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.”
Morgan 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!
This is Rocky, a 16-pound Chihuahua mix who was found as a stray in the deserts of Southern California. He was shipped to New York to live with his new family, and they discovered he suffered from severe separation anxiety. One day, he jumped on the windowsill to watch his mom’s car as she left and he slipped, fell and broke two bones in his front left paw.
Rocky’s vet tried his best to put the bones back into place, but he is an active dog and kept getting out of his casts. By three weeks it was obvious that the bones weren’t healing well. His family had already spent a lot and the choice at that time was amputation or a very expensive surgery. They were able to raise a large portion of the funds they needed through a GoFundMe campaign, but it was with the help of a grant from Rochester Hope for Pets that they reached their goal and moved forward with surgery.
One metal plate and nine screws later, Rocky is running and jumping and chasing squirrels and experiencing snow for the first time in his fur-ever home!
Cosmo with his brand new harness to help him move with the spunk of a pup!
Meet Cosmo! Cosmo is a 6 year old Poodle that has been seeing the surgical specialists at Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services for a few years. He was diagnosed with acute onset of rear limb paralysis and had to have emergency surgery. Surgery went well, but recovery was long and slow. Despite the efforts of the doctors and his owners to rehabilitate him, he was unable to fully recover. He was, however, able to regain movement in his legs, but needed some extra support while walking.
Cosmo’s dedicated owners were financially drained from the surgery, follow-up appointments, and rehabilitation that he needed, so they reached out to Rochester Hope for Pets for some help to pay for a harness to assist in his walking. With a small grant towards this special piece of equipment, Cosmo is now walking better and more comfortably than before!
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!