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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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Poor 7 month old kitten, Grayson, has ongoing health issues that have prompted several trips to the vet for medical care over the past few weeks. Initially, he had a persistent very high temperature that took several rounds of IV fluid and antibiotic treatment during in patient vet visits to combat. Just when we thought he was in the clear and on the road back to health, he started having difficulty breathing so he was rushed to the vet again and is in an oxygen tent to help provide comfort and facilitate breathing. This sweet boy is such a happy and friendly kitten, even when he is unwell, and we want to give him his best chance of recovery. Please consider a donation for Grayson today to help cover his ongoing medical costs.

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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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Gracie arrived to Homeward Trails from a rural shelter with a litter of 3 kittens. This sweet mom was experiencing gastrointestinal issues that prompted us to seek veterinary care to ensure there were no life threatening issues. She needed x-rays, urinalysis, and other treatment to rule out intestinal blockage or infection. She also had to be put on a special prescription diet to help resolve her digestive issues so that she would not become too weak and dehydrated to care for her kittens. She is on the mend, but we need sponsorship to help cover her medical bills. Please consider a donation for Gracie today.

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Stevie’s life was turned upside-down when her dad passed away, and now her health is in a critical state.

Stevie has to have an emergency dental for sores in her mouth and to remove five teeth. Due to pain and stress, she isn’t eating, either, and is currently staying at the vet for observation and care.

Why the initial stress? Stevie just suffered a life-changing event. Her dad had a soft spot for cats. Any that found their way to his home was taken in and cared for. Sadly, her dad suffered an accidental traumatic brain injury at work and did not make it.

Family friends stepped in, traveling almost two hours to stop by and care for his cats until they contacted us. Homeward Trails stepped in to rescue all of his loving cats that were sadly left without their dad unexpectedly in this traumatic turn of events.

Now in our care, Stevie is having a hard time adjusting, and we found unexpected dental issues. We are hoping to get her out of pain and eating again. The dental procedure will help greatly, but we need the funds to make it happen.

Stevie has been through so much, and we will NOT give up on her! Please consider donating to Stevie’s medical costs, so we can get her healthy and happy again.

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Halloween is an active, fun-loving and friendly 4-month-old kitten who seems like she doesn’t have a care in the world. And she really shouldn’t.

Unfortunately, an x-ray revealed that her liver is enlarged. Now, we need to discover why. Halloween will need bloodwork and an ultrasound, both expensive.

For us to help her, we need your help. Please consider making a contribution so we can get this sweet, affectionate kitten the medical care she needs.

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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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