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Rudy

Rudy

Meet Rudy, a mixture of Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Border collie, and Doberman, who was adopted by Hope when he was one-and-a-half years old.

At the veterinary specialists’ office, Hope learned that Rudy had pancreatitis and would require ongoing care for chronic flare-ups. Rudy’s prognosis was good as long as he received ongoing medical care, which included hospitalization, fluid pumps, professional treatments, medicines and more.

Treating Rudy’s illness became quite costly for Hope, but she refused to give up.  Hope’s veterinarian said, “Hope loves her dog and tries to do the best she can for Rudy. Rudy is really all she has and I believe he gives her something to live for.”

Hope was given an award from Rochester Hope for Pets, which allowed her to continue providing the ongoing medical care Rudy needs. “I came very close to losing him,” she said.  “Thank God I didn’t. I wasn’t ready to give him up.”

Lucy

Lucy

When Jody first met Lucy and her brother, the three-year-old French Bulldogs were in need of serious help. Lucy needed to have her ear canal removed or she would have to be euthanized. The dogs’ owners at the time were unable to pay for the operation or the additional care that the two dogs required. That’s where Jody stepped in. Adopting them was an easy decision. However, that’s where the easy decisions stopped. Lucy’s health problems were just beginning.

Lucy’s ear issues had started with a fungal infection. Because it had been left untreated until Jody stepped in, the only option was to remove the ear canal. The fungal infection had also spread to Lucy’s toe, causing the toe to split and leading to early onset of Squamous Carcinoma. Once the cancer was diagnosed, the best option Lucy had was to have her leg amputated. During the amputation operation, her veterinarian came across a new hurdle — Lucy was unable to breathe without mechanical assistance, so he needed to re-sect her soft pallet.

At this point, one of Jody’s friends at suggested she apply to Rochester Hope for Pets, and she qualified. She was grateful to receive the award that helped pay for the soft pallet surgery. While Lucy continues to have a head tilt due to her ear canal operation and only has three legs, she is thriving! She loves playing with Jody’s children, as well as Jody’s other dogs. Her cancer has remained in complete remission, and her doctor is hopeful that she will have no further complications from it. Lucy’s aftercare has been fairly straightforward, and Jody says the hardest part was keeping her quiet and inactive.

Jody sees Lucy’s story as one of hope and triumph. Throughout her ordeal, Jody has felt lucky to witness the best in both people and animals. “Lucy’s so strong and so sweet after everything she’s been through; she’s a tough girl, still just happy to lick your face.”

Storm

Storm

This is Storm. When Nicole adopted her, she was aware that this was a puppy with special needs. She thought Storm had an eating disorder because of being the runt of the litter. Nicole quickly realized that there was something more serious going on. After an examination, Storm was diagnosed with megaesophagus (ballooning of the esophagus), which was caused by an anomaly in the band of tissue surrounding the esophagus.

The defect prevented food from going into her stomach, leaving Storm severely malnourished. This condition could only be corrected by a very costly surgery performed by specialists. Storm had a very low chance of survival because of her frail condition, but Nicole decided to go ahead with the surgery, because without it, Storm had no chance. Nicole began contacting every agency she could find to seek assistance with the cost of Storm’s required procedure. Rochester Hope for Pets awarded Nicole a grant to help cover a portion of Storm’s surgery expenses.

“I cannot explain in words how grateful and thankful I am for Rochester Hope for Pets, they are truly amazing! They have done more for Storm than I can explain. It is because of organizations like this that animals that would otherwise have no chance are helped and granted life!” said Nicole. In the months following her surgery, Storm tripled in size and continued to thrive.

Shamus

Shamus

This is Shamus, an Old English bulldog who was hit by a car. His owner, Dennis, immediately brought him to the emergency animal hospital where doctors stabilized him. Shamus had a large, open laceration on his back leg that needed cleaning and assessing. For four days, Shamus remained in emergency care, where he received extensive wound care and bandage changes. Surgeons then performed an operation to close his leg laceration. Shamus’s surgery went as planned and he was able to go home to Dennis.

Although on medications and receiving daily bandage changes from a veterinarian, Shamus developed an infection in his wound three days later. The surgery team decided Shamus needed to receive daily wound management to fight the infection. After more than 10 days total of hospitalization, Shamus returned home. With antibiotics and bandage changes every few days, Shamus’s health was improving.

However, the lengthy hospital stays and extensive wound care resulted in a significant bill for Dennis. “I wasn’t expecting it, but it definitely helped out in a time of need,” Dennis said of the grant provided by Rochester Hope for Pets. It was a long road to recovery, but Shamus is back to his old self again!

Sassy

Sassy

This is Sassy, who shares a home with her two owners, their son, and six other cats. A while back, Sassy was diagnosed with kidney disease and her values were so high that her owners thought that they were going to lose her. Sassy’s family spent a week dropping her off daily at the animal hospital to receive IV fluids. Sassy soon showed a marked improvement, so they continued medication and daily subcutaneous fluids at home.

Sassy, being the fighter she was, bounced back and did beautifully until June of 2013, when her kidney values started to climb and she became sick again. Her owners once again prepared themselves to say goodbye, but Sassy was a fighter with a very strong will. After talking with their veterinarian, they decided to pursue IV fluid treatment, but it was going to be needed frequently and in conjunction with several other medications and treatments.

Sassy’s owners were determined to give her the best chance they could and, as time went on, her health improved. The treatments continued to work but became expensive, and it was becoming financially difficult for her owners. Thanks to a grant from Rochester Hope for Pets, they were able to continue Sassy’s treatments.  Over time, her kidney values went back down to normal, and she became the spirited little girl her family loved and remembered. Although she’s no longer with us, Sassy and her owners made the most of every day they had together.

Princess

Princess

This is Princess, a loving, calm and regal white and grey cat that loves to spend her days with her owner, Barbara. One day Barbara noticed that Princess was uncharacteristically restless and agitated. She’d begun to shake her head frantically back and forth and was unable to make herself comfortable. Knowing this was not normal behavior, Barbara knew immediately that Princess was in pain and needed to see a veterinarian as quickly as possible.

After being examined, Princess was diagnosed with an aural hematoma, a collection of blood within the cartilage of the ear that requires immediate attention.  Though dedicated to the well-being of her “soul mate,” Barbara was unsure how she would be able to afford the cost of Princess’s medical treatment while living only on social security.

Through a grant from Rochester Hope for Pets, Barbara was able to afford the ear cannula placement to fix the hematoma. Princess made a complete recovery and is now the happy and healthy cat she’d always been. According to Barbara, “Just the fact that people cared so much was an extra bonus” to Princess’s recovery.

Petey

Petey

This is Petey. Richard says anyone who encounters Petey agrees he is a very well-behaved and a laid-back dog. Petey was so easy to train that Richard thought he couldn’t possibly be that good of a dog — but he was, and he still is.

Petey is gentle, playful and can’t wait to make new friends. One day while running laps around a pool with another dog, as he had many times before, Petey injured himself. When Richard called for Petey to come in for a swim, he was not using his back left leg. He did not seem to be in any pain, and he just wanted to continue playing. After a day or two of no improvement, Richard took him in to see the veterinarian.

Petey was diagnosed with a very rare knee ligament injury. The surgery to fix this type injury was expensive, but Richard was determined to provide Petey with the care he needed.  When he was told he had received a grant from Rochester Hope for Pets, Richard felt his prayers had been answered. The surgery was extensive and so was the recovery — Petey was in a cast for almost two months — but he got through it successfully. He has full use of his leg and is able to run and play again. We’re so glad it was a happy outcome!

Oliver

Oliver

This is Oliver. Sandra rescued the Weimaraner when he was four months old, and he has been by her side ever since. Sandra says that “he is my shadow.” One Sunday, when Sandra got up to go to the kitchen, her “shadow” got off the couch to follow but started gagging. Sandra knew something was wrong. She let him outside for some fresh air but couldn’t get him to come back to her. He kept trying to lie down and was clearly in distress. When he finally came in, Sandra could feel that his abdomen had doubled in size, which she knew was in indication of bloat.

After rushing Ollie to the emergency animal hospital, it turned out that not only did he have bloat, he had gastric dilatation volvulus, or “twisted stomach,” and without surgery he would have to be euthanized. The veterinarians said he would make a full recovery with surgery, although it would be quite costly. Ollie had been with Sandra for seven years; he was her family. She decided to do whatever it took to save his life. She agreed to let them operate, and even though she knew it would be a tight financially, it was never really a question in her mind to save him.

Sandra contacted Rochester Hope for Pets to help with the cost of the surgery, and the grant she received lessened the financial burden. Ollie made a full recovery and is back to being the amazing dog he had always been. In Sandra’s words: “I can’t imagine my life without him and wasn’t ready to say goodbye to him. While I may have rescued him from the shelter, I honestly think he rescued me. I may have agreed to the operation that saved his life, but the way I see it, I was just finally returning the favor.”

Merlin

Merlin

This is Merlin. When Merlin got sick, his family was also facing other expenses because their two dogs, Cara and Roux, also were requiring veterinary care at the same time. Merlin suffered from constipation, dehydration and renal failure. He needed tests to determine what was wrong and how it should be treated. For Merlin’s owner, Maria, it was a lot of pet care all at once and in a short amount of time.

Being committed pet owners who treat their pets like family members, Maria and her husband applied to Rochester Hope for Pets for assistance with Merlin’s medical expenses. Through the grant provided, Merlin’s family was able to afford the medical testing needed.

“The thought of not having the option to at least try and help him was a heartbreaking and hopeless feeling,” Maria said. While the diagnosis of kidney disease required Merlin to remain on a special diet as well as other continued treatments, he was back to his old self which made the family very happy. Merlin has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, but he had the care he needed until that point.

Luca

Luca

This is Luca. Before her current family adopted her, she was in a shelter in Northern Vermont because her owner could no longer care for her.  When Judith inquired about adopting Luca, the shelter told her that Luca appeared to have multiple health issues due to neglect, and they deemed her unadoptable. Judith refused to leave this beautiful girl to an unknown fate and decided to rescue her.

Luca had suffered an eye injury before her adoption which caused extreme pressure to build up behind the affected eye. Judith’s veterinarian suspected that is was very painful for Luca, and it was essential that they remove the eye.  The care and surgery needed to improve Luca’s quality of life was expensive and her owners worried about the cost. Through a grant from Rochester Hope for Pets, Luca’s new family was able to afford the surgery needed. When she learned about the Hope award, Judith stated “it is such a relief to know the community cares too. The financial support was fantastic, since it would have been difficult for us to pay the entire bill alone.”

Luca faithfully took her antibiotics and wore a cone for 10 days — she actually went through three cones! Once she was fully healed, Luca was a brand new dog with a big smile on her face. “The gratitude we feel is immense. It is so good to know  your organization does so much to support the care for needy animals,” Judith stated.