As you know, House with a Heart residents are dogs who come to HWAH and have a “Home for Life”.
Often when a rescue group goes to a shelter, they only look for young healthy dogs, even though many people are now considering a Senior or Special needs dog when looking to adopt.
For the past year, we have been providing a new way to help Senior and Special needs dogs – by encouraging partner rescues to accept senior dogs from shelters.
K9 Medical Miracle
funds, we can step up with necessary initial medical care to make them adoptable and give them a new forever home. Here is just one of our success stories:
From our Asst Director, Lori:
"I visited Leashes End today to visit Toby. Toby was brought into MCASAC as a stray. They found the owner, but they didn’t want him anymore. He was starving, matted, sores and horrible teeth. Leashes End stepped in and adopted him. Risa at Leashes End applied for our K9 Medical Miracle Fund for Toby’s senior exam, cardiologist and dental. Toby is a sweet 21 year old Pomeranian Cocker Spaniel mix who is now safe and recovering nicely".
"Toby: 21-year-old Toby is a sweet Pomeranian-Cocker Spaniel mix. He came to us on Christmas Eve 2018 after his family refused to pick him up from the shelter, where he was turned in as a stray. Toby’s initial vet checkup and senior panel confirmed that he’ll need to see the cardiologist to treat his enlarged heart and significant heart murmur. Poor Toby’s mouth is rotten and almost certainly a source of pain. But he can’t undergo anesthesia for a dental until the cardiologist clears him for surgery".
"House with a Heart has generously offered to help with his medical expenses through their K9 Medical Miracle Fund.
We are beyond grateful!!! It is clear that Toby led a life of frightful neglect and possibly even abuse. But little by little, his anxiety is fading to calmness; he’s gaining weight and confidence; he’s accepting care and love; and he’s healing in mind and body".