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Veterinary Care Assistance Grant Recipients

Photos and stories of the lives that Sam's Hope has impacted through its Veterinary Care Assistance Program.

2022

Sabache, a 10 Year Old ChiPom with CHFSabache

Three weeks ago, Sabache was not eating, drinking and unable to rest.  His mom had made the heartbreaking decision to put him down.  Thankfully, we were able to get him to our vet for a cardiac exam, bloodwork, x-ray and a diagnosis of CHF just a day before his scheduled euthanasia. 

Sabache went home with a bag of meds for his heart, and an appointment in three weeks.  We were in touch with his mom during that time and it sounded like Sabache was on his way to feeling better.  He was eating and only had the occasional cough.  A great improvement.

When we walked Sabache to our vet’s door, there was none of the usual hacking, though I thought I detected a slight wheeze.

The vet brought him in, gave him a full exam and said Sabache, despite being better, was still retaining fluid.

So, he doubled his dose of Lasix; all other meds stayed the same. Again he was sent home with a bag of meds, and an appointment for 4 weeks.

We are praying for this sweet little guy…hoping the 3rd time is the charm!

 


Mimi, a 10 Year Old CatMimi

Mimi, a small and sweet 10 year old kitty, has never seen a vet in her life.  When her mom was getting ready to move into a senior living complex, she was told that if she wanted to bring Mimi with her, she would need to see a vet and provide proof of vaccination now, and then yearly.

Mom’s first reaction was to try to find a home for her beloved cat.  She just did not have the money to spare for veterinary care.  A neighbor in her new complex (a client of Sam’s Hope), told her about the veterinary services we provide and with the help of the social services director, they completed an application for Mimi’s vet care.

Today Mimi had a thorough exam, vaccinations and blood work.  We were amazed with the clean bill of health our vet gave her; and that includes her teeth!

See ya next year Mimi…enjoy your new home with your mom!

 


Jake, a 13 Year Old PugJake

He’s baacckkkk….for the second of his biennial vet visits for 2022.  And once again, we are so pleased to announce that this pup is just doing GREAT!

We have been providing ongoing care to Jake since he was diagnosed with heart problems.  Thanks to monthly sponsors and grant funding, we have been able to help make a real difference for Jake and his mom, as mom was simply unable to afford the care and medications related to his heart issues.  But with a helping hand, Jake is thriving.  He is bright, happy and providing joy to his mom and those around him on a daily basis.

Jake was seen for a cardiac exam, blood work and refills of all of his heart meds.  He is doing extremely well, and will have a recheck in about 6 months.

We commend mom for taking such good care of Jake, keeping up with his meds and all feeding requirements.  Some days it is difficult getting all of the meds into him, but mom doesn’t give up.  And she makes sure that Jake’s weight stays the same, and he is eating the right foods for his condition.

 


Sabache - 10 Year Old Pom Mix Diagnosed with Heart FailureSabache

When I stopped by my vet’s office to pick up meds for my pup, he asked me how Sabache was doing.  I replied, good question, I  haven’t heard from his mom in months (his last vet visit was on 8/15). 

Upon my return home, I reached out to mom to see how Sabache was doing.  You always assume no news is good news…this time around that wasn’t the case. In fact, the news was devastating.

Sabache hasn’t been eating at all in the past few days; the lack of appetite started weeks ago; now he was eating nothing, drinking little, and unable to rest.  He just stood there, tail tucked.  Mom, not knowing what to do, and with no money to have him looked at by a vet, had made the heartbreaking decision to have him put down on Saturday. (The day I contacted her was Wednesday).

I tried to get as much information on Sabache’s condition from mom to share with my vet; with fingers crossed that he could see him on Thursday.  When I called, we made arrangements to have Sabache seen on Thursday at 1 PM.

In the meantime, I had mom try to feed him soup with a syringe.  After the soup, he actually nibbled on a few pieces of steak.  Not much, but at least a little something.

The next day I met mom and Sabache at our vets.  The minute our vet took him from my arms he said that he had a distended abdomen and irregular breathing; he would take x-rays, blood work and we go from there.

We waited for an hour before our vet reappeared; I was getting really nervous, as was his mom.  When doc came out to talk to us; he told us Sabache was in heart failure (kidney and liver values were ok), and that he gave him a shot of Lasix.  He then handed us medications, gave us instruction on administration and made an appointment for Sabache to be seen again in 3 weeks.

I talked to mom a few hours later to ensure she got home ok (she lives in Port Richmond area, quite a distance from our vet in Southampton).  There was some good news; Sabache was urinating like crazy, and was in his bed sleeping.  Something he was unable to do for days.

I spoke to mom 2 days later, (on the Saturday he was going to be put down), he is eating and doing well!  Now we need lots of prayers and funds to continue medical treatment. 

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Odie, a 12 Year Old Lab MixOdie

12  year old Odie, a sweet and gentle Lab mix,  and his senior mom have been receiving veterinary assistance from Sam’s Hope since 2019.  Odie has osteoarthritis, which has been helped by medication.

A few days ago, Odie started limping; his mom thought he may have gotten hurt on the steps or out in the yard.

We sent Odie and his mom to the vet to get the leg looked at; the vet examined him and decided an x-ray was in order to ensure that there was indeed no injury.  Thankfully, he was not injured, but he was experiencing progression of osteoarthritis for which the vet is switching his medications and adding a joint supplement to the mix.

We will be in touch with mom in a few weeks to see how Odie is doing; we are hoping he is improving and is getting relief from the pain.

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Just a few days after Odie visited our vet for help with his osteoarthritis, he began having the need to urinate frequently and was having accidents in the house.  That prompted another trip to our vet, a urinalysis and diagnosis of a UTI.  He was given a medication, and 4 days later, he is doing just fine.  And no more accidents!

 


Olaf, a 12 Year Old CatOlaf

We met Olaf and his senior citizen mom early in 2019; before the dawn of COVID and the ensuing inflation/recession that we are plagued with today.  Olaf, who receives home-delivered food and supplies via our Meals for the Pets of the Honebound and Elderly program was long due for a wellness visit, blood work, etc.  At the time, at 10 years old, that was his first visit to the vet. 

In the years following his visit in 2019, Olaf began experiencing dental health problems.  The first sign bad breath; followed by bleeding/redness of the gums, to refusing to eat unless his wet food was watered down. 

Mom hesitated to call us to ask for help; her first concern was COVID (she is elderly and does have a myriad of health issues).  In late summer, tired of seeing her little buddy suffer, she finally broke down and gave us a call to ask for help.

On the first visit to our vet, Olaf was examined, then diagnosed with severe dental disease, and five broken/eroded teeth that needed extraction.  The vet put Olaf on antibiotics and scheduled him for dental surgery.

Ten days later, his teeth were cleaned and the five bad teeth extracted.  Less than a week following surgery, he was the happy cat he has always been; crunching on his dry food and treats, and keeping his mom amused with his antics.

 


Harley, a 9 Year Old Golden RetrieverHarley

Harley, a 9 year old Golden Retriever and his senior citizen dad, have joined so many others in the US in becoming economically insecure during this time of rapidly rising costs.  At one time, dad had no problems meeting Harley’s medical and food needs; now things have changed drastically for the pair, and they needed our help.

Harley was diagnosed with a heart murmur some years ago, and has been on medication since.  With the cost of living rising the way it has been, dad started giving Harley his meds every other day to help reduce costs, which resulted in Harley becoming exercise intolerant, coughing, and feeling unwell.

Harley was seen by our partner vet for a cardiac exam; x-rays confirmed CHF.  Our vet changed out some of his medications to better treat his current heart issues.

We refilled all of his medications and sent him home with a huge bag of his favorite dog food and a case of wet food.  He should be good with medications and food for 6 weeks.

We asked dad to keep us posted to ensure Harley was doing well on the new medication.  We will see him again in about 6 weeks to have him reassessed.

 


Sabache, a 10 Year Old Pom ChiSabache

He’s back…our little friend Sabache had yet another visit to our partner vet today.  While the coughing has certainly improved with treatment, he isn’t quite there yet.  He can walk and rest without hacking, but the minute he is stressed or active, he starts again.  The episodes are of a shorter duration, but still not acceptable.

Today Sabache had x-rays and a thorough exam.  X-rays showed the enlargement of the heart (right atria), and the bronchial inflammation.  There is no CHF…but our vet believes the heart enlargement is aggravating the bronchial disease.

Doc prescribed some new meds and refilled meds that he has been on for a month.  He also prescribed another antibiotic, as Sabache’s dental problems are pretty bad.  But that issue cannot be addressed until we get him to stop coughing and feeling better.

We asked mom to stay in touch on a regular basis and give us updates on his progress.  Hopefully, the third time is the charm!

 


20 Dogs Received Flea Tick Treatment20 Dogs

We distributed 20 - 3 packs of flea/tick medications to 20 of our homebound, elderly, ill and disabled clients to help keep their dogs happy, healthy and pest-free throughout the summer.

 

 

 

 


Sabache, a 10 Year Old Chi MixSabache

Sabache was seen by our partner veterinarian back in July for a chronic dry cough.  It was determined that there is no CHF; our vet suspects asthma/chronic bronchitis.  He put Sabache on a very low dose of medication; Sabache’s cough improved over the past few weeks, but it has not gone away.

Sabache’s mom says it is much better at times and seems much happier, (when he was seen by our vet the first time, the cough was non-stop unless he remained motionless).

Our vet re-evaluated his situation, and then decided to put him on a full dose of meds and add an antibiotic for a few weeks to see if there is improvement.

Fingers crossed, we hope this does the trick!

 


Bart, a 14 Year Old MalteseBart

In June we helped Bart and his senior mom out by purchasing 2 cases of Prescription Kidney food.  His senior mom has been struggling to afford his needs since the turn in the economy.  At that time he seemed to be stable and doing well.

For the past week he hasn’t been eating much; his thirst and urination have both increased.
He was seen by our partner vet for an exam and blood work.  His kidney values have increased since his last check.  He was given medications to help, and will need to be monitored on a regular basis.

We are seeking sponsors for Bart, to help provide continued support to him and his mom.  Please see our Sponsor a Pet page for more information!

 


Sabache, a 10 Year Old Chi MixSabache

10 year old Sabache, a Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix, started hacking/coughing back in April 2022.  His mom took him to the vet in early May, where he had xrays and was prescribed heart meds for a fairly significant heart murmur and an enlarged heart.  He was also prescribed with a medication to help with the cough.

Two months later and Sabache has shown no improvement.  Everytime he moves, he hacks and coughs.
Mom came to us looking for help as she could not afford further care for Sabache.  She was contemplating (despite her obvious love for him), putting him down as she could not stand to see him suffer.

Sabache was seen by our partner vet; mom came armed with his records as well as all of his meds.  Our vet wasn’t impressed by the amount of diuretic he was taking because of the risk it could be doing to his kidneys.

Our vet gave Sabache a thorough cardiac exam.  Yes, he has a significant heart murmur, and his blood pressure was concerningly low.  Blood work, thankfully, showed that Sabache’s kidneys were normal.
Our vet suspects that the dry cough Sabache has is not heart related, (no evidence of congestive heart failure), he believes the cause to be chronic bronchitis/asthma and prescribed a medication that has worked wonders for another of our clients.  We hope it works as well for Sabache.

The vet also discontinued one diuretic and cut the dose in ½ of the other. 

We will check in with mom in about a week to see how things are going.  Fingers crossed for good news!!

 


Panda, a 23 Year Old Tuxedo CatPanda

23 year old Panda was seen by our vet for his yearly exam and vaccinations in the Spring.  He was diagnosed with a Grade 4 heart murmur and severe dental issues;it was suggested that he see a full-service vet and cardiologist.

Fast forward a few months; we finally got Panda in to see our partner vet to give him a thorough exam and chest radiographs.

Our vet found Panda to be in very good health, especially for his age, and that the heart murmur was slight, and there was no need for medical treatment; the vet told his dad to take him home, love and enjoy him.

After Dad and Panda left, the vet and his wife told me how amazed they were at Panda, that he was so beautiful and such good health at the advanced age of 23!

Yes, Panda has his little problems…a bad rear leg for which he takes Gabapentin.  He misses the litter box at times…but what would you expect from a cat that is 108 years old in people years!

He is beautiful and fantastic, and we cannot wait to celebrate his 25th birthday along with him and his dad!

 


Cali, an 8 year old Yorkie with Vaginal ProlapseCali

Last month, 8 year old Cali, a Yorkshire Terrier, presented with a protruding vaginal mass.  She was diagnosed with Type 3 Vaginal Prolapse. 

Her mom, a senior citizen who lives on a fixed income, asked for our assistance to provide the medical care Cali needed; a spay and the suturing of the prolapsed tissue.

Vaginal Prolapse generally only happens in dogs and cats who have not been spayed, because spayed animals do not have enough estrogen present to cause it.  

Yet another good reason to spay/neuter your pets!!!

Yesterday Cali underwent surgery for a complicated spay, and suturing of the prolapsed tissue to hold it in place and prevent future prolapsing.  She was prescribed pain meds and antibiotic, and after a long day spent with the vet, she went home to recover under the watchful eye of her mom.

She is doing well, but clearly not herself yet.  She HATES that e-collar, but then again, who doesn’t?

Feel better soon, Cali!

 


Baby, a 13 Year Old Peke with AsthmaBaby

13 year old Baby was seen by our partner vet about a month ago for wheezing, restlessness and collapse.  She had x-rays which showed thickening of the bronchial wall; our vet suspects asthma.

Baby was taken off her heart meds and prescribed Temiril-P.  Now, one month into treatment, she no longer gags, chokes, wheezes or collapses; which she has been doing since mom adopted her about 6 - 7 years ago.

We are so thrilled she is doing well!

This grant will cover the cost of Baby’s medication for 6 months; here is to continued health and happiness to this sweet little girl and her mom.

 


Bart a 14 Year Old Maltese MixBart

Tiny little Bart, a 13 year old Maltese mix, has been having kidney issues for some years now.  Up until recently, his senior mom has been able to provide for his prescription food needs; that is until prices of gas, food and rent hit the roof. 

While the current economy has been difficult for most people; it has affected seniors on fixed incomes the most. 

This grant provided 2 cases of Prescription kidney food for Bart, which should help them out for about 6 weeks. 

We are looking for sponsors for Bart to help provide continued support.  Please see our Sponsor a Pet page for more information!

 


Darla, a 12 Year Old YorkieDarla

12 year old Darla has not been feeling herself of late; she has lost interest in playing and walking, and tends to huff/puff/cough when engaged in activity.  A real change for this once lively, non-stop terrier!

Her mom took her to the vet; $500 later no real diagnosis as they wanted to do further testing which she could not afford.

Darla was seen by our partner vet for exam, chest x-ray and blood work.  She has a heart murmur and enlarged heart.

She was prescribed medications, and will be seen again in a month.  Sooner if there is no improvement.

There's no single cause of heart disease in dogs. Aging, obesity, breed, and nutrition can all play a role. Heart valve problems are the most common issue and typically affect small breed dogs that are five years or older.

 


Baby, a 13 - 14 Year Old PekeBaby

Meet 13 year old Baby, a sweet, smiling, tail-waggin', butt wigglin' Pekingese who was was diagnosed with congestive heart failure last year, and has been on heart meds since. 

Prior to taking meds, she was collapsing.  That all improved with medications until this month when she had two incidences of hyperventilating, wheezing, restlessness, shaky legs, shivering and what appears to be anxiety/fear.

Baby’s mom texted us to let us know what was going on, and we made an appointment with our vet to have her checked out.

She had a thorough exam, chest x ray, BP check and blood work (chem and CBC) during her visit.  The vet found that there was more at work here than the heart issue; he found bronchial wall thickening and suspects asthma.

Baby was put on a low dose of medication; the vet is hoping this will help, but if not, she will need albuterol.

BP check showed her blood pressure a bit high, so she is to stay on her heart meds, along with the medication for asthma.

We will be in close contact with mom to see how Baby does with the new meds; hopefully there will be improvement.

 


Sushi, a 10 Year Old Shiba InuSushi

Sushi is a sweet 10 year old Shiba Inu who appeared to be having pain in the head/neck area as she withdrew and winced when being touched. 

We arranged to have her examined last week; the vet prescribed meds for her, rest, removal of the collar (harness only) and a diet as she is quite overweight.

A week later, Sushi still wasn’t feeling herself, so back to the vet for another exam, where our vet manipulated her head/neck/legs, and really could not get her to react.  But since mom said she continued to have difficulty at home, another med was added to reduce inflammation.  She also had a rabies vaccination, anal gland expression (she was scooting constantly) and was given an ointment for her back end.

What a difference a day makes; we received a photo from mom, along with the message that Sushi was feeling much more comfortable.  Good news!

Now to take on the battle of Sushi’s bulge…not going to be easy, as she certainly needs to lose a considerable amount of weight!!

 


Jake, a 13 Year Old PugJake

As 13 year old Jake ambles in the front door of our vet's office, tongue hanging out, butt wiggling, and the devil in his eyes, everyone stops and cannot help but smile to see this clownish Pug who just captures your heart and attention with a single butt wiggle.  You really have to meet this boy; you will fall in love instantly.

We have been providing ongoing care to Jake since 2019 when he was first diagnosed with heart problems.  Thanks to monthly sponsors and grant funding, we have been able to help make a real difference for Jake and his mom, as mom was simply unable to afford the care and medications related to his heart issues.  But with a helping hand, Jake is thriving.  He is bright, happy and providing joy to his mom and those around him on a daily basis.

Jake was seen for a cardiac exam, blood work and refills of all of his heart meds.  He is doing extremely well, and will have a recheck in about 6 months.

We commend mom for taking such good care of Jake, keeping up with his meds and all feeding requirements.  Some days it is difficult getting all of the meds into him, but mom doesn’t give up.  And she makes sure that Jake’s weight stays the same, and he is eating the right foods for his condition.


Panda, a 23 Year Old Tuxedo CatPanda

We have been providing vet care and pet food assistance for Panda since 2014; since that time, the now 23 year old Panda, lost his human dad, and most recently (March 2022), his lovely human mom.  When we got the news, we immediately contacted Panda’s human brother to offer our condolences and to see what we could do to help Panda stay in his home; his brother is disabled and lived with his parents.

We were thrilled to find out that Panda would indeed stay in the home he has always known, and offered to continue providing care for him for life.

Panda was seen by our partner vet for exam, vaccinations and medication for a hind leg problem that he’s had since the beginning of the pandemic.  We wanted to have blood work done; unfortunately his new dad declined. 

Panda has a few issues that need to be addressed; a Grade 4 heart murmur and dental issues.  At 23, we do not want him to go under anesthesia for a dental cleaning, as it is high-risk, especially with heart issues.

We do want him to visit our full-service vet for consultation for the heart issue; which we will be discussing with his dad.  Hopefully with a diagnosis and treatment we can help him see the age of 25!  Or maybe more!

 


Palomo, a 16 Year Old CatPalomo

Six weeks ago, Palomo woke up with red, swollen and watery eyes.  His mom was alarmed, not knowing what was going on, and really did not know what to do about it.  Your first thought is…well, take him to the vet.  Yes, of course, when you have the funds to pay the vet, it is a very easy decision to reach.

BUT, when you are in Palomo’s mom’s position, you have to make choices; do you pay the rent and/or utility bills, or do you pay the vet.

A few months ago, I was very fortunate to learn of a vet in Chester County who was kind, caring, compassionate and doesn’t charge an arm then a leg!  She works with people so that they can afford the care they need for their pets; in today’s world, you just don’t find vets like this.  I am fortunate to know of three.

I had Palomo’s mom contact them to get a look at Palomo to see what was going on; I was not surprised to hear that it was his teeth were causing all of the problems; some were broken to the gum line!  The vet prescribed antibiotics, and gave Palomo an appointment for blood work, dental cleaning and extractions.

Despite the very reasonable estimate given by the vet, mom was panicking as she would not be able to pay her utility bills that month.  We told her to complete an application, send us all documentation, and that we would take care of it.  Maintaining a roof over mom and Palomo’s head is of utmost importance; without that home, they cannot stay together.

Palomo checked in at 9 AM; he had his dental and needed some additional support, oxygen and fluids, so it was decided that he would spend the night at the hospital under the watchful eye of the vet.
Blood work revealed early stage kidney disease; so he will be switched from Hill’s C/D to Royal Canin SO to slow the progress. 

The next morning he went home to his mom, and slept off the events of the last few days.

 


Simba, a 5 Year Old Shepherd MixSimba

Simba is a 6 year old Shepherd Mix who lives with his senior citizen mom in Philadelphia.

Prior to the pandemic, and the soaring cost of living, mom was able to provide for herself and her pup with no problems at all.

But now, with food and energy prices eating up every bit, (and then some) of her budget, she finds she can no longer afford to provide for Simba and his ongoing need of medication for his allergies.
Simba was seen by our partner veterinarian for his annual wellness check; he had an exam, vaccinations and nail clip.  And we refilled his prescription for Apoquel; enough for 30 days.

We plan to do a food trial with Simba to see if we can figure out if his allergies are food related.  If we are successful, perhaps Simba will no longer need the medication.

 


SkyeSkye

Skye was diagnosed with kidney disease early in 2022; our vet recommended that she exclusively eat prescription food for kidney disease in order to slow down disease progression.  He also recommended Fish Oil Supplement (Omega 3) and B Complex.  A very expensive regimen, especially for her senior citizen mom who lives on a small fixed income.

Mom has managed to provide what Skye needed for the past few months; but this month she needed a helping hand, which we gladly gave.

We provided Skye with a month’s worth of Kidney Diet Prescription food as well as the fish oil supplement.

She is doing extremely well as mom is sticking to the plan; Skye is drinking considerably less now, and there is far less urination.  She is no longer waking mom up in the middle of the night to take her out.

 


Sunny, a 5 year old CatSunny

5 year old Sunny, (and her canine sister Cher), haven’t visited the vet since pre-pandemic.  Sunny was long overdue for an exam and vaccinations, and in dire need of a cure for her itchies and scratchies.

Their mom is one of our homebound clients that receives home-delivered pet food from Sam’s Hope.  Our last visit there, we observed the duo relentlessly scratching at themselves, and offered to help get them to the vet and straightened out.

Sunny was the model patient at our vet’s office.  She purred through her exam, and surprisingly, not even a hiss or a swat during vaccinations and nail clip.

The itching…she has a case of the fleas; for which the vet prescribed Revolution.

Sunny is a happy and healthy cat; so we won’t be seeing her again until next year for her yearly wellness visit.

 


Cher, a 6 year old Pom MixCher

This sweet girl is 6 year old Cher, the canine sister of no other than Sunny the cat!
She too hasn’t had a visit to the vet since pre-pandemic and is long overdue for an exam and vaccinations.  Cher has also been scratching relentlessly, and has a growth on her abdomen that suddenly started getting larger.

The growth was of great concern to her mom, one of our homebound clients that receives home-delivered pet food from Sam’s Hope, as she lost her dog of 15 years to cancer 5 years ago.

During our last visit to their home, we observed the duo relentlessly scratching at themselves, and offered to help get them to the vet and straightened out.

Cher, like her sister Sunny, was a model patient; that tail was a-waggin during the exam.  Our vet determined that the lump on the abdomen was no reason for concern as it was only a lipoma.  He sedated Sunny, removed it, vaccinated and clipped her nails.

The itching…same as her sister, fleas for which she was prescribed Bravecto.

Cher, like Sunny, is in excellent health, and will come back next year for her annual wellness visit.

 


Samantha, a Bearded Collie Mix with HypothyroidismSamantha

7 year old Samantha, a Bearded Collie Mix, has not been feeling herself for the past few months.  She no longer enjoys walks with her mom; after ½ a block, she lays down and refuses to move.  Other symptoms are increased thirst and urination, and her coat always looks shabby, despite being brushed daily and bathing.

Her mom is unemployed, and since losing her car due to her financial situation, has found it increasingly difficult to find work.  Normally, when Samantha would appear under the weather, she would take her directly to the vet to be checked out.  Now, vet care has become a luxury she can no longer afford.

Mom learned about Sam’s Hope through an elderly neighbor who receives home delivered pet meals for her cats, and submitted an application begging for help for her beloved companion.

We scheduled an appointment for Samatha with our partner veterinarian, where she had an exam.  The vet immediately suspected hypothyroidism, but also wanted to rule out other issues.  Blood work, urinalysis and a T4 test were performed.  All came back within range, except for the T4. 

Samantha was prescribed levothyroxine, a thyroid replacement hormone, which she will need to take for life.  Thankfully it is not an expensive drug, though Samantha will need to return for blood work in a month to ensure dosing is correct, and then every six months to ensure she is within range.

She should start feeling more herself in a few weeks, and then be symptom-free in 4 - 6 weeks.

 


Chonk, an 8 year old BulldogChonk

8 year old Chonk is the beloved support pup of Deb; a disabled woman who has been bound to a wheelchair since she was a young child.  Chonk not only provides companionship and emotional support; he also helps Deb in her daily needs.  He can open drawers and closets, and retrieve needed items for her.  He is one smart cookie!

Chonk is true to his breed; he has allergy problems.  Lately they have been worse than usual.
Chonk was seen by our vet for an exam, SuperChem blood work, urinalysis.  The skin and ear issues were addressed with medication; it was suggested that perhaps prescription food for allergies would help, but that is cost prohibitive, so we will supply Chonk with a good quality, grain-free salmon and sweet potato food that has helped other dogs with allergies in our care in the past.

Here is to good news on his blood work and urinalysis.  We will have the results back tomorrow!

 


Layla Grace, an 8 Year Old BeagleLayla Grace

We received the following email from a dog mom in Ohio late last year, asking for help for her 8 year old Beagle, Layla Grace. (pretty name, right)?

“My son and I live on a fixed income of $794 a month. We've been able to take care of Layla's routine care but can't afford the procedure she needs. We were living in a difficult situation for a few years and then lived in a car for six months with Layla. We are in the process of making her a support animal. I suffer from PTSD and severe anxiety. My son has Sherman's kyphosis and spondylitis, as well as anxiety and depression.

Layla brings us much peace, joy, and love. She is a member of our family. I honestly don't know what we would do without her. She has been through so much, we rescued her from our local pet shelter at 13 weeks old, where she came from a neglectful environment.

My son and I now have a home and are getting back on our feet. We just want to give Layla all the love she gives us and make the rest of her life the best it can be. Thank you very much.”

Layla had a small mass on her left thigh that suddenly starting growing at a fast rate.  Mom took her to the vet to have her checked; but because of their financial circumstances they were unable to proceed with the surgery.  We were able to help with the surgery; however Layla needed more help; a dental cleaning and extractions, as well as all of her vaccinations.

Today, thanks to donations ear-marked for Layla, and the kind donation of services by Stringtown Animal Hospital, Layla had pre-op bloodwork, full dental xrays, dental cleaning, extractions, a post op injection and medications, and all of her vaccinations. 

We are so happy for Layla and her family…much happiness and health to all!

 


Carmen, a 9 Year Old Shih TzuCarmen

In November, Carmen was at the vet for her yearly exam and blood work.  She appeared to be in good shape, despite a little weight gain since her last visit.

Unfortunately, her lab results raised some concern with the vet when they came back; at the time he suspected Cushings disease, and ordered a urinalysis to look into things a little deeper, which prompted an ultrasound of Carmen’s liver and adrenals.

When the results came back ok, it was decided that  Carmen should have an 8 hour suppression test to rule out or confirm Cushings; which she had today.  Not a happy camper at all; being away from mom for 8 hours was TORTURE for her.

Fingers crossed; we should have the results back in a few days.

 


Skye, a 14 Year Old Terrier MixSkye

We met 14 year old Skye about 1.5 years ago when she came to us for help with her yearly exam and vaccinations.  Her mom, homebound since the beginning of the pandemic due to serious health issues that put her at high risk for severe illness from COVID.  Mom’s health issues have now made her permanently homebound and in dire need of help for her dear companion Skye.

Skye has been drinking and urinating constantly for a few months now.  At first, mom didn’t think anything of it; but as it continued, she started becoming more and more alarmed.  That is when she reached out to us for help in figuring out what was going on with Skye.

Skye was seen by our partner vet for an exam, blood work and urinalysis.  The results were as we suspected, kidney disease. 

The treatment plan; prescription kidney food to start with; she will be retested and reassessed in a few months.

 


2021

Carmen, an 8 year old Shih TzuCarmen

Today we lent a helping hand to Carmen, an 8 year old Shih Tzu, who lives in South Philly with her adoring mom.

Last month Carmen was at the vet for her yearly exam and blood work.  S

he appeared to be in good shape, despite a little weight gain since her last visit.

Unfortunately, her lab results raised some concern with the vet when they came back; at the time he suspected Cushings Disease.  He ordered a urinalysis to look into things a little deeper.  When the urinalysis results came back, the vet wanted to do an ultrasound on Carmen’s liver and adrenals.  Needless to say, all of this was causing Carmen’s mom considerable angst; she was very concerned about what was going on with her beloved little companion.

Today they headed to the vet for the ultrasound; while everything looked good with Carmen’s liver, a small nodule was noted on her adrenals.  Carmen will have an ACTH Stimulation Test, which will either confirm or rule out Cushing Disease in early January.  

 


Lucky, a 6 Year Old Lab MixLucky

We met a two year old Lucky way back in 2016 when he came to PA from a Georgia shelter.  Just two short hours before his scheduled euthanasia, his now mom, Linda, saw his photo online, fell in love, and with the help of a Georgia rescue, saved his life.

When he got to PA, he arrived with a myriad of health issues which his senior mom could not afford to fix.  Sam’s Hope got involved, and we are happy to say that Lucky and his mom are doing very well, despite a lot of ups and downs in their lives; most recently, losing their home.  Lucky’s story can be found here: https://chestnuthilllocal.com/stories/help-mr-lucky-so-far-very-unlucky-live-up-to-his-name,9483

One of the issues that Lucky came from GA with was heartworm.  A grant from Sam’s Hope provided the heartworm treatment he desperately needed; and he must stay on heartworm meds for life.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we were able to provide Lucky with one year’s worth of heartworm meds; helping keep Lucky healthy and with his mom, who so desperately needs him at this critical time in their lives.

 


Carmen, an 8 Year Old Shih TzuCarmen

Time for Carmen’s yearly exam and bloodwork; very important for all pets, especially when they get to middle age and beyond.  It is always best to catch a problem earlier than later.  We were happy to help Carmen and her senior citizen mom offset the cost of this vet visit.

Carmen was seen by her veterinarian for annual exam, wellness panel with reflex, ear cleaning, anal gland expression and medication for her sometimes problematic knee (she has luxating patella), and her yeasty ears.  She is in good health and should be good to go for another year/12,000 miles.

Carmen weighed in at 22 lbs; she gained 2 lbs. Since her last visit.  Mom is going to cut down on her morning and evening kibble, and by her next visit she should be a svelte 20 lbs.

 


Layla Grace, an 8 year old BeagleLayla Grace

We received the following email from a dog mom in Ohio recently, asking for help for her 8 year old Beagle, Layla Grace. (pretty name, right)?

"My son and I live on a fixed income of $794 a month. We've been able to take care of Layla's routine care but can't afford the procedure she needs. We were living in a difficult situation for a few years and then lived in a car for six months with Layla. We are in the process of making her a support animal. I suffer from PTSD and severe anxiety. My son has Sherman's kyphosis and spondylitis, as well as anxiety and depression."

"Layla brings us much peace, joy, and love. She is a member of our family. I honestly don't know what we would do without her. She has been through so much, we rescued her from our local pet shelter at 13 weeks old, where she came from a neglectful environment."

"My son and I now have a home and are getting back on our feet. We just want to give Layla all the love she gives us and make the rest of her life the best it can be. Thank you very much.”

Layla had a small mass on her left thigh that suddenly starting growing at a fast rate.  Mom took her to the vet to have her checked; but because of their financial circumstances they were unable to proceed with the surgery.

Though Layla lives outside of our service area, we felt that she and her family really needed the help to keep them together during this difficult time.  Yesterday she had her surgery, and she is recovering at home with her mom and human brother.

Layla also has a bad tooth and needs a dental cleaning and extractions; approximately $500.00.  Please consider a donation; it would be much appreciated by this family who has been through so much.

Donate via PayPal - Please mention Layla Grace in the instructions to seller section of the form.

 


Jake, a 13 Year Old PugJake

Jake is the beloved 13 year old Pug of one of our homebound senior clients; along with bi-monthly deliveries of pet food and supplies, we also help out with medical expenses related to Jake’s heart problems.

Today Jake had a cardiac exam and blood work; we are happy to report that he is doing very well, and his mom was thrilled to hear that.  We also refilled his medications; enough for three months.

Jake will be seen by our vet in 6 months; fingers crossed that he will continue to do well!

 


Palomo, a 16 year old CatPalomo

16 year old Palomo is the light of his mom’s life.  Palomo has had a long history of recurrent urinary tract blockages, and the fix has been to feed him prescription food exclusively.  While this sounds like an easy fix, for a senior on a small fixed income, it is a huge challenge as the food is quite expensive.

This veterinary care assistance grant provided three months of prescription food wet food to Palomo.  We hope that this grant will help them get through this trying time in their lives TOGETHER!

 


Isabella, an American Eskimo DogIsabella

Meet Isabella, a 14 year old American Eskimo Dog that was recently diagnosed with kidney disease.  Her mom is on disability, and recently lost her UC, making it difficult for her to provide for Isabella’s medical needs.

Though Isabella lives outside of our service area; we agreed to provide assistance for one month until mom can get on her feet.  We purchased a month’s worth of Sub-Q Fluids, needles, and medication to help out.

 


Sheba, a Labrador RetrieverSheba

Meet Sheba, a 7 year old Labrador Retriver that was recently diagnosed with diabetes.  Her mom is on disability, and recently lost her UC, making it difficult for her to provide for Sheba’s medical needs.

Though Sheba lives outside of our service area; we agreed to provide assistance for one month until mom can get on her feet.  We purchased a 2 vials of Vetsulin, a box of U-40 needles and a 27.5 lb. bag of Hill's W/D dry food to help out.

 


GizmoGizmo

Sadly, our 13 year old little friend Gizmo’s health has been in a steady decline of late; on Saturday morning his mom contacted us to let us know that he had a very bad night of crying in pain, and asked if we could help with euthanasia expenses.

Mom has been through a lot this past year; at the beginning of the pandemic, she lost her beloved Spike; a month ago she lost her husband, and now her beloved Gizmo. 

Today Gizmo crossed the bridge, where his brother Spike was waiting.  Rest in Peace, Gizmo.  So happy to have known both you and Spike and enjoy your company on walks.

 


AllyAlly

A few weeks ago, while cleaning up Effie’s home, her aide found a few fleas; one dead and a few alive.  Her aide texted to let me know, and asked if we could provide flea meds for the four cats before things got out of hand again, and the house got infested.

Today we delivered Advantage II, so the cats will be treated in early November, and hopefully we can avoid having an exterminator to clean up the problem again!

 

 


GeorgeGeorge

A few weeks ago, while cleaning up Effie’s home, her aide found a few fleas; one dead and a few alive.  Her aide texted to let me know, and asked if we could provide flea meds for the four cats before things got out of hand again, and the house got infested.

Today we delivered Advantage II, so the cats will be treated in early November, and hopefully we can avoid having an exterminator to clean up the problem again!

 

 


MinnieMinnie

A few weeks ago, while cleaning up Effie’s home, her aide found a few fleas; one dead and a few alive.  Her aide texted to let me know, and asked if we could provide flea meds for the four cats before things got out of hand again, and the house got infested.

Today we delivered Advantage II, so the cats will be treated in early November, and hopefully we can avoid having an exterminator to clean up the problem again!

 

 


NikkiNikki

A few weeks ago, while cleaning up Effie’s home, her aide found a few fleas; one dead and a few alive.  Her aide texted to let me know, and asked if we could provide flea meds for the four cats before things got out of hand again, and the house got infested.

Today we delivered Advantage II, so the cats will be treated in early November, and hopefully we can avoid having an exterminator to clean up the problem again!

 

 


Louie, a 10 Year Old Corgi MixLouie

Louie is the beloved dog of Neal, a disabled senior citizen.  Neal has been concerned about Louie’s health for some time now; our wonderful volunteer Rhonda was finally able to get Louie to the vet to be checked out.

Louie is in great health, though he does have allergy issues. He was found to have fleas, so it could be flea bite allergy, or it could be something else.

Louie had a much needed exam and vaccinations.  He was treated with Bravecto for fleas, given heartworm medication, as well as an injection and meds for his allergies.  Hopefully his skin and ear issues improve quickly, and he can dedicate his time to giving love to his dad instead of scratching and licking!

See you next year, Louie!

 


Lucy, an 8 Year Old YorkieLucy

We have been helping Lucy’s family with vet care and pet food for many years now.  Their mom is low-income, has MS, heart problems and a myriad of other health issues.  Lucy and her sibling Charlie (a cat), are the loves of their mom’s life.

It was time for Lucy’s annual exam and vaccinations.  We also wanted to have blood work done on her as he is 8 years old, and we wanted to be sure all was well with her liver, kidneys, etc.

Lucy was the perfect girl during her exam, blood work, and nail clip.  And we were so happy to hear her heart is good, and her blood work perfect!

The doc prescribed pain meds for the times she has trouble with her back leg (she occasionally limps), but he finds nothing wrong with her hip/leg/knee/foot.  
See you in December, Lucy, we always enjoy your visits on pet food pantry day!

 


Charlie, an 8 year old Orange CatCharlie

We have been helping Charlie’s family with vet care and pet food for many years now.  Their mom is low-income, has MS, heart problems and a myriad of other health issues.  Charlie and his sibling Lucy (a Yorkie), are the loves of their mom’s life.

It was time for Charlie’s annual exam and vaccinations.  We also wanted to have blood work done on him as he is 8 years old, and we wanted to be sure all was well with his liver, kidneys, etc. 

Unfortunately, Charlie wasn’t hearing anything about blood work, but he could not be sedated as our vet, upon exam, found that he had a very rapid and erratic heartbeat.  He suspects Charlie is a HCM cat (because of this he would not sedate the cat in fear of his heart giving out).  At this time he has no symptoms.

Apparently there is no cure for HCM; and no drugs to halt the progression.  We will continue to have Charlie monitored by the vet, as a common outcome of Cardiomyopathy is Congestive Heart Failure.

 


Murph, a 10 Year Old Yorkie MixMurph

Murph is a 10 year old Yorkie Mix that was recently diagnosed with heart problems.  He has been coughing and on occasion, passing out.  His homebound mom took him to the vet to see why this was all happening, and what could be done to make her little companion comfortable.  While she was able to afford the vet visit and first round of medications; she is unable to provide for Murph on a monthly basis.

Since mom and Murph have been clients of our Homebound & Elderly program for years; mom immediately reached out to us for help, which we were happy to do.

Murph was seen by our veterinarian for a cardiac exam, blood work, urinalysis and refills of his heart medications.  The vet said he appears to be doing very well, and like to see him again in about 6 months.

 


Daggy, a 12 Year Old CatDagmore (Daggy)

In July, 12 year old Dagmore saw our vet for his annual wellness check.  (That is where it was discovered that he was NOT a girl as his mother believed for the past 10 years, but was actually a boy)!  Thus, he is now known a Daggy! During that wellness check, it was discovered that the few teeth Daggy had left needed some attention.  So, he was scheduled for a cleaning and possible extractions on the same day as Misty.

Early this morning, our cat-loving volunteer Beth, picked Daggy up from his home and brought him to our partner vet in Southampton, where he had pre-op blood work, a dental cleaning, three extractions and a nail clip.

A few hours later, Daggy was back home with his mom.  Thank you, Beth!

We will check in with mom tomorrow to ensure that he is feeling ok, and taking the prescribed medications as directed.

 


Misty - an 11 year old catMisty

In June, 11 year old Misty saw our vet for her annual wellness check.  She had afew issues; flea bite allergy, but all in all was found to be in good shape, except for her teeth.  She desperately needed a dental cleaning and possibly extractions.

Early this morning, our cat-loving volunteer Beth, picked Misty up from her home and brought her to our partner vet in Southampton, where she had pre-op blood work, a dental cleaning, one extraction and a nail clip.

A few hours later, Misty headed back home to mom, meowing all the way!  Thank you, Beth!

We will check in with her mom tomorrow to ensure that she is feeling ok, and taking the prescribed medications as directed.

 


Codi, a 9 Year Old YorkieCodi

When 9 year old Codi’s mom was trying to escape a horrifically abusive situation, Codi began to have seizures, which his mom believes was due to the trauma he suffered right along with her.

They are now both free of that terrible environment; but unfortunately the cost of the move from the abusive situation left mom without the finances to provide for Codi’s care.


Codi was seen by a vet today; he had a comprehensive exam, blood work (Chem/CBC/Lytes) and a nail clip.  Codi was prescribed phenobarbital, a drug used to treat seizures in cats, dogs, etc.  While it may take a few weeks for full effect, Codi should experience improvement after just a few doses.

 


Jandel, a 9 Year Old Cocker SpanielJandel

Jandel, a 9 year old Cocker Spaniel, snapped off his canine tooth at the gum line while chomping on a bully stick. 

Jandel’s vet said that the remaining tooth should be extracted to prevent further pain and infection.  Unfortunately, mom could not afford the dental procedure, and decided she had no other option than to hope for the best.

A few months after the unfortunate incident, mom was talking to a friend who was also a Sam’s Hope client, and suggested she reach out to us to see if we could help.

Today Jandel underwent dental surgery to extract what remained of the fractured canine tooth.  A few hours later, he was back at home with his mom recovering.

We called the following day to see if all was well; Jandel was happy, eating and drinking like nothing happened.  Gotta love dogs...they just seem to bounce back right into their happy, tail-waggin’ lives!

 


Dagmore, a 12 Year Old CatDagmore

12 year old Dagmore, a cat that was rescued from the streets years ago by his mom after being hit by a car, has been feeling a bit under the weather lately.  He has been constipated, vomiting up a white foam and has had a nasty discharge from his ear.  He was also due for his yearly wellness visit for exam and vaccinations.

Our volunteer Beth picked Dagmore up for a noon appointment; thank you, Beth, as Dagmore’s mom is homebound and doesn’t have a car or someone who can take the cat to the vet.

Dagmore was seen by the vet for exam, vaccinations, nail clip; no problems found with his ears, GI palpitation showed no stool in colon.  It was advised that mom do what she has been doing; cleaning his ears regularly and giving him Laxatone.

Funny thing happened at the vet; she asked Beth if she had the right cat.  Beth couldn’t figure out why she would ask that….well...Dagmore’s mom refers to the cat as “she”, and that is what we have on our records.  Come to find out, Dagmore is a boy! 

But...and there is always a but...Dagmore’s teeth are in pretty bad shape, so he is in need of a dental.  And he is quite overweight.  Two things that we will deal with in the very near future.

 


Auggie DoggieAuggie

10 year old Auggie lives in a senior apartment complex in Philly with his mom.  They are constant companions and from what mom says, Auggie is the only reason she has been able to get through the isolation of COVID 19.  If not for Auggie, the only contact she has is with her meals on wheels driver once a week. 

Auggie gives his mom a reason to get up in the morning; and a reason to go on in these very difficult times.

Auggie has some osteoarthritis issues; which really don’t stop him from bouncing from the bed, the sofa and the chairs.  When he overdoes it, well, he is lame for a few days, then after some rest he is at it again.

Today we refilled all of Auggies osteoarthritis meds and supplements.  Here is to happier, healthier hips, legs and knees!

 


Palomo, a 15 Year Old Cat with Urinary Tract IssuesPalomo

15 year old Palomo and his sister Angel are the light of their mom’s life.  Palomo has had a long history of recurrent urinary tract blockages, and the fix has been to feed him prescription food exclusively. 

While this sounds like an easy fix, for a senior on a small fixed income, it is a huge challenge as the food is quite expensive.  This veterinary care assistance grant provided three months of prescription food wet food to Palomo. 

We hope that this grant will help them get through this trying time in their lives TOGETHER!

 


Gizmo, a 12 Year Old Italian GreyhoundGizmo

Gizmo, a 12 year old Italian Greyhound is the love of his mama’s life.  Gizmo has kidney disease and luxating patella in both hind legs, which require prescription kidney food and pain medication.

This veterinary care assistance grant provided three months of prescription food (canned & dry). 


We hope that this grant will help them get through this trying time in their lives TOGETHER!

 


Odie, and 11 Year Old Lab MixOdie

We met 11 year old Odie and his senior mom about a year ago, when they needed some help getting Odie his yearly wellness check, vaccinations and medications for his osteoarthritis.

This month, mom fell short on funds, and needed help with Odie’s meds once again.  Odie was seen by our vet for an exam and medications to help with his pain. 

We hope that this grant will help them get through this little bump in the road TOGETHER!

 


JoJo, A Yorkie MixJoJo

We met JoJo last year during the height of the pandemic.  JoJo’s mom, a senior citizen, lost her job, and because she had to wait for her unemployment benefits to kick in, she couldn’t afford to buy heart meds for JoJo.  We helped her bridge the gap and provided a month’s worth of meds.

JoJo’s mom decided to retire, as she is having health issues since getting COVID.  She is now on a fixed income, Social Security, and needs help providing for her dog.  Sam’s Hope provides pet food to her on an as-needed basis, and helps out with JoJo’s medical care when needed. 

JoJo was overdue for her rabies vaccination (it was recommended by the vet that this is the only vaccination she should get at her age and in her situation), and needed a nail clip; which was provided by Sam’s Hope at no cost to mom.

We will see JoJo next year for a wellness check.  Other than her heart issue, which is stable, she is doing great.

 


Pebbles, a Yorkie MixPebbles

We met Pebbles and her senior citizen mom right before COVID struck last winter.  Pebbles was at risk of being evicted from their apartment complex because she was not up to date on her vaccinations.

Over the last 6 months or so, mom has been noticing a foul odor emitting from Pebbles mouth, and that one of her teeth was broken.  She called us to ask for help for Pebbles again, as her local vet wanted in excess of $1000.00 to clean her teeth and extract the bad ones.

Pebbles was seen by our partner vet for an exam and bloodwork to ensure that she was healthy and could go through surgery with no problems; which she was.

Pebbles then had her dental and 3 extractions, and later in the afternoon she was back at home with her mom recovering from the day’s events.

We called to check in with her, and she is doing great; like nothing happened!

Here is to better health and fresh breath!

 


20 Dogs Received Flea Tick Treatment20 Dogs

We distributed 20 - 3 packs of flea/tick medications to 15 of our homebound, elderly, ill and disabled clients to help keep their dogs happy, healthy and pest free throughout the summer.

 

 

 

 



Misty, an 11 Year Old CatMisty

Misty’s mom is one of our homebound clients; we deliver pet food to their home bi-monthly.  We have also been taking care of Misty medically since 2014, when they applied for our homebound program.

We have been trying to get Misty to the vet for some time, as she has been having skin issues.  Unfortunately, with her mom in and out of the hospital, it hasn’t been easy, but we hit it just right today!

Our volunteer, Beth, cat lover extraordinaire, picked up Misty from her home this morning and took her to the vet to have an exam and check what was going on with her skin.  She has been really itchy and has an assortment of scabs around her neck.

An exam revealed that Misty had FLEAS, chin acne and teeth in need of attention.  Otherwise, she appears to be in good condition.  She was prescribed medication and was given flea treatment. 

I talked to Beth when she was on her way to take Misty home, and asked her to check what kind of bowls Misty was eating/drinking from.  As I suspected, they were plastic, a known cause of chin acne in cats.  Beth will drop off glass bowls to Helen and Misty next week when she delivers Meals on Wheels in the area.  Thank you, Beth!

 


Ozzy, and 8 Year Old Pitbull TerrierOzzy

Janet, a senior citizen, is a live-in caregiver to one of our homebound clients. Recently divorced, she took custody of Ozzy, who was long overdue for his wellness visit and rabies vaccination.

Today, Ozzy was seen by our veterinarian for an exam, vaccinations and to check a lump on his left thigh.  Apparently he wasn’t such a good boy at the vet, and he had to be muzzled for the exam.

Ozzy appears to be in good health; heart and respiratory are good.  His teeth have moderate calculi; daily toothbrushing is recommended as well as a dental cleaning.

The growth will be monitored for increasing size, irritation and discharge.

 


Bob, A German Shepherd MixBob

Gemma, a senior citizen, was looking for her remote control this morning, and couldn’t find it anyplace.  She looked under the bed, the sofa...nothing.  That is until she went to look at Bob’s bed (her 5 year old Shepherd Mix), and found him crunching on what remained of the remote.


She immediately started searching for the batteries, and when she could not find them, she panicked and called her son to take them to the vet, as she knew Bob must have eaten them along with the remote.

When they arrived at the vet, they were asked for $1500 as an up-front deposit to treat the dog.  They didn’t have it, though they did qualify for $1000.00 through CareCredit.  The hospital made a call to Sam’s Hope, and we were able to provide the $500 needed to get Bob treated.

X-rays showed that Bob indeed swallowed 2 AAA batteries, but that they appeared to be intact/not leaking.

He was given medication and stayed at the hospital overnight for observation.  The next morning, out came the batteries, completely intact!  No surgery needed...bland diet for a few days.

 


Millie, a 9 year old ChihuahuaMillie

Nancy is one of our homebound clients who receives home-delivered pet food for her 3 pets on a bi-monthly basis.  She has 2 dogs and a beautiful cat that she rescued from the outdoors.

Millie, her 9 year old Chihuahua, who was long overdue for her yearly wellness check, visited the vet today where she had a physical exam, vaccinations and a mani/pedi.

Millie has no history of medical problems and isn’t on any medications.  However, she does tend to cough on excitement.  It was found that she has a heart murmur along with luxating patella and is overweight.

The plan is to get her to our full-service vet to be checked and see what can be done for her issues. 

 


Baby a 12 Year Old PekingneseBaby

I woke up to a text from Baby’s mom.  Baby collapsed on Saturday night, she found her on her bedroom floor, on her side yelping.  The next morning, when her son stopped by to visit, Baby collapsed again.  I messaged her mom and told her to get Baby to the vet ASAP. 

I saw Baby last month; she was at the vet for her annual wellness visit.  At the time she as having some respiratory problems which mom attributed to allergies.  The vet gave her some meds, but there was no improvement...fact is, things were getting a lot worse.

Baby was examined by our vet, had x-rays, and it has been determined that she is having heart problems.  Baby was given two heart medications, which she will take for a few days, then go back to the vet to be reassessed.

Along with the meds, it is recommended that Baby lose weight.  She is a chunk, and probably needs to drop 5 lbs.; so we will once again work on this one lb. at a time.

 


Nina, a Hyperthyroid CatNina

Little Nina, adopted by her dad in June 2019, came to us in 2020; she stopped playing, had an increased appetite and thirst, and started urinating outside of her litter box.

At that time, she had an exam, rabies vaccine, bloodwork and urinalysis.  She was so skinny, just 6 lbs. and about 3 - 4 lbs. Underweight.  Diagnosis...hyperthyroidism.

We opted for the Methimazole transdermal gel for Nina, as it would be easiest for her dad to administer, though much more expensive.

Today we were able to help out by purchasing Nina’s next round of medication, which should last about 50 - 60 days. 

 


Helen, a 13 Year Old Pit BullHelen

Helen...Forever in Our Hearts...Rest in Peace, Dear Girl.

We met Helen, a 7 year old Pit Bull, back in November of 2015 when she was in an emergency situation with Pyometra and her mom could not afford treatment.  She was rushed to the veterinary hospital for emergency surgery, and just in the nick of time.  Thankfully she recovered beautifully under the care of mom.

Fast forward to the summer of 2016; Helen’s mom lost her husband and had to leave their home as she could no longer afford to stay there.   She had to move in with her daughter temporarily; unfortunately she could not take Helen with her, as pets were not allowed. 

Mom reached out to us for help again, she was hoping we could foster Helen for a few months until she was able to move into her new home in South Philly.  We contacted 61 rescues and animal welfare organizations for help; only three replied with the response that they could not help. 

Not left with many choices, we posted on Facebook and a true miracle happened; Allen Faretty and his family would foster Helen until Mom was settled in her new home.  She was with the family for two months where she enjoyed the company of Allen, his wife Linda, their kids and all of their dogs.  Helen and her mom were reunited in October 2016.

Last month Helen’s mom contacted us again; Helen wasn’t doing well; she had a large growth on her abdomen, was panting and couldn’t get comfortable.  Helen went to the vet; the news was not good.  She had advanced stage breast cancer, and the tumors metastasized.  Helen was put on medication to make her more comfortable.

Today, 13 year old Helen, crossed the Rainbow Bridge with her mom by her side.  Needless to say, mom is crushed; Helen was truly the love of her life.  But she did the right thing for her beloved companion by not letting her suffer.

Godspeed Helen!  Until we all meet again.
Gail, you are in our thoughts and our prayers.

 


Angel, a 14 year old Shih Tzu MixAngel

Little Ms. Angel, a 14 year old Shih Tzu mix, was diagnosed with heart problems a few years ago.  She has been doing very well, with little to no disease progression thanks to medication.  Lately, Angel seems to be drinking considerably more than usual, and needs potty breaks more often.

This prompted a visit to the vet, and a urinalysis, which showed protein in the urine; proteinuria, which indicated that the kidneys may not be working properly.


We refilled all of her prescriptions; one of her heart meds was changed to a medication that is easier on the kidneys, and we will follow up in a few months to see how things are going.

 


Baby, a 12 Year Old PekingeseBaby

Meet 12 year old Baby, a sweet Pekingnese that was adopted by her mom some years ago when her dad passed away.  She is such a bubbly and sweet dog, and so, so ADORABLE; love her!

It was time for Baby’s yearly wellness check; no vaccines as she isn’t due for her rabies until 2022.  Always a good idea to see the vet at least yearly, especially for a senior dog. 

Baby has occasional fits of coughing and gagging, which have gotten worse since Spring has Sprung, has a lump inside her hind leg, and tends to go into trance like states on occasion.  None of this is new, but everything seems to have become a bit exaggerated with age.

Today she had an exam, senior blood work, the lump looked at (it is a lipoma, a very common benign mass made up exclusively of fat cells).  Blood work is PERFECT, (always LOVE to see that), and she was given medications to help with her other issues. 

Something her mom and I will be addressing directly is her WEIGHT.  Baby is a small dog, and she is currently weighing in at 18 lbs!!  I guesstimate she should be around 13 lbs.  The treats stop here, Baby girl, we are going to trim some of that excess weight off of your waddling little butt!  One pound at a time...hopefully by the end of the year she will be at 15 lbs.

 


Carmen, an 8 year old Shih TzuCarmen

At her last grooming appointment, the groomer noticed a wart-like mass near 8 year old Carmen's anus. Add to that, Carmen is constantly scooting, indicating an anal gland issue.

With lumps and bumps, it is always the smart thing to get them checked out when they appear, and not wait until they grow...and that is exactly what Carmen’s mom did.

Carmen went to the vet for an exam, anal gland expression, and to have the growth aspirated. Fluid will be sent to IDEXX for single site cytology. 

We will know more when the test results come back; until then, prayers all is fine with Carmen’s cute little butt!

 


GizmoGizmo

Gizmo, a 12 year old Italian Greyhound is the love of his mama’s life.  Gizmo has kidney disease and luxating patella in both hind legs, which require prescription kidney food and pain medication.


This veterinary care assistance grant provided three months of prescription food (canned).  We hope that this grant will help them get through this trying time in their lives TOGETHER!

 

 


PalomoPalomo

15 year old Palomo and his sister Angel are the light of their mom’s life.  Palomo has had a long history of recurrent urinary tract blockages, and the fix has been to feed him prescription food exclusively.  While this sounds like an easy fix, for a senior on a small fixed income, it is a huge challenges as the food is quite expensive.

This veterinary care assistance grant provided three months of prescription food wet food to Palomo.  We hope that this grant will help them get through this trying time in their lives TOGETHER!

 


Jake!Jake

Our happy little clown stopped by our vet’s office today for his quarterly heart exam; we are happy to report that Jake continues to do very well!

We refilled all of his heart medications; enough for 3 months.  We will see him again in July.  Until then Jake, keep being silly and snorting, and keep your Mama laughing.

OMG, these two, what a love affair. I love seeing this wonderful bond.

 


Auggie!Auggie Doggie

10 year old Auggie lives in a senior apartment complex in Philly with his mom.  They are constant companions and from what mom says, Auggie is the only reason she has been able to get through the isolation of COVID 19.  If not for Auggie, the only contact she has is with her meals on wheels driver once a week.  Auggie gives his mom a reason to get up in the morning; and a reason to go on in these very difficult times.

Auggie has some osteoarthritis issues; which really don’t stop him from bouncing from the bed, the sofa and the chairs.  When he overdoes it, well, he is lame for a few days, then after some rest he is at it again. Auggie was also more than a year overdue for his exam and vaccinations.

Today he had an exam; heart and teeth are GOOD!  He had his vaccinations, and we refilled his osteoarthritis meds and supplements.

He is good for another year or 12,000 miles!

 


BingoBingo

There was a farmer had a dog, and Bingo was his name-o. B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, and Bingo was his name-o.  Sorry, I just couldn’t help it!

Bingo is an 11 year old Chihuahua/Chihuahua mix that was a neighborhood castaway.  His dad, Wayne took him in and gave him a wonderful, loving home.

Bingo receives home-delivered pet food and supplies through our Homebound Program.  During our yearly census of the pets, we found out that Bingo was way overdue for his yearly wellness visit, that he was having a problem with his back end (scooting), and has really stinky breath.

We scheduled him for a visit to the vet; he did well and appears to be in good health...well, except for the teeth, they are BAD!


Next month he will be scheduled for an oral exam, then for a cleaning and extractions.

 


Panda, a 20 Year Old Black and White CatPanda

Many, many moons ago, a little black and white kitten showed up in Gladys' back yard.  She lovingly named him Panda and they have been together for about 20 years now.  Panda once a throw-away kitty (neighbor no longer wanted him) is the love of Gladys’ life, and Panda feels the same about Gladys.

Around this time last year, Gladys had a mobile vet come to her home (she is homebound and low-income) who charged her an arm and a leg, yet did nothing for his issues.  Panda somehow hurt his right hind leg, and was limping.  The mobile vet (for reasons unknown), gave Panda SubQ Fluids and told Gladys that he had kidney disease.  As far as Panda’s mom remembers, there was no blood work or urinalysis.  When Panda didn’t improve, mom called the vet again and again and again.  No response.

When our volunteer Pat called Gladys last week (we do a yearly census of our clients and their pets), Gladys told her about what happened, and her concern for Panda’s health and well-being.  Pat helped her complete an application for assistance, and we made an appointment for Panda to be seen by our vet.

Early this morning, Pat headed out to pick up Panda and bring him to our vet.  Thank you, Pat Vertlieb!

Panda had an exam, rabies vaccine (under normal circumstances because of his age we wouldn't have done this, (yes, we know it is state law), however Panda does go outside to use the facilities), full blood work and Doc checked his leg.

Blood work (I WAS AMAZED), came back all within normal range except a tiny elevation of protein.  I honestly have never seen this happen in an older cat, but there is a first time for everything, right?  The leg; there is a slight limp.  But Panda walks fine and appears to be pain free. 
There were several options for medicating Panda; however my vet was concerned that the meds might cause more harm than good.  So, it was decided to leave Panda medication free unless there was a change for the worse.

Shortly after the vet visit, we landed in our office with Panda, who chilled out for a few hours while we got some work done.  After that, Pat, Chrissy and Spike took him back home to his mom.  Pat had to run out to the car to get his medical records, when she walked back in the house, Panda bolted...enough of Pat for today, he just wanted his Mama!

 


Nina, a Hyperthyroid CatNina

Little Nina, adopted by her dad in June 2019, came to us in 2020; she stopped playing, had an increased appetite and thirst, and started urinating outside of her litter box.

At that time, she had an exam, rabies vaccine, bloodwork and urinalysis.  She was so skinny, just 6 lbs. and about 3 - 4 lbs. Underweight.  Diagnosis...hyperthyroidism.

We opted for the Methimazole transdermal gel for Nina, as it would be easiest for her dad to administer, though much more expensive.

Today we were able to help out by purchasing Nina’s next round of medication, which should last about 50 - 60 days.  Next time, she will need blood work along with an exam to ensure the meds are keeping her at proper levels.

 


Minnie, a 7 year old Tabby CatMinnie

Last week, we delivered cat food and litter to a homebound senior for the first time; she has 4 cats.  We found that this lovely senior citizen was in need of so much more than just help with her cats; but that is a story for another time.

All four of the kitties are infested with fleas, as is the house, their mom and the aide who comes to help out 3 days a week.

A few days after we delivered the food, we provided care and 3 months of flea medications to Minnie, a 7 year old Tabby cat (Revolution Plus to address the fleas, worms and any other such issues she may have).  Now to find an exterminator to take care of the house, otherwise this problem will continue forever.

 


Ali, a Calico CatAlly

Last week, we delivered cat food and litter to a homebound senior for the first time; she has 4 cats.  We found that this lovely senior citizen was in need of so much more than just help with her cats; but that is a story for another time.

All four of the kitties are infested with fleas, as is the house, their mom and the aide who comes to help out 3 days a week.

A few days after we delivered the food, we provided care and 3 months of flea medications to Ally, a 1 year old Calico cat (Revolution Plus to address the fleas, worms and any other such issues she may have).  Now to find an exterminator to take care of the house, otherwise this problem will continue forever.

 


George, a white kittyGeorge

Last week, we delivered cat food and litter to a homebound senior for the first time; she has 4 cats.  We found that this lovely senior citizen was in need of so much more than just help with her cats; but that is a story for another time.

All four of the kitties are infested with fleas, as is the house, their mom and the aide who comes to help out 3 days a week.

A few days after we delivered the food, we provided care and 3 months of flea medications to George, a white kitty (age unknown, as he was a stray) (Revolution Plus to address the fleas, worms and any other such issues she may have).  Now to find an exterminator to take care of the house, otherwise this problem will continue forever.

 


Nikki, an orange and white kittyNikki

Last week, we delivered cat food and litter to a homebound senior for the first time; she has 4 cats.  We found that this lovely senior citizen was in need of so much more than just help with her cats; but that is a story for another time.

All four of the kitties are infested with fleas, as is the house, their mom and the aide who comes to help out 3 days a week.

A few days after we delivered the food, we provided care and 3 months of flea medications to Nikki, a one year old orange and white kitty, (Revolution Plus to address the fleas, worms and any other such issues she may have).  Now to find an exterminator to take care of the house, otherwise this problem will continue forever.

 


Max, a Flea-Bitten Maltese MixMax

10 year old Max, a Maltese Mix, hasn’t been to a vet since he was a puppy.  He has been healthy through the years, but he suddenly developed severe itchies.  His mom was very concerned that he had developed allergies, and reached out to her local senior center to see if she could get some help; they referred her to Sam’s Hope.

We helped mom complete the application and instructed her on how to get us photos of her documentation.  It was a bit of a challenge, but we got it done, and Max was seen by our veterinarian for a much needed exam, vaccinations...and who would have guessed it in the middle of this cold and snowy winter...FLEA TREATMENT.  Poor Max is flea infested and that is why he has been tearing himself apart.

Our vet dosed him in the office, and he went home with 2 additional doses, to be applied at 30 day intervals.

The next morning, mom called to let us know that Max stopped scratching and was back to being his normal, happy and playful self!

 


Stump, A Pit Mix with DiabetesStump

Stump is a 7 year old Pit Mix...and we think he is mixed with CORGI!  He has a standard body and these little stumpy legs; thus the name Stump!  Stump was recently diagnosed with diabetes; his mom. a very low income senior, was beside herself with both the diagnosis and the cost of care.  So much so that she began to consider surrendering him.

Through a friend of the family, she learned about Sam’s Hope and contacted us for help.  After applications and documentation were completed, Stump was seen by our vet for an exam, glucose testing, insulin and needles. The vet also suggested prescription food, which we declined due to the added expense.  We will work on the diet part using food that she can afford.

Since Stump is going to need long-term care (most likely the rest of his life), we are going to try to find monthly sponsors to help out.  Mom believes she can contribute 50% to his care, which will certainly be a big help. Now to fix the diet part!

 


Sadie, a 2 Year Old Shih TzuSadie

Sadie, a 2 year old Shih Tzu has had a rough 3 weeks; in the middle of December she suddenly developed upper respiratory problems, and constant reverse sneezing.  Her mom took her to the vet and she was treated with an antibiotic, which did nothing.  A few days later, she was back at the vet again; this time they did radiographs and put her on another medication which caused polydipsia and polyuria and made her pant constantly...all while doing nothing for her UR issue.  The diagnosisl dental abscess.  Funny thing, Sadie wasn’t displaying any signs of mouth/tooth problems; she was eating crunchy food and treats fine, and was not reacting to having her teeth brushed and flossed.  (YES, her mom flosses her teeth!  And they are the cleanest teeth I have ever witnessed on a dog!)

Let’s start at the beginning...a few days ago, while on Facebook, I saw a fundraiser for an adorable little Shih Tzu (yes, I have a soft spot for this breed).  Her mom was unemployed and in a holding pattern waiting for unemployment benefits to resume.  I contacted her to see if we could help, and sent her our vet care application.

Fast forward to today; Sadie was seen by our partner vet for a comprehensive exam/oral exam.  Despite the diagnosis from the previous vet, our vet wasn’t able to find any signs of a dental problem; there was no inflammation, no bumps, no sensitivity.  His initial diagnosis was allergies; but to be sure nothing was going on, Sadie had CBC and full chemistry.  Results will be back in the morning!  In the meantime, Doc put her on allergy meds, and mom says she is resting comfortably.

 


Palomo, a 15 year old CatPalomo

15 year old Palomo and his sister Angel are the light of their mom’s life. 

Palomo has had a long history of recurrent urinary tract blockages, and the fix has been to feed him prescription food exclusively.  While this sounds like an easy fix, for a senior on a small fixed income, it is a huge challenges as the food is quite expensive.

This veterinary care assistance grant provided three months of prescription food wet food to Palomo.  We hope that this grant will help them get through this trying time in their lives TOGETHER!

 


Gizmo, a 12 Year Old Italian GreyhoundGizmo

Gizmo, a 12 year old Italian Greyhound is the love of his mama’s life.  Gizmo has kidney disease and luxating patella in both hind legs, which require prescription kidney food and pain medication.

This veterinary care assistance grant provided three months of prescription food (dry and canned) as well as pain medications to Gizmo.  We hope that this grant will help them get through this trying time in their lives TOGETHER!

 

 


Carmen, an 8 Year Old Shih TzuCarmen

Carmen, an 8 year old Shih Tzu hurt her rear leg last month when jumping on/off the sofa. 

She was seen by our partner vet, had radiographs and was diagnosed with luxating patella. 

Ideally, Carmen needs surgery, which must be performed by veterinary specialty.  At this point, it isn’t being considered due to extreme cost, and we are trying medication, and eventually a brace to see how she does.

This veterinary care assistance grant from Sam’s Hope provided medications to Carmen for the month of January; hopefully it will help her get that leg down when she walks.  She does stand on it fine, but when walking she lifts it up.

 


2020

Jake a 13 Year Old Pug with Heart ProblemsJake

Jake, a 13 year old Pug, was diagnosed with heart issues early in 2019. Initially, his mom thought she might have to put him to sleep as she could not afford his ongoing care and medications. With help from Sam's Hope, Jake has been able to stay with his mom and receive help with vet visits, testing and medication.

Thanks to Jake's sponsors, our grantors and supporters, 100% of Jake’s care and mediciations were covered, with no cost to his mom.

Yes, Jake, there is a Santa Claus; truth be told you have MULTIPLE Santa's looking out for you!

 


Gizmo, a 12 Year Old Italian Greyhound with Bad Breath and TeethGizmo

This adorable and goofy boy is 12 year old Gizmo, an Italian Greyhound who has bad breath; I mean really bad breath. 

When he and mom came to pick up their food at our December Pet Food Pantry Day, I could smell it from feet away!  I could see that, along with the bad breath, he has a substantial build-up of tartar and plaque on his remaining teeth. 

Today Giz was seen by our partner vet for a dental cleaning; lots of tartar and very inflamed gums, but amazingly, he did NOT have to have any of his few remaining teeth extracted.

Yep, he is going to be feeling pretty lousy for the rest of the day; but on the bright side, the tooth pain and the stanky mouth will be gone...making him healthier and happier!

Love ya, Giz!

 


Carmen, and Eight Year Old Shih TzuCarmen

On Monday, December 7th, we picked Carmen up from her South Philly home and brought her to my home, where she would stay while her mom underwent a cardiac procedure.

On Friday morning, when I let Carmen out with my dogs, I noticed she was raising her right hind leg as she ran.  I kept watching, she was able to put it down and walk on it for a bit, only to lift it up again. I called our vet at 9 AM, and we were given a 1 PM appointment.

Carmen had an exam and radiographs; the news wasn’t good, she has luxating patella, not uncommon in this breed of dog as their legs are bowed.  Our vet gave Carmen a few weeks worth of medications; we will see how that goes.  Unfortunately, there is no real fix for this except surgery.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that Carmen will be ok.  Apparently this problem is pre-existing, hoping she will heal again.

 


Whisper, an 8 year old rescue catWhisper

In April of 2020, Eleanore lost her beloved cat of 15 years, a giant (25 lb.) tuxedo fittingly named Leo.  She was heartbroken; so much so, that she decided she would have no more pets.

Eleanore, a homebound senior, started to feel the loneliness during the summer, as the pandemic had her isolated.  In August she reached out to us to see if we would help her with the home-delivered pet food and supplies if she decided to adopt another pet.  We said we would.

A few months passed, and we reached out to her to see if she had, in fact, adopted.  The answer was no, and she asked for our help in adopting a cat.  We assisted with the application process and worked with the rescue to make this happen.

On November 7th, the rescue delivered Whisper to Eleanore, and a few days prior, we  delivered everything she might need for her new friend; bed, litterbox, scoop, carrier, scratching posts, toys, food, litter, etc.  From what we are hearing, Eleanore is in love with her tiny cat (all of 6 lbs.) and Whisper is settling right into her new home.

Today our wonderful volunteer, Pat Vertlieb, along with four-legged volunteer, Spike, picked up Whisper from her home and transported her to our vet’s office for a wellness visit.  She had blood work, urinalysis, flea check, skin check (flea allergy dermatitis, but thankfully NO FLEAS), and her nails clipped. 

With a clean bill of health in hand, (was so happy with the good news), Pat and Spiker whisked Whisper home to her mom who was anxiously awaiting her arrival. 

 

JoJo, an 11 Year Old Yorkie MixJoJo

JoJo is an 11 year old Terrier Mix that lives with her mom in Philly.  JoJo’s mom is another victim of the pandemic; no she doesn’t have the virus, but she has lost her job twice since March.  This has been a hard hit, but she manages to get by for the most part.  The issue is affording JoJo’s medical care and heart medications, which are pricey.  

JoJo has a grade 3 heart murmur and takes a fair amount of heart meds.  She has been doing very well, and the last thing her mom wanted was for that to change.

JoJo was seen by our partner vet for an exam, blood work and a month’s worth of heart medications.  Our vet says she is doing very well, and is showing no symptoms or progression of heart disease; a very good thing!

 

Precious, a Hound Dog with a Ruptured ACLPrecious

In early October, 4 year old Precious was running around in the back yard as she normally does, when suddenly she stopped and raised her leg, not wanting to put weight on it.  A week later, when there was no improvement, her family took her to the vet to get checked out.  She had an exam and x-rays under sedation, and was diagnosed with a ruptured ACL.  The fix...surgery.

Precious' family, unemployed due to COVID-19, needed help with the cost of her surgery.  Donations from family, friends, some money from savings, along with a veterinary care assistance grant from Sam’s Hope is making this surgery happen.

Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery, Precious! 

 


Caesars, a 6 year old SheltieCaesars

Caesars was seen by our partner veterinarian in October for exam, vaccinations and blood work.  Due to tartar build-up and stinky breath, our vet recommended a dental and possible extractions.

Early in the morning, Caesars arrived for his dental; he was not happy to have missed his breakfast and have to, once again, go to the dreaded vet!  But we convinced him it was the right thing to do, and shortly after he was under anesthesia and getting his teeth all cleaned up and three bad ones extracted. He was also treated for an ear infection.

Later in the day, he headed home with his mom, dad, and sister Ballys, where he completed his recovery under their watchful eyes.

At one time, the dental health of pets was largely ignored.  Today it is deemed as a very important part of a pet’s overall health.  Dental dental problems can cause, or be caused by, other health problems. Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian to check for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.

 


Nina, a Cat Nina

Little Nina was adopted by Fernando in June of 2019.  For the past month or so, Nina has taken to urinating outside of her litter box, sleeps most of the time and has stopped playing.  She has also had an increase in thirst and appetite.

Her dad, a senior citizen that lives on a small fixed income, reached out to us for help with Nina.


Today Nina was seen by our partner veterinarian for exam, rabies vaccination (she was overdue by 6 months), blood work and urinalysis.  Though we don’t have the results of the urinalysis yet, her bloodwork indicated that she was hyperthyroid (I didn’t see her, but the vet said she was all of 6 lbs., and skin and bones, despite the fact that she eats 2 cans of food per day.  She also has kidney disease, fleas and our veterinarian suspects she has a UTI.

Sadly, the rescue who adopted Nina to Fernando did not tell him about the kidney disease; thus she has gone without treatment for over a year...and add to that, she was adopted out to a low-income senior that does NOT have the resources to care of a sick cat.  Unfortunately, we see this too many times; and while I understand that the rescues want to adopt senior animals to senior citizens, if they cannot afford to provide the care needed, they will end up in the same place as they were before, if they are lucky. 

 

Max, a Hound Mix Max

A few months ago, Max (short for Max-A-Million), developed a small lump on his hind leg.  In the beginning, mom didn’t think much of it; after all, Max already had a bunch of little lumps all over his body and face.  When this particular bump started to grow, she got very concerned and called her vet for an appointment.  Her vet suggested surgery to remove it and quoted her a hefty price; one she could never afford on her small social security check.

Mom’s case manager reached out to us on behalf of Max and his mom, to see if we could assist with the expenses for surgery.

Max was seen by our vet for exam, and surgical removal of the lump; which was nothing more than a Lipoma, a harmless lump that starts in fat cells stored in tissue around the body and are not usually painful. They accumulate more fat as they grow and are more likely in middle-aged to elderly dogs.
An hour later, the dynamic duo headed home...all is well that ends well!

 


SimoneSimone

Simone is the beloved best friend of Eugene, one of our homebound and elderly clients that receives home-delivered pet food.  Eugene has cancer, and to top it off, he ended up in the hospital for stomach ulcers related to the chemo treatment.

Our volunteer Leslie, who delivers pet food to Eugene and Simone, picked up Simone to take her for her yearly visit to the vet.  She had her vaccinations, and desperately needed a nail trim, but as luck would have it, she resisted and the nails remain.  

After the vet visit, Leslie took Simone to Pet Valu for a much needed bath, then out for a bite to eat, and a walk.  Simone was also gifted with a new bed for her crate...a sparkling clean dog needs a sparkling clean bed!  It was quite a day for Simone; and her dad was so very happy when she returned home.

Pictured - Simone with Sam's Hope volunteer, Leslie Wood

 


Caesars. a 5 year old SheltieCaesars

Caesars (yes, the “s” at the end of his name is correct, as he was named after the casino in Atlantic City), was due for his yearly vaccinations; he usually goes to a clinic and gets just that, vaccinations, no exam.

When Caesars mom, (a senior citizen who has lung cancer and diabetes, and lives on a small fixed income), contacted us for help, we told her that we would like to get Caesars in to see our full-service veterinarian so he could get a wellness check along with the vaccinations, as well as blood work to ensure all was well.

Today Caesars was seen by our vet for exam, rabies and distemper combo vaccinations, blood work and thyroid test.  He was a very good boy, and it seems all is well with Caesars EXCEPT his teeth are in dire need of cleaning.  An appointment was scheduled for November 10th.

 


Ballys, a 5 year old PugBallys

Ballys (yes, the “s” at the end of her name is correct, as she was named after the casino in Atlantic City), was due for her yearly vaccinations; he usually goes to a clinic and gets just that, vaccinations, no exam.

When Ballys mom, (a senior citizen who has lung cancer and diabetes, and lives on a small fixed income), contacted us for help, we told her that we would like to get Ballys in to see our full-service veterinarian so she could get a wellness check along with the vaccinations, as well as blood work to ensure all was well.

Today Ballys was seen by our vet for exam, rabies and distemper combo vaccinations.  Blood work was impossible as Ballys was totally uncooperative and her mom did not want to have her sedated.  Down the road we will schedule a visit to have the blood work done under sedation to ensure all is well with Ballys, and so the vet can get a good look at what might be going on inside her mouth.

 


Buddy, a 7 Year Old Orange KittyBuddy

6 months ago, Buddy, a very sweet and loving cat, tried to cuddle up with the family’s other cat, the cat lashed out at Buddy and delivered a damaging scratch to the eye.  Mom has a veterinarian friend who advised her to apply eye drops to the eye; which she did for about 4 months.  Not seeing any improvement, she took Buddy to a veterinarian to have his shots and have a look at what was going on with the eye.

The vet told mom that Buddy was in pain and that the eye needed removal.  And to top that off, he also needed a dental and extractions; all at a cost that mom could not afford, which is why she reached out to us.

Today Buddy was seen by our partner vet for an examination and a close look at the eye and his teeth.  The exam revealed a heart murmur, which immediately put the brakes on enucleation and dental/extractions.  Our vet said Buddy would need a full cardiac work up before he could undergo surgery.

Our vet said that the eye did NOT need to be removed; while it was blind and smaller than the other eye, our vet suspected that Buddy was in no pain, and that the tearing could be managed with eye ointments/antibiotics.  He also said Buddy’s teeth were not in a situation that needed a dental and extractions. 

Doc sent Buddy home with an antibiotic ointment; his mom will let us know if the tearing stops.  As long as he is not in pain, happy, eating, etc. our vet feels the eye should stay in place.  So, right now we are going to wait and see; then go from there.

 


Franklin, a Cryptorchid CatFranklin

Mom adopted Franklin as a tiny kitten from a neighbor whose cat gave birth to a litter of six kitties two years ago.  Though he gets lots of love and is well cared for, he has never been to a vet.

Mom, a senior citizen, reached out to us for help in rehoming Franklin because he was spraying and the house was getting mighty smelly.

We suggested that she bring Franklin to our vet for a checkup, explaining that neutering Franklin would most likely resolve the spraying issue.

Franklin was seen by our vet for an exam, (it was noted that Franklin was cryptorchid), pre-op blood work, vaccinations and a cryptorchid neuter, which is more complicated as the undescended testicle must be removed from the abdomen.

Six hours later, he was reunited with his mama, and when we checked in 24 hours later, Mom said Franklin was doing great.

 

Baby, a 12 Year Old PekingeseBaby

12 year old Baby is such a precious and sweet little one, and the love of her senior mom’s life.  Baby was adopted by her mom a few years ago, after her first family was no longer able to care for her.

Baby is in good health overall, but her breath has been getting steadily stinkier and stinkier.  She is also due for vaccinations, an exam, and needs to be checked out for an issue she recently developed.  After she drinks water, she tends to gag and spit up some phlegm.

Today she had bloodwork, everything was perfect, this she was cleared her for her dental, (no more stinky breath), had vaccinations, exam and a check on that choking/coughing problem.  The vet thinks that it may be inherent breed; she is a Pekingese, which have short noses and flat faces. Or it could be a little allergy.  He prescribed Benadryl, and hopefully that will help.

 


Carmen, a black and white Shih TzuCarmen

Near the beginning of the pandemic, Carmey’s soon to be mom lost her beloved dog to kidney disease.  Being a senior who lives alone, the isolation of the pandemic was not easy; and not having a beloved companion by her side was the most difficult; she felt that she no longer had a reason to get up in the morning, or a reason to go on.

Enter Carmey, a seven year old, a sweet black and white Shih Tzu whose dad recently passed away from cancer. Mom needed a companion, and Carmey needed a good home. At first mom was hesistant, but within a week she adopted her, and it is nothing short of being a match made in heaven!

Carmey was in good health, but her teeth were not so good; they were brown, stinky and she was missing quite a few. Thus a dental was in order.

Today, Carmey had a dental and four extractions; two teeth were cracked and two were loose. She did very well and is now back home recovering under the loving care of her mama.

Feel better, Carmey, I promise...you will be feeling MUCH BETTER in the morning!

 


Palomo, a 14 Year Old Kitty with FLEAS!Palomo

A few weeks after his yearly wellness visit, 14 year old Palomo started itching like crazy.  Mom couldn’t figure out what was going on as Palomo is an indoor cat and NEVER had anything like this before.  Then it all became clear when mom started getting bites.  The cats and the house were infested with fleas. 

Mom is a disabled senior citizen who lives on a small fixed income.  She recently had a few financial hits and could not afford help for Palomo, so we stepped in to help them out.

Our veterinarian prescribed Revolution Plus, 3 doses, which should clear up the problem ASAP, and the little family will be itch and flea free!

 


Angel, a 12 Year Old Kitty with FLEAS!Angel

A few weeks after her yearly wellness visit, 12 year old Angel started itching like crazy.  Mom couldn’t figure out what was going on as Angel is an indoor cat and NEVER had anything like this before.  Then it all became clear when mom started getting bites.  The cats and the house were infested with fleas. 

Mom is a disabled senior citizen who lives on a small fixed income.  She recently had a few financial hits and could not afford help for Angel, so we stepped in to help them out.

Our veterinarian prescribed Revolution Plus, 3 doses, which should clear up the problem ASAP, and the little family will be itch and flea free!

 


Charlie, a 7 year old Orange KittyCharlie

Seven year old Charlie was long overdue for his yearly wellness visit, due to the pandemic.  He is also itchy, like his canine sister Lucy.  They have both been treated with flea and tick, but it seems that the medication isn’t working very well.

Today Charlie had a nice visit with our vet and was treated to an exam, vaccinations and new flea/tick preventative.  Other than the fleas and worms (which the Revolution will clear up), he is in good health, looking good and should be feeling much better once he gets rid of those pesky fleas and worms!

 


Lucy, a YorkieLucy

Little Miss Lucy, AKA Lucifer, (her mom’s name for her, not ours, as we think she is just the sweetest little girl), came to us for help with her itchy skin. Mom said she was chewing on her back.

When I saw Lucy on pet food pantry day earlier this month, I noticed the skin issue, scabs, etc. were all located at the base of her tail.  Lucy does have allergies, but this is different, and I suspected a flea problem. 

I asked her mom if Charlie the cat was also itching, she said YES!  Mom has treated both Lucy and Charlie with flea and tick preventative, but it seems it isn’t working very well.

Today Lucy had a nice visit with our vet and was treated to an exam, vaccinations and a new flea/tick preventative.  Other than the itchies, and flea bite allergy, she is in good health, looking good and should be feeling much better once she gets rid of those pesky fleas!

 


Jake, a 13 Year Old PugJake

Jake recently celebrated his 13th birthday, as well as 13 years with his beloved mama.  In 2019, Jake was diagnosed with heart issues; his mom thought she would have to put him to sleep because she just could not afford the expense of an ongoing health issue. 

But with some help from Sam’s Hope and learning how to budget for his meds, she is still enjoying her life with her beloved, snorting boy. 

Jake was seen by our partner vet for a cardiac exam, which included blood pressure, heart and respiratory rate, and a blood test.  Jake is doing remarkably well with his medications and is quite stable.  That brought smiles all around, especially to Jake’s mom.

We were also able to help with refills of all of his heart meds, which will give mom a little breathing room and time to put some money together for next month.

Take care and stay well, silly, snorting Jake!

 


Skye, a 13 year old Chihuahua MixSkye

13 year old Skye was overdue for her yearly exam and vaccinations.  Her mom, a senior that lives on a small fixed income, has been housebound since the beginning of the pandemic as she has health issues that put her at high risk for severe illness from COVID.

We picked Skye up from her home and brought her to our partner veterinarian where she had an exam, rabies vaccination, nail clip and a dose of flea and tick treatment.  She appears to be in good health and will hopefully be keeping her mama company and entertained for a long time!

 

 

Sunny, a 12 Year Old Chocolate LabSunny

12 year old Sunny is in good health overall...but he has some serious osteoarthritis issues which requires medication (Rimadyl) that can cause kidney and liver problems.  (Yes,  there are newer drugs that don’t cause these issues, however, this is what his mom can afford to give him). Thus, his kidney and liver function must be monitored every 6 months. 

He has been taking the drug for years, and so far, so good!

Sunny was seen by our partner veterinarian for an exam, (checked his teeth also, and they look good), blood work and a huge container of hip & joint supplement. He has lost a little weight since we saw him last, and that is a good thing as it takes the pressure off of his legs and hips.

 


20 Dogs

20 Dogs20 dogs of the homebound and elderly received 3 months (60 doses total) of flea and tick preventatives. Seems that fleas and ticks are worse than ever this year! Hopefully all involved will be itch free and more comfortable VERY SOON!

 

 

 

 

 


Kush, an 18 month old kittyKush

This pretty kitty is 18 month old Kush, an indoor/outdoorcat that has never been to a vet; in other words, no vaccinations, no neuter.  A few months ago, his dad reached out to us for help, as Kush had an injury to his ear and paw.  While we do not normally provide routine spay/neuter, in this case we did, (turned out he was cryptorchid which we do cover), as Kush goes outdoors, obviously engages with other cats, and helps to keep the community cat population growing.

Kush was neutered, given vaccinations and Revolution treatment, had his injuries examined (all were healing well), and his ears cleaned.

Here is to a healthier Kush, and zero population growth in his neighborhood!


 

Rudy the PugRudy

Today Heaven Has Gained Another Angel, While We Have Lost Another Piece Of Our Hearts......Rest in Peace, Dear Rudy.

Rudy has had his share of serious health issues over the last 3.5 years that I have known him; diabetes and mast cell tumor being the most serious. Last Fall, a small lump near Rudy’s underarm grew to quite a proportion in just a few days. He had surgery; diagnosis was a Grade 2 Mast Cell Tumor. The vet said it could be 2 months, it could be two years; he just didn’t know.

Eight months later, history repeated itself. A tiny lump one day, grew to the size of a plum the next day.

And today we said a heart wrenching good-bye to our dear little friend. He joins his brother Baby, who passed away in late March. Rest in Peace my dear little friend; so happy to have known you and your family.

 


Brenda, a 10 Year Old KittyBrenda

Brenda is the beloved kitty of one of our homebound clients.  Brenda hasn’t seen a vet since she was adopted as a kitten. 

Mom and kitty are getting ready to move from their home to a senior apartment complex which requires that Brenda see a vet and is up to date on vaccinations.


Brenda had an exam, rabies vaccination and a nail clip.  She is now ready to go on a new adventure with her mom in their new home.

 


Bella, a 12 year old CockapooBella

Two weeks ago, little Bella was seen by our partner vet for an injury her mom believes was sustained from jumping off the sofa; poor little girl could not stand up, and when she did her legs/feet would cross.  Our vet diagnosed her with a spine injury; she was prescribed strict crate rest along with pred and gabapentin.

Fast forward to today’s follow-up visit, and wow, so much improvement!  No, she isn’t perfect, but hopefully she will get there with love, time, medication and continued crate rest.

Bella had an exam, rabies vaccination, blood work and urinalysis.  Blood work showed slightly elevated BUN and low potassium; we will know more when we get the urinalysis results tomorrow; hoping it is good news for Bella and her mom!

 

Odie, a 10 Year Old Lab MixOdie

Odie, a 10 year old Lab mix, hasn’t seen a vet in quite some time; he was overdue for his vaccinations, and hasn’t had medication for his painful osteoarthritis since his mom lost her job in early March due to the pandemic.

Today Odie had an exam, vaccinations and was given a month’s worth of medication to get him through until mom goes back to work.

 

 

Bella, a 12 Year Old CockapooBella

Bella, a 12 year old Cockapoo, woke up yesterday morning unable to walk; her back legs would not hold her weight. It is suspected that she hurt herself jumping off the sofa, as she injured herself in the same way a few years ago.


A few hours later she was at our partner vet’s office where she had an exam and IV steroids.  Her prognosis is good, but she must stay on strict crate rest and medications (prednisone and gabapentin) for at least a week. 

Her mom will be checking in with the vet next week; prayers for a full and speedy recovery for Ms. Bella.

 

Gizmo, and 11 Year Old Italian GreyhoundGizmo

Gizmo, an 11 year old Italian Greyhound began showing signs of early kidney disease last year.  After a dental cleaning, his values seemed better, so he was taken off the prescription renal diet. 

Today he had his urine checked and it was found that he has proteinuria, which indicates excess protein in the urine, which indicates kidney dysfunction. 

Giz is back on his prescription food and was prescribed Enalapril to slow down the progression of disease.

 

 

Mello, a 10 year old Jack Russell Terrier MixMello

Meet Mello, a 10 year old Jack Russell mix, who believe it or not, is actually MELLOW!  Who would have thunk it?

Mello has had IBS for years, which has been managed with a prescription diet.  His parents both lost their jobs during the pandemic; (they are both waiting for their first unemployment check or stimulus,  which has made it difficult for them to provide for Mello’s medical needs.

Mello was seen by our vet for an exam and senior blood work; all looks good.  We sent him home with a month’s supply of prescription food, which will help his family get through this rough spot in their lives.

Just fell in love with this happy boy!

 


Chloe, a 7 month old Doxie MixChloe

This little sweetheart is Chloe, a 7 month old Doxie Mix.  Chloe was in need of an exam and her vaccinations.  Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, her family lost their jobs, thus they could not afford to pay for needed treatment.

Chloe was seen by our veterinarian for her exam, rabies/distemper vaccinations, and a six month supply of flea/tick & heartworm prevenvtive.  She is good for a year; hopefully COVID-19 will be nothing but a speck in our rearview mirrors by then.

 


Dagmore - An outdoor kitty saved.Dagmore

Our homebound client Evelyn saved this beautiful cat from the outdoors a few years ago.  When she brought Dagmore into her home, she was in terrible condition; mom believes she was hit by a car.  With lots of love, care and time, you would never know Dagmore’s previous situation; she is both a sweetheart and a beauty (though a bit too well-loved on the food side)!

Dagmore’s breath was becoming increasingly more pungent, and she was drooling quite a bit. She was also due for her yearly exam and vaccinations, needed her nails clipped and her ears checked.

Today our wonderful volunteers, Pat and her daughter Chrissy transported Dagmore from her NE Philly home and to our partner vet where she was treated to an exam, vaccinations, blood work, nail clip and ear check.  All good there...but the teeth were in bad condition, so she had a dental and 2 extractions.  She did very well and in the early afternoon Pat & Chrissy brought her back home to her mom.  

Thank you, Pat & Chrissy, for getting Dagmore to us for much needed care, and for Helping Keep Pets and Their People Together. 

 


Rudy, a Diabetic PugRudy

Rudy, a 13 year old Pug, has been diabetic for over two years.  The cost of his testing and diabetic supplies are much more than his mom can afford, as she is fighting her own battle with multiple serious illnesses. 

This grant was awarded to Rudy to assist with his glucose testing, insulin and needles for the 2nd quarter of 2020. 

 

 


Baby, a 16 Year Old PugBaby

Today we helped Baby, a 16 year old Pug, (big brother to Rudy, the diabetic Pug), cross over the bridge. 

He was declining rapidly over the past few months; this past week he could no longer walk, eat or drink; and last night his mom had to make the difficult decision of letting him go.

Of late, we have been assisting with too many crossings; it has been heart-wrenching.

Godspeed, Baby; Rest in Peace; Until We Meet Again!

 


Palomo, A White Long-Haired CatPalomo

We met Palomo back in 2015 when he came to us as an emergency.  He had a UT blockage and presumptive megacolon.  Thankfully our vet was able to unblock him; no surgery was needed.  He was prescribed meds and prescription food, with which he did very well.

After a while, his mom discontinued the prescription food, thinking that he would be ok.  Shortly after, Palomo has another blockage; again no surgery.  Once again, he was prescribed prescription food to keep the issue from recurring.  This time mom continued the food and he has not had a single problem since.

Mom has been sick with the flu for 3 weeks; and with stocking up to self-isolate because of COVD-19, she ran short on funds and was down to just a few cans of prescription food, with over 2 weeks until she received her check.  She didn’t know what she was going to do in order to provide for Palomo.

When she commented on our story in the Philly Inquirer, we knew right away there was an issue, so we reached out to her to see how we could help.

Today we ordered prescription food for Palomo though his veterinarian; and now all is well in the world.

Wishing mom a speedy recovery from the flu and 16 year old Palomo many more years making his mom smile.  He is indeed the love of her life!

 


Jake a 12 Year Old PugJake

12 year old Jake is the light of his senior mom’s life.  When last year he was diagnosed with heart issues, she thought she would have to put him to sleep because she could not afford the expenses involved with his ongoing health issues.  Thankfully, mom has learned how to budget for Jake’s meds, but occasionally she falls short; that is when we step in and lend a helping paw.

Because of the Covid-19 scare, mom had to stock up on food and supplies so she could self isolate, as she is very high risk because of her age and health issues.  With her SS check coming in next month, she could not afford Jakes meds.  So, we stepped in and filled all of Jake’s prescriptions, which will last for a full month.

So happy we could help; I could not imagine having to isolate myself and not have a loving dog for companionship; could you?

 


Daffodill - A Schnauzer with Kidney DiseaseDaffodil

Today, we said a painful and tearful good-bye to this sweet, kind and gentle blind dog.

During yesterday's visit to her vet for a check up and blood work, we found out that Daff's kidney values were up more than 2.5 points from a week ago, and almost 4 points from two months ago.

We were shocked and deeply saddened that her kidney disease progressed so quickly. Her vet felt that Daff was feeling very unwell; thus her mom had to make the most difficult, yet the most merciful decision a pet parent has to make.

Godspeed, Daff, rest in peace, until we meet again.

Sam's Hope assisted with end-of-life care for this precious girl.

 


Misty, a 10 year old, long-haired catMisty

We have known 10 year old Misty and her mom for over 5 years now; they have been recipients of home-delivered pet food and supplies (and veterinary care) since the program’s inception way back in October 2014!

Misty has to be one of the most laid back and sweetest cats I have ever met; though today, when I was trying to remove some matted hair and brush her, she let me know she had enough when she gave me a good bite.  So, we called it a day!

This morning, our  volunteers, Pat and Chrissy, (pictured with Misty), went and picked Misty up to bring her to our partner vet for her yearly wellness visit. 

Misty had an exam, vaccinations, blood work and nail clip.  Always a GREAT feeling when everything comes back PURR-FECT...and how often do you hear of a 10 year old cat with GOOD TEETH!  She did gain a pound since her last visit in March of 2019, so that needs to be addressed, but other than that, she is doing well!

Thank you, Pat and Chrissy, for helping out with Misty’s transport today! 

 

Daffodil, a 14 year old Schnauzer with Kidney DiseaseDaffodil

Daff, a 14 year old Schnauzer, was diagnosed with kidney disease early in 2019.  She has been doing well, but at her last check up her blood work came back with considerably higher levels of Creatinine and BUN than her previous blood work of two months ago; and this needed further investigation.

Today Daff was seen by her veterinarian for an exam, subcutaneous fluids and urinalysis.  Her mom was also taught how to administer the sub-q fluids, as she will need them every other day.

We will know more tomorrow once her urinalysis results are in; until then, prayers for Daff!

 


Spike, a 12 Year Old Italian GreyhoundSpike

Today we said tearful good-bye to a beautiful, gentle and sweet dog, Spike, a 12 year old Italian Greyhound.

Godspeed…rest in peace…until we meet again.

Sam's Hope provided end-of-life care to Spike through our partner veterinarian in Southampton, PA.

 

 


Pebbles, a Yorkie/Shih Tzu MixPebbles

10 year old Pebbles, a Yorkie / Shih Tzu mix, hasn’t seen the vet in some time; which is creating a problem, because all dogs that live in their apartment complex must be licensed, or they must leave.  No vaccinations, no license.

Today little Pebbles was seen by our partner vet for an exam, rabies vaccination, nail clip and blood work.  She is in terrific shape, appears to have no health problems and is the apple of her senior mom’s eye.


See ya next year, little one!

 

Buddakh, a Snow Bob CatBuddakh

Our wonderful volunteers, Pat and Chrissy, picked Buddakah up from her NE Phillyhome early this morning for transport to our vet in Southampton.  (Thank you, ladies)!

Buddakah, an 18 year old Snow Bob, has not been well for quite some time.  In 2019, her mom took her to the vet to have her checked out, (she was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and something else her mom could not remember).  At that time, the vet suggested it might be best to put her down, as they said she was dying.  Obviously,  mom did not agree, and 7 months later, Buddakh is still kickin, doesn’t seem to be suffering and is still providing her mom with lots of love and companionship.

I talked to mom before she came to the vet today; she said Buddakh was very thin, didn’t eat much, is constipated and has a stinky ear.  I didn’t know what to expect when I saw her this morning at the vet’s; and was pleasantly surprised when I saw this beautiful and definitely not skinny cat. 

Buddakah had an exam, CBC and thyroid test; we will know more tomorrow.  Heart is good, there is some fluid in the abdomen, and her ear was nasty.  Doc cleaned it out, and gave her meds which should clear that stinky problem up in about a week.  She also had her nails clipped; two of her nails were embedded in her pads, which caused a little bleeding, but she is no worse for the wear.  And to top it all off, Doc gave her a B12 shot for a little boost.  At this point she really had enough of all of us, took a hissy fit and went affter Doc.  Plenty of feisty in that 18 year old!

We will know more tomorrow, in the meantime, prayers for Buddakh!

 

Rudy, a 13 year old diabetic pugRudy

Rudy, a 13 year old Pug, has been diabetic for over two years.  The cost of his testing and diabetic supplies are much more than his mom can afford, as she is fighting her own battle with multiple serious illnesses. 

This grant was awarded to Rudy to assist with his glucose testing, insulin and needles for the 1st quarter of 2020. 

 

 


Andi, a Diabetic Japanese ChinAndi

This pretty little girl is 12 year old Andi; a Japanese Chin that was diagnosed as diabetic in 2019.  Her mom, who lost recently lost her job, is struggling to keep up with her diabetic supplies and testing. 

Today Andi was seen by our partner vet for glucose testing; we were pleased to see that her numbers were great. 

After a nail clip, she was given a goody bag to take home; a month’s supply of insulin and needles.

Keep up the good work Mom & Andi!

2013 - 2020 Vet Care Grant Recipients can be found HERE