Congratulations to Utah Animal Advocacy Foundation (UAAF) they are a $1,000 grant recipient from the 2014 Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund! We are so moved by the amazing lengths shelters and rescues go to give homeless pets a chance at getting healthy so they can be adopted. Here’s their grant application detailing how this grant will change the life of a pet or pets in their care. Don’t miss the photos — AND UPDATE WITH PHOTOS BELOW THAT — at the end!
Utah Animal Advocacy Foundation
Salt Lake City, UT
Our first little guy who would greatly be helped by a $500, $1,000 or $2,000 grant is Jacque. He came to us after he was rescued from some kids who were spray painting him. He also had some rather severe burns at the time, but we’re not sure how they happened. Although we found a good foster home for Jacque, he just can’t seem to catch a break. After the initial burn care, we found we were also fighting Stomatitis and ear infections, but now this poor kid has been at Mountain View Animal Hospital for over a week, fighting Diabetes. He has not been responding to his insulin so we opted to have a quick ultrasound. He has a thickening around his gall bladder and we can only assume that is why he really has not responded well to his treatment. Jacque is currently in the care at Mountain View, still trying to get his insulin regulated. The grant would greatly help–both in paying for Jacque’s current vet bills and in paying his future bills, since his problems are not yet solved.
Cheyenne is the next rescue pet that your grant would greatly help. Cheyenne is a 13 year old Pointer mix that was rescued in late May from a high kill shelter when her owner surrendered her because she was old. Before we could get her properly placed, she was attached by another dog and needed emergency surgery. She has a dislocated elbow and multiple fractures. She’s a tough old gal and is working on recovery. Her current vet bill is $3,500.
One of our volunteers pulled Rachel from a local shelter when her stray time was up. The first thing we noticed is how very skinny she was. We could feel her ribs and backbone. It was soon clear that the poor kid just didn’t feel well; we couldn’t get her to eat at all. On her first trip to Mountain View Animal hospital, and after both blood and stool screenings, Dr. Kanda gave us several medications to help with her eating problems. After about two weeks of medications, baby food, turkey lunch meat, and much pleading and cajoling, little Rachel started to feel well enough that she was eating and we figured she was well enough to take in for her spay. Surprise, surprise! On her pre-spay exam, the vet techs noticed that our sweet Rachel was (is) due to be a momma. Yep–we’re due puppies sometime in late September. Since Rachel was so frail and thin at first, we don’t really know how healthy the pups will be. Rest assured, we’re going to do all we can to assure the safety and well-being of these little newcomers. Then, we’ll have the expense of those exams, spays/neuters, etc. before the pups can be adopted.
Sissy is another dog that could use your help. We intercepted Sissy when her elderly human could no longer care for her. The lady’s extended family had decided to take her to a county shelter, but UAAF intervened. Sissy was extremely over weight (23 pounds of wiener dog) and had extreme dental problems. She needed several extractions. Her new foster family is working to help her exercise (she’s lost 3 pounds already!), and has taken her to the dentist. She is now ready for adoption, and we’re hoping she’s on her way to her well-deserved happy ending.
Finally, three little kittens named Olaf, Elsa, and Polka Dot could greatly use your help. (Olaf and Elsa pictured). These kittens have all been working hard to fight distemper. They are fighting the good fight, and as you can see, are cute as can be. They, too, have been hospitalized at Mountain View.
Our group is very small, and all volunteer. We are completely no-kill. Once an animal is in our care, they are placed in loving foster homes until they find permanent homes. We work hard to raise our own funds, with a giant yard sale twice a year, a silent auction, web-page donation options, and other, smaller fundraisers. Your grant would be put to immediate good use, and would be appreciated by animals and humans alike!
Thanks so much for your consideration.
Thanks once again for the $1,000 grant! We received it in the mail recently, and are so very grateful. Here are some fun updates!
1. Cheyenne (13 year old pointer mix, not pictured) was adopted by her foster family after she recovered from her elbow dislocation and multiple fractures. Her new name is Daisy, and she is living her senior years in a permanent, happy home.
2. Jacque (pictured with her friend Chance) has also been adopted! While hospitalized, Jacque became good friends with Chance, who was found as a tiny pup in a garbage bag after he had been left to die in a ditch. But a Good Samaritan found him and got him the emergency care he needed. When Chance and Jacque were recovered enough to go home, the Good Samaritan’s family decided to adopt them both!
3. Kittens (Olaf pictured): Olaf was adopted by a client from Mountain View (our vet of choice), and will have children and another cat to play with. Pokadot was just adopted last Thursday, and will have two other feline companions to play with. The new family is even interested in adopting another cat from UAAF once she settles in. Yay! Elsa is still in foster care, waiting for her forever home. 4. Rachel and her pups are doing great! The puppies (4 adorable males / 1 pictured) are just four weeks old. They were born on September 19th. Everyone is healthy, happy, and rambunctious. When the pups are old enough, they will be neutered, vaccinated, chipped, and (most certainly) adopted! When she is finished nursing the pups, Rachel will be spayed, vaccinated, chipped, and also put up for adoption. Her foster mommies are in love with her, so…. perhaps a happy ending already in sight?
Thanks again. Your generous help goes a long way!
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