for these bunnies, who until now have never known the love and care they deserve. Their arrival in our care is the first step toward a future of kindness. A Veterinary Care Fund grant will provide the next step to a healthy and happy life for every single bunny.

Video: watch our video of the 25 bunnies arriving –

Photos: we have attached photos of the rabbit in-take and photos of some of the rescued bunnies

Thank you for the opportunity to apply!

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