Grant Recipient #25: Hope Animal Rescues

Posted by Jennifer on November 28th, 2011

Congratulations to the recipient of our 25th 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:

Hope Animal Rescues
Alton, IL

Thank you for considering Hope Rescues for one of your wonderful $2,000.00 grants.

Hope Rescues was founded in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina and cared for 15 pets. Since then we have grown to over 100 pets in our care while remaining 100% volunteer. Today we rescue pets on their last day of life from animal control facilities all across the mid-west. Many of the pets we rescue are high risk for disease, and injuries. Our vet bills range from $5,000.00 to $12,000.00 per month depending on the severity of the pets conditions.

In our care now is a dog from Union County Animal Control who was picked up as a stray with two other dogs. The owner bailed two out of jail but left this one to die. When she arrived we realized she was due to have puppies within two weeks. She had 10 puppies on October 29, 2011 and to date 7 have passed away from what the vet describes as a trauma to the mother which caused a chemical imbalance that was passed on through the placenta to the puppies. To date the vet bills for this litter have reached $1,811.00 your gift would help the rescue pay this vet bill and still have something left to help another dog who may need us.

We are grateful for your consideration. is the only site we promote on our website and if you go there ( you will see at the top of each page a link to yours.

We believe that the work you do has helped to find homes for many, many pets that without you would
not have been seen.

Thank you for all you do.

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