Toco was having trouble breathing so his family took him to the vet; they tried antibiotics, which didn’t seem to help. The next step was a rhinoscopy and biopsy to try to further diagnose the problem, which would cost over $1,500. Thanks to our donors like the great folks at Nutramax, Rochester Hope for Pets helped with the cost of the rhinoscopy. Afterward, his family said, “Here is Toco before when he was so sick and after now that he is feeling more like himself again!! Thank you again for your generous help!!” We’re so glad you’re feeling better, Toco!

Buffalo & Mila

Mila and Buffalo’s parents are friends who let the pups play together; just a day after Buffalo was diagnosed with parvo, Mila was as well.

They scraped together enough money to get Buffalo to Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services for a couple nights, but had to bring him home because they ran out of money.

Both dogs needed IV fluids and medication if they were going to survive. Thankfully, Rochester Hope for Pets was able to help.

“You have no idea how grateful we are. Thank you so much for your kind heart and for caring about our dogs as much as we do. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.”
-Mila’s mom


Thank you to Davidson Fink for making this Tail of Hope possible.



Peaches developed bladder stones earlier this year that needed to be surgically removed. He’d had a urinary tract infection before that, so the owner (a single senior citizen on a fixed income) had already paid for antibiotics and xrays.  She’d also tried a special diet at her vet’s suggestion, but the bladder stones weren’t resolving, and Peaches was in pain. Rochester Hope for Pets helped out with the cost of surgery, and afterward, Peaches’ mom said, “Thx to your organization he is no longer suffering. Words cannot express my gratitude.” 

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Harpurr had a urinary obstruction on a Sunday, so his family took him to Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services, where he was unblocked and it was discovered he had many bladder stones. His family was able to move him to their regular general practice vet later in the week. Harpurr, being a cat and not understanding what was happening, ripped out his catheter and subsequently came down with a urinary tract infection. After many days of hospitalization and treatment, Harpurr finally came home to recover. As you can imagine, the bills were very high, and his family wasn’t sure how’d they pay them all off. Rochester Hope for Pets helped ease the family’s burden, thanks to the committment of many amazing donors like you and our friends at Nutramax!



Fozzie, an eight-year-young dog, underwent emergency surgery for a ruptured disc and a bulging disc in his cervical spine, after his pain couldn’t be managed anymore with medication. His family had to decide whether to have the surgery, knowing they couldn’t afford it, or have Fozzie euthanized. Thankfully, they opted for the surgery and reached out to Rochester Hope for Pets. Thanks to donors like our friends at Davidson Fink, we were able to provide an award, reducing Fozzie’s family’s debt. Afterward, his mom said, “Thank you so much!!!! This is such a help. It feels like I would have been under this debt forever. When I sell my house, I plan to contribute back to you. You’ve taken a huge burden off my shoulders.”



Murray is a FIV positive cat who had related dental disease and needed very extensive dental surgery. Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) attacks the immune system, leaving cats vulnerable to many other infections, including in their mouths. Murray’s parents are retired and live on a fixed income, so a vet bill of a few-thousand dollars was overwhelming to say the least. Rochester Hope for Pets helped with a portion of Murray’s dental bill, helping him stay at home and healthy. 

Want to know more about FIV in cats? Click here!

Want to know more about caring for your cat’s teeth? Click here!

This Tail of Hope is brought to you by our friends at Virbac. Thanks for being a friend to animals!



At less than two years old, Walter underwent expensive diagnostics which revealed he had elbow dysplasia, requiring surgery on both elbows. His mom is a young professional who had to take on an overwhelming amount of debt to pay for Walter’s care. Rochester Hope for Pets was able to pay a portion of the bill, helping Walter’s mom reduce her debt. Walter is now living his best (pain-free) life!

This Tail of Hope is brought to you by Nutramax Laboratories – thank you!


Fluffzilla had a blocked urethra once already this year, and when he began showing systems of blocking again, his veterinarian recommended a perineal urethrostomy surgery to prevent this from happening again. Fluff’s dad is a disabled veteran living on a fixed income, but knew if he didn’t opt for the surgery, Fluff would just block again, which would end up being more costly in the long run (and more painful for Fluffzilla). With the help of Rochester Hope for Pets, Fluffzilla had the PU surgery and is recovering nicely at home!

This Tail of Hope is brought to you by our friends at Javen Construction. Thanks for being a friend to animals!


At just two years old, beautiful Kassie needed both cranial cruciate ligaments (like an ACL in humans) repaired in order to stay active and pain-free. This surgery can cost a couple thousand dollars per knee, so Kassie’s parents were understandably overwhelmed when they received the estimate. Rochester Hope for Pets was happy to provide an award to help Kassie get the needed surgery, but it’s cases like this that we wish we could help more, so pet parents don’t feel like they’re drowning in vet bills. Please consider donating to Rochester Hope for Pets so we can help more families like Kassie’s.

This Tail of Hope is brought to you by our friends at Elanco. Thanks for being a friend to animals!



Urinary blockages in cats are a problem we see all too frequently at Rochester Hope for Pets. A blockage is an emergency situation and most frequently occurs in young male cats without any warning. Re-blocking isn’t uncommon and treatment can quickly become expensive. Click here to learn more about this condition.

Wiggy, an eight year old male cat became blocked this summer and his parents were struggling to afford the live-saving treatment. A Rochester Hope for Pets award helped out during their time of need. Afterwards they said: “You helped with the vet bill for our cat Wiggy and I just wanted to tell you how much the aid is appreciated. Thanks for all the help you give people in need.”

This Tail of Hope is brought to you by our friends at Elanco. Thanks for being a friend to animals!

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