$15,000 grant provides ultrasound machine for critical care of shelter residents
(Philadelphia, PA) October 8, 2019 – The Pennsylvania SPCA is honored to announced it has been recognized by the Banfield Foundation to receive a grant to help save more lives throughout Pennsylvania. The grant, which totals $15,000, has been used to purchase a high-quality ultrasound machine for the organization’s care of animals in its Shelter Hospital and Surgery Departments.
The Pennsylvania SPCA has been saving animals in Philadelphia and throughout the state dating back to its founding in 1867 to protect horses. Today, the organization continues to rescue animals from cruelty and neglect, and along with providing these animals with a second chance at life, the PSPCA’s team also provides critical medical care to animals of all kinds that have been victims of such abuse and neglect.
To provide the best level of care, the Banfield Foundation provided a $15,000 grant to replace the PSPCA’s existing ultrasound, which was 15-years-old and had been donated by a local hospital.
“The ultrasound we had been using was of little to no use due to the poor quality of images it produced,” said Lisa Germanis, Medical Director at the Pennsylvania SPCA. “Most of the images were unreadable and certainly not suitable to diagnose medical issues.”
The new ultrasound machine will allow veterinarians and staff to detect and treat issues including foreign bodies, bladder stones, fluid in the chest and abdominal cavities, as well as view internal organs. The functioning ultrasound machine in-house will help to treat animals faster and conserve much needed resources.
“Thanks to the Banfield Foundation, our new ultrasound machine is transforming the ways in which we are able to care for animals in both our shelter hospital and surgery departments,” said Germanis. “Our diagnostics are faster, saving us precious time as we work to save the lives of animals who have faced so much adversity.”
The Pennsylvania SPCA has been saving animals in Philadelphia and throughout the state dating back to its founding in 1867 to protect horses. Today, the organization continues to rescue animals from cruelty and neglect, extending its reach throughout the state.
About the Pennsylvania SPCA
Since 1867, the Pennsylvania SPCA - a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered at 350 East Erie Avenue, Philadelphia - has been dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and rescuing animals from abuse and neglect. The Pennsylvania SPCA's lifesaving programs for animals include a low-cost veterinary clinic, low-cost spay and neuter services, pet adoption facilities, and the Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Department. For more information about adopting, donating or volunteering, please call (215) 426.6300 or visit www.pspca.org.
About the Banfield Foundation®
At the core of the Banfield Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the belief that all pets deserve access to veterinary care. In support of this belief, the foundation funds programs that enable veterinary care, elevate the power of the human-animal bond, provide disaster relief for pets, and advance the science of veterinary medicine through fostering innovation and education. It also leverages the expertise and passion of Banfield Pet Hospital associates to care for pets in need. At the Banfield Foundation, we are committed to making a better world for pets because they make a better world for us. For more information, visit BanfieldFoundation.org.