Congratulations to Rabbit & Small Animal Rescue, the 14th $1,000 grant recipient from the 2012 Adopt-a-Pet.com $20,000 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! We’re sharing the recipients’ stories here on our Shelter Blog. Here’s how a this grant will change the life of a pet or pets in their care:
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These desperately needed funds will help defray the the thousands of dollars the medical treatment and care cost for the sick and neglected pocket pets taken in by Rabbit & Small Animal Rescue in the future, along with helping with the ongoing care of the special needs pets that will be permanently cared for by Rabbit &Small Animal Rescue, like Marie and Kewpie.
Marie had a accident, and fell from about a four foot height, and broke her spine. Rabbits are very delicate animals, and they almost always die from this kind of back injury. But Marie was different. She had a true desire to live. Even though her back legs were paralyzed, she was alert and perky, ate well and tried hard to move around. She was taken to a vet specializing in rabbits and a neurologist; both recommended that she be euthanized. Since Marie was in no pain, and was still scooting around doing happy dances, we chose not to do as the vet recommended. Instead, Marie received physical therapy, acupuncture, and infra red treatment, and we ordered a custom wheel-chair like cart for Marie, a great expense, and in the cart Marie can run freely with her back legs being supported. She’s likely the happiest bunny in the Rescue!
Kewpie was found in someone’s backyard, playing with the dog. The homeowner contacted Animal Control, who called us at Rabbit & Small Animal Rescue, and Animal Control said they had a small bunny whose head was “on backwards”. Kewpie had a very severe case of head-tilt, in this case caused by an ear infection that went untreated for a long period of time. It seems that when the owner saw Kewpie’s head-tilt developing, they simply put him outside rather than taking him to a vet. Kewpie’s ear infection was so severe that for months he had to have penicillin shots every other day, which he had to go to the vet for. He was also on oral medication twice daily for months, and received acupuncture treatment and infra red treatment. To this day Kewpie continues to get reoccurring ear infections, which he needs oral treatment and shots for.
The reason I became involved with Rabbit & Small Animal Rescue was because of Sophie, my own rabbit. My family was suffering from unemployment and in bankruptcy, we were wondering how we would keep the water and electricity from being shut off. At that terrible time, my 6 year old rabbit, who has been with me since she was 2 months old, developed a growth on her neck. We had no idea what to do. We could not pay for a vet bill, and could not find a single vet that would give us a payment plan. The all required immediate payment, which we simply did not have. I knew that Sophie needed to get to a vet ASAP, and that her life could be in danger.
I contacted Rabbit & Small Animal Rescue, hoping that they knew of a vet that would give us a payment plan. RASAR told me that they did not know of any vets that do not require immediate payment. But RASAR didn’t just leave us in despair with a sick rabbit. they asked me to meet a member of the Rescue at the office of the vet that the Rescue uses, bring Sophie, and that the Rescue would take care of the vet bill. RASAR payed for Sophie to be seen by a rabbit specialist, have her growth removed, and receive the medication she needed.
Rabbit & Small Animal Rescue saved my rabbit’s life, and I have been volunteering my time and energy to the Rescue ever since. The care for these three pet alone has cost thousands of dollars.
With funds provided for veterinary care, Rabbit & Small Animal Rescue can continue to help Rabbits like Marie, who need expensive medical equipment to live a happy, active life. We can help Rabbits like Kewpie, who have hundreds of dollars worth of initial medical needs, and chronic medical conditions that require continuous medical treatment and veterinary care, and we can help more people like me, who have pets that need medical help that they just cannot pay for. Rabbit & Small Animal Rescue can help them to care for their sick pets without having to surrender them.
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