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Koshka

Koshka

This is Koshka, the cat friend of Robert. While Koshka was lounging in the window sill one day, the window came crashing down on her leg! A few days after receiving emergency treatment, Koshka still was unable to put weight on her leg.

Although he was unemployed and worried about the expense, Robert could not bear to let her continue limping. He contacted Rochester Hope for Pets about receiving assistance to help cover the costs of additional treatment.

Robert was able to take Koshka to her regular veterinarian where they performed a fracture repair. It took time for her to get used to her cast, but Koshka had a full recovery and was back to her old self no time!

Kitty

Kitty

Meet Kitty, a black and white tuxedo cat that began visiting Ray and Josephine’s home. Being life-long animal lovers, Ray and Josephine could not let the cat stay outdoors to brave the weather, cars and other threats alone. Kitty clearly felt the same way — as soon as the door to for him, he ran right upstairs and sat on their bed. This is how Kitty came to join Ray and Josephine’s family.

Soon after Kitty’s appearance in their home, his new owners began to notice that he was having difficulty eating and gaining weight. After bringing Kitty to a local veterinarian, Ray and Josephine agreed with the doctor’s advice that Kitty would benefit from a dental cleaning as a first step in diagnosing his eating difficulties.

As a retired couple dependent solely on social security, Ray and Josephine faced difficulty in amassing enough money for Kitty’s dental work. Wanting to do the best for their cat, they applied to Rochester Hope for Pets for financial assistance. Through the grant provided, Kitty received the oral treatments he needed and improved quickly. He was able to eat with more comfort than before and started to gain a little weight. Thanks to the Hope grant, Kitty is a happy boy who loves to spend time with the kind family who welcomed him into their home.

Kara

Kara

This is Kara. She was diagnosed with diabetes and was treated for her condition, but it caused mature cataracts in both her eyes. To allow Kara to see clearly again, her veterinarian recommended that she see an ophthalmologist who could perform a double cataract surgery and lens transplant.

Even though the procedure would be costly, Kara’s owners decided to go ahead with the surgery. They wanted her to be able to see again. Through a grant from Rochester Hope for Pets Kara’s owners were able to afford the surgery and Kara made a full recovery.

Charles and Pat were also able to get her diabetes under control and, best of all, Kara could see again! This was quite a relief for Charles and Pat, who said, “It is like a miracle to see her act like she did when she was a puppy.”

Kali

Kali

This is Kali, the Miniature Pinscher. She developed an unexpected illness that required extensive testing to diagnose. The type of testing needed can be quite expensive, but Kali’s family wanted to know what was wrong and how they could help her. Through a grant from Rochester Hope for Pets, Ann Marie and Michael were able to afford the diagnostic tests.

The results showed that Kali had severe pancreatitis and a possible pancreatic tumor. Although the prognosis was poor, Ann Marie and Michael felt better knowing Kali’s diagnosis and were able to make decisions to keep Kali comfortable. Kali put up a brave fight, but unfortunately succumbed to her illness. Her family was grateful for the award from Rochester Hope for Pets, which allowed them to provide her the best possible care for as long as she was with them.

Hooch

Hooch

This is Hooch, whose owner, Jennifer, describes as full of expression, loyalty and fun. He loves the outdoors and makes her laugh every day. A few years ago, Jennifer noticed that Hooch was becoming very lethargic and ill, and then his abdomen became very swollen and hard. It appeared that Hooch was retaining fluids, and Jennifer was advised to take him to Cornell to have an echocardiogram so that doctors could make an exact diagnosis and prescribe treatment.  Doctors determined that Hooch had right-sided heart disease and were able to formulate a treatment plan.

In addition to veterinary bills already incurred at Hooch’s home veterinary hospital, Jennifer was then faced with paying for the costly diagnostic test. A grant from Rochester Hope for Pets helped to cover a portion of the costs. Since receiving the award, Hooch has maintained his health with help from his owner and his veterinarian. Although he has lost muscle tone as an effect of his disease, Hooch is a happy boy. “It’s hard to sum up this wonderful dog,” Hooch’s owner Jennifer said. “Together, as dog and his mommy, we take one day at a time. He’s my clown boy. He still makes me smile every day.” We were happy to help him!

Harley

Harley

This is Harley. Sadly, this beautiful girl broke her femur in four places. Her owners rushed her to their veterinarian where she had to have a plate surgically implanted to reinforce her femur. Her owners, Julie and Myron, sold their Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe motorcycle to pay for the surgery! As Julie stated, “we knew that our girl was worth it.” Everything seemed to be healing well, when 10 days later an infection started to form around the plate that had been screwed into her femur.

Harley’s owners could see that she was in distress and could not walk on the affected leg. They took her to the emergency hospital where they found that the plate and screws had been rejected during the healing process. When a second surgery became necessary, Harley’s owners didn’t know how they would afford it. Through a grant from Rochester Hope for Pets, Harley’s owners were able to provide the surgery needed to fix the infected femur. Harley had a lot of healing to do, but quickly bounced back to her old self.

Grace

Grace

This is Grace. When her wireless collar battery went dead, Grace ran into a neighbor’s yard and collided with the lawn mower.

Because her owner Deanna is a fulltime caregiver to her mother, Grace’s operation would have added significantly to the limited family budget. Deanna had expressed great concern for Grace’s ability to adapt to three legs. She worried that they would have to put Grace down. Luckily, with a grant from Rochester Hope for Pets, Deanna chose to pursue surgery, and Grace’s leg had to be amputated.

Deanna said, “Grace is now a three-legged dog. She made it through the surgery and recovery with a happy wag of her tail.” She is grateful to Rochester Hope for Pets, saying, “I want to make sure to tell animal lovers about this wonderful organization, and I mention that donations are always helpful.”

Felix

Felix

This is Felix. He keeps Kellie company in the cozy little house they share with another kitty named Jax and a rabbit named Twix. Kellie counts on her three pets for their unconditional love, especially if she ever feels lonely

Only day, Kellie could tell Felix wasn’t feeling well because when she pet him, he hissed, and he never hisses — he is the most loving cat and is constantly head-butting her and asking for attention. Kellie realized he was trying to urinate and couldn’t, so she called the emergency veterinary number. They advised her to bring him in immediately, or he might not last through the night.

Kellie brought him in, even though she didn’t know how she would be able to pay the costly bill. Turns out that Felix had a urinary blockage, which would have killed him overnight.  A grant from Rochester Hope for Pets lightened the financial burden Kellie faced; she was able to afford the two-night stay at the emergency hospital where he received treatments to ease the blockage from his urethra as well as drain his bladder. Felix made a full recovery and continues on with his happy life with Kellie, Jax and Twix.

Delilah Jane

Delilah Jane

This is Delilah Jane, a sweet little Guinea Pig. Her owner, Jennifer, noticed she made a lot squeaking noises while going to the bathroom, and suspected she wasn’t feeling well. She was less energetic than usual and seemed to be in pain, so Jennifer had an x-ray done which revealed a bladder stone that needed to be removed. Jennifer wasn’t sure how she’d be able to pay for the surgery, but her “piggies” mean the world to her. “She deserved a chance at living,” says Jennifer. “She has saved my life and I wanted to save her life.”

Through a grant from Rochester Hope for Pets, Jennifer was able to afford the surgery and Delilah Jane recovered well was back to feeling like her old self again. Jennifer reported that Delilah Jane was getting medications through a syringe tube feeder and she thought it was a game. Delilah would bite down on the syringe and throw it around with her mouth.Although Delilah is no longer with us, Jennifer says she was an inspiration and a fighter.

Cricket

Cricket

This is Cricket. She was hit by a car and suffered extensive injuries that included a broken pelvis and collapsed lung. She was hospitalized for 10 days at the emergency animal hospital, receiving around-the-clock care. The treatments needed to mend her were expensive, but Connie was not going to give up on her four-legged family member.

As Cricket, and Connie, faced what seemed like insurmountable odds, a grant from Rochester Hope for Pets helped to provide Cricket with the medical care he needed.  “Rochester Hope for Pets was as concerned about our dog as we were. We were facing a long road to recovery, and they helped to ease the burden.”