Grant recipient #25: update 6 months later

Posted by Jennifer on May 15th, 2012

Here is an update from Hope Animal Rescues! In 2011, they were the recipient of the 25th grant from our Purina Veterinary Diets® $50,000 Veterinary Care Fund. Their original grant application is below with the pets’ photos,  stories, and above that, the update with happy photo!

Update 5/15/12:

Mocha the mommy made a full recovery after it was discovered that she was carrying parvo, among other things. She was adopted five weeks ago and lives in a home not far from Hope rescues.  Her new mommy adores her, and sends us lots of pictures of Mocha laying on the bed, riding in the car, going to the pet store, lounging in the yard, etc.  lol

Only one puppy made it, his name is Clayton and he suffers some issues with walking, and being blind in one eye.  He is still being rehabilitated and we are hoping that as he ages he will grow out of the remaining after effects of being so sick.

Rescue at times is like having bi-polar.  One day the sky is so pretty and the next day you feel as though the sky is falling. We are so grateful for your help. In the end the final costs for the puppies and Mocha was $5,281.06, so your grant truly did help us in raising the money to be able to pay the bill.

We hope that you have a wonderful day.
Thank you again for your kindness.

(You can donate here directly to Hope Animal Rescues so they can help more Mom & Pups like Mocha .)

Original grant application:

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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