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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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Moose is only 3 months, but you can already tell something is wrong. His rib cage is sunken in and his breathing is raspy. At times, he labors to catch his breath. We want to get him to the vet to determine the cause and find out what can be done to help this sweet pup feel better. We will update this page as we work with our vet.

Please help Moose!

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Daphne has struggled with her health over the last year or so. But recently she has started struggling to catch her breath and the vet thinks she might have a partially collapsed lung. We need to do a CT scan to evaluate and plan a course of treatment. This is a very expensive medical procedure, but we know Daphne needs it. We’re committed to getting to the bottom of what’s going on . Please help us get some answers for Daphne.

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Honeysuckle made it out of a rural shelter with a very high euthanasia rate. Then he developed ringworm. Now he’s finally clear and ready to go to a forever home… until we noticed large bumps on his forehead. The vet determined he needs a biopsy. We have to get to the bottom of this right away, before it gets worse. Please help!

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Lucy has had a rough life. She was surrendered to a rural shelter with newborn puppies. At almost 7 years old, who knows how many litters she’s had. She clearly hasn’t been made a priority in her life.

When she arrived, one look at her mouth made it clear it was in bad shape. Her teeth were rotting and she has to be miserable. She’s been through so much, the least we can do for her is help her feel better.

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When the earthquakes hit Puerto Rico in January, Grace’s house was compromised. Her family fled, searching for a safe place to live. But Grace and her sister were left behind. The house was crumbling, and earthquakes were still shaking the island DAILY. These pups were going to get crushed in the rubble at any moment. Luckily their owners reached out for help, and volunteers rushed to the abandoned house and saved little Grace and her sister. She made it off the island and to Homeward trails, but Grace’s troubles are not over yet as she has heartworm and we NEED to get her started on treatment ASAP.

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Little Hank came from Puerto Rico recently after many months of waiting, but poor Hank hit yet another hurdle. Hank has tested positive for heartworm! Heartworm is a treatable disease but it is EXPENSIVE to treat and we need your help once again to help Hank start his new life healthy and happy.

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Emma came from a rural shelter very pregnant and ready to pop. She delivered 8 puppies on Easter Sunday and spent the next two months focusing raising strong, healthy puppies. Her health took a backseat because she’s an excellent mother. Now her puppies have been adopted and it’s time to focus on herself. She is Heartworm positive and needs to start treatment ASAP. She can kick this potentially deadly condition, but it’s expensive. We know she’s worth it, we just need your help to make it happen. Let’s show Emma how much she matters.

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Tribilin spent his first 7 years wandering around the streets of Puerto Rico, eating whatever he could to get any nourishment. That kind of life really takes a toll on a dog’s mouth. When he arrived and went into foster home, it was clear from his horrible breath and the condition of his teeth, he needs to get a dental ASAP. He’s got to be in serious pain, but he doesn’t let on. Poor guy is so happy that things are finally looking up, this is the last piece for him to be living his best life. Please help Tribilin live pain free!

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Burger’s had bad luck as of late – he needs a muscle biopsy and he was just diagnosed with heartworm. The heartworm is something we weren’t expecting. Heartworm is a potentially deadly condition if left untreated. We’re not going to let that happen. But we need you help to get his heart back in tip top shape!

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When Zippy’s foster noticed her shaking and labored breathing he rushed her to a vet for emergency treatment. Upon arrival, the vet noted that she was minutes away from dying. The vet extracted a large amount of fluid from around her heart. To diagnose and treat Zippy’s underlying medical condition, x-rays, sonogram, fluid extractions, fluid cytology, subcutaneous fluids, antibiotics, and overnight hospitalization were all required. After more than a week at the vet, Zippy was released back to her foster where she is recovering from her recent ordeal. Her medical bills added up and we need to help cover the costs in order to help other animals in distress. Please consider a donation today for Zippy.

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Loki and Mabel arrived from the shelter last week and quickly came down with Parvo. It’s a deadly virus that’s also very contagious. Puppies are the most at risk and it takes all their might and round the clock vet care to survive. They’re receiving care, but we need your help to support Loki, Mabel, and other puppies who will fall victim to Parvo this summer.

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Timberlake ended up at one of our shelter partners with his skin in horrible condition. He looked pitiful and we couldn’t help but bring him up Friday on transport to Homeward Trails. Upon arrival, he was clearly emaciated and seemed to have very low energy, barely enough to even wag his tail as he settled into a foster home. His foster took him for routine blood work because of his condition, and the veterinarian quickly called back to tell them to take him to the emergency vet immediately.

He’s in very serious condition, fighting for his life. His blood work showed very low levels of albumin. A dangerous sign that he could have kidney failure, internal bleeding, or other very serious issues. He’s receiving IV fluids as the vets work rapidly to determine the cause. We’re hoping this little guy can muster some strength to fight with all of his might.

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When Buddy arrived at one of our rural shelter partners, it was determined he had a perineal hernia. A very painful condition that causes several organs to be displaced in the pelvis and abdomen and can make going to the bathroom challenging. It’s not something that will sort itself out, Buddy needs surgery.

The vet a the shelter wasn’t able to repair it. Homeward Trails has been working to find a vet who can perform the procedure on Buddy and give him a new lease on life. We have now figured that out, it’s just a matter of helping offset the cost of the very expensive procedure.

Buddy will be better than new, but we depend on support to ensure we are able to continue to say yes to taking dogs like Buddy from our shelter partners and providing the care that our dogs need.

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Asia came from a shelter in March and has been suffering with itchy skin since. For over a month she’s been receiving twice weekly treatments, several different medications, and now needs to see a specialist. You can see from the photos that she must be miserable, but she’s still as sweet as can be.

Luckily she’s not suffering in a shelter and we have the ability to get her the treatment she needs. But that treatment and specialist visits comes at a steep price. We’re committed to helping Asia, but we need help with the costs so we can continue to help animals like Asia.

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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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