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!
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.”
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.
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.