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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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Jonesy is a sweet mama cat that has been dealing with some serious tooth issues!

Jonesy was found abandoned with her kittens, struggling and foraging just to stay alive. Luckily, we got to them in time and Jonesy and kittens have all thrived in our care.

Unfortunately, living off the land took a toll on Jonesy’s mouth. Her vet tells us that one of her teeth is dead and needs to be extracted entirely! Will you help us save this poor girl’s mouth?

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Fern was recently rescued from a horrible hoarding case in Puerto Rico. She is incredibly fearful and cannot be handled or touched. We know she is scared, but she’s in pain too.

Fern was neglected by her previous owner. Her mouth is full of terrible, rotting teeth that must be causing her pain! Imagine how miserable she must feel–how hard hard it must be to eat, or even groom herself.

With the right treatment we can alleviate Fern’s pain. Help up show Fern that not all people are bad–help us take care of those terrible teeth!

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Marigold was recently rescued from a horrible hoarding case in Puerto Rico. She is incredibly fearful and cannot be handled or touched. She is scared and in pain.

Marigold is in desperate need of dental care. Dirty teeth are no joke! The pain and physical discomfort makes it hard for dogs to eat or groom themselves. Dirty mouth lead to rotting teeth, which leads sad, sore, and miserable pups.

But with the right treatment we can alleviate Marigold’s pain. Help up show Iris that not all people are bad–help us take care of those terrible teeth!

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Iris was recently rescued from a horrible hoarding case in Puerto Rico. She is incredibly fearful and cannot be handled or touched. We know she is scared, but she’s in pain too.

Iris is in desperate need of dental care. Dirty mouths and rotting teeth are painful! The physical discomfort makes it hard for dogs to eat or groom themselves. They’re just miserable.

But with the right treatment we can alleviate Iris’ pain as we continue to socialize her to people. Help up show Iris that not all people are bad–help us take care of those terrible teeth!

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Prince was recently rescued from a horrible hoarding case in Puerto Rico. He is incredibly fearful and cannot be handled or touched. And to make matters worse, his teeth are in such bad shape that they’re literally falling out of his head!

Rotting teeth can be painful! It makes it harder for dogs to eat and groom themselves. But with the right dental care we can alleviate Prince’s pain as we continue to socialize him to people.

Help up show Prince that not all people are bad–help us take care of those terrible teeth!

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Sweet, sassy Cuddles came to Homeward Trails from an unsafe home where she had been abused. She is deaf, and has a permanent leg injury. And to top it all off, we just learned that she has a mouth full of rotting teeth.

Cuddles is recovering from the emotional trauma of abuse and abandonment. But given the state of her teeth, she must be in physical pain as well!

No more, we say. Cuddles deserves to live a life free from pain. Will you help us provide the dental care she needs?

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Tiggy was sad and alone in a rural shelter. We jumped at the chance to rescue him, bring him to Homeward Trails, and give him a shot at the life he deserves.

Little did we know, but Tiggy has been dealing with so much more than we could have guessed.

Tiggy is unable to eat. He is drooling constantly. His vet has diagnosed him with stomatitis.

Stomatitis is a painful, often debilitating, chronic condition resulting from severe inflammation of the mouth tissues. This autoimmune condition means his gums are attacking the plaque on his teeth and the only solution is to remove all of his teeth ASAP.

Who knows how long Tiggy has been suffering! With your help, we can get him the surgery he needs to end his pain at long last.

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Sweet Feather should be spending her senior years being pampered. With soft beds to snooze on. And endless supplies of treats.

Instead, she’s in a concrete dog run at a rural shelter. She has fur loss over most of her body, likely due to a flea allergy. But you can see how irritated her sensitive skin is. On top of that, her teeth are horrible. She needs a dental ASAP so she can get some relief from what has to be pain every time she eats.

We don’t think the shelter should be the end of her story. We want to bring her to Homeward Trails where she can blossom and enjoy some pampering. Please help with her medical costs so we can say yes to Feather!

UPDATE! 9/16/2020
Feather is thankful for all the support she has received so far! She made it out of the shelter and is now with the Homeward Trails team. But she’s not out of the woods just yet. Feather really needs a dental to alleviate the constant pain and discomfort in her mouth. Dental procedures can be pricey, but they’re so important to protect an animals overall health and wellness.

What do you say? Will you help us make Feather smile?

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Piro is going blind. Without treatment, he will lose his eyesight entirely. But his vets tell us there is something we can do to help.

Homeward Trails rescued Piro from a shabby shelter in Puerto Rico, where he’d been abandoned by his owners due to his looks and his age. When he arrived at our Adoption Center, his coat was dirty. His skin had lesions and there were patches of fur missing. With the support of the Homeward Trails team and his incredible foster, Piro is finally starting to heal. But his eyesight continues to rapidly decline.

We are doing everything we can to give Piro the life he always deserved! There is a surgery available to save his sight, but it comes with a big price tag.

When the right forever family comes his way at long last, we want Piro to be able to see their loving faces. Will you help us save Piro’s eyesight?

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We had hoped Angel’s days of struggle were left behind once he caught a ride from Puerto Rico to the mainland. But it seems he has yet another obstacle to overcome–Angel tested positive for heartworm!

Heartworm is a deadly, but treatable disease. Unfortunately, that cure comes with a big price tag. Can Angel count on your support?

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Chula has survived so much. She was a stray in Puerto Rico, scrounging for scraps. She struggled every day, and somehow managed well enough to carry her puppies and deliver them safely. She is fighter, who survived long enough to be rescued and transported safely to Homeward Trails. Now this mama is struggling again–with heartworm.

We have the ability to treat Chula’s heartworm. We can get her healthy, and make sure she never goes cold or hungry again. But we need your help! Heartworm treatments are expensive. Can we count on your support?

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We knew sweet little Love had heartworm before she left Puerto Rico. Now that she’s here, it’s critical that we begin treatments right away.

Heartworm can be devastating. But it can also be treated. We have to act quickly, but the treatment isn’t cheap. With your support we know we can get Love feeling her best and ready for a forever home where someone can love her as much as she loves them.

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Terry had just been rescued from a shelter. It was supposed to be a day filled with hope and happiness. But when the Homeward Trails team went to get Terry out of his carrier, he was covered in blood.

He had been recently neutered. At some point during his transport, we suspect that a hematoma burst leaving him bleeding and in pain. He had lost so much blood. Too much blood. We needed to get him into surgery immediately.

The emergency vets jumped into action, but none of us were sure he would pull through.

Gratefully, we were able to rescue Terry from the brink of death and repair the damage. He is now recovering from this harrowing, traumatic experience at our Adoption Center.

We are thankful to the vet team for their excellent care, but it comes at a steep price. Can you help us cover the cost of Terry’s surgery and recovery?

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When you’re a kitten, gaining weight is everything. Every ounce matters. Each pound is a milestone waiting to be passed. Unfortunately, little Susie hasn’t been gaining the weight she needs to thrive. At 5 months old, she weighs about the same as a 3 month old! Susie has had chronic diarrhea and we aren’t sure why. It could be anything from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to lymphoma (cancer).

Susie needs an ultrasound to diagnose her condition and the right course of treatments to help her on her way.

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Tootsie and Hamilton are fighting for their lives. They have pneumonia – which can be very deadly, especially due to their age. Tootsie is just over 2 months old and Hamilton is only a month old. They are hospitalized receiving medication and supportive care as we hope they can beat this.

One of Tootsie’s lungs is almost completely full of fluids and Hamilton has been brought back from the brink of death. The vet said he was minutes away from dying as he struggled to breath and they rushed to stabilize him.

These two little ones are showing a ton of grit, but this kind of care comes at a very steep price for a rescue hard hit with other medical costs right now. Please help us as we continue to provide Tootsie and Hamilton all the care they need.

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When Baby Girl entered the shelter, they thought she was suffering from chemical burns that needed time to heal. She’s spent almost every day since with her body wrapped in a bandage to keep from ripping her skin off. Even in the areas she can’t reach, she has open sores that tax her body and sag her spirits.

At this point, she needs to see the dermatologist because it’s believed to be allergy related. That’s why her skin isn’t improving and in some places is getting worse. The sooner we can get her checked out, hopefully we can start to ease her suffering.

UPDATE 8/31/2020:
We had an appointment scheduled for mid-September for her dermatologist appointment. But Baby Girl had a few rough days and the dermatologist had a cancelation and squeezed her in.

The damage under the bandage was worse than we thought. She had to have her skin lasered to get rid of some dead and decaying skin. We need to treat her aggressively to ward off infection and give her relief.

She has been rolling around, trying to get her bandages off. She’s clearly in pain. While we’re giving her medicine for that, we want to get her fixed up so this is a thing of the past for her.

Because she’s required more treatment than we initially expected, we’ve increased her goal.

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Ant came to us when the owner of the property she was living on called for help. She had several cats who needed help, but something was clearly wrong with this small kitten. A fraction of the size of her siblings, she was only 12 ounces when we scooped her up and took her straight to the vet. She was full of worms, but the bigger problem was she was urinating blood. She wasn’t going to make it much longer if the cause wasn’t found. X-rays revealed one of the largest bladder stones the vet had ever seen.

But only at 12 ounces, she was much too small and sick to undergo surgery to remove it. We thought she was a fighter, but this is when she needed to show all of the grit she could. The best course of action was to wait for her to get stronger and gain weight, making surgery an option for her tiny little body.

She’s a mighty little kitten who has been fighting for all she’s worth. Things were going well, she had gained a little weight and hit 1 pound. But then she crashed. She had to have emergency surgery to remove the stone that filled her entire bladder. It was stretching the walls of her bladder and it needed to come out before her body couldn’t fight anymore.

Ant has likely never known a day without pain in her short life, but she keeps marching. She made it through surgery and the stone was removed. But she’s not out of the woods. She continues to struggle and fight to hit milestones. Ant will continue to show us how strong she is and we need to help support her.

She will need continued care and support if she’s going to make it through this fight.

UPDATE 8/31/2020:
Ant continues to recover from her surgery. She’s had some good days and bad days as she recovers from major abdominal surgery. She wasn’t eating as much as we needed her to and her little body was struggling to recover from the surgery. But she’s been discharged from the vet after a lengthy stay.

While she may be back in her foster home, she still needs care to ensure she continues to recover and have more and more good days. Ant’s not out of the woods yet. She’s a strong little kitten, but she needs all of us.

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Ronny is a 5 year old ChiChi (Chihuahua and Chinese Crested mix) with some aching, painful teeth. The vet determined that Ronny has dental disease and recommended a procedure to get him feeling his best before he heads off to his forever home.

He is the sweetest, happiest and most affectionate boy but his teeth are causing some BIG problems. Can you help us save his chompers?

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Senior dogs can have a tough time in the rescue world. Most rescues overlook them, afraid to take on the extra expense of an older pup. When Homeward Trails first found Joan, she was in pretty bad shape. It was clear she had a skin infection and cloudy vision. Other groups had already passed on helping her, but Homeward Trails refused to let her go.

Visits to the veterinarian found that she does indeed have a skin infection, as well as an ear infection. But what was truly causing her the most pain were her rotted teeth!

Homeward Trails rushed to schedule Joan’s surgery and remove the infected, painful teeth. She is starting to feel better, but will need ongoing treatments and care to manage her skin condition and other issues. With your help, and lots of love, we are confident that she will be a healthy senior gal in no time!

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Maybelline was surrendered by her owner to a shelter. She was scared and alone. With the generous support of our community, Homeward Trails was able to pull her from that environment and get her into a comfortable foster home.

Now she needs our help again! Maybelline is loving life with her foster, but is living with pain due to years of neglect. She is in desperate need of a dental procedure to alleviate her discomfort and get her ready for a forever home.

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This poor girl was left broken and in pain after being hit by a car. When her owners found her, they knew they couldn’t afford her medical care but didn’t want to euthanize her. They surrendered her to their local shelter so she could get the help she needed.

When she came to the shelter, Liza was in very bad shape. She narrowly avoided having her leg amputated, undergoing surgery to pin her leg in hopes that it will heal correctly.

Liza will have ongoing vet visits to replace the splints, x-rays to track her progress, medications to manage her pain, and more. Homeward Trails wants to do all we can to keep her healthy and comfortable while she gets back on (all four!) feet.

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We need to act quickly on this one – King has developed what appears to be a tumor on one of his toes. The vet believes it’s cancer and we need to amputate the toe and tumor before it starts spreading. In addition to the risk to his health, he’s in a great deal of pain because this gentle giant can’t walk without a major limp. Imagine not being able to walk but not having any other way around.

His sponsorship will help cover the cost of his surgery and support during his recovery, but it doesn’t come cheap, especially for a rescue with so many other animals needing help. But King is worth it, we just need your help to make it happen.

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Nora came to us from Puerto Rico with a heart full of love and, sadly, with torn carpal ligaments in her front right paw. She can only walk about five minutes on her paw before she limps badly and walks on only three legs. She has tried numerous braces and months of physical therapy with no success. Nora can’t get the exercise she needs, and she is in pain most days. It breaks our hearts to see her this way and we want to get her the help she needs!

Nora needs surgery to repair the injury and relieve the pain. It’s an expensive procedure, but the only way we can give Nora her life back. Please help!

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Poor Funyun and Frito. They were brought to our center from a rural shelter in Virginia to begin their new chapter in life. But soon after they arrived we noticed Funyun (the beagle pictured on left) wasn’t looking so good and he was getting sick. He looked sad and lethargic, so we tested him for Parvo and the poor guy tested positive. We decided to test all the dogs that came with him and Frito (beagle pictured on right), who also came from the same shelter tested positive as well. They have been through so much already, it pains us that they are now sick with a serious virus. Even though they must be feeling incredibly ill, they wagged their tails for staff a few times after arriving. They are seriously the sweetest little beagles and don’t deserve this.

Parvo is a highly contagious and deadly virus so we immediately sent them to a hospital to begin treatment and where they could be watched closely. The treatment for Parvo is very expensive and we need to raise the funds to ensure they have the best fighting chance. They are extremely sweet dogs who we want to give the best chance at finding new loving homes, but first we need to get them healthy. Will you please consider contributing to their fight?

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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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