Topaz arrived to us the other evening in terrible condition from another ER. He was passed around between family members, became ill and was brought to an ER in MA for euthanasia. The staff there called to see if we could please take him in. We reaching out to you to see if you can please help us with him. On ultrasound exam it was found that Topaz had many stones blocking his bile duct. This was causing him to be very yellow and sick. Dr. Gordon was contacted yesterday and arrived early this morning wearing her flowing yellow cape with the letter 'S' (for surgeon) and quickly got to work. She removed 7 stones! Topaz received a blood transfusion from our hospital cat Pilgrim (she was abandoned at our facility Thanksgiving day about 5 years ago!) and is in ICU now. We have our fingers crossed for him. He's a lovely boy.
Larry presented to the ER (for the 3rd time) for urinary obstruction due to stones. In simple terms, he could not pee. To be quite honest, we were very surprised that Larry was still alive having been taken out of the ER 2 months ago while having almost complete urinary obstruction. Last evening Larry was taken to surgery to relieve the obstruction and remove the stones. Unfortunately Larry's kidney values were too high to register. We are hopeful that this is a temporary issue related to the blockage.
Trippy is a new addition. She presented from another clinic. We don't really know her story other than her elbow was broken about 3 days prior to coming to us. She is estimated to be about 3 1/2 months old. She has a stubby tail and a beautiful face. Dr. Gordon was away (one of the veterinarians at the Iditarod!) and boy were we lucky to have her help us. She arrived home last evening and leaves again tomorrow. Tired and jet-lagged she arrived here this morning to repair little Trippy. The pieces of the elbow were gently put back together and held in place with a screw and a pin.
Trippy will begin physical therapy on the elbow with gentle manipulation in about 3 days (initially under anesthesia) and will remain with All Better Pets for about 1 month until ready for adoption.
Thank you all for helping these pets. They had no options prior to coming to us.
All Better Pets as many of you know helps pets in their 11th hour. All of the pets we care for have no one to care for them due to various circumstances. While we make every attempt to keep pets with the people that love them, many simply do not want the stress of a pet that could have a long recovery.
We generally do not ask for assistance for pets that are living in a home. However, there are some circumstances that we feel reaching out for help is the right thing to do.
Honey Pot came through the ER today. Her uterus was infected and her owner thought euthanasia was the only option. She was surrendered and taken immediately to surgery. Honey Pot is recovering this evening.
We learned this evening more about the family's situation and are asking for some assistance for them. Regardless of funds, AVC will get Honey Pot home, but would you consider helping us defray the cost? Below is the letter we received.
I am emailing you asking for any possible assistance you can give.
My Wife and children took our dog (Honey Pot) to the Manchester location. After being seen it was determined that she needed surgery.
Currently I am deployed with the Army and away from my family. We have had Honey Pot for over 11 years. My children grew up with, and love Honey Pot more than you can imagine, and I know Honey Pot loves them. Honey Pot also has another companion Dog named Radar that already misses here more than anything. Since I have been deployed there has been a myriad of bad events that has made this a specifically hard for my wife to deal with. Since I have been gone there have been many issues with the Army pay system which resulted in me not getting for a long time and still hasn’t been resolved. We have been attempting to make ends meet and can’t do much more than that. My wife also just learned that I may be unable to see her or my children for another year because of our mission and the changes that have happened with it. The bottom line is we just couldn’t pay to get this done and cannot afford to be more in debt.
I completely understand your policy and appreciate the fact that you are able to complete the surgery and give Honey Pot up for adoption so that she can live.
I can assure you there is no other house or family Honey Pot would want to be in except our home, and with my family. My children and wife are going through an enormously tough time with me being gone. My wife is doing the best job she can to make ends meet but it is very difficult being a stay at home mother with no help what so ever. Honey Pot is one of the best things that happened to our family. She loves our kids and us, and we all love her.
I am not attempting to justify our actions or my work. We made the choice to accept this life with the understanding I would be deployed. But I am hoping that there is some way, or maybe some sort of grant that would cover this surgery so that at least while I am gone my wife and children at least have the comfort of having their Honey Pot there for them while I am away.
I can promise you if there is a way for your organization to help us in this time of need you will have a huge impact not only on Honey Pot, but also my wife, and children.They have done nothing but cry since they left her. I would be forever in your debt.
I understand that your organization has policies. And it is what it is. But I would ask that you at least consider helping us out so she can be in the home she belongs to.
Thank you for taking the time to read this message.
If there is anything you can do to help get Honey Pot back to her home with her family I would make a difference that I could not ever explain.
LT Tom Hossfeld
3-197 Field Artillery Regiment
We have had some serious surrenders in the last few weeks. We tried every angle to keep these pets with their owners, but this was not an option. Juno is the kitty with a badly infected uterus which had broken open into her abdomen. There is a photo of her below sporting this spring's fashion with tunic and feeding tube (discreetly placed and barely visible just behind her head). The other kitty, CJ, had 17 openings in the intestine from a string. The string was removed and the openings closed. A second surgery was required as all 17 areas of leakage had opened due to bacteria ... along with an additional 3 bringing the total areas of leaking to 20! The second surgery is holding. CJ also has a feeding tube. He is finally doing great. Both are amazing and fantastic cats. We are so grateful to be giving them a second chance. We have 2 other kitties. One that is still critical. Presented with a body temperature of 92 degree due to prolonged urinary obstruction. The other was a bladder issue in a female. All are slowly on the mend. Including little Tulip, the adorable Maltipoo who now weighs almost 3 lbs. Thank you everyone. Because of growing support, we are enjoying the benefit of more volunteers! Volunteers are so vital to what we do. We do not budget for payroll. Any funding goes 100% to care.
Ginger is now healed and ready to find her home. Ginger was brought to us from another veterinary clinic with a badly broken femur (thigh bone). Dr. Gordon did a fantastic job putting her back together. This is just another beautiful pet that all of you have helped. We are so grateful.
We did not want to post graphic photos, but sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Your support is doing amazing work. We continue to be small. No big directors. No long meetings to make decisions. Just ready for whatever comes our way and ready to help where help is needed .... just like out supporters. Thank you.
Boy do we need a little help right now. We have been swamped in the ER with little time to get word out. Currently for surrenders we have a beautiful 2 year old pittbull with seizures, a 4 year old pittbull with parvo, a sweet Jack Russell Terrier that was attacked by her housemate (large dog) for the second time and had most of the skin detached from her back, 10 five week old puppies with signs similar to parvo. Thank you all for being there with us. We are not a big organization with big donors. We are a crew of volunteers trying to prevent unnecessary euthanasia and we ARE doing this thanks to all of you. We are the hands and YOU are the body (of compassionate animal lovers).
Ginger is about 1 years old. We received a call from another clinic to see if we could take her. She had a badly fractured thigh bone and likely blunt trauma to her liver due to a very high fall. We agreed to take her immediately and surgery was done yesterday to repair the fracture. Ginger is doing very well. We would like to thank Dr. Gordon who discounted the surgery for us!
Here is little Rosebud enjoying some playtime just 5 weeks after surgery. She does not seem to have any residual discomfort. Thank you everyone for your support and Dr. Gordon for your experienced, delicate hands!
Thank you for supporting us. We feel that we can help many very nice pets with serious but treatable conditions. You can follow Rosebud at http://allbetterpets.org/blog/ but we thought you would also enjoy a video of her today!
Rosebud did great through surgery. Her recovery will take a few weeks but she will now have a chance to live a normal life. Thank you everyone for your help to allow us to take on these cases regularly. It gives all of us such great joy to do this ... but it would not be possible without the help from all of the wonderful animal lovers!
Thank you to everyone that follows us, supports us and keeps us going. We frequently get requests to help a pet in the 11th hour ... and thanks to you all we can always say yes. This evening we received a call from an ER in Massachusetts. A chihuahua mom had been in labor for 12 hours and gave birth to a dead puppy while at the ER. Although sad, these pets are usually euthanized when there is no one to take over financial responsibility for them. We agreed to perform an emergency C-section. All babies were dead ... except for one. Mom is doing well. Comfort at last ...this picture says it all.
We thought you may enjoy a snapshot of what life is normally like for Rosebud. Here's a picture of her being pampered after finger painting in her pooh! She was pretty excited about the finger painting ... but not the bath ...
Rosebud is now 6 lbs and big enough for surgery to repair her heart defect. She came to ABP a few months ago with parvo virus. At that time she weighed 3 lbs. She will go to a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday and have surgery with Dr. Gordon at AVC on Thursday the 9th. Please keep her in your prayers!
We have a new pet in need. Meet Jimmy (although we found the 'he' to be a 'she'). She was brought to us by someone that found her on a farm. Her eye is pretty gruesome so we have covered it with a little heart :o). Jimmy is about 6 weeks old. She will have surgery soon to remove the eye.
Patti is doing great and being fostered by a chihuahua and an 11 yr old girl.
Rosebud is beautiful, sweet, precious. She will have heart surgery in about 1 month (we need her to get a little bigger).
Rosebud is doing amazing! She will not keep her IV catheter in ... so it's time to stop those IV fluids! She is bouncing all over the place. Below is a picture of lovely nurse Sarah. These babies are so lucky to have her.
We will schedule her heart surgery most likely in about 1 month and post pictures of her again around that time.
Help Rosebud! Last evening we received a call. A gentleman had adopted a 10 week old puppy from the south just 4 days prior. She became ill and he took her to the veterinarian where she was promptly diagnosed with parvo (a deadly virus) and a heart condition called PDA (patent ductus arteriosis). He called many places looking for them to take her in. All Better Pets didn't hesitate. She is now in our care. The next 5 days will be most critical. If she survives then surgery on her heart will be scheduled in about 1 month. We hope to raise $900 to cover some of the costs for this little puppy. Both of her conditions are highly treatable. We want to give her a chance. What do you think?
We want to be clear. All Better Pets cares for pets without owners. As sad as this sounds, we are a pet's last option in most cases. As there are non-profits out there that provide medical care to pets with owners, these non-profits eventually run out of funds as there are just too many pet owners looking to have someone else pay for their pet's care. We want to remain financially viable AND be able to continue being a pet's advocate when it has none.
All of the pets that come through All Better Pets eventually find homes with people willing to care for their needs lifelong. Most of these pet owners prepare for their pet, either with the purchase of insurance or by putting funds aside for the pet.
We do look for options though, for someone very committed to a sick pet and finding themselves in serious need. Sometimes we are successful in helping them and sometimes we are not. But we really try very hard.
We hope that all of you understand the heaviness that these pets and people put on our hearts. We will continue to be creative in our solutions.
Last evening we received a call from an ER in Massachusetts. A pregnant chihuahua gave birth to 2 live puppies and a stillborn a few days prior but one dead puppy was still inside. The dead puppy had remained inside the mom for 3 days. By the time she presented she was extremely sick. The veterinarian asked if we would take her in and perform surgery late last night. Because of the tremendous ongoing support that we receive we felt comfortable saying 'Absolutely.' The doctor was kind enough to transport the mom and pups. Attempts were made to remove the pup without surgery as mom clearly would not be able to survive. Sadly mom died soon after the pup was removed.
The picture below does not completely do justice for Gabbi (a surrendered Siamese with her own medical issues). She immediately wanted to cuddle the new babies. They are inseparable! It's just beautiful. The pups love the closeness and feeling of protection.
Thank you everyone for your tremendous support. This would be overwhelming to do alone. Little Pedro is a fantastic example of what can be done. As you remember, he could not keep his blood sugar up, was in and out of an ER in Massachusetts. His owner was generous enough to drive him to NH and allow us to try and help him. After supportive care and diagnostics, we finally discovered that Pedro has atypical Addison's, a condition where his adrenal glands do not work properly. It is a very treatable. President John F. Kennedy had Addison's. Although we do not believe that Pedro will ever be president, we do feel he will be just fine! Bless all of you. This is such a rare condition in such a young pup.
Meet Pedro. He is about 4-5 months old. He was transported from another ER as a surrender. He cannot keep his blood sugar up and we are working through the possible causes for this. Hopefully we will be able to find something treatable. He is a very sweet little boy!
Thank you all for your support. We wanted to post another short story of how pets without anyone to care for them get the care they need because of YOU. Dan was one of our puppies that we recently adopted. His new owners were so excited to take him. After being in his new home for only 2 hours, he sustained an injury likely from jumping off of the stairs. We immediately offered re-surrender to be sure that he received the care he needed. We recognized the fact that few people would be willing to commit financially to a pet they hardly knew ... who can blame them. Not us. We completely understand. But Dan needs us and YOU. Here is his video from this morning. It breaks our hearts but we believe that there are many out there willing to lend a little helping hand.
Please share! Here's a little slideshow of current All Better Pets. We have additional pets that are still too injured to post as they are not prepared to leave the ER. Thank you everyone. We could not continue without you. Your support is life-saving.
Meet beautiful Gwen Stacy! She was hit by a car and brought in by good Samaritans about 14 days ago. Gwen's pelvis was broken, she could not walk and her condition was initially uncertain. She has since started to stand a little on her own. When she was stable enough for sedation a few days ago, we shaved her terribly matted coat which covered her entire body including her legs. Some of her skin over her belly is beginning to slough but we feel that this can be managed.
Tomorrow she will undergo surgery to remove the dying skin over the right side of her abdomen. Will promise to manage her pain!
The little puggle is more comfortable as we have found a good combination of pain management. Although she has 2 fractures, we will only repair one as she is likely to heal well for the pelvic fracture based on her age and the good positioning of the injury. Surgery will be planned in 2-3 weeks with a visiting surgeon to allow her time to heal the pelvic injury first. We are grateful to everyone for helping us give her a second chance.
Thank you for your ongoing support. Your donations help us care for pets needing emergency treatment that have no one to care for them. A 1 year old Puggle presented this morning with multiple fractures. She will be scheduled for surgery soon. We want to share these cases with you so that you can be here with us!
We are currently raising money outside of our medical care fund for an outdoor fenced-in play area for dogs waiting to be adopted. If you would like to donate to our Freedom Frolic Fun(d), please click here
Molly brought many blessings to our 'accidental shelter.' For over 5 years we have been caring for abandoned and neglected pets with support from volunteers. The money recently raised has made our burden light in caring for other pets. We feel equipped to take on the many challenges coming our way. Just in the past 6 days we have performed 3 surgeries in the ER on abandoned pets (C-section, bladder surgery, removal of an infected uterus) and treated 2 others for other conditions (hit by car, respiratory emergency). All are doing well and we are so thankful to the public for their support in allowing us to focus on the needs of these pets. If you would like to follow the progress of pets in the ER please visit our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/All-Better-Pets/123261024490289
We have reached our goal! Thank you everyone for your support for Molly! She is doing great. Surgery is scheduled for Saturday. We anticipate she will need about 2 weeks in the hospital to recover.
All Better Pets has nothing in reserve. In the past, the shelter has been funded by Dr. Kelloway and volunteers have generously given of their time (walking, feeding, bathing, nursing care). The shelter is extremely careful with how it uses any funds. If you would like to give additional donations these will be put toward the shelter fund in anticipation that another pet will come through the emergency room with only 1 option ... euthanasia. While we do not believe in unnecessary suffering, we will never refuse to care for an abandoned pet in need. This is not possible without the wonderful support from all of you (financial, emotional, physical, spiritual!).
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