A new project at Penn Vet enables students and clinicians to animals that might have been previously unsaveable. Though shelters have made tremendous progress in saving all healthy and treatable animals, limited resources can mean that animals requiring specialty care might tax the boundaries of what a shelter can provide.
Now an effort supported by a donation from the Richard Lichter Charity for Dogs aims to provide a safety net for some of these animals. The gift enables shelter dogs with complicated conditions that go beyond the expertise of the shelter to receive the care they need at Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital.
Watson’s team selects dogs for the program in collaboration with community shelter partners. After being discharged from the hospital, the animals live with a foster family and are made available for adoption.