Many animals come into shelters suffering from profound injuries or illness as a result of abuse (burns, broken bones, lacerations, bullet or arrow wounds), neglect (starvation, embedded collars, severe tooth decay, advanced mange) or accidents (being hit by a car, falling from a balcony, being attacked by another animal). With limited funds, shelters must decide whether to save that one animal, or the many others who don't require such expensive medical care.
The Petfinder Foundation's Emergency Medical Fund provides grants both to animal shelters seeking to treat these sick and injured pets and to rescue groups that can step in and pull these pets out of shelters, provide them with medical treatment and place them in loving foster homes where they can recover and be rehabilitated. In both cases, the goal is to provide treatment as an alternative to euthanasia to relieve the pet's suffering, and ultimately to find him or her a safe, permanent home.
These funds can save 100-200 animals, and impact not only their lives but the lives of their caregivers (shelter staff and volunteers, foster parents, veterinarians and vet techs) and their adopters. In addition, saving severely injured animals often raises awareness, both locally and nationwide, of the great work being done by shelters and rescue groups and the need for both donations and adoptions to save the millions of homeless pets in our country.