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Since 1952, Pet Haven has been a pioneer in creating a refuge for Special Needs animals in need of loving homes. In the last 6 years, we have been grateful to raise more than $465,000 for rescue-related veterinary expenses. Realizing that nearly half is spent on life-saving services for Special Needs Pets, and inspired by a heroic and sweet German Shepherd, we created The Phoenix Fund, dedicated to support the recovery and health of animals most in need of medical care.
On a 17-degree winter day, a Minnesota shelter received a call about a white German Shepherd who lay dying on the side of the road. The shelter, ill-equipped to care for the animal, contacted Pet Haven for help. We didn’t hesitate.
The nameless, abandoned dog came to us with a broken leg, severe mange, double ear infection, road rash, multiple lacerations, and weighed in at a heartbreaking 40 pounds. We named this gaunt, yet gallant gent Phoenix, in honor of the mythological bird who was given new life and rose from the ashes. We’re proud to report, not only did Phoenix heal physically, he came to accept the kindness of his caregivers and learned to trust people.
8 months later, he was welcomed into his new family as a happy and healthy angel of a dog.
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Our Phoenix Fund program allows us to take in special needs animals who need extra medical care. Biscuits is just one of the sweet souls we have been able to help. Check out his story via his foster mom below!
“I went with one of our intake coordinators to a local shelter for training. I somehow blocked out of my mind that I would see dogs in need of foster placement (silly me).
When I saw Biscuits peering out between the kennel bars, I knew I was in trouble. We took him out to let him walk around and I could see (and smell) his rotting teeth from a mile away. He also had urine soaked mats on his stomach that left an awful stench on my hand from carrying him. We discovered he had been left behind in a house with no one stepping up to claim him.
Needless to say, two days later Biscuits was at my house, ready to be loved.
We got him in for his dental right away and found that he was already missing 21 teeth and had 10 pulled. He had abscessed and mobile teeth, bone loss, irreversible damage, and purulent discharge throughout his mouth. After his dental, his mouth immediately stopped emitting the foul odor.
Next up was a visit to the groomer. While Biscuits was in the shelter, his belly was shaved, but there was still work to be done on other mats throughout his body. The ones on his ears were so bad they left bald patches. After that, he got a bath and a trim making him the cutest floof ball around!
Biscuits is the most adorable little being and I’m so glad we have been able to give him his health and happiness back.”
Huge shout out to Valuecare Veterinary Clinic and Åska Pet Spa and Boutique for helping with his transformation!
Biscuits’ medical care is a grand total of $700 and his adoption fee will cover only 1/3 of it.