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Category Archives: Tails Of Hope

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.

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.