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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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Hobbie, a senior tabby cat, is suffering from health issues and is severely overdue for a vet appointment.

What happened? Once upon a time, Hobbie lived with three other cat siblings and two loving parents. As time passed, grief stuck this family. A very loving couple played the role of Hobbie’s humans, providing him a forever home when they adopted Hobbie from Homeward Trails back in 2011. The wife recently passed away, and her passing has been hard on both the husband and their cats.

Hobbie is returning to us at Homeward Trails to find a new forever home, but we need to get him to the vet ASAP! He is overdue for a physical exam, must get a urinalysis, needs a dental exam, and more. We’re expecting some immediate medical costs and really need your help!

With Hobbie’s human mom passing, we know he must be sad. Please help us cover his vet costs, so we can support Hobbie in getting healthy and finding love again.

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Little Spike came to Homeward Trails from Fayette with his 4 siblings, all scruffy terrier mixes at about 8 weeks old. Unfortunately, his foster noticed that his right eye was always tearing as if it was irritated. Spike was diagnosed with Entropion — a genetic condition in which a portion of the eyelid is inverted or folded inward. This means that poor little Spike is in a lot of discomfort because any little hair or eyelash will irritate and scratch the surface of the eye. This condition also leaves him susceptible to chronic eye infections, which wear away at the eyes over time. Thankfully, there is a quick fix – surgery! Let’s get Spike the treatment he needs so he can see 20/20 soon!

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Margaret is a fighter. She was rescued from a rural shelter that planned to euthanize her the following day due to skin issues. They begged for help and she would not be here today if we didn’t say “yes.” We’ve already spent thousands of dollars taking care of her skin, but she is worth it and her first round of fundraising made it all possible. Sadly, Margaret has developed large polyps in her ears that are causing nasty ongoing ear infections and might be cancerous. The surgery needed to remove them is called a total ear canal ablation and it basically removed her entire ear canal to cut down the risk of malignant tumors spreading through her body. But, it’s an extremely delicate surgery that requires a specialists’ hand. The good news, this is likely the last step on her long road to recovery.

We cannot save Margret’s life without your help – and this girl really deserves that chance to thrive since she’s fighting right along with us!

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Sally is a very sweet girl who came to us with a urinary problem that we are trying to figure out how to fix. She has already had a number of diagnostics – X-ray, blood work, and ultrasound. Unfortunately, those all add up quickly. The vets are leaning towards diagnosing an issue with her kidneys. These kinds of issues are always hard to diagnose because they’re not easy to see with the blind eye. Please help us replenish our emergency funds and get Sally the answers she deserves!

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Kitty Daphne has a health problem mystery. This lovely young adult started peeing outside of her litterbox. We discovered that the gritty looking substance in her urine is bits of bladder cells. We think that Daphne is suffering from inflammation of her urinary tract. She underwent testing and has been put on prednisone which seems to be helping. Her urine has cleared up somewhat and we are hoping for continued improvement. She still needs regular check ups and blood work. Our fingers are crossed that she will continue to improve. For now she remains under vet care. Please make a donation toward this medical fund so we can help this girl get well.

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Perseus is a sweet kitty who came to Homeward Trails from a rural shelter. Shortly after arriving to the cat café, Perseus suffered a seizure, possibly due to the overexcitement of the new environment with so many cats and people. He was rushed to the animal hospital for emergency care. It was assessed that he had an elevated temperature and blood pressure which likely led to the seizure. He is on the mend and has suffered no other seizures since the one episode but he does have a vet bill of $300. Please help us cover his vet bill so we can help other deserving kitties like Perseus who are in need.

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Calina is a sweet kitty who came to Homeward Trails from a rural shelter. During an adoption event she went into distress and was rushed to the animal hospital for emergency care. She was diagnosed with pulmonary edema and given life saving treatment as an inpatient for several days which resulted in vet bills of $850. She fully recovered from her ordeal but has vetting costs that need to be covered so that we can continue to help other deserving felines in need.

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Pookie is a sweet cat who came to Homeward Trails from a rural rescue. While residing at the pet store one of the employees noticed that she was extremely lethargic and in distress. We rushed her to the animal hospital for emergency care. She was diagnosed with a dangerously high sodium level and given life saving treatment to slowly and safely reduce that level as an inpatient for several days which resulted in vet bills of $2200. She fully recovered but we still have to cover her emergency vetting costs in order to continue helping other animals in distress.

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Trudie recently came to Homeward Trails and quickly became ill. After taking her to the veterinarian to be checked up on, we found Trudie had a serious case of parvo. She has been hospitalized and is currently fighting to survive. This is very expensive and Homeward Trails can only do it with the financial support of great people like you. We need your help!

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Soon after sweet Noel came to Homeward Trails from a rural shelter, his foster noticed that he was not eating well. She tried a variety of food to entice him and even spoon fed him. Despite her best efforts, Noel would not eat so he went to the vet for an assessment. At first he was put on IV fluids and monitored. Later X-rays revealed a blockage and possible foreign object in his intestinal tract. Noel underwent exploratory surgery to remove the blockage which turned out to be a hard mass inside of him. After the surgery he spent several more days at the vet for monitoring and supportive care. He has since returned to his foster home where he is recovering and has regained his appetite and weight. Donations towards Noel’s surgery and in-patient care help us to rescue other cats in need.

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Sweet little Eve came to Homeward Trails from a rural shelter. The evening she arrived she was already showing signs of distress and we started providing her subcutaneous fluids and syringe feeding. She perked up for a while and then began to deteriorate again. When her condition worsened, she was immediately taken to a vet and given IV fluids and in patient supportive care. The vet advised that she be taken to an emergency clinic where she could be monitored around the clock. The vet costs for this kitten were unexpected. Any donations towards Eve’s care would be appreciated and help us continue to save other kittens in need.

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The Holiday Cheer Kittens were born in our care and lived their whole life in the warmth of a foster home. They suddenly became lethargic, stopped eating, and were dangerously losing weight and hydration. They visited two separate vets for assessments and treatment. They were given IV fluids and Vitamin B shots as well as overnight care. The sickest kitten of the litter had x-rays, blood tests, fecal tests, antibiotics and spent several days at the vet for supportive care. Ultimately they were placed on a prescription diet and began to gain weight and vitality again. This urgent vet care saved their lives so that they could thrive and get adopted. Please consider a donation today to help cover their vet fees.

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This beautiful 5 year old kitty, Annie, came to Homeward Trails in December 2018. Shortly after she arrived, Annie caught a kitty cold. She went to the vet and started meds but she never improved as we had hoped. She completely stopped eating and despite additional veterinary follow-ups and medication we just couldn’t get her to eat on her own. Annie kicked off the new year at an emergency vet after being diagnosed with feline hepatic lipidosis also known as fatty liver disease – when swift action isn’t taken, it’s often fatal. She has a feeding tube inserted, is on intravenous fluids/antibiotics and is being monitored 24/7. Her prognosis is good if we can raise the funds to continue this very expensive care. Please help us raise the necessary money to ensure Annie gets the medical intervention she needs to survive.

She can still get back to being a normal, cuddly kitty – but she has a long road. Through it all, she’s been a trooper. She knows we won’t give up on her and we know she’s a fighter.

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Tucker needs our help – and fast. When Tucker was rescued from a rural shelter in middle part of VA, they noticed a slight limp. The xrays only showed a hairline fracture, which we were advised would heal on its own. Once in HT’s care, Tucker was on strict crate rest. It became apparent that it wasn’t just his front leg that was injured. He was walking funny and limping on his back legs. After multiple vet visits, it is believed that Tucker has periostitis, which is severe swelling around his bones. Sometimes this is referred to as “growing pains,” and while this is a painful and difficult, he should grow out of it with time.

Unfortunately shortly after the diagnosis, Tucker’s limping became even worse. Repeated x-rays show his prognosis is worsening. The hairline fracture has healed, but his inflammation and pain increases daily – causing him extreme pain just trying to walk. He’s currently on medication to help alleviate the pain, but he needs extensive testing.

Please help us change Tucker’s life – he only stands a chance with your support!!

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Caramel was rescued just a few short days ago from a rural shelter in WV with his 3 siblings. At just a few pounds, this tiny boy needed out of the crowded shelter immediately. Thankfully we were able to save him, but shortly after arriving with us, we noticed there was something wrong. Caramel was not eating and slowly losing energy. He was also having a hard time breathing. We rushed him to the vet, where he was diagnosed with parvo AND pneumonia. Both of these ailments separately are deadly for a puppy as small as Caramel- but having both at the same time really compounded the issues. He was immediately hospitalized at an amazing emergency vet clinic, and is receiving around-the-clock care. Unfortunately the treatment to save his life is very very expensive ($1000/day). We need your help NOW so that we can pull Caramel through this. Please help us take money out of the equation while we develop a plan to save Caramel. The sad reality of rescue is that finances ARE an issue. If we can get donations, we can keep going with Caramel’s care!

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How could you forget this face? Unbelievably, Sasha and her brother were left outside to fend for themselves. Their caregiver repeatedly forgot to feed them, and both were in a terrible state- completely matted. The worst part is that they were just babies- only a few months old! What a horrible way to start life!

Unfortunately, things haven’t gotten a ton better for miss Sasha- once we got her to safety, it was quickly apparent that there was something really wrong. She could not walk properly, and her hind end kept falling out from under her (sort of like when a dog is walking on slippery floor!).
We immediately got her x-rays and an orthopedic consult- only to discover that she has some really funky things going on in her hind end.

First- Sasha’s hips are quite malformed. The orthopedist had never seen hips like this on a puppy so young. There is chance that she could grow into them normally, but only time will tell.

Also- Sasha’s knee caps are totally out of place, in both hind legs. This needs to be corrected immediately- as there is a chance with early intervention, the leg can be set in a way that allows Sasha to gain more normal function of her legs as she grows.

We are now is a total time crunch- Sasha needs knee surgery ASAP, before she grows too much in the ‘wrong’ directions!

The surgery is not cheap- to the tune of $2000.. and we really really need help, quickly!

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After barely making it out of a crowded shelter, Alexa arrived to safety with Homeward Trails late Friday night. She settled into her foster home, but a short time later, we noticed that Alexa was not acting well. She was incredibly lethargic and could barely move.. She was rushed to the emergency vet, only to be diagnosed with  the deadly disease Parvo.  Now, Alexa is fighting for her life and the bills are mounting. Parvo can often be beat, but requires intense, around the clock care at a vet clinic. This care is incredibly expensive, but we will fight for Alexa and give her this chance. Please help us, with finite resources we desperately need donations to keep going!  Parvo is always a risk when rescuing puppies from crowded, rural shelters- however when we see pups like Alexa come in, it makes the risk worth it as she would have not made it out of the shelter if this surfaced earlier.  Please help us with this daunting cost so that we can cover this bill and then continue to say yes to other babies who need us!!

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