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Category Archives: Tails Of Hope

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.”

Buddy

Buddy

This is Buddy, a poodle mix.  His friend April says he rescued her and helped her to smile again.  April started noticing that Buddy was limping and having some trouble walking. She took him to his veterinarian at and it turned out that he had a painful condition known as luxating patellas on both hind legs. To repair the problems, expensive surgery was needed.

April was concerned about the cost of the surgery, but wanted Buddy to be able to run and play without discomfort. Through a grant from Rochester Hope for Pets, she was able to go ahead with the orthopedic surgery that Buddy needed.  He made a full recovery, and we are glad to say they are both smiling again.

Bowser

Bowser

Prior to moving to Rochester, Bowser’s owner Casmir reported that his pet was a victim of animal cruelty after he had stayed with friends who Casmir trusted as caregivers. When returned to Casmir, Bowser’s hair started falling out, and his paws, legs and tail became swollen and inflamed.

Casmir sought treatment in Brooklyn at an emergency animal hospital. They determined that Bowser had suffered severe burns caused by scalding water. Casmir then brought Bowser to Rochester’s emergency hospital for further care and bandage changes. He was told by the veterinarians that Bowser needed to be hospitalized. He lost a lot of skin on his legs and feet and had suffered extensive tendon damage to his hind legs.

Bowser’s family was determined to give the small kitten a fighting chance, and they immediately reached out to the community for support. Bowser received a grant from Rochester Hope for Pets, and through personal fundraising efforts, donations in support of his care came in from around the world. Bowser received the surgery and skin grafts needed to repair the damage to his tendons.  Bowser still has a very long road to full recovery, but he is getting stronger every day.

Benny

Benny

In May 2012, Benny’s owners noticed he was in serious pain. He could barely walk or stand on his hind legs, but they didn’t know why. They rushed him to the emergency hospital, and it turned out that he had suffered a spinal cord injury. After receiving heavy pain medication and a series of x-rays and MRIs, they learned his condition was inoperable and possibly fatal. Benny might have a chance at surviving, but may never walk again. His owners elected to wait overnight, knowing Benny was being treated for pain and was comfortable. By the next morning the swelling had gone down and they realized that Benny would survive. After a few months of rest, there were some major life changes for Benny; he was paralyzed, but no longer in pain. Benny’s family purchased a cart for him so he could play in the yard with the rest of their gang.

In mid-April 2013, tragedy struck Benny once again. He started to bring up a lot of water and foamy mucus. This went on for days. His breathing became heavily labored and he seemed very uncomfortable and lethargic.  The doctors believed that Benny had developed a condition called megaesophagus, but they needed more tests to be sure. With an award from Rochester Hope for Pets, Benny’s family was able to afford the treatments and x-rays needed; it was confirmed he had aspiration pneumonia from the fluids he brought up, and he did indeed have megaesophagus. His owners have made the necessary adjustments to his eating and sleeping positions, and since then he has showed no signs of slowing down.

Bandit

Bandit

Bandit became part of Elizabeth’s family for a reason — to help her son cope with his learning differences and the sudden death of his father. They had recently lost their 14-year-old dog, so she decided a puppy might bring her son out of his shell and be less fearful in social situations.

Elizabeth came across the photo of a little black dachshund that was given one last chance by the breeder. Shadow, as he was called at that time, was going to be put to sleep because he was “too old and too quiet.” He was almost nine months and did not look or act like the rest of the frisky black and tan puppies. He didn’t show much emotion and crouched even further into his cage when the door was opened. Elizabeth took Shadow into her arms, sensing that he would save her family from their sadness and they could save his life.

She brought him home and his name became Bandit. “I have never regretted getting Bandit, because he stole my heart when I did not think I had one left. He’s been a blessing.” Bandit has been by her side during job loss and multiple health scares. When Bandit was going outdoors in April 2012, he fell and immediately started to limp. His veterinarian diagnosed a sprained leg, and he was put on crate rest. Soon after, when Elizabeth was carrying Bandit outside, he saw a chipmunk and jumped out of her arms. He landed on his sprained leg, causing him to drag his entire hind quarters. This time his veterinarian determined he had herniated three discs, and Elizabeth quickly scheduled the operation. Bandit was given a 50-50 chance of recovery.

After 12 weeks of physical therapy and using a sling to help him get around, Bandit recovered fully. Eight months later he fell on a patch of ice, causing an injury in the same spot as his repaired discs which required an MRI for diagnosis. “After they did the imaging, the technician and doctor came out and said his chances of recovery were not good, and that I had to decide whether to euthanize him or operate.” She chose to fight for his life, and with a grant from Rochester Hope for Pets, Elizabeth was able to afford the lifesaving surgery. Bandit has now recovered 95% of his mobility.