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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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Linus and Marcie are in critical condition. At only 9 weeks old, these Great Dane pups were diagnosed with potentially deadly parvovirus today. They were rushed to the vet and are now receiving around-the-clock care. They woke up with crippling diarrhea and can’t keep anything down. They’re lethargic, barely able to hold their heads up.

They’re on IV medication to help their bodies be able to fight the virus off. Treating parvo is very expensive for one puppy, but with both Linus and Marcie hospitalized we need your help to cover the cost. These puppies have already struggled so much in their short lives after losing their homes and ending up in a rural shelter. Now things have gotten even worse for them.

Please help us support them through this so that they can have a bright future ahead of them. We’ll keep you posted on how they’re doing.

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Juliet and Hugh were found as strays in rural Virginia and taken in the shelter. Because of your support last week, they made the trip to Homeward Trails on Friday hoping this would be their big break. They were going to be in homes, feel secure and loved, and know where their next meals were coming from.

But things quickly turned serious for them on Saturday afternoon when both began displaying very serious symptoms – lethargy, diarrhea, uncontrollable vomiting. Symptoms consistent with deadly parvovirus. We rushed them to the vet and they confirmed our worst fears – they tested positive for parvo.

They have been hospitalized since and neither have turned the corner. They’re on IV fluids and meds hoping to control their symptoms so their bodies will have a chance to fight. It’s only with around the clock care that they’ll have any chance to survive.

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Sweet Fudge was abandoned with her sister, Chocolate, when she was just a baby in rural Virginia. A good Samiritan took them into their home and looked for homes for them. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find adopters and reached out to Homeward Trails for help. When Fudge arrived, we noticed something different about her face – part of her upper lip appears to be missing, leaving a gap when she closes her mouth. We’re not sure if she was born like this or if it’s a result of trauma.

We want to get her into the vet to see if there’s anything we can do to help her, but we need your help to make that happen. Please help Fudge on her last step before adoption!

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Cats are curious creatures. Add in the playful, mischievous nature of a kitten, and sometimes, they make some bad choices.

Sienna was a little confused about which toys were for her and which toys were for humans. This little lady chewed up a plastic toy and now it may be stuck in her digestive tract. She needs x-rays to monitor the toy’s progress and ensure she doesn’t need surgery.

Foreign bodies can be fatal for cats. Sienna didn’t mean to cause this much trouble, but now she needs our help. We can’t begrudge this kitten her playtime. Please help us make sure she gets the help she needs.

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Charlie was found waiting on the side of the road by a good Samaritan. He seemed to be looking for someone, but it was quickly clear that someone had left sweet Charlie on purpose. They took him to the vet to get him checked out and got more bad news – Charlie is heartworm positive. A local shelter took him in and started his treatment, but they haven’t been able to find an adopter for him. And the multi-step treatment is expensive. They reached out to Homeward Trails for help. We can help Charlie beat heartworm disease and find a forever home with your help. A dog should never be dumped on the side of the road. Let’s turn Charlie’s life around.

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UPDATE: Agatha now has a serious case of Pneumonia and is fighting to breathe. We got Agatha off the island but she was still struggling and after an emergency follow-up, she has been found to be fighting for her breath. Please donate so we can get her the ongoing, lifesaving care she needs!

Being a kitten outdoors is hard enough. But for Agatha it was about to be deadly. Born outdoors on Block Island, Rhode Island she was recently seen sauntering around with no other kitties and looking very skinny. No traps for were working and a local rescuer was worried she might be in dire straights. Turns out, she was. In her weakened state, a local dog flushed her out of the thorny brush that covers the island and into the hands of the dog’s owner who quickly delivered her to a rescuer.

HT Executive Director, Sue is on the island and connected with the local cat rescue – an amazing one woman show named Amy! She reached out to take Sue up on her offer to take in any kitten needing rehabbing.

Poor Agatha was skin and bones. She was so dehydrated that she could barely walk and keep her head up. Eating was almost too much of a chore. And yet when she was cuddled, she purred non-stop even though she had never been touched by humans. She was so lethargic that, as a feral kitten, she couldn’t even hiss or fight against the strange and weird humans cuddling her and feeding her.

Luckily, she was able to get fluids and some Pepcid to calm her belly. With no veterinarian on the island, the first need was to triage her to get her through the night. With 36 hours of fluids she slowly started to eat and perk up. But then shortly after and overnight, she would throw up all of her food and an involuntary movement of her neck and persistent cough started to suggest a potentially more serious esophageal problem.

We are now rushing her to get seen by a mainland vet asap to see if she will need more extensive specialist care. But first, we have to fly her off the island as the ferries and one veterinarian appointment are not lining up. Don’t worry – the cost of her 10 min flight to the mainland is only $25 but her vet costs will certainly be more – exam, x-ray, meds and likely additional lifesaving diagnostics.

This is her chance. Had she not been flushed out of the brush she would be dead. We have no doubt. Her dehydrated state, skin and bones and the freezing overnight temps would have done her in. We are SO grateful to have her now but need to get her healthy as soon as possible.

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Peppermint Patty was surrendered to a rural shelter with her 8 week old puppies. She came to Homeward Trails last week and what we found was that she needed even more help than just a second chance. Her teeth are in really bad shape and she needs a dental ASAP. This Great Dane has been through enough raising her puppies with an uncertain future but we can give her the missing piece to turn everything around. Please help Peppermint Patty – she promises to lay off the candy.

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Paddington arrived only a week and a half ago from war-torn Ukraine. We knew he had some medical issues making it impossible for him to get the care he needed in a war zone, especially in a shelter. The vet in Ukraine had diagnosed him with pancreatitis, a heart murmur, and inflammatory bowel disease, but over the last week he’s started showing signs that something else is very wrong.

His breathing was rapid and he was wheezing, and x-rays showed that he has fluid in or around his lungs. It could be heart disease and without an echocardiogram we won’t have the answers we need to know how to treat him and make him more comfortable. He could be accumulating more and more fluid making breathing more difficult so we need to act fast.

He didn’t beat the odds to make it out of danger in Europe, only to struggle in the U.S. We are committed to giving him a second chance, but we need your help to get Paddington the tests and care he needs before it’s too late. Please help!

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Timothy arrived from Ukraine last month to start a new life – one where he’ll never again live in fear of the bombs dropping around him. Timothy was surrendered when rescuers were on a mission in Eastern Ukraine evacuating out animals from occupied areas. Our team met Timothy in the Ukrainian shelter he was taken to. He has an inverted rear foot and needed more care than he could easily get in Ukraine.

Now that he’s with us and has seen the vet, Timothy is going to need a consult with an orthopedic surgeon to determine how we can help him. He has a sore on the top of his foot from walking on it and it’s definitely causing him pain. The orthopedist can determine if he is a candidate for physical therapy or will need to have the leg amputated. In order to make this decision, they will need more x-rays and to run some other tests. Additionally, based on initial x-rays, his hip appears abnormal – making his case even more complicated.

Right now, this is the only thing holding Timothy back from a life full of zoomies. Please help us get him the treatment he needs!

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Desi was found in rural West Virginia limping along the side of a road. An animal control officer took him to a vet because he was in bad shape. The vet did x-rays and his leg was broken and couldn’t be repaired so they recommended amputation. The local shelter reached out to us for helps because they didn’t want him to recover in a cage at the shelter and didn’t have the resources to fund the surgery.

We didn’t want him to suffer another minute so we authorized the amputation and he came to Homeward Trails. Now Desi is on the road to recovery. He’ll soon be ready to find a home and never be in danger again. Please help us cover the cost of the surgery so we can continue to help special animals like Desi.

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Cafe wants to be the best boy – but sometimes his nerves get a little too much for him. Cafe is an anxious guy who we think could really benefit from a consult with a behavior vet. There are so many stressors out in the world that can become overwhelming for a dog that humans don’t even think of. We’re hoping a consult will help figure out if there’s more ways for us to help Cafe put his best foot forward.

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Sweet Daphne was dropped off at a rural Georgia shelter days away from giving birth. Luckily, a good Samaritan flew her to Homeward Trails. She had her puppies in the safety of a foster home and took excellent care of them. Now that they’re on their way to their adopters, it’s time for Daphne to get the care she needs. She’s heartworm positive – something that could kill her without treatment. Before it takes over her body, we want to get her the care she needs to make sure she has a long, comfortable life ahead of her. The treatment will give her her life back, but it comes with a steep price tag. Please help Daphne have better days ahead.

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Nala is heartworm positive and given her history, we aren’t surprised. Nala is 6 years old and spent her life chained up in someone’s yard before coming to Homeward Trails. She struggled against her chain, trying to explore more of the world around her or to go inside and experience warmth and love. She didn’t receive routine vetting like vaccines – not to mention preventatives. Preventatives that would have kept her from becoming heartworm positive. We don’t know how long it’s been since she was infected. But now that’s she’s off the chain, the important thing is getting her treatment.

It’s not too late for Nala to turn her life around. We can start her treatment, clear the disease from her body before permanent damage is done. She can have a long happy life, with your help!

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Bernice has had a rough few weeks. She arrived from a rural shelter just a week and a half ago with a limp. Tests have revealed that she has a torn ligament in her knee requiring surgery to repair her CCL.

This is the only option to give Bernice a pain-free future where she can run and play with her future adopters. Without the surgery, Bernice will spend everyday struggling to walk and to keep up. Please help us get Bernice back up on her feet and ready for the road ahead.

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Just last night, Taki’s foster found him in distress! He was bleeding, laying in the litter box shaking, and crying in pain. He was rushed to the emergency vet where it was determined that his bladder was blocked from emptying due to a crystal in his urethra – something that is fatal if not treated immediately. The emergency vet was able to put in a catheter to empty the bladder and now he must remain hospitalized while his urinary tract clears the remaining crystals so he doesn’t end up blocked again. The catheter must stay in for the next 24-48 hours which means he needs expensive round-the-clock care and pain management. Right now, we’re optimistic he’ll make a full recovery. Please help us to continue to afford his medical care and to continue to get that kind of care for animals in need.

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