2015 Grant Recipient: Wave Animal Rescue

Posted by Jennifer on February 3rd, 2016


Adopt-a-Pet.com’s mission (and passion!) is to help homeless pets find loving homes. Thanks to our corporate sponsors and individual donors, one way we help animal shelters and rescues in their amazing pet-saving work is with grants for veterinary costs, so pets in their care can get the veterinary care they need to become healthy and adoptable – and then Adopt-a-Pet.com can help them find loving homes!

Congratulations to Wave Animal Rescue! they are a $500 grant recipient from the 2015 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. Below is their grant application detailing how this grant  will change the life of a pet or pets in their care.

See photos at the end!

Wave Animal Rescue
Streamwood, IL

Describe how a $500, $1,000 and/or $2,000 Veterinary Care Fund grant will change the life of a pet or pets in your care.

Wave is a very young (10 months) rescue.  We are 100% volunteer, fostered based cat/kitten rescue group.   We are dependent on our adoption fees and donations to keep saving cats/kittens.  Since our first adoption 10 months ago we have found homes for 225 cats/kittens.  We pull cats and kittens from high kill shelters in our local area as well as 2 rural KY shelters.  Veterinary bills are our number one expense.  All cats are adopted after the minimum of veterinary care; spay/neuter, Microchip, shots to age appropriate, FIV & FeLV tested.  It is when we have a special case that our vet bills get debt gets way out of balance.

Roady: We first met Roady (pictures attached) in Hazard, KY. He had been hit by a car and left in the road. A concerned citizen brought him into the vet and he was put in a cage. Roady was jealous of the attention we were giving other cats. He  cried and pawed at us until we came over to his cage. In spite of everything he had been through and the fact that his leg was just hanging there, he was incredibly friendly and curious.  We could not leave him as he scheduled to be euthanized.  The leg could not be saved.  This is where your Grant dollars would be most helpful,  unexpected veterinary expenses  like broken legs that turn into surgery and amputations.

Gimpy: One pound of purr and determination.  When he came to Wave he had a broken leg.  The first vet  believed a cast would do the trick.  A couple of days later, it was determined that the leg could not be saved.  He was such a good patient, one of the vets offered to foster Gimpy while he is recovering.

Roady and Gimpy’s pictures attached.  We did not take many pre-surgery shots.

1. Roady in the shelters  cage with broken leg
2. Post surgery, Roady living the life, adopted and cozening up to his buddy
3 & 4.  pictures past surgery
5. Gimpy in cast, yes that is a cast on a 1 lb kitten
6.  Pre-cast Gimpy
7.  Video one day after amputation, recuperating Gimpy [Editors note: Video not included in blog post]

If Adopt-a-Pet.com has helped your organization, tell us how.

Wave does not have a facility or an adoption center within a National chain pet store.  We are growing our adoptions through table top adoption events and by word of mouth. The most effective way we have found to promote our group and pets is to utilize the internet. Partnering with the Adopt-a-Pet.com website has become one of our biggest success stories. Adopt-a-Pet.com promotes rescues like Wave Animal Rescue, which has helped us increase our adoptions.  YEAH! We love the way your site allows potential adopters to email us directly with inquiries and can direct them to our online adoption application.  Since our first adoption 10 months ago we have found homes for 225 cats/kittens.

Thank you for your help,
Wave Animal Rescue

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