As a rescue, we simply could not exist without donor support. In 2021 one of our most supportive donors passed away. If we asked for help, she always found a way. We wanted to honor Lisa’s memory with the creation of the Lisa Marcera Miracle Fund. We earmarked $1,000.00 in 2022 to be awarded in (4) $250.00 grants to be granted to other rescues working alongside us in puppy mill rescue. We are excited to announce that this grant will continue for as long as we can sustain it. Lisa Marcera was a giver. She inspired us with her devotion to helping animals and unwavering support. We cannot think of a better way to honor the legacy of Lisa.
Marley is the first grant winner for 2023 – Bella Run Equine
Bella Run Equine, who stepped up to help Marley, a 4 year old French Bulldog, and puppy mill survivor with heartworms. Bella Run is known for their heroic work in rescuing horses from kill pens. They also do amazing dog rescue, frequently aiding the old, sick and underserved.
Heartworm is a preventable disease with monthly heartworm prevention. Heartworms are caused by a blood-borne parasite spread by mosquitos. The worms can grow 14 inches long. They live in the dog’s heart and other parts of the circulatory system, causing damage to the heart, lungs and other organs. Left untreated it is fatal.
The treatment is very expensive, typically a few thousand dollars. It is also lengthy, about 3 months, requiring crate rest and injections of Immiticide, an arsenic containing drug.
Marley started her treatment today. We thank Bella Run for stepping up for this precious girl.
The second grant winner for 2023 is Babette – Tiny Paws Big Hearts Inc.
This grant will help puppy mill survivor Babette receive treatment for her long list of medical ailments. Her saving rescue, Tiny Paws Big Hearts Inc. has spent thousands of dollars towards her wellness, and she has at least 2 surgeries in her future.
Babette was born with a congenital spine deformity, suffers from a recessed vulva, and has bilateral ectopic ureters. Babette is only 7 months old, she doesn’t understand she is different. She runs and plays and expresses her frenchie-tude, ready to take on this big world.
Spike is our first grant recipient – rescued by Proud Pups Rescue Inc.
Proud Pups is fairly new to our team, a smaller rescue that has made a big impact on helping mill dogs with special needs. Spike was born with a cleft palate. His is large, and not closing so surgery is recommended for him.
He will be having that surgery in April of 2022.
Abby is our second grant recipient – rescued by Tiny Paws Big Hearts rescue on 5/26.
The little girl, now named was suffering from a grade 6 heart murmur. Diagnostics showed she had a PDA- Patent Ductus Arteriosus. Abby traveled to Cornell with the director of TPBH, Barbara Kosztowniak for further testing and they decided to perform surgery immediately.
On June 10th Abby had her life-saving surgery.
Sophie is our third grant recipient – Rescued by The Rescue Inn (TRI) in collaboration with PMRT.
Sophie was dumped by a breeder at a vet’s office when she tested positive for coccidia, thus making her ineligible to be flown via an airplane to Florida for sale. Sophie quickly ended up in TRI’s hands, and fortunately just in time! Sophie fell ill not more than 24 hours after arrival and ended up hospitalized for 6 days. She was lethargic, dehydrated and her dextrose dipped way too low. Small breed puppies are delicate, and at only 1.5 pounds emergency care was critical.
Sophie is a trooper, and now is starting to feel better and act like a 9 week old puppy.
The fourth and final grant for 2022 has been rewarded to Sprout – North Paw Rescue
The grant will assist with a cleft palate surgery for this little hunk- Sprout. Spout was born to a puppy mill owner, with a cleft palate and hydrocephalus. His cleft was severe, and he needed surgery to prevent aspiration from eating and drinking.