If not for Save-A-Pet, Grit would not have survived. A week prior to Grit's arrival at Save-A-Pet, his previous family purchased him through an online advertisement. The family was told that Grit was 5 months old, current on all vaccinations, and generally healthy. After about a week, Grit's family realized something was very wrong with their new puppy. Grit was brought first to a vet, and then quickly to Save-A-Pet on the afternoon of August 12th. His family came to the front desk, and asked if Save-A-Pet could help their new puppy. He had just been diagnosed with Parvo, and they could not afford treatment as they already had two large dogs and two very small kids. From Grit's family: "We cannot afford hospitalization for Grit. If Save-A-Pet can save his life, we would appreciate it."
When staff came out to the family's car to check on Grit, they found him nearly motionless in a pool of his own vomit. Grit could not even lift his head, and green discharge was coming out of his nose and mouth. Save-A-Pet staff were shocked at how far his illness had already progressed. Through the help of staff and volunteers, the family and Grit were escorted to the local emergency vet, AETC in Grayslake. Grit began to fight for his life. The first few days were very tense, and touch and go. He remained at AETC for over a week, when Grit was transferred to another vet to examine head and neck tremors. He continues to recover slowly but steadily from the Parvo illness, regaining strength in his limbs and even putting on a little weight. Grit will recover in foster care for several months.
Grit's spirit is very strong, which is inspiring to all around him. There is love in his eyes. This is why Save-A-Pet provides for dogs' and cats' safety, medical care and emotional comfort at all costs. We strive to alleviate their suffering on all fronts. We value the lives of all rescued animals equally. If our partner veterinarians determine that a new resident requires significant treatment for an illness or injury, we provide for that care. In doing so, our dogs and cats have the greatest opportunity for a second chance at life and love.