Sometimes rescue groups need us for more than just basic vetting. That was the case recently for Almost Home Animal Rescue (AHAR). Over the last several months they’ve rescued some dogs that came with complicated issues and steep medical bills. Ali came to AHAR as a puppy from a backyard breeder. She was undernourished and sick. She was diagnosed with parvo and spent a week in the hospital and racked up a $1,200 bill. She’s now healthy, happy, and ready for adoption. Frederick came to AHAR as a stray. His initial vet visit revealed a urinary tract infection and leptovirus, and he has a pre-cancerous tumor. His bill was over $1,000. Then there was Sierra, who was surrendered after being neglected by her owner. She was found to have heartworms, leaving the rescue further in debt-over $1,300, in fact. Thankfully, Sierra is now heartworm-free and in her new home. HPAN contributed $300 per dog, so $900 in total to AHAR!
Little Bill was found on the side of the road. You guessed it – hit and run. Almost Home Animal Rescue took him into their rescue hoping he’d make it. The vet did everything to save Bill’s life, but he did not pull through. They asked us to help pay the bill, which will at least give them means to rescue another animal in Bill’s memory. We were happy to help out with a $150 payment.
My name is Bertie. I am now a super happy girl! I haven’t had the best life my entire seven years. I ended up being dropped off in someone’s yard, and they made me live in a shed outside. I have had a few litters of puppies, and I just had a litter twelve weeks ago. That is like a 55-year-old woman having six kids! Yikes! Due to my years of outdoor living, I have some worn teeth, and I am heartworm positive. If I hadn’t been rescued by Almost Home Animal Rescue, I probably would have died from the heartworms. Life has been really hard for me, but I’ve kept my sweetness and gentle spirit. The angels smiled down on me, and I now get to enjoy the great things in life that I didn’t even know existed. I get to play, live inside a wonderful house, and the best thing of all… I get to lay on a couch and bed! I also have started down my road to getting healthy! I still need to get spayed and begin the most intense part of my heartworm treatment. The nice people at HPAN are helping me get ready for the possibilities of a forever home! Let the adventures begin!
Poor little Samantha had a rough life before she landed in a safe place with Almost Home Animal Rescue. She’s already been treated for cancer, but now her white cell count is up, and she’s having some other malicious symptoms. The rescue group asked us to sponsor her diagnostics and medication.
A good Samaritan found Smokey with a terribly injured leg. Everyone thought it was broken. Almost Home Animal Rescue agreed to pull Smoky into their rescue and have him assessed by their vet. It was determined to be a severe injury with infection, but no broken bones. We paid the vet bill of $181, covering his wound treatment, vaccines, testing, and dewormer to help Smokey get on with a better life.
Almost Home Animal Rescue took in a beautiful boxer, Molly, with a terrible double eye infection and glaucoma that medicines would not correct. Because of her pain, it was recommended by two vets that both eyes be removed, since Molly had been practically blind anyway. The rescue tells us that Molly has a new attitude, that she is lively and playful and getting around great. She is ready for a new family!
It’s sad to us that so many dogs are heartworm positive when prevention is a reasonable effort. The dogs that find their way into rescue are the lucky ones. Mozzie is one of them. He is a one and half year old Boxer mix who was pulled from a local shelter in January by Almost Home Animal Rescue (AHAR). Mozzie was very underweight and needed vetting. He is a very active and happy boy, and he deserves to live out his life. When AHAR asked us to help them with treatments, we decided to contribute $350 to Mozzie’s vet bill that is over $1,000. Donations for Mozzie are being accepted at Broadway Veterinary Clinic, 865-687-2651.
Almost Home Animal Rescue recently took in two shelter dogs, Annie and Alvin, with parvovirus. Annie didn’t make it, but Alvin did. Alvin’s vet bill ran in the hundreds, so HPAN contributed $300 to his vet to help the rescue be in a better position to assist another animal. Now that Alvin is out of the hospital, back into rescue, and feeling better, they can fatten him up while they search for the perfect home. We hear he loves children. We wish little Alvin well!
HPAN heard that Buddy, in the care of Almost Home Animal Rescue (Blount County), needed medical care. We stepped up to contribute toward his vet costs. Buddy is a three year old, 92lb, Flat-Coated Golden Retriever who is full of love. He has a large hematoma in his right ear caused by his pawing at a very bad ear infection. If the hematoma is not removed, he will be disfigured for life and will suffer pain. The surgery will cost a little over $300. Buddy is the sweetest guy you will ever meet. He was horribly neglected. In addition to the ear, has some skin problems due to flea infestation. He is heartworm negative and neutered. Buddy is now up-to-date on vetting and on heartworm and flea preventative. When Almost Home first received him, he moved around like an old dog; now he plays with toys and is interested in everything around him. He takes a toy out of a basket and returns it when he gets out another one. He is a very smart boy! Some family will be very lucky to adopt Buddy. Anyone interested should message email@example.com.