“I got Sally in June of 2009 as a foster soon after my beloved basset Hannah (age 13) passed away suddenly from hemangiosarcoma. Sally was due to be euthanized in a facility in West Virginia and was on her last day. I was living in Baltimore at the time and someone said they would bring her to me. She was 11lbs (currently 30lbs), had recently had puppies, had infected eyes, worms, was unspayed, positive for ehrlichiosis, covered in ticks and fleas and anemic.  But she was the sweetest little thing and followed me from room to room and slept next to me.  I did try to find her a home but was unsuccessful and after some time I finally admitted that I was a failed foster and formally adopted her.

She has been with me through the death of my 16 year old dog Katy soon after I moved back to Rochester, and the subsequent adoption of her sister, a basset mix named Sassy. She has also been there for me when I became disabled due to a genetic medical condition that is progressive, through my multiple surgeries and hospitalizations, and severe financial difficulties as a result.

Sally recently began experiencing right eye irritation that evolved into bleeding into her eye that was diagnosed as a mass or tumor that required enucleation. A few weeks before her surgery, Sassy was rushed into Emergency Vets with vestibular disease and required overnight treatment, medication, blood work, and a lot of care. This was unexpected. Thankfully she has almost completely recovered but due to a fixed income on disability there is no way I could pay for Sassy’s care and Sally’s surgery – which are being funded by Care Credit and other sources. I am so grateful for the Rochester Hope for Pets gift donation. I don’t think I could have afforded Sally’s surgery otherwise. And quite honestly Sally and Sassy help me get up in the morning and get out of bed – even on days when I am in severe pain.”

Thanks to donors like Javen Construction, we’re able to help pets like Sally. Please consider donating today so we can help even more animals.



“As of today we have gotten over $3,000 in debt.” This is what Zurie’s parents wrote to us in their application for assistance; now they were facing additional bills as Zurie was having difficulty breathing, had an infection, and her allergies were flaring up. Later they wrote:

“Our life with Zurie began in March of 2018. I was looking online for a possible addition to our family and there she was! I called my family together for their opinion and we concluded she was the dog we wanted. The next day I called the Wyoming County SPCA to set up an appointment to drive out. We were convinced Zurie was the dog for us and Zurie would be coming home as an official member of our family that very day. We are from Gates so the drive was no short haul, and worse yet it was a western New York infamous snow storm! After what seemed like miles we met Zurie.

She was perfect and we fell in love with her immediately. We finished the paperwork, got in the car and home we all went. During the first three weeks Zurie got tons of love and she loved all of us right back.

Those first three weeks were not without incident though. After multiple trips to the vet, Zurie was diagnosed with a cancerous growth on her leg which we are happy to say has been removed. Zurie also has ongoing allergies that she needs to take medication for as she developed serious welts and hives. Zurie is still under the care of Veterinary Specialists of Rochester for her drooping lip, ear, and cheek on 1 side of her face to find out what is causing this condition.

Zurie is a very happy dog and is now queen of the castle. She loves to go outside to play and is loving to people and other dogs. Zurie’s biggest love is to show her affection with nonstop kisses…but who can object to that?”

Thanks to donors like you and Bayer, Rochester Hope for Pets was able to help Zurie’s family with a portion of their overwhelming veterinary bills, making sure that Zurie stays healthy and in her fur-ever home.


Clara, a lovely middle aged lady, was adopted in June 2018. Her new family provided preventative veterinary care and had her ear issues treated, but didn’t expect her to need a dental cleaning so soon. 

In addition to a cleaning, Clara needed eight teeth extracted; this type of procedure often ranges from $1,000-$2,000 and the family just couldn’t swing the cost right away. A Rochester Hope for Pets award helped her family pay for this much needed service, and today, Clara is feeling much better thanks to supporters like you!

This Tail of Hope is generously brought to you by our friends at Ceva Animal Health.



Sweet Bailey here tore his cranial cruciate ligaments in both knees within 12 weeks of each other this winter. After having the first knee repaired and finding out he needed the second one done, Bailey’s mom wrote to us, “I’m drowning in vet bills.” Rochester Hope for Pets was able to help with the cost of the second surgery, from which Bailey is now recovering. After the surgery, his mom said, “thank you again from the bottom of my heart and also from Bailey’s both hind legs.” We’re so happy you’re feeling better Bailey!


PS: Our wonderful friends at Davidson Fink helped make Bailey’s Tail of Hope possible!


Rosie the chihuahua was adopted two years ago from a local rescue. At the time of adoption, Rosie was 7 years old, but that didn’t stop her new family from falling in love with her. Soon after bringing her home, they noticed that Rosie’s breath smelled, and although they tried different solutions, her breath continued to smell really bad.


When they took Rosie to the vet, they were told she needed a dental cleaning and teeth extracted. The estimated cost was overwhelming for the family, so they started searching for assistance. Luckily, they found Rochester Hope for Pets. By October, Rosie’s family was able to save enough money, and with the help of a Rochester Hope for Pets award, they were able to have Rosie’s much-needed dental done. As her mom says, “It was very hard to think about losing Rosie due to health problems from having bad teeth…now she has great breath, and no longer in pain, she is enjoying life.”


“We are lucky to have Rosie, she fills our hearts with love.”


This Tail of Hope is brought to you by our friends at Javen Construction – thank you to this very talented team!


We love reading Tails of Hope like this one that recently appeared in my inbox:

“First of all we would like to say how grateful we are to you guys. This grant help Alice get back to her self.


We ended up kinda rescuing Alice and her siblings. They were brought to us at 6 days old. So our whole family jumped in and we bottle fed them all (6 of them) and took shifts to make sure they were taken care of. Needless to say they all survived and are happy and healthy. Alice however would not eat for anyone but me. So I say she picked me. My family kept 4 of the puppies. Alice and her sister were born with shark jaws. However Alice at 3 years old needed surgery to remove what was only gonna be 3 teeth, which ended being 9 teeth and $1300. I gladly paid to make my baby better.


This past year however we lost 3 cats and found out our younger rescue needs ACL surgery on both legs, one of our cat’s vet’s bill we took a loan on our car to pay the vet. Which we would do again. Our animals are our children, we are still paying the loan off. So the grant really helped Alice; she was suffering and I hated seeing her like that.”

This Tail of Hope is brought to you by Bayer, and by generous donors like you! We’re so happy you’re feeling better, Alice. <3