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The animals featured here are some of the hundreds who have treatable but costly illnesses and injuries that Homeward Trails rescues every year. We have limited resources and must make life and death decisions weekly. Too often, these animals are left behind in shelters simply due to cost. We need extra help to take in animals whose care will cost more and for animals who may be with us longer as they recover.

Your sponsorship of an animal will save a life in real time. Every donation helps save a life.

Please, consider a tax-deductible donation today to help these animals. They deserve a 2nd chance at life. And together, we can give them that.

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Ruffles is a sweet cat who came to Homeward Trails with a previous bilateral hernia that had been recently repaired. Within a few days of her arrival, she developed a painful open wound on her abdomen which risked infection. She was rushed to the vet who explored the wound and determined that she had a new hernia which required immediate surgery to repair. The surgery was successful and this friendly Tortie will be strong and healthy after a few weeks of relaxation and recuperation. Please consider a donation today to help cover the cost of Ruffle’s hernia surgery and in-patient care at the veterinary clinic so that we can continue to help other animals with medical emergencies.

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Dorian is a sweet and docile girl who came to Homeward Trails from Puerto Rico! She enjoys trying to play with her doggy friends and getting all the attention from staff she can get.

Dorian was rescued in Puerto Rico with her daughter Agatha and came to Homeward Trails to find her Furever home! Once she arrived staff noticed that Dorian has an unexplained limp and swelling in her hind leg! We have sent Dorian for X rays and the vet recommends she have her leg amputated due to a chronic non-union fracture of her femur.

This sweet girl has not always had the easiest life and despite all of the struggles she has endured she still has plenty of pep in her step and ready to find her home!

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Inata just arrived from Puerto Rico. Her owners were going to have her euthanized at 4 months old because they no longer wanted her. The vet contacted Guanica Animal Rescue Project and a foster in Puerto Rico took her in. Now she’s made the long journey to the Homeward Trails to find a forever home but there is just one issue. Inata has heartworm that will need to be treated in order to get her healthy and ready for the rest of her life.

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body.

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Handsome Topo came from a hoarding case in Puerto Rico. For years he was in a home with so many dogs his owner did not notice that he had a life-threatening tooth infection that ate away a large part of his jaw. He was rescued when his owner passed away from cancer. And now he has very little top jaw left and his cute little tongue hangs out. But yet, this boy has remained so sweet and loving. Imagine the pain he has been in and yet…

After his struggles of his past we thought all was looking up for Topo. He came to the DC area, made new friends and even got to be in an amazing foster home! While Topo was under anesthesia for his neuter the veterinarian found a hole between Topo’s oral and nasal cavities that HAD to be repaired and so we did! The vet did a great job on his surgery. And we thought we could move on. But suddenly Topo took a sudden turn for the worse.

Topo began regurgitating his food and struggling to keep solids down and had to be rushed to the vet as he was lethargic and unable to eat or drink! We are still not sure what is going on with our boy but he now needs some intensive medical exploration, another surgery and blood work.

Our boy is fighting for his life – and we don’t know what he’s fighting. Help Topo. His suffering NEEDS to end now.

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Cedar is TRULY in a battle for his life. He came in to the shelter as a stray, and likely contracted parvo while living outdoors. Parvo is a highly contagious virus. It causes an infectious gastrointestinal (GI) illness in puppies and young dogs, and without treatment, it is deadly. Cedar is an independent pup who is very smart – he already knows how to sit and was consistently using pee pads before his diagnosis. He’s smart enough to be aware of all the scary things happening around him. He’s already in intensive care and needs a feeding tube. Without the funds to give him further treatment, he will die. But with treatment he will have a bright future ahead of him. PLEASE help us save Cedar !!

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Imagine a condition where the soft tissues in your mouth become irritated and inflamed to the point where you can no longer eat. That is stomatitis – and unfortunately for Old Man, his mouth is in so much pain from stomatitis that he has stopped eating. We have started Old Man on steroids and pain/anti-inflammatory meds in order to stabilize the stomatitis, but that will only buy us a short time.

Old Man is one of the sweetest, most loving and easy-going kitties you will ever come across. Old Man’s story is a sad one. He was dumped in a very crowded rural shelter with little chance of getting out because of his age. Once we were told about Old Man and his awesome personality, we knew that we wanted to help. It wasn’t until he came into our care that we found out that Old Man was suffering from this painful condition of stomatitis.

The good news is that with our help, Old Man can get better. Unfortunately, it is going to be an expensive path. If everyone chips in a little bit, we can do it! Old Man needs dental x-rays, blood work, a full mouth extraction as well as medication. We refuse to give up until this boy is out of pain, and we need your help to fundraise for this large, unexpected expense! If you met Old Man, you would see he is worth every single penny. There is not a sweeter, more loving cat out there. Please help us get him the treatment he so greatly deserves.

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It’s been a long time trying to figure out what is ailing kitten Creamsicle. He is a fun loving, active and uber-cuddly cat. But from day one of his arrival has suffered from very loose poops. Worms? Nope. Giardia? Nope. Coccidia? Nope. Well, he did have an unusual protozoa, but after he was treated for that, the diarrhea persisted.

Still, we hunted for his cure. Food allergies or sensitivity? Nope. Now we finally know – Creamsicle has a pancreatic enzyme deficiency. He needs to get a supplement, weekly B12 shots, and get a special diet. We will need to retest to be sure all system are working right after he’s been on this regiment for a few months.

Would you help Creamsicle by helping to pay a portion of his treatment? We need to get him on the supplements, b12, and special diet ASAP. And that means we have to have funds to cover it. Please help Creamy!

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Stuck in a shelter with special needs for over a year, Dirk continues to get passed over and REALLY needs our help. We want to get him safely to Homeward Trails where we can get him to our fantastic vet partners and in a loving foster home until the day he’s adopted.

Dirk is a young guy growing up in the shelter with Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket, Thailand. He loves people and other cats. Dirk came to the shelter over a year ago with a fractured leg. They were able to address this but found he also regurgitates when he eats. After x-rays and blood tests, they still can’t tell what the issue is for this guy. They found that if he eats standing up that he doesn’t regurgitate and the food stays down. This is how Dirk has been eating for the past year to manage his condition.

The Foundation has done everything they can for him, but we think our vets can do more. We know we can do more for him just by getting him out of a cage and into a foster home where are amazing vet partners can see if we can make his life easier. Our rescue quote from the vet partner is $2,000 for observation, bloodwork, GI panel, ultrasound, x-rays, and expected medication trial. If he needs a procedure, we’ll address that then.

Please consider a donation going into the New Year to give this boy a new life outside the shelter and in a home where he can enjoy life with kitty friends and lots of human cuddles! We know it’s a lot of money, but we’re the only one stepping up to help him. We also know our amazing supporters can see this boy deserves a chance and will help make this rescue possible!

Check out this adorable video of Dirk! https://vimeo.com/377535257 – Speaks a thousand words.

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Sheila is a sweet senior girl who was rescued from a horrific hoarding situation – filthy, matted, arthritic, and severely underweight.

Soon after her rescue we discovered a worsening eye condition that caused Sheila to lose her sight. After a visit with the ophthalmologist and extensive testing it was determined that Sheila has mature cataracts in both eyes and a luxating lens in her left eye. The good news is that she can have vision surgically restored in her left eye with a lensectomy procedure. The bad news is that the surgery very expensive with an estimate of $4000.

Despite her rough start and her very limited vision, Sheila is an absolute doll. She is so sweet, calm and quiet. She loves lying around on soft beds and living her best life in her foster home. Sadly, her eyesight is currently so bad that she needs to be led everywhere.

We want to help Sheila’s see but we need your help. It’s been a rough year for our medical fund with so many special needs animals and we don’t want to have to turn our back on animals who need us.

Please donate to help save Sheila’s sight.

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This beautiful and very friendly dog began having seizures. We don’t know why. So Butterscotch desperately needs to see a neurologist in the hope of getting a diagnosis so we can come up with a treatment plan for her.

This lovely three year old dog has already overcome so much. She came to Homeward Trails from a crowded rural shelter after being found as a stray. Despite her hard few years, she is the happiest, most delightful dog. Please make a contribution so that Butterscotch can get diagnosed and treated and live a healthy long life. This pup has so much love to give.

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One night Smoochie vomited and then collapsed. Was it a seizure? We still don’t know. Luckily Smoochie recovered. But Smoochie’s health travails continue. Smoochie’s story may not be as heart rendering or dramatic as others. Nonetheless, the stakes for this goofy, good natured dog are high.

Bloodwork done after Smoochie’s crisis revealed that her kidney levels were disturbingly low. Why are the kidneys of this young dog not functionally correctly? Could it be an infection? To help Smoochie and anwer these questions we need your help. Without funding, we can’t cover the cost of the long course of antibiotics Smoochie needs nor the diagnostic testing to come. Please donate to help her.

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Charity came to Homeward Trails and we quickly noticed she had an issue with her back legs. Our vets determined she had ACL injuries to both back legs and would need surgeries to correct the issue. This poor pup needs your help and wants to be on the road to recovery!

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SPONSOR ME PARVO – you hear us say it often, because unfortunately, we’re faced with it all the time. It makes sense that Parvo is one of the deadliest diagnosis’s for a puppy – since it’s one of the MOST EXPENSIVE to treat. Animals MUST go to a hospital – they MUST be monitored 24/7, and they MUST have continuous fluid/medication/food supplementation during their treatment. Even though we always face staggering costs – well into the thousands for EACH puppy – we will ALWAYS fight as long as the puppy holds on. Today’s fundraiser is no different.

Shelly has been fighting for her life for three long days already at Columbia Pike Animal Hostpital. She originally came to us from an overcrowded shelter in North Carolina. This sweet girl was even adopted out – but was sadly relinquished upon diagnosis. Parvo is a massive undertaking and treatment is an extremely urgent medical necessity. We do not know whether she will survive, but we will continue to do everything we can as long as there is hope and a fighting chance – even if it costs us thousands in vet bills. Every puppy is worth it. Now that Shelly is 100% focused on getting better, we need to focus on replenishing our funding from such big medical bills. We have to be ready for the next puppy, because sadly, there will be another one. Please help us by spreading the word about this unlucky little girl!

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Poor sweet Kitty Daphne is having a rough, rough life. She first was discarded at a rural shelter facing euthanasia when they ran out of space. Thankfully, we rescued her in the nick of time.

And we hoped things would look up for this girl, but it was not to be. We could see the stress and anguish in her face and soon knew why. After initial testing, we found that she is shedding bladder cells. But we still didn’t know why. Could’ve been an inflamed urinary tract or cystits – both painful and stressful. There has been so much bloodwork with so many tests.

Now, it appears that Daphne has asthma, AND she is suffering from gall stones. On top of it all, she has a very severe infection. Our sweet Daphne is currently hospitalized on an antibiotic IV to treat the infection. She will need to stay on antibiotics for several weeks, and we will continue to need to treat for her ongoing issues hoping for a good resolution.

Daphne just amazes us. Despite her health travails, this dear cat wakes up every morning happy to spread joy with her humans and cat friends. We have GOT to get this girl out of pain and on the mend. Please, please help us to get Daphne moving in the right direction. We can’t give up on this girl.

Please make a donation toward this Daphne Medical Fund so we can help this girl get well. Thank you.

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Jill needs our help once again! She was rescued over a year ago from life on a chain and despite her awful start, she had proven to be the sweetest girl ever! Unfortunately, Jill’s adopter fell ill and thus Jill was recently returned to us. Jill has been struggling with health issues for a few months – and we really need to help her get better. The problem is that we don’t know exactly what is wrong! She is having to use the bathroom many times throughout the day, to the point where she cannot settle and rest. Jill has undergone a bloodwork, urinalysis, and ultrasound. Her bloodwork indicates incredibly high platelet counts. The next step is some very specific tests to rule out certain diseases. These tests are expensive and her bills are already piling up. We really need help in order to get to the bottom of this and get Jill feeling better. Please help us get her better!

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Penny was rescued from Puerto Rico on the side of a highway. It looked like she was hit by a car, but turned out to be an old injury. Her leg needed to be amputated and she is now recovering from surgery. Please help us cover this unexpected medical bill!

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