Congratulations to GrandDogs Rescue and Adoption the 17th $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:
GrandDogs Rescue and Adoption
New Hope, TN
We a rural rescue. There is no animal control or shelter here and the mayor of New Hope has tried to stop me from doing rescue, he prefers the Smith and Wesson solution. But an animal friendly attorney helps me pro bono! She is now doing some rescue herself I take in whatever people throw out or abandon. Dogs don’t have much priority in rural Tennessee. I have about 24 dogs now, and I try to keep it around that number but only about 10 of them are listed as adoptable for various reasons. Any dog I pick up I am committed to for life and as a result I have many senior dogs with medical issues, which is one place the money would come in handy. Many of the older ones are on medication. I have a good vet that works with me.
I’ve picked up a dog with broken pelvis that later was able to do agility! Another with an old injury affecting leg that the vet was able to correct. I had a dog get shot with and it lodged in her spine- eventually we had to amputate a leg and get her a cart. I had one dog who just gradually lost use of her back legs and then her front ones started to go; she just narrowly missed being a bait dog as a pup and maybe due to that she never took to people much. But we’re working on it! She had to have a cart too to the tune of $450, with later modifications costing more than $100. I have dogs that are just are too shy to be adopted as they were never socialized. Then I have to build and maintain fences and gates and property – oh, and I have five cats!! I dream of building them and outdoor enclosure and then I’d get my bathroom back!!! And of course, all animals have to be spayed and neutered, vaccinated, etc. – it’ s the big vet bills that get me!! Last week I picked up a Great Pyrenees that could barely stand – however, a few days of pain med and a few days rest and now and she is running around fine.
Here are photos of some of those who this grant would help! Old Cassie has mobility issues and Amy has a cart since she is missing a leg. Reba is a Coonhound brought by a mail carrier who “bought ” the dog for $25 from a drunk on her route.
Stella is a puppy that was thrown over the fence by local kids. She’s afraid of all humans but we’re working on it (no wonder why!) Cornbread was starving with no shelter in winter 9 years ago but is now an accomplished agility champ and therapy dog!
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