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Help Me Heal Program

Some of the animals that come to HEART require extensive medical care or rehabilitation. They have suffered serious trauma – physical or emotional, or have painful or debilitating conditions that can require expensive medical care. The animals enrolled in the HELP ME HEAL program face many weeks recovering before they can be placed for adoption.

By becoming a HELP ME HEAL sponsor you will be helping some of the neediest animals at HEART. With your help we will make sure that these animals get the surgery, medical care, time and attention that they need to heal. Your donation will help give them a whole new life. Once they are healthy, they are ready for adoption. At this point, we work extremely hard to find the most perfect, loving, new home for them.

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XENA'S SUCCESS STORY
 
After Adoption 2016
Xena upon her arrival to HEART
In response to a request for help from Rochester Animal Services, HEART took on responsibility for Xena, a 1 year old female husky mix. In April 2014 volunteers drove to Rochester and returned with Xena where she spent time in foster care.

Here is her story.....

Xena was born 1/10/2103. How she ended up with her owners is not known, but in October 2013 Xena was hit by a car. The owners did not seek medical attention until 1/25/2014 at which time it was determined Xena had a shoulder luxation and an estimate was given for amputation. Pain medication was refused by owners as they left the veterinarian office never to return. Fast forward another couple months and Rochester area dog control was called to Xena's home to come take her away....they no longer wanted her there.

Xena was transferred from Rochester Animal Services to HEART's Help me Heal program.....Her medical issues were addressed but Xena's behavior seemed to be the greater issue as she quickly became our "problem child". She was fearful and out of control because of her past and she was sent for extensive K-9 training. However, in the years she spent with us it became apparent she was terrified of men. It took us awhile to find her female owners but wonderful ones came along and the above picture of Xena in water is the result. What do you think Xena might be thinking? Such a joy for an abused dog to be taken to the lake!


TALIA

Talia is a very sweet girl who loves to cuddle. She has stomatitis, a painful chronic oral disease that requires periodic monitoring and treatment that HEART has been responsible for since we rescued her. She may eventually have to have some or all of her teeth pulled. Talia needs a special family that is willing to continue her medical care and give her the forever home that she so deserves. She will reward you with years of affection and companionship. Come meet Talia at our South Adoption center at 48 Buffalo Street, Hamburg.


UPDATE: Talia had nine teeth pulled on 2/12/14. The extractions should relieve the discomfort she was experiencing. She has seen the vet and he is pleased with her progress and improved health. Talis is such a sweet gentle cat and HEART continues to search for a loving home where she may receive one on one care. In the meantime HEART would be grateful for any donations to help with her care.


SNOW BALL FINDS HOPE IN A NEW HOME


In a situation that happens all too frequently, Snowball was abandoned in an apartment when his previous owners moved out. Rescued by a kind soul who was, unfortunately, unable to get him the medical treatment he needed, he found his way to HEART.

Once with the HEART team, Snowball was treated for stomatitis, which is a painful and serious dental infection, and also for deformities in his knees, a condition he may have had since birth. When he went up for adoption, HEART offered to continue to support Snowball's medical issues for his new owner. All that HEART wished for this sweet cat was a home that would give him the security and attention he so desperately needed.

Snowball was definitely not anyone’s textbook definition of a cute kitty. As described in a May, 2012 article about HEART in The Buffalo News: “Take Snowball…to be honest, he's kind of a mess. He drools constantly because of the painful dental disease stomatitis. His back end is hunched under because of two dislocated kneecaps, so he moves more like a bunny than a kitty. He was abandoned and starving when he was found close to death.

“But at the bright, airy HEART adoption center, Snowball showed his true loving nature. The still-thin cat raced to the front door, happily greeting people -- children, seniors, anybody -- who came in, looking up at them with his bright blue eyes, then purring and almost trembling with pleasure if they spoke to him or gently stroked him.

“Snowball's magic worked. A woman from south of Buffalo who brought in a pregnant cat that had been dumped on her property fell under the spell of this strange-looking and utterly irresistible creature. Last week, Snowball went home.”

His new owner, Peggy T., reports that Snowball, now called Bert, "will not leave her lap and all he does is purr.” According to Peggy, “Bert is doing great and is our cherished pet! We just adore him and are so grateful for all of HEART’s support with his medical issues along the way.”

HEART’s adoption center is so often the perfect showcase for these heartbroken and forgotten animals. If he were confined in a steel crate, nobody ever would have looked beyond Snowball's drool-darkened chin, his sore mouth and his crippled back legs. Now, he has the happiness and wonderful life he so richly deserves.


FLY
Imagine...you're eating breakfast on Sunday morning when you hear kitten cries coming from a bush, only to find a 10wk old baby who has clearly narrowly escaped a viscous animal attack & whose deep wounds are now so infested with maggots that they are eating him alive. When this call came in from a neighbor, our courageous volunteer Chris Wiehe jumped into action...immediately rushing in to help, cleaning his horrendous wounds, and rushing him to our awesome friends at McClelland Animal Clinic for the aggressive care he needed.

She aptly named this little guy FLY, and after surgery & a long couple of days, he's now resting in a full-body stocking under the care of Dr. Marylisa Reynders, who said this was one of the worst cases she'd seen. Below is a picture of Fly after surgery as he enjoys a much needed meal.

Sadly, this is not the first case like this we have seen, but it is one of the worst...and it always breaks our hearts to see animals suffer. But thanks to Chris, Dr. Reynders and HEART's support, this little guy is on his way to a full recovery.

10/6 UPDATE

Guess who??! Our little guy FLY wanted to say hi & our fave Dr. Marylisa Reynders from McClelland Small Animal Hospital, who has been fostering him (luckiest kitten ever!), gave us an update...she said it's a miracle this kitten pulled through. He is the sweetest soul. After removing greater than 200 maggots from his wounds, his back wound has healed to the size of a thumbnail & will continue to regress to nothing. And regarding his back legs where he had lost so much of his lumbar muscle...now he is fully mobile, jumping on the couch, bed and dresser without missing a beat! That is the healing power of a kitten - they don't look back...we should all gain their spirit! And to rescuers & veterinarians alike, never fall short of what we can do, just do it & never say never!!!

If you believe in what we do, please Click here to donate to donate to HEART to help with the cost of care for this little guy & the many others who are left behind, thrown away and forgotten forever, because we won't let that happen & we always find a way to help those in need...

We will continue to keep you updated on Fly's care, and thanks for reading!


 


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