Pedigree Foundation Grant
Pedigree Brand believes that every dog deserves a loving home.
To ensure the brand was
maximizing its efforts to help four-legged friends in need, they created The
The Pedigree Foundation
is a philanthropic organization dedicated to providing grants to support other
programs that help make life better for homeless dogs. WestieMed is pleased to
announce it received a grant from The Pedigree Foundation in November 2008.
WestieMed wishes to express its
thanks and gratitude to The Pedigree Foundation for this support. This
grant enabled WestieMed to help
Cilla, two Westies
who were in need of medical attention and new homes. McKayla's expenses
were fully funded by the grant. The remainder of the grant partially paid
for Cilla's care.
When McKayla's widowed "mom"
passed away, she was left with family members who either did not want her or
could not take her. So at age 9, McKayla was surrendered to Oklahoma Westie Rescue. When the rescue
group picked up McKayla, they saw that she had a bad limp of her rear leg and was infested with
fleas. The limp was subsequently diagnosed as a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) of her
right rear knee and needed surgical repair. The surgery, however, had to be
delayed as McKayla had developed a skin condition known as pyoderma from the flea infestation.
McKayla was placed in a foster home for a month until the pyoderma cleared
up. The rescue group applied to WestieMed for financial assistance for her
surgery. McKayla's ACL repair
surgery took place and it was fully funded by WestieMed's Pedigree Foundation grant.
After a few weeks of recuperation, McKayla was returned to her foster family,
who decided that this orphaned girl needed to become part of their family.
So today, McKayla is enjoying her second life with a new knee, a new family who
loves and wants her and two active Westie siblings with whom she can run and
play. Thanks to WestieMed and the Pedigree Foundation, it is a great
ending to what otherwise could have been a very sad story. As a senior
Westie, McKayla is a very lucky girl.
Read more about McKayla.
Cilla is a middle-aged female
Westie who is estimated to be approximately 6 to 7 years old. An independent rescuer found an
ad on internet selling site stating Cilla needed to be rehomed ASAP. The rescuer replied
to the ad and was instructed to rendezvous in a parking lot that evening. When
she did, she found a trembling, frightened and very thin Westie who was visibly
neglected and in all likelihood had been abused. From bits and pieces of
the story that eventually came out, her rescuer learned that most of Cilla's
years had been spent confined in a basement. She came to her new life with
nothing more than a sandwich bag of dry dog food and a leash tied around her
neck. She hid under the bed for several days and ate very little. A trip
to the vet revealed that Cilla had severe dental disease
with an infection that contributed to her being
malnourished - it simply hurt too much to eat. Despite everything she has
been through, Cilla is a gentle and sweet Westie who seemed to know her rescuer
was not going to hurt her. The rescuer and her son soon
became very attached to Cilla and decided to find a way to restore Cilla's
health. Someone told Cilla's rescuer about WestieMed and she applied for financial help to give Cilla the dental
care she needed. WestieMed funded Cilla's expenses, part of which were
paid with the remainder of the Pedigree Foundation grant. Within days,
Cilla's dental problems were history and Cilla was gaining weight as well as getting stronger and healthier. She was adopted by her loving and caring rescuer who
writes, "I am elated with your fast response, your organization truly saved
this dog...I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this possible for
Cilla and giving her a very hopeful, healthy and happy life ahead."
Read more about Cilla.
|These little ones were luckier than most. They
found homes right away with the people who helped them get help and get
better. It doesn't always work that way, of course. Sometimes
it takes weeks or months to find just the right forever home for a very
special Westie in need. It can be a long road for some of these
dogs, but WestieMed exists to ensure that every rescued Westie gets the
help they need along the way.