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Pet rescues across the United States use Rescue Race grant money to help pets

By Stacy Painter
October 25, 2019 • 4 min. read
brown dog

Multiple times per year, we run a campaign called the Rescue Race during which shelters and rescue organizations can earn grants from the Healthy Paws Foundation. Our most recent Rescue Race concluded in July, and many deserving animal rescues and shelters received grant money from the Healthy Paws Foundation to support their organizations in helping homeless pets.

We reached out to our July Rescue Race participants to catch up with them on how things have been going over the past couple of months.

A representative of Animal Aid of Tulsa in Oklahoma said:

Animal Aid of Tulsa was able to utilize the funds provided by the grants to cover vet bills as well as help other sick, abused, or neglected homeless cats and dogs.

Arya is one of our recent rescues.  She was found by a good samaritan who reached out to us.  Arya was found on the streets with parvo.  After two weeks of veterinary care, Arya finally shed the virus completely!  She is a happy and healthy girl now and on an adoption trial!

Bono is another one of our recent intakes whose vet bills and treatments were supported by the grant.  Bono was taken to the local animal shelter after being hit by a car.  He had a pelvic fracture, lumbar subluxation, and was heartworm positive.  He did not move his legs at all initially.  He required extreme cage rest and then physical therapy.  He also received acupuncture, laser therapy, and water therapy.  He is starting to regain his ability to walk and being adopted by our rescue/adoption supervisor! 

gray pit bull dog
brown dog

Lori from Fur Fun Rescue in Lisbon, Iowa wrote:

Our Rescue & Baloo were overwhelmed by all the support in helping us win this amazing grant. We continue to have medical needs dogs knocking at our door. We just hit our 5 year anniversary as a rescue and are going strong. 1350 adoptions and counting for our little foster-based rescue. Recently we had a 4-month-old puppy surrendered that fell out of a 2nd story window that has a broken radius and ulna, lucky for little Tessa her ribs and chest just sustained bruising, her surgeon has her in a cast now and she will have to have cast changes every 2 weeks and new X-rays after 6 weeks to see if the growth plates were affected. The rescue took on 2 more heartworm positive dogs.  We agreed to take a momma and liter of pups from Joplin, Missouri and the momma got sick with a respiratory infection and passed it to the pups so we had to get an emergency transport set up and go get them, luckily one of our fosters is a neonatal nurse so she was able to provide the necessary care for them on the trip to Iowa, and now after a trip to the vet they are set up in a foster home with a vaporizer and momma. We are so thankful for the grant that allows us to step up and provide the needed care when no other can be found.

black dog with puppies

The president of Wendy’s Misfits based out of Lufkin, Texas shared:

Wendy’s Misfits was contacted on September 3 about an English Bulldog that had wandered up to a lady’s house on July 18, 2019. The finder had posted on local lost and found pages and posted flyers at our local vet offices with no luck. She also had a Great Dane and a German Shepherd and felt the Bulldog did not fit well into her mix of dogs.

We picked up Josie and began the vetting process. Her teeth were so worn that it was hard for him to determine her age, but he guessed she was between 6-7 years old and has had MANY litters of puppies. We gave the first round of shots and set up for her to be spayed. We requested blood work before her surgery, and along with being in season, she also had high white [blood cell] counts and very low red counts and was anemic.

He proceeded with the surgery to find she also was suffering from severe endometriosis. We have now cleaned all this up and she is now being treated with vitamin supplements to bring up her red blood levels and antibiotics to head off any chance of infection. Josie is in her foster home and learning to interact with people. She does not demand attention or affection like most dogs and is, for the most part, a loner that feels the safest in her indoor kennel. Getting Josie well and finding the perfect forever family is our primary goal. This dog has been through so much and deserves to be someone’s center of attention and to know what it is like to have her own bed and not the floor of a kennel as her safe place.

black and white bulldog

A volunteer for I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven in Warren, Michigan wrote:

In the last couple years, it seems like we have had one expense after another extending from enormous veterinary bills to high cost building repairs.  One of our dream projects is to replace our indoor and outdoor play yards with turf.  Our building is an old automotive repair shop so all the flooring is slippery cracking concrete.  Since submitting Bowser’s story, we have had inspections from our state’s agricultural and rural development department resulting in more immediate health and safety repairs to our building.

With the help of the $7,500 rescue race award and our staff and volunteers, we have been able to start some of our mandatory repair projects.  So far, we have resealed the indoor kennels for our dogs in runs.  This past week, we also removed all the little stacked kennels in our “little dog” area and cleaned and resealed that space.  As kennels have freed up from adoptions, we have also been spray painting them all black and repairing them as needed.

Projects still ahead of us include renovating our quarantine room with a new air ventilation system and heater, replacing garage doors that access outdoor play yards from inside, and replacing our entire roof (estimated to cost approximately $64,000!).  As much as we wished to apply the money we were awarded to beautiful turf yards, we now need to use it towards necessary building repairs.

On a side note, Bowser is doing great!  We just celebrated his one year “Gotcha Day” this past Saturday with a doggy cake and lots of cuddles.  He also recently participated a short leg of a run benefiting the Special Olympics.  He continues to spread smiles everywhere he goes.

Thank you again for your generous donation.  We look forward to reading next year’s rescue race stories!

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Resealed floors at I Heart Dogs Rescue & Animal Haven
two dogs on brick patio

Interested in nominating your favorite rescue organization for our next Rescue Race? Send us an email to that includes their website and a monitored email address.

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By Stacy Painter

Stacy has always been an animal lover and has worked in the pet industry and pet insurance specifically for over a decade. As a writer since early childhood, content writing for Healthy Paws pet insurance was a natural career path to combine her two passions. She currently lives in Florida with her boyfriend and Taiwanese rescue dog, Kaya.

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