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




“I am extremely grateful to have your help. He is my best friend and he has been with me since he was 7 weeks old. I honestly wasn’t sure how I was going to pay for all his treatments.”

After Moeglie was hit by a car, his mom rushed him to Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services. There he was diagnosed with hemoabdomen – blood was filling his abdominal cavity. He also needed to have his left hind leg amputated. The possibility of losing your best friend and the daunting bills from trying to save him would overwhelm anyone. Thankfully, a Rochester Hope for Pets award helped pay for a portion of the care – taking a giant burden off Moeglie’s mom and allowing her to focus her attention on Moeglie’s recovery.

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



Shannon and her family adopted Copper in September 2011 when he was just a year old. He quickly became part of the family. Recently, Shannon noticed that Copper started making a strange noise when he went to go eat. He backed away from the food dish making choking sounds. Shannon took a video and showed her veterinarian, who diagnosed Copper with dental disease. He would need surgery to have his teeth cleaned and some extractions, and it was going to cost $650-$750. Shannon panicked. Relying on Social Security with two kids, this wasn’t a doable cost.  Copper is a huge part of her family’s life, so Shannon began looking into options to help finance the surgery, and was pointed towards Rochester Hope for Pets.

Rochester Hope for Pets was able to cover some of the surgery, making it more affordable. Copper had his teeth all cleaned and the bad teeth extracted. Now, Copper is doing much better. He is back to snuggling and eating just like usual!

Without Rochester Hope for Pets, Shannon’s family would have had to give him away to another family that was able to pay for his treatment, or potentially put him down. Copper is an anchor for Shannon and her family. He guides them through their hardest moments, and reminds them how loved they are. Shannon feels that the dental surgery enabled by Rochester Hope for Pets truly saved her family.

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



When he was eight weeks old, Atlas was adopted from a local shelter by Erica. He was missing one leg due to birthing complications, but that only made Erica love him more. She modified her apartment so it was easier for him to get around – steps where he couldn’t jump high enough, and rugs on the floor so he didn’t slip. Atlas fit right into his new life.

Less than a year after adoption, Atlas began struggling to urinate and lost his appetite. After a week of taking him to and from the vet’s office, on Sunday, Erica knew she had to take him to Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services. There he was diagnosed with a urinary blockage; if left untreated, Atlas would die. Despite having other bills and not knowing how she’d pay for the surgery, Erica elected to have it done – Atlas is part of her family. A friend encouraged her to apply to Rochester Hope for Pets, and in the end, she was awarded funds to help pay the bill. Afterwards, Erica said, “I know it sounds cliche, but I truly think that Atlas is the one who rescued me.”

Thanks to Davidson Fink, Attorneys at Law for making this Tail of Hope possible!




Hudson was born in 2006 in Corsicana, Texas and came to his loving owner, Jean, at 8 weeks old. Together Jean and Hudson lived in Texas, Maine, and then finally returned to Jean’s hometown of Rochester.

In early February 2018, Hudson slipped on some ice and partially tore a ligament in his knee. During a follow-up visit for his leg, the Veterinarian noticed that his lymph nodes were enlarged. Biopsies were taken, and on March 9 Hudson was diagnosed with stage 3 Lymphoma.

Hudson immediately began receiving treatments at VSES. From March 13 to August 21 Hudson underwent 16 chemo visits. Due to the financial implications of such a disease, Jean’s cousin suggested she reach out to HOPE. The partial grant Hudson received went directly into his chemo treatments.

Now 12 years old, Hudson is in remission thanks to his “I can do this” attitude, exceptional care from VSES, and support from so many of his friends and family.

It can be difficult for pet owners to carry the emotional and financial weight of these intense medical conditions on their own. Jean was very grateful to have some of both burdens lifted of her shoulders by Rochester Hope for Pets, for the emotional support of friends and the exceptional care Hudson received at Veterinary Services Emergency Services.


Tina was adopted when she was three years old by her loving mother, Sandra Leveson. She came from a local rescue for cats, and seemed healthy and happy upon adoption. A short while after adopting Tina, Sandra noticed that she was acting funny. Sandra brought her to the vet, only to find out that Tina needed to have all of her teeth pulled. Sandra had to choose between paying for the surgery or having her humanely euthanized. Despite needing dental work of her own, Sandra made it clear that “the cat comes first.” Dr. Wihlen at Animal Hospital of Pittsford told Sandra he would do whatever he could to help with the expensive surgery, and was able to connect her with a $400 award from Rochester Hope for Pets – a huge relief for Sandra.

This wasn’t the only time Tina and Sandra would receive help from RHFP though. Recently Tina began developing strange masses around her eyes. It was found that she had multiple growths that needed to be removed. Again, Rochester Hope for Pets was able to cover part of the surgery, and was able to take some of the financial burden off of Sandra’s family.

Now almost 12 years old, Tina remains a snugly, sweet, toothless, and somewhat visually impaired cat with a lot of love left to give