George was on the run. The 8-year-old pooch was understandably panicked and confused—he was hurting from cuts on his body, and his hind leg wouldn’t work as he tried to run around town.
It took three days, but Plainville Animal Control Officer Donna Weinhofer was able to rescue him and finally get him the help he desperately needed. It’s unclear what kind of trauma left George so badly injured, but the lacerations appeared as though they may have been inflicted by a knife. He had needed treatment for the gashes and x-rays for his leg to start, and later had his leg surgically repaired by an orthopedic specialist.
Fast forward a few months, and the German Shepherd/hound mix is currently on the mend as he gets ready to find a forever home, having received veterinary care through CHS.
The Petfinder Foundation has awarded CHS a $1,000 grant from its Emergency Medical grant program in support of George and his medical needs. The Foundation assists Petfinder partners to provide lifesaving care to rescue pets prior to adoption.
Two other organizations also recently chose CHS for grant funding that will assist with care for George and more pets like him: The Main Street Community Foundation's Elizabeth I. and Louis J. Matt Animal Protection Fund has given a $2,900 grant to support veterinary treatment for pets from municipal animal control facilities in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott; and the Grey Muzzle Organization has committed to giving $5,000 for medical care of senior dogs from animal control or another rescue group.
With limited financial and medical resources, ACOs are rarely able to provide routine preventative care or treatment for medical conditions, and more extensive care is cost-prohibitive. That’s why CHS offers adoption and medical services to pets from animal control and rescue partners, pro bono—everything from spays, neuters and vaccinations for healthy pets, to complicated surgeries for health conditions. Sometimes they go back to their original facility for adoption, and other times, they’re adopted through CHS.
Thanks to CHS’ partnerships with ACOs and other organizations, more pets like George are given a second chance.
George continues visiting CHS for check-ups and is being fostered by ACO Weinhofer. As soon as he is medically cleared, he will be adopted into the home of a loving family. And thanks to the grant funding and generous donors, the veterinary department will have room for the next George who arrives needing a healing touch and a second chance.