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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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This poor baby! She just arrived from Tennessee last weekend and a mass was discovered. It was thought to be a hernia. But Friday night, she fell and the hernia/mass burst. She was rushed to the vet to save her life. She is only 10 weeks old and needed emergency surgery.

You know that saying, “when it rains, it pours”?? Well, we have felt that over the last week. If you can help little Miss Honey, we would be grateful – she is a doll and deserves to live a long healthy life. She made it through surgery and is recovering. But it was a very expensive surgery. We want nothing more than to get this girl healthy and into her forever home, we could use your help to cover some of her treatment.

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Layla’s had a rough go of it. She ended up at a shelter and the veterinarians performing her spay discovered something unusual in her abdomen. Unsure if it was a hernia or a tumor, the vets determined they couldn’t remove it safely.

Fast-forward to now, she’s begun displaying symptoms and has been evaluated by one Homeward Trails’ vet partners. It has been determined that she needs additional tests and probably surgery to remove it.

Nevertheless, Layla is still the sweetest cat. She’s ready to live a normal life, without any symptoms. Please consider supporting her expensive medical tests and possible surgery.

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Warning! Graphic photo below. Heidi was recently spayed and this girl just won’t keep her cone on. She managed to rip out most of her stitches and we had to have a vet clean out her incision and re-close it. She had a new cone that she shouldn’t have been able to get out of, but she did. And she did a lot of damage.

Her foster woke up and Heidi had removed all of her internal and external stitches and had created a gaping wound. She was rushed to the vet where she’s receiving treatment including pain meds and antibiotics. She may need to undergo surgery again to close it if other less invasive methods fail.

We had a talk with her and she promises not to do it again (we mostly believe her), but she’s receiving intensive care to make sure she doesn’t get the opportunity to try again. This isn’t cheap. Please help by donating to her medical fund or sharing her story.

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Look at these beautiful puppies, Blondie and Amber, rescued from a shelter in Tennessee. They should be having fun, playing and romping around like puppies do, but they aren’t because they are extremely sick. They have Parvo. They are only 11 weeks old and desperately need our help. They need a lot of medical care and are staying at a vet hospital for treatment. They’re so young and scared and now they’re in a vet hospital having to get life-saving treatment.

Treating Parvo is not cheap and in order to save their lives, we really need the funds to pay for their expensive vet bills. Please donate for these adorable girls who could really use some good news for a change. Thank you.

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Patrick and Erin are down on their luck. Surrendered to a rural shelter, the St. Patrick’s Day litter found themselves lucky to be rescued. But just days after they arrived, these two puppies started to show symptoms of parvo, a very contagious and deadly virus. At just 8 weeks of age, they have been admitted to the hospital and are fighting for their lives. Parvo can be treated, but it is costly. We believe these two puppies are worth fighting for and hope you do, too. Please make a donation to help with their treatment. Thank you!

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Rosie escaped a hard life on the streets of Puerto Rico, but now she’s fighting heartworm. Rosie is one of the sweetest dogs – she even gives hugs. She’s a fighter, but needs our help now.

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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Hawk, once a cat who loved to eat and would remind his human to feed him, suddenly stopped eating. He wouldn’t eat or drink and was declining quickly. He required an IV in order to administer fluids and other medication. He needed an X-ray to check for obstruction and an ultrasound to look for deformities.

The tests are expensive but necessary – the vet believes he either has an inflammatory disease or he could have cancer.

Hawk has finally started eating, but he’s not out of the woods yet. We have to see how he responds to treatment and how the condition develops to tell if he has cancer.

He’s going to require some treatment, but we are looking for help covering the costs of his veterinary care and tests.

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Alexander made some poor choices and ended up needing emergency surgery to remove a piece of toy blocking his intestine. We are so thankful that we discovered the problem in time and we were able to remove the blockage before it caused any lasting damage but the diagnostics and emergency surgery came at a high price – $4000.

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Lulu recently had an emergency C-section and has two puppies. We thought the worst was behind her, but she is back at the emergency vet with a collapsed trachea. She’s had X-rays and will need medication and possibly another procedure to correct the issue.

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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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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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