The request was urgent. The circumstances were complicated. But Grace was in grave danger. On December 28th, Mary Lou Seymour of Shelter Animals Advocates (SAA) in South Carolina made an emergency appeal to us. She was desperately hoping to save Grace, an eight-year-old Chow Chow mix. Grace had just arrived as a stray at the North Augusta Animal Control facility in Aiken County, South Carolina, with a broken, rusted chain clasp hanging from her collar. Grace’s skin was in terrible condition, her ears had fly bites, and she was totally exhausted. But there were far more serious issues.
Grace had a severe vaginal prolapse that required immediate vet care, but vet care wasn’t an option at this facility. She couldn’t be posted anywhere or officially rescued until her stray hold ended on January 4th. And if no adopter or rescue was at the ready, Grace would be euthanized. But Mary Lou was concerned that Grace might have pyometra, and if so, she would not survive until her hold was up. Grace would surely face a very painful death.
After some negotiations, SAA worked out an amicable arrangement with the facility’s animal control officer to allow them to take Grace for vet care (and incur all the costs) with the risk that her owner could reclaim Grace before her hold was up (and the owners would not incur any costs). Mary Lou was in a real bind; since she couldn’t post Grace, fundraising would be difficult. She reached out to one of their donors and also to RADAR. Their donor agreed to help with $250 and we agreed to help with the remaining funding. Grace was off to the vet the next day, December 29th.
Mary Lou provided this report on Grace’s vetting: “Her open pyometra and prolapse was the worst the vet had ever seen. She would not have made it until her hold was up. She was emaciated, crawling with fleas, had whipworms and hookworms, a low red-blood cell count, but, amazingly, no heartworms.” In addition to her emergency care, she was spayed.
Fortunately, Grace’s owner did not reclaim her, and she is now officially an SAA dog. December Clark, Mary Lou’s partner with SAA, shared this with us about her experiences with Grace: “I’ve had to teach her what a bed is. When I put the bed in her kennel, she just stood for a couple hours in the same position staring at it. I had to coax her on to the elevated bed and pet her until she finally sat down. Now she is always on her bed! I can’t imagine what she has had to endure at the end of a chain. It’s clear she’s birthed many litters of puppies. When given treats, she takes them from my hand as gingerly as I’ve ever seen. Slowly I’m seeing her eyes lose the glaze. This one has broken my heart. I’m determined to see her healed and whole again. Thank you for helping us save Grace.” To see more photos of Grace, click here.
RADAR paid $246 towards the emergency vetting and spaying costs for Grace.
UPDATE! All funds for Grace have been raised! Thank you!
If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.
Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Grace:
Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Jo Irvine; Beth Higgins; Susan Stephens
If you are interested in adopting Grace, please contact Shelter Animals Advocates.
Added on January 14, 2018.