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Holly was lucky enough to become part of the Smith family in 2015, when she was rescued by her loving owner, Dureen. Holly had been managing high levels of globulin, ALK phosphatase, and other potential toxins since 2015; however, Dureen became very worried when she noticed that Holly was extremely lethargic and stopped eating.  Holly was taken to the veterinarian for an exam. At that time it was revealed that Holly’s ALK phosphatase levels were at a high of 2,741!! (For those of us that don’t have any medical training, the normal ALK phosphatase level is between 5 and 131!). After an ultrasound showed that Holly’s liver had become enlarged, Holly’s veterinarian recommended that a liver biopsy be performed to determine the cause of the illness.

Dureen was unsure how she was going to pay for this expensive procedure and she reached out to Rochester Hope for Pets for help. Hope was able to provide Dureen and Holly with a financial grant that allowed her to have the procedure done. “I was beyond thrilled, relieved and very, very thankful.  I had no clue how I was going to pay for all of Holly’s medical expenses.  My pups mean the world to me.  They are not ‘just dogs’ to me, they are my family,” Dureen said.

The biopsy revealed that Holly had chronic inflammation of the liver and needs to have her blood tested every 3-4 months. She is on an extended course of anti-biotics to help keep her healthy. “The first day that Holly went to her toy box to get a ball out of it to play fetch was one of the happiest days for me,” Dureen explained, “I knew that my little pup was on her way to feeling better! I truly am so very grateful for everything Rochester Hope for Pets has done for my Holly and me.”


MorganMorgan comes from a big family – five furry siblings and three human siblings. Unfortunately his owner had some big changes in her life that left her as a single mom trying to put her three human children through college while supporting herself and her six fur-babies. If that wasn’t hard enough, in a short period of time, Morgan’s four-legged brothers and sisters began to need extensive veterinary care ranging from multiple teeth extractions for one to a knee injury in another that would eventually require surgery.

When Morgan developed a mysterious growth on his foot that began to open up and bleed, his owner was at a loss of what to do. If the growth wasn’t removed, he risked infection that could be serious in an older pup like Morgan. But, Morgan’s owner had depleted her funding caring for the other ailments her pets had been dealing with that year. Morgan’s mom reached out to Rochester Hope for Pets who was able to help provide a grant towards surgery to remove the growth on Morgan’s foot.

Morgan is now recovering well at home with the help of his siblings and will be back to his spunky self in no time!

Morgan cast


Gizmo the kitten (on the left) with his new brother!

Meet Gizmo—the cat with a true rags-to-riches story! Gizmo was adopted from a local rescue and unfortunately escaped shortly after being adopted. One summer evening, he was found by a couple of young children and a very caring mother.

Gizmo was frail from being on the run for about a month and he also had a fractured leg. His rescuers took him to the vet and it looked like he had a microchip! Unfortunately, the family that was registered on his chip were unable to take Gizmo back. So, the family that found him decided they wanted to help.

Gizmo met with several surgeons to discuss his leg injury and it was decided that amputating the leg was the best option for Gizmo. With a grant from Rochester Hope for Pets, and fundraising efforts of their own, this family was able to get Gizmo the surgery that he needed! Surgery was performed and Gizmo began to heal soon after.

His story doesn’t end there, though– Gizmo captured the hearts of the members of this family and they decided to make him a permanent member of their home! He is getting stronger every day with the love of his new fur-ever family!



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.”



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.



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.



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.



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!