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.


Handsome Dudley needed to have radiographs to figure out why he was limping. Because animals typically need to be sedated so that they’ll hold still for x-rays, the process can get expensive. A RHFP award helped pay for the diagnostics, so that Dudley’s parents and vet can decide the best course of action going forward. Without awards like this, more pets would end up in shelters, would remain in pain, or would be unnecessarily euthanized. Thanks to donors like you, we can help Dudley and many others.


Mango had a linear foreign body (from eating something like a string) that required an overnight stay at Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services and then a surgery at Mango’s general practice vet. Without surgery, a foreign body is fatal. Mango’s mom is a single mom who was having trouble coming up with enough funds for the surgery. A Rochester Hope for Pets award helped with the cost, and Mango is back at home, happy and healthy.

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


Murphy needed a dental cleaning with extractions, but his mom didn’t qualify for Care Credit and she couldn’t find somewhere that would let her do monthly payments. She said, “I rescued him nine years ago and he is my family. The thought of him suffering is terrible.” After Rochester Hope for Pets helped ease her burden, Murphy’s mom said, “About 10 days ago Murphy had oral surgery and lost 18 teeth! It was a rough few days after surgery, but he is feeling so much better. We appreciate your kindness and helping with the hefty bill. Cannot thank you enough.”

Thanks to Virbac for making this Tail of Hope possible!



“We’ve had Blanca since 12 weeks old. She is now 10 years old. About 8 months ago she got a growth on her mammary. It got big very fast. So we immediately decided, we have to do surgery. Shes been such a good dog and family member. So she had surgery, and was in pain and not moving around much for a few days. Within a week she started doing more and now, a few weeks later, shes doing amazing. When she got her staples out, we got the results from the biopsy. It was benign. We are so happy. We are so thankful for the help from Rochester Hope for Pets.”

-Blanca’s mom

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From Maddie’s mom: “I took Maddie in when she was approximately 5 years old. She is now 12 and needed bi-lateral patella surgery.  They were only able to repair her worst knee because her blood pressure started to drop.  Just having the one knee repaired has made such a difference to her! I am so grateful to everyone who helped me make her life better! It truly means so much that people care and know that pets are part of the family and being able to get them the care they need makes a difference to them and us. Thank you from Maddie and me! 🙏🏼❤️”

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

Jake & Jessie

Jake and Jessie’s owner passed away, so her family had to find homes for Jake, Jessie, and three other dogs. They were thrilled to find an adopter for these two sweet pups, but the adopter asked that their teeth be cleaned prior to adoption. Their application said, “Please help. I love these dogs. If M. doesn’t adopt them, I’ll have to call a no kill shelter.” Rochester Hope for Pets helped both Jake and Jessie get their teeth cleaned, and soon, they were on their way to their furr-ever home!

Thanks to Virbac for making this Tail of Hope possible!



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.” 

Thanks to Lawley for making this Tail of Hope possible!


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