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!


“I just want to say thank you to Rochester Hope for Pets for helping me with Keyz’s surgery. I received Keyz as a birthday present in January 2019. Unfortunately he required intestinal surgery due to pieces of a chew toy being stuck in his intestine.Thanks to the help you have provided, I was able to get the surgery done for Keyz and he is recovering well now!! It was greatly appreciated that Rochester Hope for Pets was able to help me and Keyz!!!”

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




“Our family adopted Griffin in November of 2016. We fell in love with him immediately. When Griffin was adopted, he had a small air pocket under his chin. Three years later this air pocket was a palmful and determined to be a ruptured salivary gland that was filled with saliva. He needed a surgery that was beyond what our family was prepared for. We held a garage sale and raised a small amount of funds. We hoped we could put the surgery off until next years tax return came in. I started waking up to Griffin coughing in the middle of the night. Knowing we could no longer wait, I reached out for help. Through the kindness of many people we were able to bring the cost down and have Griffin’s surgery. His surgeon was successful and Griffin has healed well.” – A recent award recipient

Thanks to Elanco for making this Tail of Hope possible!



Ava is a lovely senior lady who recently developed an abscessed mammary mass. Ava’s veterinarian started her on antibiotics, but while her mom saved up for the surgery to remove it, it worsened and Ava developed a fever. She needed the surgery as soon as the vet felt she was stable enough to go under anesthesia, but the bill was going to be almost $2,000. Ava’s mom said, “she’s a great dog, she loves people and other animals. I was sick with worry for her and I didn’t know how I was going to afford the surgery but I knew it had to be done.” 

Thankfully, Ava’s veterinarian suggested applying to Rochester Hope for Pets and we provided an award to help with the cost of surgery. Afterward, Ava’s mom said, “I can’t thank you enough.”

This Tail of Hope is brought to you by our friends at Elanco.


Nykko’s mom was laid off and looking for full time work when she applied for assistance from Rochester Hope for Pets. She was also caring for an ill family member, which left very little money to cover the dental cleaning Nykko badly needed. Rochester Hope for Pets helped cover a portion of the cost, and now, “he is a happy 6 year old boy!”



“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!

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