Congratulations to the recipient of our 23rd 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:
Molly’s Mutts & Meows
Los Angeles, CA
Molly’s Mutts and Meows is applying for an Purina Veterinary Diets® Adopt-a-Pet.com $50,000 Veterinary Care grant of $2,000 to help us save some of the most deserving but desperate animals from Los Angeles area shelters.
Molly’s Mutts and Meows is a 501c3 nonprofit pet rescue. Each year we rescue over 100 dogs and cats from Los Angeles-area shelters, saving pets that most urgently need help. This includes the gravely ill, the elderly, the overlooked, and the unwanted. We do not look for the prettiest animals or the most adoptable animals. We look for those who most need our help and love. We do not hesitate to take in kittens and puppies that the shelter marks as “rescue-only” due to being underage, or those that have trainable behavior issues, such as fear due to lack of socialization. We also rescue animals who have little hope of getting adopted simply due to their age, breed, “looks”, color, or injury. We are proud to be a breed- and age-agnostic rescue. We have rescued pets with cherry eyes, heart defects, broken legs, and mange, to name a few. This means that we often have animals in our rescue for an extended period of time and/or that we spend a great deal of money getting them healthy so they can find their “forever homes.” But it is always worth it! Because of this, we have an excellent reputation with the Los Angeles shelter system, and they regularly express relief and delight when they hear that Molly’s Mutts and Meows will be rescuing a pet, often on the day they would have been euthanized.
The health and happiness of dogs and cats is of the utmost importance to us. Because of this philosophy, we spend on average between $500-$1000 per animal from rescue to adoption. Often it is substantially more, when our rescues need extensive veterinary care. Even the healthy ones usually need basic medical care to treat common ailments like upper-respiratory infections, ear mites, kennel cough, fleas, or parasites. We never hesitate to give any animal we rescue the care they need to become adoptable, but vet bills often are often the only thing limiting our ability to being able to take in other needy animals.
In these troubled economic times, we are finding more and more pets who have substantial medical problems in our shelters. Los Angeles-area animal shelters euthanize an average of 700 animals per day. Most of these pets can have a chance at a full, happy life, but only with our help. These are the lives that your grant would help save.
Molly’s Mutts and Meows is solely a volunteer-based non-profit and therefore does not have any permanent, paid employees. Many of our volunteers devote as much time to the rescue as they do their regular day jobs. Molly’s Mutts and Meows does not own or operate a facility. We use foster homes almost exclusively in order to better socialize our animals and match them properly with the best home. This allows us to utilize grants and donations for vet care, instead of boarding costs. We believe in using foster homes over boarding facilities unless extraordinary circumstances dictate otherwise. Veterinary care takes up the majority of our budget each year, as you can see in our tax returns, attached.
You may read more about our organization on People.com here: http://www.peoplepets.com/people/pets/article/0,,20492829,00.html
Below are just few more detailed stories to give you an idea of how we spend money on veterinary care, before we find the pets loving adopters:
Butler is a big, goofy American Pit Bull Terrier/American Bull Dog mix. He was a “leftover” at The Best Friends Super Adoption in April 2009. We scooped him up, and immediately discovered that Butler had a degenerative eye condition and would eventually go blind. We took him to see Dr. Fahrer at City of Angels, a vet ophthalmologist. She said no surgery could be done to save his sight. Then we found out that Butler needed TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) surgeries for BOTH of his back legs. We had these surgeries done at ASEC in West LA. We spent roughly $6,000 on Butler’s medical care.
Sugar is a gorgeous blue-grey pit bull. We lovingly call her “The Blue Hippo.” Sugar has had a stinky life. Sugar hails from the East Valley Shelter. She was bred and bred and probably had backyard c-sections from her scars. Someone poured acid on her so she is missing some hair. But despite all of this, she still has lots of love to give. We found out that Sugar has cancer. We’ve spent $2,100 so far with Dr. Jerrod Lyons, vet oncologist, to give her the best care and chance possible.
Norah is a sweet, sweet Siamese mix. Her eyes are blue and oh-so-mesmerizing. We scooped her up as a leftover from The Race for the Rescues event at The Rose Bowl in October 2009. We did not want her going back to the North Central shelter. Norah’s blue eyes were plagued by her eyelashes. They grew into her eyes and were causing pain and discharge. We went to Dr. Fahrer at City of Angels (same ophthalmologist that saw Butler) and had her perform a cryotherapy surgery on Norah. She is good as new! But this surgery cost our rescue $1,800.00.
Rex is a dachshund-Chihuahua mix. His former owners did not want him anymore because he was hit by a car. We took him in and paid for his surgery. Unfortunately, we found out AFTER the surgery that Rex has an immune deficiency. Instead of healing like a normal dog would, he developed abscesses. We would have to have another surgery to drain each abscess. We had to have 5 surgeries on him. Finally, after trips to vet specialty doctors (internists and dermatologists) we found out Rex has sterile panniculitis. We got it under control with medicine and monthly check-ups at the vet. We spent $4,000 + on Rex to get him adoption-ready!
Jenny is a tiny Chihuahua. When we rescued her, we did not think she was going to live. She could barely walk. We found out she has a neurological disorder (similar so syringomyelia). We had a MRI performed at California Animal Hospital. The MRI cost $2,000.00. But now that we know what is wrong with Jenny, we can manage everything with medication. She was doing so well in her foster home and is so endearing!
A grant of $2,000 would help ensure that the animals we rescue can have the best possible chance at being happy, healthy and finding their forever adoptive homes, like those we described above. With your help, we know that we can continue to grow and save more animals in need.
Thank you so much for this opportunity. If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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