Meet Chubbs! He is the most adorable, fat kitty that we have ever met. His owner lost his home and was living in a car. Chubbs had a long term condition called megacolon that could not be managed. Sadly because of his owner's situation, Chubbs was left to die in a friend's basement. The owner called us for weeks asking for help with his dying kitty. For weeks we offered to take him in, most likely for euthanasia to end his suffering.
When he arrived to us, he had lost 9 lbs (a whole cat!) and weighed in at a mere 27.7 lbs. He was in such a sad state. Still sweet, but quiet very uncomfortable and unable to walk.
After a few moments of thought and trying to decide what would be best for Chubbs, we made the decision to take him straight to surgery and give him a chance. That evening, he underwent a radical surgery to remove the diseased colon. For the next 4 weeks, it was not a pretty sight as the body learned to adapt. To put it politely, Chubbs could never be too far from his litterbox.
Today, he is doing so well. His personality is incredibly sweet. He is able to walk and has even a 'light' step when it's dinner time. Enjoy this video of him getting his daily weigh-in!
Thank you for all of your support to these dear creatures.
Moonshine presented to us through the ER; pregnant with a broken leg and left in an apartment for an unknown period of time as the people had moved. She smelled very heavy of cigarette smoke. Her blood work showed dehydration incompatible with life! However, her babies were determined to still be alive on ultrasound and likely about 45 days old. This small video is not very exciting. She was tremoring due to very high levels of potassium as a result of dehydration but otherwise showing no movement. We hope to show you improvement over the next 72 hours. Thank you for helping us help pets like Moonshine.
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.