The Stafford Animal Shelter has a special fund just for animals who have one-time major medical needs called the Rosie Fund. It was created for Rosie, a dog who had fallen off the back of a pick-up and badly wounded her leg, which later needed to be amputated. We see a number of animals each year who need a considerable medical procedure like Rosie’s.
Earlier this year, we received a generous grant from the Lil BUB’s Big Fund for the ASPCA, to our Rosie Fund specifically for cats who needed special medical care.
Gracie May, who has been with us since September of 2013, developed entropion a few months ago. This is a condition in which the eyelids roll inward, causing lashes and hair to constantly scrape the surface of the eye. If left untreated, it can lead to blindness due to ulcers forming on the cornea, inflammation, or scaring. This irritating and painful condition can occur in young animals (some breeds, like pugs, are more predisposed to it) and is called “primary entropion.” Animals may also develop the condition later, which is referred to as “secondary entropion,” which is what Gracie had. Though the exact cause of hers is unknown, this can happen if there is an irritation to the eye causing eyelid spasms, trauma, or chronic inflammation. Gracie frequently squinted and had watery eyes, as can be seen in the “before” photo on the left. The hairs constantly scraping across her eye caused her pain. Like most other animals suffering from entropion, she required corrective surgery.
Thanks to Lil BUB and the ASPCA®, Gracie was able to have her surgery. She is now pain-free and feeling much happier; see her “after” photo on the right. Gracie May is a sweet, mellow girl who is still available for adoption!