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Fighting for Their Lives

$9,577 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 185 people in 2 months
Meet Shiitake.

She is one of five puppies (all named for mushrooms) who were transferred to Animal Friends from a West Virginia shelter that was simply out of resources … and the puppies were out of time.

Soon after arriving – one by one – these little pups began exhibiting symptoms of the lethal parvovirus (…despite receiving vaccinations against it!).

Our Medical and Animal Care teams jumped into action, working non-stop – 24/7 – trying to save these sweet souls. Because the virus was ravaging their little bodies, we then sent them along for high-level emergency care at the local specialty vet hospital.

We were not going to give up on them.

Tragically, despite all efforts, two of the puppies – Button and Cremini – simply couldn’t fight off the virus.

But the other three – Shitake, Portobello and Morel – are hanging in there, but still fighting.

And, we are fighting right along with them.

We have incurred bills in the amount of $34,986 for their specialty care and we aren’t done yet. 

Please, donate what you can and continue this lifesaving fight. They are certainly worth it.


You can be confident in donating to Animal Friends. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit with a consecutive 10-year, four-star rating from Charity Navigator.
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Morel and Shiitake have settled right into their foster home! They'll spend some time gaining weight, building up their strength and enjoying some much-needed socialization time before they find their way back to Animal Friends.

Their foster mom is keeping a very close eye on them as they continue to progress on their long road to recovery.
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Great news! Portobello, the first of the Mushroom puppies to undergo her spay surgery, found her home over the weekend!

Although Portobello was adopted by her new family, her sisters Morel and Shiitake have some important recovering to do. Morel is still very underweight and needs to build up some strength before she can be spayed. Shiitake, although not as thin as Morel, still has some growing to do, too. These two have been taken in by a loving foster family where they will build their socialization skills while they receive all the support (and love!) they need.

Morel and Shiitake aren’t quite out of the woods just yet, but we’ll be sure to keep an extra-close eye on them as they continue to get stronger. But, please, without your help we wouldn’t be able to continue this lifesaving work. Please, give now.
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Since returning to Animal Friends earlier this week, our three brave mushroom puppies, Morel, Shiitake and Portobello, have taken some great strides toward a clean bill of health.

The strongest of the group, Portobello underwent her spay surgery on Tuesday. But, we noticed that Shiitake is still building up her strength and Morel is working to regain her appetite. These two will be spending some time under the watchful eye of a foster family where they will receive around-the-clock care as they continue to grow.

Until they're ready to find their loving homes, these courageous pups will continue to receive all the love they need and the best care imaginable.

They've come so far, but they still need your help. Please give.
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We’ve had a homecoming … of sorts! Shiitake, Portobello and Morel – after nearly two weeks in critical care – have finally tested negative for parvo.

We were thrilled to welcome them back into our arms here at Animal Friends. Their health is still fragile and they are still fairly weak so our vet is keeping an ever-watchful eye on their progress.

Please continue to pull for them! They aren’t out of the woods yet but we’re getting them there … with your help!
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$9,577 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 185 people in 2 months
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