Lilly has struggled with dental issues her whole life, and needed to have a third dental procedure performed to make her mouth more comfortable. She was obviously in pain, but her mom, having her own medical bills, couldn’t afford the whole procedure. We made an award for Lilly to get her teeth taken care of, and afterward, Lillys’ mom said, “Thank you so much! I want you to know how appreciative Lilly is for this $300 award. (I’m in tears because it’s more than I even expected if anything at all). I hope that I may somehow reciprocate in the future. I know she’s had a rough life and I’ve been giving her so much of my love to make up for that lost time.”

We’re so glad you’re feeling better little Lilly! 


“She is in need of a full frontal leg amputation due to cancer. We are just a regular middle class family who lives paycheck to paycheck.”

Sweet Sadie’s family applied to RHFP for help paying for her needed leg amputation. We were happy to make an award to help Sadie kick cancer, and we were so happy to receive a follow up email saying “Sadie had her surgery and is home and doing well. Thanks again for your help.♥️”

We know that COVID has depleted many families’ savings. When a major veterinary bill comes, families have few places to turn. We’re proud to be able to help, and we couldn’t do it without your support and donations.


“Thank you to Rochester Hope for Pets to enable us to continue to have our Jasper as a whole dog. As an older couple on a fixed income, the expense of a repair surgery for Jasper seemed insurmountable.

Rescued, Jasper came to us as a promise to a family member who could no longer care for him into our lives 5 years ago. He has been a wonderful loving addition to our family with the only regret being that his name should have been “Tigger”. He is a bouncy guy even at the age of 8 leading to his need for cruciate ligament repair surgery.

We are so grateful for Rochester Hope for Pets and their support to get us funds to help cover his surgery. He is recovering well and continues to be the loving boy we know and love!

Thank you very much to everyone who supported us from Rochester Hope for Pets.”


 Today’s Tail of Hope: “Tom-tom was an adult dog we were fostering who ended up being Parvo positive. We adopted him to get him into immediate supportive care at Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services. The wonderful team there kept him in isolation for 4 days giving him the best attention and care possible. This was a completely unexpected cost, as we already had 4 other dogs and were not looking to adding to that number. With the help of so many generous people in the rescue world, (and a tip to contact Rochester Hope For Pets), we were able to pay the hospital bill, and Tom-tom is now a healthy, welcome addition to our pack 🙂 I plan to give back to RHFP, to help the next person be able to pay for their animal’s necessary care.” We’re so glad you’re feeling better Tom-tom! ❤️


Bandit was attacked by a neighbor dog which resulted in him having four fractured bones that required surgery. With COVID-19 impacting nearly everyone, Bandit’s family reached out to Rochester Hope for Pets. Bandit’s mom wrote, “We are a young family and hate to ask for help but the cost of the surgery is overwhelming at this time. Bandit is my best friend and his wellbeing means the world to me.”

Our award helped Bandit receive the care he needed, and afterward, his family wrote, “Thank you so very much for your generous grant to assist Bandit in getting the emergency veterinary care he needed. Having a furry family member who needs medical care is so stressful in itself and then to add financial stressors while going through a global pandemic can be overwhelming! We so appreciate your help during this difficult time!!! Bandit had his surgery yesterday and came home today. He is resting comfortably and a full recovery is expected. Thank you again for your help and all that you do!!”


“I would like to start with expressing my immense gratitude for this award. It really means a lot to Dizzy and I.

Dizzy was born under a family friend’s porch and as a result made his way into my life. It was personally a time in life where things were difficult and has been honestly one of the best things to happen to me. He and I have such a close bond. He follows me around everywhere, always greets me when I come home after work, and even yells loudly when I am leaving.

Dizzy just means a lot to me, so this past September when health issues began to arise things became scary, difficult, and frustrating at times.

As a male cat Dizzy is prone to FIC (feline idiopathic cystitis) and urinary tract issues in general. So after several visits to both urgent care and his regular vet trying to treat and manage urinary issues he has since ended up at Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Services twice since December for potentially life threatening blockages. At this point I had been completely exhausted both emotionally and financially when a family member told me about Rochester Hope for Pets and decided to apply and hope for the best though not expecting much.

I cannot stress enough how thankful I am that Rochester Hope for Pets was able to help accommodate for nearly half of his last emergency visit!

Thank you so much for everything you were able to do for Dizzy and I, but also all of the other pets that you help every year!”




“We added Beyaz to our family just a little over a month ago. We moved to Rochester for my husband’s school this past September. It was with serious consideration that we decided to add Beyaz to our family. Once he came home Beyaz became our best friend here. He was well until March 2nd when he began vomiting.” 

Beyaz’s family took him to Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services for diagnostics and stabilization, and then to their general practice vet for surgery the next day. Unfortunately, Beyaz had a foreign body in his intestines. His mom wrote, “Wanting him to be better and his usual energetic and playful self, we are going through with the surgery.”

His parents went through with the surgery, knowing that affording it would be difficult in their current situation. A RHFP award helped cover a portion of the surgery, and Beyaz came home the next day to recover in his ‘cone of shame.’ His mom wrote afterward,

“Thank you so much for your help. We greatly appreciate it, and cannot express it enough.”

Awards like this keep pets at home and healthy, rather than in shelters or unnecessarily euthanized. Thank you for being a part of our mission!


Vader here did something many dogs do that humans will never understand – he ate a towel. (Although to be fair, cats aren’t immune – often with cats, the problem item is a string of some kind.) Unfortunately, that towel became lodged in his gastrointestinal tract, causing a blockage. This is an emergency situation – if left unresolved, Vader would have died. Our friends at Bayview Animal Hospital performed emergency surgery and removed the towel, and after two nights in the hospital, Vader was back to his normal self. His humans, expecting a new baby soon, were concerned about how they were going to pay the bill and stay on track financially. Rochester Hope for Pets made an award to help Vader’s family; afterward his dad said, “Please thank the donors for our family, and I want you to know that we appreciate your help and compassion in our time of need!”

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Nova’s mom is a full-time college student who also works part-time. When Nova went into anaphylactic shock for the second time in six months, she had to be rushed to Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services again. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic response to a stimulus and is an emergency situation; if left untreated, it can be fatal very quickly.

Not knowing what was causing this reaction, Nova’s mom was worrying not only about Nova recovering, but also about paying this second bill in such a short span of time. We made an award to help with the cost, and Nova is thankfully back to her normal self. Nova’s mom is having her allergy tested to hopefully prevent this from ever happening again.

We’re so glad Nova’s mom and the great team at VSES acted quickly and got her the help she needed. Nova’s mom said afterward, “It really is amazing what you do!!!” – we are happy to pass those kind words along to you, our donors, who make it all possible. Thank you!



Sweet Ralph here has had a tough life. As his mom put it, “When we first adopted Ralph, over 3 years ago, he had just been found with a half an eye ball and looked pretty ragged. They removed his eye, healed up the other eye that had an ulcer in it (he still only sees as if in fog), and found a heart murmur. We brought him home and after a few weeks of being on a healthy diet, murmur resolved. Shortly after, we realized he had a seizure disorder and still has one about once a month. He has developed urinary incontinence recently and has to wear a belly band all the time. They found him missing 8 teeth upon rescue and we had to have 7 more removed with our regular vet. Dogs have 42 teeth, so he was still able to eat solid food missing 1/3 of his teeth. Last month one of his teeth fell out, bringing him down to 26 teeth, but we already had a tooth extraction and tumor removal scheduled for today, and they couldn’t move it up sooner. Today he had to have ALL his teeth removed and his hemangioma, fresh blood tumor, removed (they’re sending it out to see if it’s cancerous.) He’s had a hard life and your generosity made my day a little easier.”

Thanks to donations like yours, we were able to make an award to help Ralph live more comfortably with his loving fur-ever family.

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