“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!


Rosie the chihuahua was adopted two years ago from a local rescue. At the time of adoption, Rosie was 7 years old, but that didn’t stop her new family from falling in love with her. Soon after bringing her home, they noticed that Rosie’s breath smelled, and although they tried different solutions, her breath continued to smell really bad.


When they took Rosie to the vet, they were told she needed a dental cleaning and teeth extracted. The estimated cost was overwhelming for the family, so they started searching for assistance. Luckily, they found Rochester Hope for Pets. By October, Rosie’s family was able to save enough money, and with the help of a Rochester Hope for Pets award, they were able to have Rosie’s much-needed dental done. As her mom says, “It was very hard to think about losing Rosie due to health problems from having bad teeth…now she has great breath, and no longer in pain, she is enjoying life.”


“We are lucky to have Rosie, she fills our hearts with love.”


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


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.

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