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Veterinary Care Assistance Grant Recipients

Photos and stories of the lives that Sam's Hope has impacted through its Veterinary Care Assistance Program.


Jake, a 13 Year Old PugJake

8/10/2020 - Jake recently celebrated his 13th birthday, as well as 13 years with his beloved mama.  In 2019, Jake was diagnosed with heart issues; his mom thought she would have to put him to sleep because she just could not afford the expense of an ongoing health issue. 

But with some help from Sam’s Hope and learning how to budget for his meds, she is still enjoying her life with her beloved, snorting boy. 

Jake was seen by our partner vet for a cardiac exam, which included blood pressure, heart and respiratory rate, and a blood test.  Jake is doing remarkably well with his medications and is quite stable.  That brought smiles all around, especially to Jake’s mom.

We were also able to help with refills of all of his heart meds, which will give mom a little breathing room and time to put some money together for next month.

Take care and stay well, silly, snorting Jake!


Skye, a 13 year old Chihuahua MixSkye

7/27/2020 - 13 year old Skye was overdue for her yearly exam and vaccinations.  Her mom, a senior that lives on a small fixed income, has been housebound since the beginning of the pandemic as she has health issues that put her at high risk for severe illness from COVID.

We picked Skye up from her home and brought her to our partner veterinarian where she had an exam, rabies vaccination, nail clip and a dose of flea and tick treatment.  She appears to be in good health and will hopefully be keeping her mama company and entertained for a long time!



Sunny, a 12 Year Old Chocolate LabSunny

7/15/2020 - 12 year old Sunny is in good health overall...but he has some serious osteoarthritis issues which requires medication (Rimadyl) that can cause kidney and liver problems.  (Yes,  there are newer drugs that don’t cause these issues, however, this is what his mom can afford to give him). Thus, his kidney and liver function must be monitored every 6 months. 

He has been taking the drug for years, and so far, so good!

Sunny was seen by our partner veterinarian for an exam, (checked his teeth also, and they look good), blood work and a huge container of hip & joint supplement. He has lost a little weight since we saw him last, and that is a good thing as it takes the pressure off of his legs and hips.


20 Dogs

20 Dogs7/15/2020 - 20 dogs of the homebound and elderly received 3 months (60 doses total) of flea and tick preventatives. Seems that fleas and ticks are worse than ever this year! Hopefully all involved will be itch free and more comfortable VERY SOON!






Kush, an 18 month old kittyKush

7/12/2020 - This pretty kitty is 18 month old Kush, an indoor/outdoorcat that has never been to a vet; in other words, no vaccinations, no neuter.  A few months ago, his dad reached out to us for help, as Kush had an injury to his ear and paw.  While we do not normally provide routine spay/neuter, in this case we did, as Kush goes outdoors, obviously engages with other cats, and helps to keep the community cat population growing.

Kush was neutered, given vaccinations and Revolution treatment, had his injuries examined (all were healing well), and his ears cleaned.

Here is to a healthier Kush, and zero population growth in his neighborhood!


Rudy the PugRudy

6/30/2020 - Today Heaven Has Gained Another Angel, While We Have Lost Another Piece Of Our Hearts......Rest in Peace, Dear Rudy.

Rudy has had his share of serious health issues over the last 3.5 years that I have known him; diabetes and mast cell tumor being the most serious. Last Fall, a small lump near Rudy’s underarm grew to quite a proportion in just a few days. He had surgery; diagnosis was a Grade 2 Mast Cell Tumor. The vet said it could be 2 months, it could be two years; he just didn’t know.

Eight months later, history repeated itself. A tiny lump one day, grew to the size of a plum the next day.

And today we said a heart wrenching good-bye to our dear little friend. He joins his brother Baby, who passed away in late March. Rest in Peace my dear little friend; so happy to have known you and your family.


Brenda, a 10 Year Old KittyBrenda

6/29/2020 - Brenda is the beloved kitty of one of our homebound clients.  Brenda hasn’t seen a vet since she was adopted as a kitten. 

Mom and kitty are getting ready to move from their home to a senior apartment complex which requires that Brenda see a vet and is up to date on vaccinations.

Brenda had an exam, rabies vaccination and a nail clip.  She is now ready to go on a new adventure with her mom in their new home.


Bella, a 12 year old CockapooBella

6/18/2020 - Two weeks ago, little Bella was seen by our partner vet for an injury her mom believes was sustained from jumping off the sofa; poor little girl could not stand up, and when she did her legs/feet would cross.  Our vet diagnosed her with a spine injury; she was prescribed strict crate rest along with pred and gabapentin.

Fast forward to today’s follow-up visit, and wow, so much improvement!  No, she isn’t perfect, but hopefully she will get there with love, time, medication and continued crate rest.

Bella had an exam, rabies vaccination, blood work and urinalysis.  Blood work showed slightly elevated BUN and low potassium; we will know more when we get the urinalysis results tomorrow; hoping it is good news for Bella and her mom!


Odie, a 10 Year Old Lab MixOdie

6/3/2020 - Odie, a 10 year old Lab mix, hasn’t seen a vet in quite some time; he was overdue for his vaccinations, and hasn’t had medication for his painful osteoarthritis since his mom lost her job in early March due to the pandemic.

Today Odie had an exam, vaccinations and was given a month’s worth of medication to get him through until mom goes back to work.



Bella, a 12 Year Old CockapooBella

6/3/2020 - Bella, a 12 year old Cockapoo, woke up yesterday morning unable to walk; her back legs would not hold her weight. It is suspected that she hurt herself jumping off the sofa, as she injured herself in the same way a few years ago.

A few hours later she was at our partner vet’s office where she had an exam and IV steroids.  Her prognosis is good, but she must stay on strict crate rest and medications (prednisone and gabapentin) for at least a week. 

Her mom will be checking in with the vet next week; prayers for a full and speedy recovery for Ms. Bella.


Gizmo, and 11 Year Old Italian GreyhoundGizmo

6/3/2020 - Gizmo, an 11 year old Italian Greyhound began showing signs of early kidney disease last year.  After a dental cleaning, his values seemed better, so he was taken off the prescription renal diet. 

Today he had his urine checked and it was found that he has proteinuria, which indicates excess protein in the urine, which indicates kidney dysfunction. 

Giz is back on his prescription food and was prescribed Enalapril to slow down the progression of disease.



Mello, a 10 year old Jack Russell Terrier MixMello

5/6/2020 - Meet Mello, a 10 year old Jack Russell mix, who believe it or not, is actually MELLOW!  Who would have thunk it?

Mello has had IBS for years, which has been managed with a prescription diet.  His parents both lost their jobs during the pandemic; (they are both waiting for their first unemployment check or stimulus,  which has made it difficult for them to provide for Mello’s medical needs.

Mello was seen by our vet for an exam and senior blood work; all looks good.  We sent him home with a month’s supply of prescription food, which will help his family get through this rough spot in their lives.

Just fell in love with this happy boy!


Chloe, a 7 month old Doxie MixChloe

4/21/2020 - This little sweetheart is Chloe, a 7 month old Doxie Mix.  Chloe was in need of an exam and her vaccinations.  Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, her family lost their jobs, thus they could not afford to pay for needed treatment.

Chloe was seen by our veterinarian for her exam, rabies/distemper vaccinations, and a six month supply of flea/tick & heartworm prevenvtive.  She is good for a year; hopefully COVID-19 will be nothing but a speck in our rearview mirrors by then.


Dagmore - An outdoor kitty saved.Dagmore

4/17/2020 - Our homebound client Evelyn saved this beautiful cat from the outdoors a few years ago.  When she brought Dagmore into her home, she was in terrible condition; mom believes she was hit by a car.  With lots of love, care and time, you would never know Dagmore’s previous situation; she is both a sweetheart and a beauty (though a bit too well-loved on the food side)!

Dagmore’s breath was becoming increasingly more pungent, and she was drooling quite a bit. She was also due for her yearly exam and vaccinations, needed her nails clipped and her ears checked.

Today our wonderful volunteers, Pat and her daughter Chrissy transported Dagmore from her NE Philly home and to our partner vet where she was treated to an exam, vaccinations, blood work, nail clip and ear check.  All good there...but the teeth were in bad condition, so she had a dental and 2 extractions.  She did very well and in the early afternoon Pat & Chrissy brought her back home to her mom.  

Thank you, Pat & Chrissy, for getting Dagmore to us for much needed care, and for Helping Keep Pets and Their People Together. 


Rudy, a Diabetic PugRudy

4/1/2020 - Rudy, a 13 year old Pug, has been diabetic for over two years.  The cost of his testing and diabetic supplies are much more than his mom can afford, as she is fighting her own battle with multiple serious illnesses. 

This grant was awarded to Rudy to assist with his glucose testing, insulin and needles for the 2nd quarter of 2020. 



Baby, a 16 Year Old PugBaby

3/24/2020 - Today we helped Baby, a 16 year old Pug, (big brother to Rudy, the diabetic Pug), cross over the bridge. 

He was declining rapidly over the past few months; this past week he could no longer walk, eat or drink; and last night his mom had to make the difficult decision of letting him go.

Of late, we have been assisting with too many crossings; it has been heart-wrenching.

Godspeed, Baby; Rest in Peace; Until We Meet Again!


Palomo, A White Long-Haired CatPalomo

3/18/2020 - We met Palomo back in 2015 when he came to us as an emergency.  He had a UT blockage and presumptive megacolon.  Thankfully our vet was able to unblock him; no surgery was needed.  He was prescribed meds and prescription food, with which he did very well.

After a while, his mom discontinued the prescription food, thinking that he would be ok.  Shortly after, Palomo has another blockage; again no surgery.  Once again, he was prescribed prescription food to keep the issue from recurring.  This time mom continued the food and he has not had a single problem since.

Mom has been sick with the flu for 3 weeks; and with stocking up to self-isolate because of COVD-19, she ran short on funds and was down to just a few cans of prescription food, with over 2 weeks until she received her check.  She didn’t know what she was going to do in order to provide for Palomo.

When she commented on our story in the Philly Inquirer, we knew right away there was an issue, so we reached out to her to see how we could help.

Today we ordered prescription food for Palomo though his veterinarian; and now all is well in the world.

Wishing mom a speedy recovery from the flu and 16 year old Palomo many more years making his mom smile.  He is indeed the love of her life!


Jake a 12 Year Old PugJake

03/17/2020 - 12 year old Jake is the light of his senior mom’s life.  When last year he was diagnosed with heart issues, she thought she would have to put him to sleep because she could not afford the expenses involved with his ongoing health issues.  Thankfully, mom has learned how to budget for Jake’s meds, but occasionally she falls short; that is when we step in and lend a helping paw.

Because of the Covid-19 scare, mom had to stock up on food and supplies so she could self isolate, as she is very high risk because of her age and health issues.  With her SS check coming in next month, she could not afford Jakes meds.  So, we stepped in and filled all of Jake’s prescriptions, which will last for a full month.

So happy we could help; I could not imagine having to isolate myself and not have a loving dog for companionship; could you?


Daffodill - A Schnauzer with Kidney DiseaseDaffodil

03/12/2020 - Today, we said a painful and tearful good-bye to this sweet, kind and gentle blind dog.

During yesterday's visit to her vet for a check up and blood work, we found out that Daff's kidney values were up more than 2.5 points from a week ago, and almost 4 points from two months ago.

We were shocked and deeply saddened that her kidney disease progressed so quickly. Her vet felt that Daff was feeling very unwell; thus her mom had to make the most difficult, yet the most merciful decision a pet parent has to make.

Godspeed, Daff, rest in peace, until we meet again.

Sam's Hope assisted with end-of-life care for this precious girl.


Misty, a 10 year old, long-haired catMisty

03/06/2020 - We have known 10 year old Misty and her mom for over 5 years now; they have been recipients of home-delivered pet food and supplies (and veterinary care) since the program’s inception way back in October 2014!

Misty has to be one of the most laid back and sweetest cats I have ever met; though today, when I was trying to remove some matted hair and brush her, she let me know she had enough when she gave me a good bite.  So, we called it a day!

This morning, our  volunteers, Pat and Chrissy, (pictured with Misty), went and picked Misty up to bring her to our partner vet for her yearly wellness visit. 

Misty had an exam, vaccinations, blood work and nail clip.  Always a GREAT feeling when everything comes back PURR-FECT...and how often do you hear of a 10 year old cat with GOOD TEETH!  She did gain a pound since her last visit in March of 2019, so that needs to be addressed, but other than that, she is doing well!

Thank you, Pat and Chrissy, for helping out with Misty’s transport today! 


Daffodil, a 14 year old Schnauzer with Kidney DiseaseDaffodil

03/02/2020 - Daff, a 14 year old Schnauzer, was diagnosed with kidney disease early in 2019.  She has been doing well, but at her last check up her blood work came back with considerably higher levels of Creatinine and BUN than her previous blood work of two months ago; and this needed further investigation.

Today Daff was seen by her veterinarian for an exam, subcutaneous fluids and urinalysis.  Her mom was also taught how to administer the sub-q fluids, as she will need them every other day.

We will know more tomorrow once her urinalysis results are in; until then, prayers for Daff!


Spike, a 12 Year Old Italian GreyhoundSpike

02/27/2020 - Today we said tearful good-bye to a beautiful, gentle and sweet dog, Spike, a 12 year old Italian Greyhound.

Godspeed…rest in peace…until we meet again.

Sam's Hope provided end-of-life care to Spike through our partner veterinarian in Southampton, PA.



Pebbles, a Yorkie/Shih Tzu MixPebbles

02/25/2020 - 10 year old Pebbles, a Yorkie / Shih Tzu mix, hasn’t seen the vet in some time; which is creating a problem, because all dogs that live in their apartment complex must be licensed, or they must leave.  No vaccinations, no license.

Today little Pebbles was seen by our partner vet for an exam, rabies vaccination, nail clip and blood work.  She is in terrific shape, appears to have no health problems and is the apple of her senior mom’s eye.

See ya next year, little one!


Buddakh, a Snow Bob CatBuddakh

01/24/2020 - Our wonderful volunteers, Pat and Chrissy, picked Buddakah up from her NE Phillyhome early this morning for transport to our vet in Southampton.  (Thank you, ladies)!

Buddakah, an 18 year old Snow Bob, has not been well for quite some time.  In 2019, her mom took her to the vet to have her checked out, (she was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and something else her mom could not remember).  At that time, the vet suggested it might be best to put her down, as they said she was dying.  Obviously,  mom did not agree, and 7 months later, Buddakh is still kickin, doesn’t seem to be suffering and is still providing her mom with lots of love and companionship.

I talked to mom before she came to the vet today; she said Buddakh was very thin, didn’t eat much, is constipated and has a stinky ear.  I didn’t know what to expect when I saw her this morning at the vet’s; and was pleasantly surprised when I saw this beautiful and definitely not skinny cat. 

Buddakah had an exam, CBC and thyroid test; we will know more tomorrow.  Heart is good, there is some fluid in the abdomen, and her ear was nasty.  Doc cleaned it out, and gave her meds which should clear that stinky problem up in about a week.  She also had her nails clipped; two of her nails were embedded in her pads, which caused a little bleeding, but she is no worse for the wear.  And to top it all off, Doc gave her a B12 shot for a little boost.  At this point she really had enough of all of us, took a hissy fit and went affter Doc.  Plenty of feisty in that 18 year old!

We will know more tomorrow, in the meantime, prayers for Buddakh!


Rudy, a 13 year old diabetic pugRudy

01/13/2020 - Rudy, a 13 year old Pug, has been diabetic for over two years.  The cost of his testing and diabetic supplies are much more than his mom can afford, as she is fighting her own battle with multiple serious illnesses. 

This grant was awarded to Rudy to assist with his glucose testing, insulin and needles for the 1st quarter of 2020. 



Andi, a Diabetic Japanese ChinAndi

01/07/2020 - This pretty little girl is 12 year old Andi; a Japanese Chin that was diagnosed as diabetic in 2019.  Her mom, who lost recently lost her job, is struggling to keep up with her diabetic supplies and testing. 

Today Andi was seen by our partner vet for glucose testing; we were pleased to see that her numbers were great. 

After a nail clip, she was given a goody bag to take home; a month’s supply of insulin and needles.

Keep up the good work Mom & Andi!



Tango, a 13 year old English Cocker SpanielTango

12/27/2019 - So, today I fell in love AGAIN...this time with Tango! What a SWEET, SWEET and WELL LOVED BOY!

Two years ago, 13 year old Tango, an English Cocker Spaniel, was diagnosed with an aggressive high-grade soft tissue sarcoma on the left side of his chest. The tumor was incompletely excised by Tango’s vet, (according to the oncologist), who recommended further and very expensive treatment ($11K). The oncologist told Tango’s mom that he had no more than 8 months to live if she did not agree to aggressive treatment of the cancer.

Unfortunately, (and just maybe it really is fortunately), mom wasn’t able to afford the super expensive treatment, nor did she want to put her beloved dog though all of this, because two years later Tango is alive, well and we are writing his story!

Tango’s mom had to leave her job when she became ill, making it more difficult to afford care for her senior pup. Tango was long overdue for his yearly exam and vaccinations, and hasn’t had blood work in quite some time.

Today Tango was seen by our partner vet; he had his exam, SuperChem (comprehensive blood work), urinalysis and rabies vaccine only. Doc also checked his body for tumors, paying special attention to the area where the soft tissue sarcoma was excised and felt that everything looked very good. After checking his heart, Doc was pleased to announce that everything looked and sounded GOOD there too! Afterwards he explained to me that there aren’t many senior male Cocker Spaniels that don’t have DCM...Tango, thankfully was one of them!

Labs will be back tomorrow; praying for good news there too!


Jake, a Pug with a Heart MurmurJake

12/16/2019 - This adorable little clown is 11 year old Jake, the beloved Pug of one of our homebound seniors.

Jake receives home-delivered pet food and supplies from Sam’s Hope on a monthly basis. During a visit earlier this year, his mom expressed concern about Jake; she told us he would cough when he got excited and exercised. We took him to our vet for a check up, and it was discovered that he has a heart murmur.

Since it's been a while since his last check up, we took him in to get checked out. We are happy to report that he is doing well; respiratory rate is good, BP is good and his chest sounds clear.

Along with his exam, he had blood work, and all of his meds were refilled. Results will be back is to a clean bill of health for this little guy! What a personality!



Rudy a Diabetic PugRudy

11/30/2019 - Rudy was back for a visit to our vet where he was treated to a glucose test, monthly supply of diabetic supplies and a mani/pedi.    

He appears to be doing well, despite the fact that his daily dose of insulin had to be upped.  Unfortunately, the bottle of insulin doesn’t last the entire month anymore, which is a strain on his mom and their limited resources. 

Thankfully Rudy does have a sponsor, and his expenses are covered 4 months out of the year.

Please consider sponsoring Rudy. 100% of your monthly donation will go directly to his care.


Dolly, a 10 year old dog failed by rescueDolly

11/14/2019 - Despite Dolly's hardships over the past months following going into "rescue", and I use that term rescue very loosely, there is a silver lining.

Dolly was a adopted by a wonderful family, who immediately gave her the grooming she never got from the "rescue", DESPITE the funds raised for this purpose. And today, we took her to our vet to get the medical care she was also denied while with the rescue.

I am happy to report that it is pretty much good news all around. Dolly had an exam, blood work, urinalysis and 4DX test. 4DX - Negative, and everything came back perfect for blood and urine. Teeth not so good; the vet put her on antibiotics and she will need a dental cleaning in the very near future. What we were worried about most, the mass on her abdomen, is a lipoma. Lipomas are subcutaneous (underneath the skin) masses or tumors that develop commonly in dogs. They are usually soft, with limited mobility under the skin. The overlying skin is usually not affected. ... Most dogs that develop a lipoma will develop multiple tumors.

So happy for all of this good news! A long, happy and healthy life to Dolly and her new family, who simply ADORE HER!



DollyOn November 5, 2019, a friend reached out to me to share a post about Dolly, a 20 lb. mixed-breed senior dog whose Dad passed away and URGENTLY needed a home. I immediately shared the post, but never received any inquires.

The following Sunday, I shared a story about the PSPCA rescuing Beagles that were housed in a chicken coop in a backyard in Philly. A friend commented on the post, stating that this could possibly be her third rescue. I replied with information about Dolly, who was available for adoption in NE Philly, very near her home.

By the end of the day, my friend had possession of the dog, and upon taking her to her new home, noticed her very poor condition; she could not walk because her nails were so long they were curling into her pads, she was extremely matted, losing hair by the handfuls, and had massive amounts of dried eye discharge that had to be removed with scissors. All of this prompted us to start asking questions, and though we still do not have all of the answers, we know enough to start the ball rolling. We want this so called “RESCUE” to do right by Dolly, and change the ways in which they handle the animals in their care.

DollyBack Story - Early in September, Dolly was taken to a Bucks County “rescue” after her elderly dad was taken into hospice and the family stated they did not want her. The organization that worked with the man in hospice delivered Dolly directly to the rescue. Dolly was then placed in foster care with a frail man who had a large, male Pit Bull. During the first day of Dolly’s stay in foster care, she was attacked by the dog twice. The foster’s caregiver (whom we believe is either a volunteer or associate of so-called rescue”) removed Dolly from the home, fearing for her life. While what transpired following the removal is a bit unclear, but this is what we do know:

The person who removed Dolly from the dangerous situation was pressured by the rescue to adopt her immediately in order to save her. (We are assuming there was no foster to take her in, but do not know this for sure). Dolly was NEVER seen by a vet prior to going to her first foster home, nor was she seen prior to her adoption. A week or so following the so-called “adoption” Dolly was taken to a local vet. From my understanding, and a Facebook post, the ex-foster raised funds to help defray the cost of Dolly’s care, as the rescue did not want to pay.

DollyThe vet vaccinated Dolly and cleaned her teeth (we aren’t sure the dental really happened as her mouth reeks). During the visit she was also treated with Bravecto for flea infestation. The large mass on her abdomen, as well as the condition of her nails was ignored, as were the growths on her head. There was no blood work (we all know that prior to anesthesia blood work MUST be performed, moreso in the case of older animals). Dolly was never microchipped to the rescue, though paperwork shows them as “OWNERS” at the time she received medical care.

Bottom line - the rescue failed Dolly. They put her in a very dangerous situation when placing her with a foster with an aggressive dog. She was not taken to the vet in a timely manner, nor did they have her issues addressed. She was never groomed and de-flead, basically she was neglected.

DollyWhen Dolly’s new mom reached out to the rescue’s principals, they denied knowledge of Dolly’s existence as well as that of the person who adopted her. We do have in our possession paperwork from the vet and the signed “adoption” paperwork to prove otherwise.

Once we have all of the facts together, and fill in the gaps, we would love to share Dolly’s full story with media to ensure this never happens again.

We have also discovered that this particular rescue refuses to take pets back once adopted (which is contrary to what is stated in the adoption agreement). We have been told that those wanting to return the pet were referred to a local shelter.

In the meantime, we have taken it upon ourselves to ensure that Dolly gets the medical care she needs to ensure a long, happy and healthy life with her new family, who just ADORE her.


Luce, a Four Year Old Black CatLuce

10/31/2019 - 4 year old Luce has been unwell for about a week; not eating at all, and not drinking as usual. He has been lethargic and spends most of his time sleeping.

A few days ago Mom took him to the vet clinic; he had a temp and they diagnosed him with a bacterial infection. They gave him an injection of antibiotic and send him home. 48 hours since the visit and injection; no improvement. Quite the opposite, Luce appeared to be worse.

Today Luce was seen as an emergency at our partner vet’s office, where he had an exam, comprehensive/diagnostic blood work and FeLV/FIV test. The blood results are not good; our vet suspects FIP. More blood was drawn and sent to the lab for FIP/ELISA test. We will have the results in a few days.

Luce was sent home with antibiotics and steroids, hopefully they will help alleviate his symptoms and he will start eating. Sadly, if he does indeed have FIPV, the prognosis is not good. Lots of prayers for Luce and his family.

*Unfortunately, there is no known cure or effective treatment for FIP at this time. Some treatments may induce short-term remissions in a small percentage of cats; however, FIP is a fatal disease. Treatment is generally aimed at supportive care, such as good nursing care and nutrition, and alleviating the inflammatory response of the disease. Cats with FIP are often treated with corticosteroids, cytotoxic drugs, and antibiotics. Supportive care may also include fluid therapy, draining accumulated fluids, and blood transfusions.


David, a 10 Year old KittyDavid

10/24/2019 - David, a 10 year old kitty, is the beloved companion of one of our homebound clients who receives bi-monthly deliveries of pet food and supplies. David is a happy and seemingly healthy kitty who hasn’t seen a vet since he was a kitten.

Today our volunteer picked David up at his home, and transported him to our partner vet. After quite a bout of hissing and spitting, he had an exam, blood work and vaccinations. He is in good health; heart is good, teeth are good.

Needless to say, he was very happy to get back home to his mom! After all, they haven’t been apart in 10 years!


Dillinger, a Nine Year Old CatDillinger

10/15/2019 - Dillinger, a 9 year old kitty, is a medically prescribed therapy animal to his mom. The family, (mom and three cats) have been through a lot over the past few years; they became homeless but somehow were able to stay together through the whole ordeal.

In September, Dillinger presented with infection in his mouth. He needed a dental and extractions, but mom could only afford to pay for antibiotic and pain meds because she recently had a medical emergency with her other cat ( a UT blockage), for which he was hospitalized.

Today mom and Dillinger left their Philly home at 5:30 AM to get to our veterinarian’s office for the 9 AM appointment, (public transportation). She was right on time; in fact a bit early!

Dillinger had pre-op blood work, all was ok with liver, kidneys, so he was cleared for his dental and extractions. After the extractions, things went off a bit. Dillinger’s blood would not clot, indicating a problem. More blood was drawn and sent out to the lab with a request for pathologist review and Coombs test. We will know more in a few days.

Prayers for Dillinger; hoping this all turns out ok for him and his family.


Simone, a 5 year old Mountain FeistSimone

10/15/2019 - Simone, a 5 year old Mountain Feist, made her way up to Pennsylvania after Hurricane Irma, and was originally adopted from PSPCA. The original adopter could not keep her, and she was rehomed again, this time to Eugene, who recently lost his German Shepherd dog.

Eugene receives home delivered pet food and supplies from Sam’s Hope on a bi-monthly basis.  Leslie, our wonderful volunteer is his delivery person.  Leslie is such a caring person, she delivers food but always keeps her eyes and ears open for any issues the client may be having with their pets.  Through conversation with Eugene, Leslie found out that Simone hasn’t been to a vet in quite some time, and her rabies vaccine was long overdue.  She made arrangements to pick up Eugene and Simone and take them to the vet to have her checked out and up to date on vaccinations.

Simone had an exam, vaccinations, heartworm test (negative) and a nail clip.  It was noted that she is overweight by about 5 lbs., which is an issue because she also has luxating patella (both knees).

Otherwise she is in good shape, other than some minor skin issues.  We will put together a care package for her with supplements, and skin aids to help out with her issues.

Thank you, Leslie, for giving up your afternoon to help Eugene and Simone; you are TERRIFIC!


Spike, an Italian GreyhoundSpike

10/7/2019 - It is always nice to see an old friend; but not so much under these circumstances.

We met 12 year old Spike and his mom back in March 2019 when Spike needed teeth removed and a dental cleaning. At the time he was 22 lbs., today he weighed in at only 15 lbs.

His teeth have been reexamined, all is fine. He seems to be having a problem with neck pain, as he refuses to eat from his dish, mom MUST spoon feed him; even so, he just does not want to eat. And when he crawls out from under the covers in the morning, he cries out in pain.

Today Spike had blood work, full CBC and Thyroid, to rule out any issues before treating his pain; results will be in tomorrow. (He is currently on pain meds, but will need more aggressive pain management as well as 2 - 4 weeks of crate rest).

The vet also prescribed an appetite stimulant; hoping that helps as he truly cannot afford to lose another ounce! Crate rest starts today; we provided a crate for him and hopefully this will also help in his recovery.



Prudence, and 9 year old DoxiePrudence

9/17/2019 - Prudence, an 8 year old Doxie, was adopted by her mom & two human siblings from the PSPCA when she was about three years old. Prudence, once neglected and emaciated now lives a happy and well loved life with her family, which also includes two cats.

Prudence has been having dental problems; very stinky breath and infection. Her mom took her to the vet where she was treated with antibiotic, but that was only a temporary fix. She desperately needed a dental and extractions; which mom could not afford.

Today Prudence and her family made the trip from South Philly to our partner vet in Southampton for her dental. Things were MUCH WORSE than expected, (her regular vet estimated 4 teeth would be lost); today she had 20 TEETH REMOVED! The remaining teeth are not good, but our vet feels that most can be saved provided she is on a supplement and has follow up treatments.

Prudence was also overdue for vaccinations, and because she is extremely overweight, (22 lbs.) our vet wanted to do a thyroid test which came back negative. Mom promised we would work together on her weight issue so that she can live a happier, healthier and longer life. We will let her recover from surgery first!!


Rudy, a Diabetic PugRudy

8/30/2019 - Rudy was back for a visit to our vet today; he was treated to his monthly supply of insulin and needles. He is looking good, and despite the fact that he is blind and deaf, he gets around and knows where his mom is at all times. He is also very aware of where the door is, and when on the floor he walks there directly. In other words, he wants outta there; no more poking and prodding!

A few weeks ago, Rudy was bitten on the back by what our vet believes was a spider, (there were 2 fang marks). The bite got infected and Rudy needed treatment Poor boy, he just cannot catch a break!

Rudy is able to receive continuing veterinary care via Sam’s Hope thanks to his sponsor, Kathleen M. Her sponsorship covers his glucose testing, insulin and needles four months out of the year. This is a huge help to Rudy’s mom who continues to struggle with very serious health issues.

Please consider sponsoring Rudy, or any of the other dogs and cats in our care that require ongoing medication and treatment. 100% of your monthly donation will go directly to their care.


Bronco, a 5 year old kitty with an obstructionBronco

8/12/2019 - Another visit to our vet; urinary catheter placed, more injections, more meds to take home and some prescription food.

Paws crossed - the third time is the charm!

8/8/2019 - Oh, what a morning!


At 9 AM we received a phone call from a client; her 5 year old kitty, Bronco, was blocked. An hour later, we met mom and Bronco at the vet; after palpating his abdomen he said that he had a complete urinary obstruction.

Once Bronco was sedated, the vet tried to gently express his bladder with no luck. A catheter was then inserted...still a syringe of sterile saline was attached. Flush, express, flush express...still nothing. Our vet had great concern about the bladder rupturing, so he inserted a needle into his abdomen and drained the urine.

After a bunch of injections to help with the issue, Bronco went home with his mom armed with medications, as the vet thought he would be happier and more likely to try to use his litter box at home than in his custody.

I just called Bronco's mom to check in....and he is attempting to use the litter box and he is dribbling! Which means the blockage is no no longer complete!

We are praying that Bronco successfully urinates between now and tomorrow morning. It not, we will give it one more try in the morning. If that doesn’t work, he may have to have surgery.

Prayers for Bronco!!


Three Little KittensWynken, Blyken & Nod

8/12/2019 - Spay/Neueter Day!

8/5/2019 - On a hot July morning, Ms. Darla walked out of her front door to pick up her Sunday newspaper. As she turned to walk back inside, she noticed a cardboard box sitting at the edge of her patio. Knowing she wasn’t expecting anything in the mail, she cautiously approached the box, not knowing what to think. She gave the box a nudge with her foot, and the contents of the box reacted with meows and scratching noises.

Darla grabbed the box, went back in the house, and slowly opened the top to peer inside. And peering back at her were three sets of beautiful kitten eyes.

Darla, who recently lost her cat of 19 years, was still not over the heartbreak of her loss. But when she saw those kittens, there was no doubt in her mind of what she was going to do. She would adopt all three (or did they adopt her?), and she would name them Wynken, Blyken and Nod. (More about that later).

Darla is a senior who lives on a very small fixed income (this is part of her hesitance to adopt a cat after losing hers). But she did not want to abandon these kitties to the street, nor would she ever consider surrendering them to the city shelter. A friend of Darla’s, who receives home-delivered pet food and supplies from Sam’s Hope suggested she call us to see if we could help.

The following week the three kitties were seen by our partner vet; they had exams, vaccinations and FIV/FeLv tests, (negative). The kittens, 2 male and 1 female, are about 3 months old, and are scheduled for spay/neuter next week.

About the names; Wynken, Blynken & Nod - When Darla was a young child, her mom read her a bedtime poem named Wynken, Blyken & Nod; you can read it here:

Note - We had to use a stock photo, as we did not have the pleasure of meeting Ms. Darla and the adorable threesome.


Cleo, a 17 year old kittyCleo

7/18/2019 - We first met Cleo and her dad in 2014; not long after we started Sam’s Hope. Today Cleo was seen by our partner vet, and we are pleased to announce that Cleo will be celebrating her 17th birthday next week with a CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH!

Cleo, diagnosed in 2015 with kidney disease and hyperthyroidism is doing extremely well. Her labs show that her values are right where they should be; we credit her dad with feeding her the prescription food and administering thyroid meds as instructed. Her heart is good, and she looks great. Doc said he wouldn’t be surprised to see Cleo celebrate her 20th birthday; that made dad very happy!

See you next year, Ms. Cleo! Happy 17th Birthday!


Olaf, a 10 year old kittyOlaf

7/15/2019 - Olaf is a volunteer's favorite on our pet food delivery route. He greets her at the door; standing on his hind legs he paws the bags as she brings them in his home. He is a smart little guy, he knows that there is a special bag of treats waiting for him, and he wants them NOW!

10 year old Olaf is a tiny guy, weighing in at about 6 lbs. But there is nothing small about his personality! Olaf has never been to a vet since he was a kitten (he had his shots and was neutered). So today he was treated to a wellness visit; a full exam, blood work and vaccination was in order. Happy to say, (and mom was thrilled), that little Olaf is in perfect health!

Until next year, Olaf!


Lucky, a Lab Chow Mix Rescued from a Southern Shelter Minutes from Scheduled EuthanasiaLucky

6/17/2019 - We first “met” Lucky when his mom rescued him from a high-kill shelter in the south, just hours from his scheduled euthanasia.

Lucky came to mom with a myriad of health issues, most notable, heartworm, cryptorchidism and a bad leg. We were able to help Lucky with the first two issues, but unfortunately the only resolution for the leg was amputation, which his mom refused. Apparently the leg was broken, never treated and healed badly.

Yesterday Lucky went to visit the wonderful Dr. Steve at The Affordable Spay Neuter Clinic and Pet Care in Pottstown for his annual well visit and heartworm test. (If you live in the Pottstown area and are in need of an awesome vet, look no more!) Thankfully all is well. Lucky must be on heartworm meds year around for the rest of his life; therefore we will be treating Lucky to his next round of medication.

Be well, beautiful and sweet boy!


Evie, a Pit Mix with Suspected Cushings DiseaseEvie

6/10/2019 - This sweet little girl is 11 year old Evie.  Evie has been drinking water by the buckets for months, as well as having an insatiable appetite.  A few months ago, she had blood work which indicated she may have Cushings disease.

Today Evie, her mom, and mom’s friend drove in from West Philly to see our partner vet, where Evie underwent testing for Cushings.  It was a long day for all!!

So now we await the test results, which should be in sometime tomorrow.

Since mom, Evie and her fur-brothers and sisters live so far away and cannot attend our food pantry days; we loaded up their trunk with pet food and treats.  Mom said this will help them get through the summer; so happy we could help!!


Dog and Cat20 Dogs

6/10/2019 - 20 Dogs of our homebound and elderly clients, who receive home-delivered pet food and supplies on a monthly / bi-monthly basis, received flea and tick meds to help them and their pet parents get through the summer comfortably!





Rudy, a Diabetic PugRudy

6/6/2019 - Heeeeee’s back! Our BFF Rudy and his mom visited our partner vet today (this is an every month event), for a glucose test, insulin, needles and a mani/pedi. Rudy's big brother Baby also came along for the ride, and he was also treated to a mani/pedi. Let me tell you, he was EASY compared to Rudy!

Rudy is looking good; he is no longer looking frail. And he is strong and feisty as hell; holding him to get his nails done is getting to be DIFFICULT! But I love the fight he still has in him, yay Rudy!

Rudy is able to receive continuing veterinary care via Sam’s Hope thanks to his sponsor, Kathleen M. Her sponsorship of Rudy covers his healthcare four months out of the year. This is a huge help to Rudy’s mom who continues to struggle with very serious health issues.

Please consider sponsoring Rudy. 100% of your monthly donation will go directly to his care.


Chiquita, a ChihuahuaChiquita

6/6/2019 - Chiquita is the beloved dog of one of our home bound clients who receives home-delivered food and supplies on a bi-monthly basis.

Today Chiquita popped in at our vet’s office for an exam, rabies vaccination and a mani/pedi.

She was a very good girl indeed!



Benji, a 10 year old SheltieBenji

5/28/2019 - 10 year old Benji is the beloved Sheltie of a homebound client who receives home delivered pet food and supplies from Sam's Hope on a bi-monthly basis. Sweet Benji hasn't seen a vet since he was a pup due to his mom's financial situation, and being in a wheelchair, she has no means to get him to the vet.

Today we picked Benji up from his home and took him to our partner vet for a visit. He was so well behaved! He had an exam, vaccinations and blood work.

The vet not only found him in great health, he was amazed that his teeth were in such great shape, (no cleaning or extractions for Benji)! We told mom that whatever she was doing to keep up the good work!

See you next year, Benji!


Lucy, a Yorkshire TerrierLucy

5/14/2019 - Meet Lucy, a sweet 6 year old rescue Yorkie.  Mom calls her Lucifer...apparently she can switch from total sweetness to pure evil in the bat of an eye!  (I don’t believe it for a minute, look at that face!)

Lucy and her mom stopped by our partner vet today for her yearly exam, vaccinations, 4 DX test, (negative), nail clip and anal gland expression.  She also got some new meds to try out for her allergies. Apoquel doesn’t work for her, hopefully the new medication will.

Lucy is also in need of a dental; we are hoping we can help out with that in the fall.

See ya in a few weeks, Lucy!  (Lucy comes to visit us on pet food pantry day with mom).


Charlie, an Orange KittyCharlie

5/14/2019 - Charlie is a precious 6 year old indoor/outdoor kitty who was hasn’t been to a vet since he was adopted a few years ago.  He is a sweet and beautiful boy (well, that is until you start jabbing him with needles, then the claws come out as do the growls)!

Charlie had an exam, vaccinations, FIV/FeLV test.  All is good; and interestingly, he couldn’t wait to get back into his carrier, (the carrier that his mom had to fight to get him into before they left the house)!

See ya next year, Charlie!


Leo, The Ferocious Tuxedo CatLeo

4/19/2019 - Meet the fierce and ferocious Leo, a 12 year old, 25 lb. cat who certainly lives up to his name! (As in Leo the Lion)!

When our volunteers Pat and Chrissy showed up to transport him to our partner vet this morning, they were NOT prepared for what would ensue when he saw the carrier. After all Leo hasn’t been to the vet or anyplace else for that matter, since 2008. He has always been in the apartment with his mom, so the whole ordeal was traumatic, to both Leo and our volunteers.

It took all of 45 minutes to get him settled into the carruer, and he growled, spit, hissed and lunged all the way to the vet, which meant he would certainly require sedation.

Once at the vet and sedated, everything was easy. He had an exam, dental exam, blood work, vaccinations and his nails clipped. Just as we were putting him back in his carrier he began to wake up and issued us all a warning growl.

The good news is that Leo, despite never seeing a vet since he was a kitten, is in surprisingly good health. And his teeth, though some are missing, look great.

The big issue is his weight, 25 lbs. According to our vet, he should be between 12 and 14 lbs. His glucose levels are at a high normal, and our vet says he is at high risk for diabetes. He recommended wet food only, and weight loss, which we will work on with his mom.

Leo is now back home with mom; hopefully he won’t be angry with her for any length of time for today’s ordeal.

Many, many thanks to Pat and Chrissy for their efforts in getting Leo to the vet, then safely back home to his mom!


Prince, a diabetic YorkiePooPrince

4/12/2019 - This precious little one is 12 year old Prince, a diabetic YorkiePoo.

Today he was treated to a visit to our vet for an exam and glucose test; monitoring the glucose level is an important part of the overall therapy for diabetes.




Gizmo, and 11 Year Old Italian GreyhoundGizmo

4/11/2019 - While we scheduled Gizmo for his surgery for the week following brother Spike's dental surgery, (See Spike's story below), things didn’t quite work out as mom had an MS relapse. 

Today, Gizmo made an early trip to the vet’s office with his mom, and had 12 extractions and a dental cleaning.  The vet said that his mouth was pretty much as bad as it can get.

When I met Giz at the office prior to his surgery, I lifted up his lip to give a look; the smell about knocked me over!  Figured it was going to be a rough day for the little guy, but better days are ahead. I know his recovery will go great under the watchful and loving eyes of his Mama.

Oh, did I mention that when he got home following surgery he went straight to the dry food and ate??????  I still cannot believe it!


Sashi, a YorkieSashi

4/11/2019 - Little Miss ChiChi has been driving her mom crazy by boot-scooting on the carpets and floors incessantly, and ChiChi’s half-brother Sashi was overdue for his yearly exam and vaccinations.
Today mom drove them to the vet, where I met them in the parking lot and took them in for treatment one at a time.  While mom can drive, she cannot handle the dogs because a few years ago she lost her left leg. 

Second up, Sashi...he was such a good boy on the exam table...he had his vaccinations, all good with his check-up, though he is beginning to show signs of dental disease.


ChiChi, a YorkieChiChi

4/11/2019 - Little Miss ChiChi has been driving her mom crazy by boot-scooting on the carpets and floors incessantly, and ChiChi’s half-brother Sashi was overdue for his yearly exam and vaccinations.

Today mom drove them to the vet, where I met them in the parking lot and took them in for treatment one at a time.  While mom can drive, she cannot handle the dogs because a few years ago she lost her left leg. 

First up, ChiChi...she had her anal glands expressed, ( I said to Doc, it is a shitty job but someone has to do it), and she had an exam.  Teeth look good...her ticker no so good; she was diagnosed with a Grade 1 systolic heart murmur for which she will be monitored.


Daffodil, A Schauzer Being Treated for Kidney FailureDaffodil

4/9/2019 - Daffodil, a 13 year old Schnauzer was rushed to the veterinary hospital as an emergency. She was diagnosed as being in kidney failure and was hospitalized for treatment and monitoring.

We pray she will be back with her adoring mom VERY SOON!

Prayers for Daffodil, get well soon, sweetheart!



Spike, an Italian GreyhoundSpike

3/20/2019 - Last week, when I stopped by my vet’s office to say hello, I met a lovely woman and her precious Italian Greyhound, 12 year old Spike. Mom was very concerned when Spike refused chicken earlier that day; she rushed him to the vet (our vet) for a check up. Blood work and exam revealed everything was fine, but a hop on the scale showed Spike lost 4 lbs. since his last visit. For a once 23 lb. dog, that is a lot of weight! After a look in Spike’s mouth, we knew exactly why Spike was losing weight and refusing chicken!

Mom has been having a tough time, both medically and financially. Her husband is in a nursing home, and she has MS. The expense of a dental and extractions would be a huge burden, especially since her other Italian Greyhound, 11 year old Gizmo also needed the same. I could see the strain she was going through, trying to figure out how she was going to swing it. That is when I told her about Sam’s Hope, and offered our help.

Today, Spike had a dental and four extractions. There was a lot of infection in that mouth, no wonder he didn’t want to eat! In a few days I think he will be putting down the food and start putting back the weight he lost.

Next up...GIZMO!


Ozzie, A Cairn TerrierOzzie

3/19/2019 - Our friend and volunteer Angie was made aware of a small dog in NJ that was living outside 24/7, through cold and heat. She has been negotiating his surrender for weeks, and today it FINALLY happened! The little guy came to Angie in a thin sweater fit for a puppy, and a leash fit for a Rottie. He was dirty, smelly, but the sweetest little guy you would ever want to meet.

First stop was to our vets office for an exam, vaccinations, 4DX test (negative), and nail clipping. He was PERFECTLY behaved with us, the vet and a puppy that came in for his checkup. The only thing we thought was a bit curious is that he did NOT KNOW HIS NAME, Cash.

New beginnings mean a new name; at first we thought Toto...but then Angie suggested Oz...and we settled on Ozzie; it suits him PERFECTLY!

After the vet, Ozzie was off to Pet Valu for a bath, harness and leash. Angie and her husband (who have both dog and cats), will be fostering Ozzie, so we should soon have a good idea of what the perfect home would be for him. Fact is, we already have an adopter, provided that Ozzie turns out to be a good fit for the family.

Anxiously awaiting Ozzie’s post bath pics! What a little doll he is!


Rudy, a Diabetic PugRudy

3/14/2019 - 13 year old Rudy was back for a visit at our vet’s office today.  Time for his monthly checkup and glucose test.

Rudy is looking good, and despite the fact that he is blind and deaf, he seems to be happy and doing well. His glucose was a bit off today, so he will be getting an extra unit each day, hopefully that will help bring his levels down a bit.  He has had so many ups and downs since his diagnosis last spring.
During his visit, Rudy was also treated to a bottle of insulin, a box of needles, and his favorite thing in the world, a mani/pedi.  Oh boy, she shakes like a leaf and at times tries to bite doc. I am the one who holds and comforts him during this ordeal, and I am pleased to say the he never tries to bite me, I get big, wet sloppy kisses!  Gotta love Rudy! 

Rudy’s Back Story - Rudy was diagnosed with diabetes in May of 2018.  His mom, a cancer survivor now has late stage kidney disease and heart disease.  Her two dogs, Rudy and Baby, are all she has in the world, along with a few good friends.

Mom is struggling financially, and the constant visits to the vet for glucose testing and diabetic supplies  are only making things worse.

While Sam’s cannot pay for all visits and insulin, we are trying to help lessen her burden so she does not have to make the decision of putting Rudy down. Both dogs mean so much to her, and I believe they are the reason she keeps on going.


Jake, a Pug with a Heart MurmurJake

3/6/2019 - 10 year old Jake is the beloved pup of one of our homebound seniors. Jake receives home-delivered pet food and supplies from Sam's Hope on a monthly basis. During our last visit we noticed Jake was coughing, and suggested a trip to the vet.

Today Jake was seen by our veterinarian for an exam and bloodwork. During the exam, it was noted that he had a low-grade heart murmur, for which he is now being treated. Jake will require frequent vet visits to monitor his heart problem.



Misty, a Beautiful Long-Haired KittyMisty

3/1/2019 - Our wonderful volunteers and friends, Patricia & Christine Vertlieb, picked sweet Misty up from her NE Philly home this morning and brought her to our vet in Southampton, where she had a thorough going over and some issues attended to. 

Misty, a 10 year old kitty, has been suffering with a bad case of the itchies of late; she has scabs on her neck, face and near her tail, as well as weepy eyes.  While no fleas were found, (and no evidence of ear mites), our vet feels that she may have recently had them, or perhaps she was having an allergic reaction.  She is being treated for both allergies and fleas/mites.

Misty also had blood work, everything came back perfect (always nice to see this in an older cat), had a mani & pedi and vaccinations.

I think she was happy to get back home to her mom, because when Pat put her down upon entering the house, she ran like hell. 

But I have to say, she was such a good girl, considering we were all strangers and her mom wasn’t present. 

Thank you Pat and Chrissy, for all of your help today!


Chiquita - A Cat with StomatitisChiquita

2/28/2019 - Chiquita was seen by our vet in December when she was diagnosed with Stomatitis. She was prescribed antibiotic and a transdermal anti-inflammatory. She did well in the beginning, but suddenly she stopped eating again, indicating pain, and was sleeping away most of her day.

Today Chiquita was seen by our partner vet for a dental during which 10 teeth were extracted. Her gums were beyond inflamed, her teeth a mess.

The next few days probably won’t be easy for her, she has been through a lot. After she gets through the healing, we are sure she will be feeling MUCH better, and so will her mom!
Feel better, Chiquita!


Sunny, an 11.5 Year old Chocolate Lab with OsteoarthritisSunny

1/31/2019 - It was very "Sunny" at the vet's office on this very cold day!

Sunny is an 11.5 year old Lab with Osteoarthritis. He has been on Rimadyl for quite a while, and while it has done him wonders, he needs blood work on a regular basis to keep tabs on his liver and kidney function.

Today Sunny was seen by our partner vet for his check up; his blood work is PERFECT, his ticker is GREAT, and our vet said he was in great health, except for the arthritis and the fact he is a bit (or maybe more than a bit overweight). We will have mom working on that weight problem, as it will certainly be beneficial to Sunny to take some of the pressure of his legs and hips.

While at the vet, I got lots of smooches from Sunny; I don't know about you, but it isn't often that an 11.5 year old dog has pleasant breath; Sunny does...accompanied by some nice, clean teeth! Keep up the good work, Mom!


Paco, an 8 Year Old Chi MixPaco

1/17/2019 - Paco is a tiny 8 year old Chi/Pom Mix, who was long overdue for an exam and vaccinations.

During his visit to our partner vet, his intermittent urinary tract issues were also addressed.

He was sent home with medications, and will be checking in with us again in about a month.

Feel better, Paco!



Chiquita, a kitty with severe StomatitisChiquita

12/18/2018 - Little Chiquita has been suffering from severe dental problems for over a year now; so much so, that she has great difficulty eating and has been losing weight. Her mom, a senior who lives on a fixed income, recently had a bad fall, broke her hip and needed hip replacement. She can just make it on a normal month, but now with the added medical expenses she is struggling.

Today Chiquita was seen by our partner vet; when we uncovered her carrier, we were met with a very foul odor. We thought she defecated in the crate on the trip to the vet, but it was actually her breath!
Chiquita was sedated so the vet could get a good look at what was going on in her mouth. And while she was in la-la land, he also drew some blood.

Her mouth is a complete mess. She has a very severe case of Stomatitis. To make things worse her glucose is elevated, so treatment with steroids is out of the question as it could cause her to become diabetic.

Our vet called the compounding pharmacy to have a transdermal anti inflammatory prepared for Chiquita; this med will not cause diabetes and he has had success with it in the past. He also prescribed a liquid antibiotic.

Another of Chiquita's blood values came back high, this must be monitored and the inflammation must be reduced before a dental cleaning and extractions are considered.

Feel better, Ms. Chiquita!


Chico - A 6 year old Min Pin who broke his leg after getting entangled in a retractable leashChico

12/14/2018 - Meet 6 year old Chico, a 10 lb. Min Pin who is a support dog to his 8 year old human who has seizures.

Chico broke his leg after being tied out in the yard on a retractable leash. He got entangled in the leash and injured himself badly trying to escape.

Please do not use retractable leashes, they are dangerous both to dogs and humans!

Chico's mom took him to the vet, the break was so bad it required surgery, which she could not afford.

But instead of giving up hope, she reached out to friends, family and animal welfare organizations for help, and Chico was able to undergo surgery on December 14th.

He went home the following morning, and is being confined to a small area of the house and his crate until he heals.

After a long conversation with Chico's mom about the use of retractable leashes and leaving him outside unattended, the family put together a schedule for walking him. When walks aren't possible, pee pads will be made available.

Here is to a speedy and full recovery for the adorable Chico!


Samantha, a German Shepherd DogSamantha

11/20/2018 - Meet Samantha, a 3 year old German Shepherd rescue, and our 291st vet care grant recipient.

Samantha was adopted from a GSD rescue 1.5 years ago; she was perfectly fine until April 2018 when she began having terrible skin issues.  She scratched incessantly, had hot spots and was missing large patches of hair on her body.

Mom took her to a local vet clinic, where she was diagnosed with food allergy.  Mom changed her food and treats as the vet directed; unfortunately no relief, which prompted a second trip to the vet with the same result; stay the course with the no-grain food.

Today Sam was seen by our partner vet for an exam; she was not happy and tried to bite him twice!  Not only is Sam an allergic dog, she has secondary infection which is making her feel even worse. Our vet also noted that she had sores at the base of her tail, which generally indicates fleas, though no fleas were found during the exam.

Sam was prescribed Apoquel for the itchies, antibiotic for the secondary infection and flea/tick meds to ensure the issue isn’t flea bite dermatitis.

Hoping we will have good news when we check in with them next week!


Margie, a Schnauzer MixMargie

10/27/2018 - Little Margie, a 14 year old Schnauzer Mix, was adopted by her mom from PSPCA in 2009.  Margie is having numerous health issues;  in the summer we helped out with her thyroid issues, and now another something has cropped up that needed immediate attention.

Earlier in the week we got a text from Margie’s mom saying she thought the time had come for Margie, as she was peeing blood and constantly urinating on the floors.  I told her that this could be as simple as a UTI or bladder stones, and certainly not a reason to put Margie down.  I asked if she was able to bring Margie to our vet in Southampton, (they live in West Philly and don’t drive), and mom said she would get there.  And she did, right on time for the 10 AM appt.

Margie had an exam, and urine was sent to the lab for urinalysis and for bladder cancer screening.  Our vet could not feel any evidence of a tumor, but he wanted to rule that out. Margie was send home with a course of antibiotics and synthroid.  We should have the results in a few days; prayers that it is a UTI and not the latter.

Yes, Margie is getting up there in years, she is about 84 in people years, and despite being partially blind, having bad teeth, (hoping we can address this once her other issues are fixed), difficulty walking due to arthritis, I say she has a few more good years with her mom spoiling her.  Prayers for Margie!


Snickers, a 12 year old Yorkie MixSnickers

10/24/2018 - This little cutie is Snickers, a 12 year old Yorkie mix.  Lil’ Snickers has bounced around a bit in his life, but he says Mom #3 is a real keeper, and I wholeheartedly agree!

Snickers suffered terribly from separation anxiety all of his life, until his current mom, who with lots of love and patience, cured him.  He is now feeling much more secure and mom is able to leave the house without any upset.

Snickers is having some skin issues, which turns out to be a combination of fleas (though he is on flea/tick meds), and flea bite allergy.  The constant itching and biting has aggravated some of his very numerous skin tags.  He also has some dental problems. Today, Snickers had an exam, blood work, and an injection to cool down the itchies.

His heart and labs are all good; he is scheduled for his dental and extractions early next week.



10/6/2018 - Sweet little Candy has bounced around quite a bit in her short life….four times to be exact.  Her first mom passed away a few years ago, and was then adopted by the son. A few weeks ago, Candy's 50 year old dad suddenly passed away.  When the family was notified, they found Candy standing guard by his side. She then went with the daughter who was not able to keep her, and finally to a loving family where we hope she will be for the rest of her life.  She has become very attached to her new family very quickly, especially her new mom.

Candy'ss new family was able to get her vet records, which showed she was in very good health, but also indicated severe periodontal disease which none of her past owners addressed.  Dogs with periodontal disease have a higher risk of kidney, liver and heart disease, as well as diabetes.

Candy was seen by our partner vet for exam, blood work, pedicure  and a dental cleaning. There was considerable plaque and red streaks on her gums, but thankfully she did not need any extractions.

Mom will be brushing her teeth daily, which Candy is very amenable to, and hopefully this will help keep things under control.


Dali, a Hyperthyroid KittyDali

8/19/2018 - Dali, a 14 year old and once 18 lb. kitty suddenly become ravenous, and at the same time started dropping a substantial amount of weight.

Today he was seen by our partner vet and weighed in at a mere 13 lbs. 

Blood work revealed all was well with his glucose levels, however, his thyroid levels were high; Dali was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism.   He was prescribed Methimazole, a drug that is used to treat over active thyroid by inhibiting the production of thyroid hormone.

Feel better soon, Dali, so you can stop driving Mommy nuts with the constant wanting to eat!!



8/21/2018 - Little Angel suffers from hip dysplasia, dry eye and allergies. Today he was seen by our partner vet for exam, and was prescribed medications to address all of his issues; Apoquel for the itchies, Cyclosporin eye drops for the dry eye, and Dasuqin for his failing hips.

Always thought hip dysplasia was a big dog problem; wrong!

According to the AKC, canine hip dysplasia is a common skeletal condition, especially in large or giant breed dogs, although it can occur in smaller breeds, as well. In dogs with hip dysplasia, this joint fails to develop properly, rubbing and grinding instead of sliding smoothly.


Rudy, a 12 year old diabetic PugRudy

7/25/2018 - Three months ago, 12 year old Rudy suddenly lost a lot of weight, and was no longer able to longer walk. Barely clinging to life, Mom took him to the vet where he was diagnosed with diabetes; his glucose levels were above 600.

Rudy's mom, also very ill, is battling cancer. Keeping Rudy in insulin, needles and glucose testing is proving to be quite a financial challenge.

Today we helped out with Rudy's office visit, glucose test and insulin.

We are planning to do an online fundraiser for Rudy and his mom to raise funds for ongoing glucose testing, insulin and needles.


Margie, a 13 year old Terrier Mix with hypothyroidismMargie

7/18/2018 - In June, we were contacted by a very upset and desperate woman whose little dog Margie needed thyroid meds.

In December 2017, Margie was diagnosed as hypothyroid, and was prescribed 200 mcg of levothyroxine 2 times per day.

In May, the veterinary clinic, (a very well-funded animal organization in Philly), that was treating Margie refused to refill her prescription because her mom could not afford to bring her in to recheck her thyroid levels. Thus, Margie was without meds for almost a month when mom contacted us for help; poor Margie was lethargic, and had no interest in playing or her food. Her mom thought for sure she was going to pass.

We were able to get meds to Margie immediately, thanks to Janet Mass who gave up her Saturday afternoon to drive the meds to Margie’s home in SW Philly. She has now been on the meds for a full month, and today she went to a new veterinary clinic for an exam, full blood panel + T4, rabies shot and refill of her prescription.

Little Margie also has other issues, she is partially blind and her teeth are in terrible condition. Once we get the results of her labs, we are hoping mom and Margie can make the trip to our partner vet for a dental cleaning and extractions.

In the meantime, she is on antibiotics to cool things down.


Bella - a Dog with Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency Bella

7/6/2018 - In April, a happy, healthy 15 lb. Bella, unzipped her mom’s handbag, which was on the kitchen counter, and ate 25 - 32 pieces of chewing gum, which contained Xylitol. She was hospitalized, treated, and miraculously survived.

She seemed to make a full recovery; she was happy, playful and eating well, but for some reason she was losing weight, even on her current diet of 3 cups of dry puppy food per day, (recommended by Bella’s vet) which contains an amazing amount of calories and fat. Add to that, everytime she ate, she had to poop….and her poop wasn’t quite right either. It was mushy, and had a strange color and texture. Her vet also prescribed probiotics, which didn’t help at all...and she continues to lose weight.

Bella’s mom contacted us after Bella’s hospital stay for assistance with blood monitoring after her hospital stay, and earlier this week, telling us that she was nothing but skin and bones (9 lbs.) despite the huge amounts of food she was eating.

We asked mom if she would be willing to bring Bella to our partner vet, who was quite a distance away, and she agreed.

Bella - a Dog with Exocrine Pancreatic InsufficiencyAfter reviewing Bella’s labs from May, and seeing her condition, our vet believes that Bella has EPI, Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency. More blood was drawn, we will have the results on Monday, and see if they confirm his suspicions. In the meantime, Bella was prescribed enzyme replacement therapy which will help Bella digest fats, proteins and sugars.

All of this, compliments of Xylitol, a sweet-tasting crystalline alcohol derived from xylose, used as an artificial sweetener in foods. PLEASE KEEP ALL FOOD ITEMS MADE WITH XYLITOL AWAY FROM YOUR PETS - Even small amounts of xylitol can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure or even death in dogs.


Midnight, a Beautiful Black CatMidnight

6/14/2018 - Midnight is a 6 year old kitty that lives with her mom and several other sibling kitties in Philly.  Midnight was a pregnant, semi-feral cat when her mom brought her into her home. It took 8 months for her to adapt to people and indoor living; she is now a sweet and loving cat that is her mom’s constant companion.

In February, Midnight’s mom noticed a small lump in the middle of her back.  The lump grew and grew, and then ruptured in late April. However, the remaining sore would not heal and then turned black.

Midnight underwent surgery earlier today to remove what remains of the lump.  She will be heading home later to recover under the watchful eye of her mom, who loves her so very much!

Feel better, Midnight!

Heavy D., an American Bulldog with Severe Recurring Ear InfectionsHeavy D.

6/11/2018 - Four years ago, Heavy D., found as a stray wandering on railroad tracks, was brought into a high-kill shelter in NJ. His mom saw him online, fell in love and adopted him immediately.

Heavy suffers from severe and recurring ear infections that require medical treatment every few months. Mom has always been able to provide for Heavy, but unfortunately her circumstances changed when she became guardian to her 9 year old granddaughter.

Today Heavy was seen by our partner vet to have his ear treated. I have never in my life seen anything like what came out of that ear. And the smell! After the ear cleaning, medication was applied; and instructions for cleaning and medicating at home.

A sample will be sent to the lab for culture. Our vet believes it may be a bacteria that is difficult to control, and that is why the constant infections. We will know more in a few days, until then, Heavy will be much more comfy without that nastiness in his ear!

Did I mention what a perfect angel he was through the whole ordeal? He was wonderful; what a sweet, kind dog Heavy D. is, love him. And look at that face!


Dog and Cat20 Dogs and 20 Cats

5/1/2018 - 6/1/2018 - 20 Dogs and 20 Cats of our homebound and elderly clients, who receive home-delivered pet food and supplies on a monthly / bi-monthly basis, received flea and tick meds to help them and their pet parents get through the summer comfortably!





Mama a Stray Pit Bull That Found Her Forever HomeMama

6/1/2018 - Five year old Mama has been around the block more than a few times in her short life; two years ago her dad’s nephew was on a job in West Chester, when he met up with Mama.  They fed her the first day, and she was back day after day to share in their food.  When the job was completed, they could not bring themselves to leave this sweet dog behind; so the nephew called his Uncle Frank to see if he would take her in; which he did. 

Shortly after, Frank took Mama to the vet for a check up; when her chip was scanned, it showed her owners lived in Trenton, NJ; quite a distance from West Chester.  The family did not want the dog back, and so began a new chapter in Mama’s life.

Frank really wasn’t looking for a dog at this time in his life, but it seems they are the best thing that ever happened to each other.  Mama has a wonderful and loving home where she reigns as queen, and Frank has a reason to get up in the morning, and more opportunities to socialize with pets and people they encounter during their daily walks.

A few months ago, when our volunteer, Leslie, delivered food and supplies for Mama, she noticed that she had some skin irritation.  She talked to Frank about it, and asked when Mama was last seen by a  vet; she hasn’t been to the vet since he adopted her two years ago.

On Friday, Leslie gave up her Friday afternoon to travel from her Roxborough home to pick up Frank and Mama in NE Philly and take them to PAWS Grant Avenue; THANK YOU, LESLIE!  Mama had an exam, vaccinations and her skin checked.  A ringworm culture was suggested, we will have the results in a few weeks.  The vet said Mama was in good shape, and prescribed Animax, to be applied to the lesions every 12 hours.




5/23/2018 - Elvis was a young pup when his person died, just 1.5 years old. The family was going to have him put down, as no one wanted him. Elvis’ current mom, wasn’t sure if she wanted a dog at that time in her life, but adopted Elvis to save him. And now, the pair just cannot live without each other.Elvis' Tumor

About 1.5 years ago, a small lump appeared on Elvis’ backside, near his anus. It continued to grow and grow, and is now approximately 3” x 3”, which is quite sizable, especially for a small dog. I was slightly horrified when I first saw it.

Elvis was seen by our partner vet today for exam and blood work. He is scheduled for surgery at 8:30 AM on Tuesday morning.

5/29/2018 - 8:30 AM surgery for Elvis; he did great! Our vet said he got it all, and thus it looks like a very positive outcome for Elvis!


Roxy, a Chi-Weenie with Severe Dental DiseaseRoxy

5/17/2018 - Last week when Roxy was lethargic and refused to eat, her family took her to the vet and found out that she had severe dental disease and needed numerous extractions.

Today Roxy was seen by our partner vet; she had an exam, blood work, a dental cleaning and SIXTEEN EXTRACTIONS!

Roxy went home with antibiotic, pain meds, and a recommendation that she should return in 6 months for another cleaning to preserve the few teeth she has left.

Feel better soon, Roxy!!


Lucy, a Yorkshire TerrierLucy

5/17/2018 - Six year old Lucy stopped by the vet's office today for her yearly exam, vaccinations, and a check of her itchy left ear, for which she prescribed meds for an ear infection,

It was also noted that Miss Lucy put on 2 lbs. since her last check-up; exercise and diet modification were recommended to get back her girlish figure.


Oliver, a kitty with an oral mass and grade 4 heart murmurOliver

5/16/2018 - Lauren adopted Oliver from the Women’s Humane Society in June 2017 when he was 8 weeks old.  He was found abandoned outside just a few days after his birth.

Shortly before his first birthday, Lauren discovered a mass in Oliver’s mouth.  After multiple visits to different veterinarians, it was discovered that Oliver has a type of oral cancer associated with the formation of his teeth, and a grade 4 heart murmur.  Without surgery, Oliver was given just months to live, as the tumor would continue to grow.

Lauren reached out to us for financial help with Oliver’s care, started a GoFundMe page and received a grant from CARES to help pay for the very expensive surgery.

Oliver is scheduled for cardiac testing and surgery on May 16th, we wish him all of the best for a successful surgery and a long and happy life with his mom.


Bella - Xylitol PoisoningBella

5/15/2018 - In the wee hours of the morning of April 28th, Bella went shopping in her mom’s handbag and ingested 25 - 30 pieces of Orbit chewing gum.

She was hospitalized for four days and treated for Xylitol toxicity.  Bella has no clotting factors, and must be watched closely for signs of bruising, jaundice, blood in the stool, etc., as these are all signs that she can bleed out, as Bella has hemophilia (hopefully temporary), and is on many meds and requires monitoring.

Sam’s Hope awarded Bella a Veterinary Care Assistance Grant to help out with follow-up care, blood work and medications.

Today Bella was seen by her vet, she is lively and looking good.  We will know more in a few days when the test results come back.

Our best wishes to Bella for a complete recovery.


Chi Chi - a 6 year old Yorkshire TerrierChi Chi

4/30/2018 - This sweet little one is 6 year old Chi Chi, AKA the FLYING WALLENDA, (if you are not familiar with the Flying Wallenda's, they are a circus act and daredevil stunt performers, most known for performing highwire acts without a safety net), who loves to sit on the back (headrest) of the recliner, and take flying leaps off when someone comes to the door, or if her sibling Yorkie starts barking. Last Friday, during one of her performances, the flying leap resulted in an injury to her hind leg, which could bear no weight. She cannot walk up steps, nor can she jump on mom's lap.

Yesterday morning, I picked Chi Chi up from her home, (her mamma is a homebound senior), and took her to the vet for an exam and x-ray.

Thankfully, Chi Chi did NOT break her leg, but she did injure her hip. X-rays showed that Chi Chi has hip dysplasia, a deformity that occurs during growth when the ball and socket don’t grow at equal rates.

Chi Chi was given pain medication, hip & joint supplement, a recommendation for weight loss and rest. We will be checking in with her mom in a few days to see how she is progressing.


Remy, a 12 year old Bichon FriseRemy

4/12/2018 - Remy and his family have been through so much this past year. It all started last summer when they were evicted from their home, and were forced to live in their car and in hotel rooms that would accept Remy, their beloved 12 year old Bichon Frise, who has been with them since he was a 3 month old pup.

It was around the same time that Remy's problems began. It started with a UTI, which apparently didn't clear up after treatment, to a flea infestation and flea bite dermatitis.

He was treated a second time for the UTI, yet he continues to have symptoms.

Yesterday Remy and family paid a visit to our partner vet for exam, blood work, urinalysis and heartworm test.

Upon examination, Remy was found to be missing a substantial amount of hair; his tail was practically bald, the hair on his sides and back were quite thin and flea dirt was also noted. His teeth were also found to be in pretty bad shape, but first things first, diagnosis and treatment of the suspected UTI. We will know more tomorrow when his labs come back.

Hoping it is nothing serious, and we can get this little guy feeling better soon!


Baby, a 9 Year Old PekingeseBaby

4/5/2018 - Oh, Baby!  What a bubbly, bouncy, friendly, sweet bundle of fur!

Baby, a 9 year old Peke, is our latest vet care grant recipient.  Baby, along with her mom/sibling, Peanut, not sure which), were living alone for about a month when their person became ill.  Baby’s mom rescued both; adopted Baby and got Peanut into rescue, where she too was adopted by a wonderful family.

Baby was seen by our partner vet for exam, vaccinations, blood work, plus T4, and a dental.  Baby put on quite a bit of weight over the winter, and seemed to be shedding an unusual amount of hair, especially from her tail, which mom said is about half of its fullness;  thus the thyroid check. 

Thankfully, everything came back normal…but we know what this means….our little chunk Baby needs to go on a little diet!

We hope to work with mom on that shortly!


Mischief, a Sweet Little KittenMischief

3/15/2018 - Meet Mischief, a 10 month old kitten who receives home-delivered pet food on a monthly basis. On a recent visit, his mom was telling us of his antics, one in particular that was driving her crazy and getting the other residents upset. Every time she opened her door, Mischief, being the opportunist he is, would run out into the hallway, and avoid capture for hours at a time. Mischief's mom is elderly, and has mobility problems, which makes it very difficult for her to deal with this behavior.

Later in the conversation, we found out that Mischief was not neutered, and thought perhaps that was a piece of the puzzle, along with the fact he was born to a feral mom and removed from the litter at 6 weeks old.

So, today this little bundle of fur was neutered, and will hopefully settle down, stop spraying, and give his mom some peace.


Callie Sue, a 5 year old Chocolate LabCallie Sue

3/3/2018 - 5 year old Callie Sue, a Chocolate Lab, injured her leg last year; all seemed to be fine until January when she was out in the snow romping with the other family dog, and came in limping. A few weeks passed, and the problem progressively got worse.

Callie’s mom took her to a local vet clinic for x-rays.  They thought it was a torn CCL, but also saw arthritis. They recommended crate rest and gave Callie pain meds and anti-inflammatory.  No improvement. Two more visits to the vet followed, no diagnosis, they said they would have to do surgery to determine if it was indeed a torn CCL; cost $4,000.00.

We had Callie's mom take her to our vet in Pottstown, where she was examined under anesthesia and had more x-rays. The vet said the CCL was not torn and she did not need surgery. Callie was diagnosed with arthritis in her knee joint, and needed treatment so she would not lose use of her leg.

The treatment plan is for Callie to have four bi-weekly injections of Adequan, then a reassessment the following week. A brace could possibly help her situation, but that will be determined after treatment with Adequan. She will also stay on pain meds as needed and anti-inflammatory daily.


Sonya - A Hyperthyroid Kitty with Heart DiseaseSonya

2/19/2018 - Last year, 16 year old Sonya was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, was treated, and was doing well.  The past few months have been tough on Sonya and her mom, as mom was in and out of the hospital with life-threatening illness.  During that time, Sonya declined; along with constantly wanting to eat, and frequent urination, she has become listless, is vomiting after eating and is just not herself.  Her mom called us last Friday for help, as she was worried that Sonya was going to pass.  

Today Sonya was seen by our partner vet.  She was sedated, examined, had critical care blood work and radiographs.  The news was not good; not only were her thyroid levels over 10; she was also found to have left ventricular hypertrophy (enlarged heart), and high blood pressure.

Sonya’s thyroid meds were doubled, and she was prescribed heart medication.  She will be back to see us next week to see how the drugs are working.  Until then, prayers for Sonya.


Lola - a 10 year old Peke-A-PomLola

2/5/2018 - Meet Lola, a 10 year old Peke-A-Pom, and our latest vet care grant recipient. OMG, she is just so precious and sweet, I really wanted to take her home with me…REALLY!

Lola’s dad is disabled; thus they receive home delivered pet food and supplies from Sam’s Hope on a bi-monthly basis. When our volunteer delivered to them late in January, she was a bit concerned to find that Lola had never been to a vet, except to have a rabies shot over 3 years ago, and didn’t like the look ...of her eyes, which were surrounded by a lot of black, crusty stuff.

She gave dad the application for vet care assistance, and today Lola was seen by our partner vet for exam, vaccinations, nail trim, Schirmer’s tests and blood work.

Lola has a Grade 2 heart murmur, but no physical signs like coughing, etc. Blood work showed elevated BUN and Creatinine, which could mean possible kidney problems. Doc did a dip stick urinalysis, which showed protein and blood in the urine. The crusty eyes are most likely allergy related, as she is making plenty of tears, though her teeth are in dire need of attention.

It is a very good thing our volunteer got Lola to us at this point, as everything is treatable. Lola went home with antibiotics for possible UTI and Apoquel for her allergies. In 3 weeks she will have a urinalysis, and we will find out what is going on.


Cookie - GI / Bowel ObstructionCookie

1/27/2018 - Meet Cookie, a 3 year old American Bully girl who needed emergency surgery for a G I obstruction.

After a look at her radiographs, our vet knew this was going to be complicated, as he believed that whatever she ate had strings, which may lead to perforation, which can result in spillage of intestinal contents into the abdomen, which quickly leads to peritonitis and sepsis, both life threatening complications!!!

After 2.5 hours in surgery, the news is that the situation is worse that originally thought.

Cookie - GI / Bowel ObstructionDoc removed what he described as an 18" piece of fishing net and rope, which had green plastic pieces attached. Three incisions were made in the bowel to release the rope, which had the bowel drawn in and ruffled like a drawstring purse. There is indeed perforation, and it is going to be touch and go for a few days.

I stopped by the vet's 6 hours after surgery to visit with Cookie and what our vet pulled out of her intestines/bowel. Cookie is doing well, bright-eyed, alert and wagging her tail. Animals never cease to amaze me, no complaining, let's just get back to the business of being a dog! Which landed her in this situation to begin with.

Cookie has an obstruction, ropes, plastic toys, oh mySeems Cookie likes to sample EVERYTHING she comes across. Ropes, netting, rags, and plastic toys, About 1.5 ft. of rope was removed. along with the remnants of a plastic toy...and boy, was it STINKY! I just about passed out!

The next few days are critical for Cookie, as she did have perforation and leaking from intestines/bowel into the abdomen, which can lead to life-threatening peritonitis and sepsis.


2/10/2018 Update - What a wonderful morning! Ms. Cookie was back to have her stitches and staples removed. She looks wonderful; has healed beautifully, and is back to her happy and loving self. She is such a sweetheart.

It is hard to believe that just two weeks ago she was at death's door. She had surgery for bowel obstruction, and it turned out to be a lot worse than Doc anticipated, as there was perforation. Thanks to our wonderful vet, and the after-care given to Cookie by her mom, SHE MADE IT!


Rudy, a Black PugRudy

1/15/2018 - 11 year old Rudy paid us a visit today at the vet's office today; Rudy has been having issues with his back legs, and has great difficulty getting up and down. He also had a few nails that were growing into the pads of his feet, not due to neglect, but due to previous vet not being able to handle him to cut his nails. (Don't know why, as Doc and I handled him with no problem).

Today Rudy had an exam, blood work and pedicure; diagnosis is arthritis. He is being treated with medication. Mom will check in with us next week to let us know how he is doing.

Changes to his diet were suggested, as well as dropping a few pounds, which will certainly help alleviate the arthritis pain issues!


Baby, a Tan PugBaby

1/15/2018 - 13 year old Baby paid us a visit today at the vet's office today. Baby has a dry, hacking cough, (diagnosed by previous vet as getting old and his heart is slowing down), and chronic ear infections.

Today Baby had an exam, blood work and pedicure; diagnosis is COPD. He is being treated with medication for the COPD and ear infection.

Changes to his diet were suggested, as well as dropping a few pounds, which will certainly help him live a longer and healthier life!



Sammi, a 17 Year Old KittySammi

12/12/2017 - Seventeen year old Sammi was recently treated for a life-threatening illness. He is in need of periodic monitoring and maintenance therapy to ensure his survival.

A grant from Sam's Hope provided blood work and urinalysis, to Sammi. We pray that he is well, and will continue to provide his mom with love and companionship for years to come!



Tin-Tin was attacked by a dog!Tin-Tin

12/7/2017 - Two year old TinTin loves to spend his afternoons basking in the sun on the back porch. (After this incident, this will be a thing of the past, basking in a window will have to do!)

After sunning himself yesterday, he decided to take a stroll through the neighbor’s yard, which almost cost him his life, as the family dog was outside and attacked Tin Tin. Tin Tin fought a good fight, and the dog finally released him.

Yes, it could have been worse, but things are pretty bad. ... Tin Tin’s jaw is broken, he is missing teeth and a chunk of tongue. He cannot eat, and can barely lap up water. A death sentence.

This morning he was rushed to our partner vet for emergency surgery to repair the broken jaw. When I stopped by to visit following the surgery, Tin Tin was already looking better; he was alert and his tongue was back in his mouth. The good news is that our vet is optimistic that TinTin will have a full recovery.

Smiles all around! His homebound, elderly mom anxiously awaits his return home.


ChiChi a YorkieChi Chi

12/1/2017 - A few days ago, little Chi Chi started walking funny; her backside and tail were taking u-turns. Her mom called, very concerned that something was seriously wrong.

We too were concerned that she might have hip or spine problems; but turned out it was a bad clipper burn (she recently had a haircut, and the person who groomed her really burned her backside and tail)!

She is being treated with a prescription wound and skin spray, and will hopefully be back to her old, happy self in no time!


Cleopatra, a 15 year old black kittyCleo

11/10/2017 - Last month, while delivering pet food and supplies, Bob invited me in to say hello to his beloved kitty, Cleo; short for Cleopatra, Queen of Bob’s heart and the home they share together.

The 15 year-old kitty queen was sprawled out on the sofa taking her morning nap. When I reached down to pet her, which she happily accepted, I noticed this little kitty wasn’t much more than skin and bones. I asked Bob if Cleo was eating and drinking ok, and if he noticed anything unusual.... He said that all was normal, but that at her last appointment with the mobile vet, it was mentioned that her thyroid levels were elevated. I asked if she was put on medication, he said no.

I told Bob I was concerned with the weight loss, and asked him if I could take her to our vet for an exam and bloodwork; to which he agreed.

Today Cleo was seen by our partner vet; she is hyperthyroid, kidney values are elevated, and she was dehydrated.

Fluids were administered, and will be continued for at least the next 20 days. Cleo was prescribed antibiotic, as the vet felt there was a possibility of infection, thyroid meds, and he drained a large cyst in the middle of her back.

Cleo was a champ through the whole ordeal, but boy was she happy to get back home!


Maggie, a Diabetic KittyMaggie

10/31/2017 - 10 year old Maggie has been losing weight, has increased thirst and urination, and has been having accidents in the house.

Her mom took her to a clinic early in October to have her checked; her glucose was sky high; 488. The vet that saw Maggie suggested they see a full service vet for treatment of diabetes and possible pancreatitis. She also suggested transitioning Maggie from dry food to canned Pate, which her mom did immediately.

Today Maggie was seen by our partner ve...t for a check up, blood work, and urinalysis. Amazingly, her glucose dropped to 316; still too high, but quite an improvement over 488, and she gained a pound! (She was a fat cat prior to all of this, and now is skin and bones).

Our vet decided, instead of starting insulin, to put her on Diabetic Prescription food to see if her levels would continue to improve. Maggie will be rechecked in 3 weeks, and we will go from there.

She is also being treated with antibiotic for a UTI.

We look forward to that visit in 3 weeks, and are keeping fingers crossed that the dietary change will fix her problem!


Faith, a Little Doxie GirlFaith

10/19/2017 - Faith lives in South Carolina with her mom and human sister who just adores her.  We normally do not assist with vet care outside of Southeastern PA, however in a case that could mean life or death, we will help when we are financially able.

Faith was diagnosed with chorioretinitis, chronic retinal detachment of both eyes on June 23, 2017. 

On 8/17/2017, she was diagnosed with ulcer, epithileal with mineral plaque in both eyes.  The infection in her left eye was out of control, causing severe swelling of the eye and the brain, and would ultimately take her life it not taken care of.

Four months of medication has shown little improvement; it was advised that Faith have her left eye removed for her long-term comfort, health and well-being, and to determine what the underlying cause is.  The right eye is still ulcerated, though a bit improved, and will continue to be treated with antibiotic and drops.

Faith had her left eye removed; all went well with the surgery, and she was back with her family the following day.  We are hoping the opthalmologist can figure out what is causing the problem and fix it before Faith loses her other eye.

In the meantime, she is adjusting well and is happy, healthy and pain-free.



10/12/2017 - Galan, a 4 year old Pittie Boy, (oh, what a sweetheart this dog is, you just would NOT believe, and that SMILE!!!), was seen by our partner vet today. Galan has 3 tumors; the largest, on his back end, really scared the hell out of me when I saw it, the second, on his neck, much smaller, but the one causing the vet the greatest concern, as it suspects it is a mast cell tumor. The smallest, on his chest, is most likely a cyst.

10/19/2017 - Surgery day! All three tumors were removed, we are now waiting on report from pathology, prayers for Galan and his family!

10/26/2017 - It was a LONG WEEK waiting for the report! When our vet called, I hesistated, but picked up the call. And it is GOOD NEWS! The tumor on the neck is a low grade Mast Cell Tumor, with little to no chance of metastasis. The margins are clean and deep. Galan will need to be monitored for recurrence. So, while the news isn't perfect, it certainly is POSITIVE! I am relieved...when I got the news I cried happy tears! Needless to say, his mom is THRILLED!

Stitches and staples to be removed next week!



10/9/2017 - Marilyn, a diabetic, was recently hospitalized for an infected toe; a neighbor was taking care of Rocky during her absence. 

When Marilyn returned home, we stopped by to visit to see how both she and Rocky were doing.  While mom seemed to be in good shape, Rocky was not.  He was struggling to get up on his feet, and was having great difficulty sitting, as his legs seemed to collapse under his weight.

I asked how long this was going on for, as we saw Rocky earlier in the year for exam and vaccinations. She said it has been bad for a few months.

Marilyn is homebound and has no car; I asked her to see when her son was available to bring Rocky to our vet to get checked out. She was worried about taking Rocky to the vet; she thought the vet might want to put Rocky down.  She told me she did not know how she could go on without her beloved Rocky.  I assured her that Rocky wasn’t going to be put down, he was going to get meds to make him feel better.

Today Rocky was seen by our partner vet; he had an exam, blood work to ensure kidney’s and liver could tolerate the medication, his ears checked (he has chronic ear infections, and a nail clipping. Diagnosis, arthritis of the hips.

Blood work came back showing Rocky could tolerate the meds, and he was prescribed Rimadyl. He should be feeling much better in a few days.


Calypso, a 1 Year Old Pit BullCalypso

9/25/2017 - Calypso, at only 1 year old, has been through a lot in her short life. She was adopted by a family that did not understand puppies; was physically and verbally abused, then returned to her litter fearful of sounds, hands and people.

Calypso was then adopted by a wonderful and caring family, and has been received and loved by all of the humans and animals in their pack; Mom, dad, four kids, two dogs, four turtles, a bearded dragon, 14 chickens and a tank of fish.

Since Calypso's arrival, the family has been working with her and providing much needed excercise. She is responding well and is beginning to get over her fears. She loves everyone, and provides an abundance of kisses daily; at night she makes her rounds to give everyone a good night kiss, and that includes her now best friends, Phoebe and Timon, the family's GSD and Bulldog.

Today Calypso was seen by our partner vet and had a spa-y day; armed with pain meds and collar, she is back home with the family she loves and who just adores her.


Monet, a 12 Year Old ChihuahuaMonet

8/28/2017 - Little Monet is a 12 year old long-haired Chihuahua who has been suffering with a hacking cough for the past few months.

During his exam today, no heart issues were noted, but in conversation, mom mentioned that Monet was exposed to kennel cough.

The vet ran critical care blood work and 4DX, all normal. His temp was elevated, so the vet suspects kennel cough and is treating Monet accordingly; injection of antibiotics, antibiotics and cough meds. Monet was also prescribed HeartGard.

We will be checking in with Monet and his mom in 10 days to see if the coughing issue has cleared up.

Sheridan, a 13 Year Old Maine Coon CatSheridan

8/30/2017 - 13 year old Sheridan, a beautiful Maine Coon cat, came to us with severe dental problems. He has badly infected teeth, cannot eat, has difficulty drinking and cannot groom himself. Because of this, he has lost about 8 lbs. He was 23 lbs., and is now just over 15 lbs.!

He had an exam, core vaccinations, critical care blood work, (everything was perfect), and was given antibiotic to start prior to his surgery.

Sheridan had a dental cleaning and multiple extractions; and should start feeling much better in a few days, and able to resume eating, drinking and grooming.


8/28/2017 - Little Ani, a Maltese blend, came to us with a bad case of stinky breath and inflammation of the gums. The little guy needs a dental and extractions.

After blood work to clear him for surgery, and a mani/pedi, he had his dental, and a single extraction.

A few hours later, he was back to his happy old self, begging for food!





8/4/2017 - Meet Smookie, an 8 year old kitty.

Smookie was seen by our vet today for exams and vaccinations. She is officially ready to go into temporary foster, or a boarding facility until the family relocates.

Smookie is Brownie, the tripod Pitty's, feline sibling, see Brownie's story below.

Please visit Brownie, Smookie & Dory's YouCaring page and donate to help save their lives!



8/4/2017 - Meet Dory, a 6 year old kitty.

Dory was seen by our vet today for exams and vaccinations. She is fficially ready to go into temporary foster, or a boarding facility until the family relocates.

Dory is Brownie, the tripod Pitty's, feline sibling, see Brownie's story below.

Please visit Brownie, Smookie & Dory's YouCaring page and donate to help save their lives!


Brownie, a Tripod Pittie BoyBrownie

8/1/2017 - Meet Brownie, a 7 year-old tri-pod Pittie.

Brownie was seen by our vet today for exam, core vaccinaction, bordetella and canine influenza vaccinations, and treatment of his itchy skin. He is now officially ready to go into temporary foster, or a boarding facility until his family relocates.

Brownie's family, who live in the NW section of Germantown in Philly, have to leave their home due to multiple safety issues with the home they rent.

From gas leaks, CO poisoning, mold growing in the walls, to most recently, electrocution from a door bell, the family must get out ASAP. 6ABC Video of Gas Leak and CO issue -

While a friend is giving the family a room to live in until they can get back on their feet, there is no room for their beloved dog, Brownie, a three-legged, 7 year old Pit Mix that they adopted from PSPCA three years ago.

In his younger years, Brownie was hit by a car, which resulted in the loss of his leg and most of his teeth. Following his accident. Brownie spent 2 years of his life at PSPCA, patiently waiting for a family to adopt and love him; but he always seemed to be passed over due to his disability; that is until Carol and her family saw him, fell in love and took him home.

Brownie has been living the life ever since; he is so loved by his 2 human sisters, ages 6 & 8, who love dressing him up in tutus. He also shares his home with 2 feline siblings, and his mom Carol.

We are attempting to find a temporary foster for Brownie, but so far, that hasn't worked out. Plan B is to raise funds for long-term boarding (approximately 2 months) so Brownie can go back to his family as soon as they are in their new, safe, pet-friendly home.

Please visit Brownie's YouCaring page and donate to help save his life!

Ginger, a Once Hyperthyroid KittyGinger

7/21/2017 - Meet 19 year-old Ginger, our 206th Veterinary Care Grant Recipient!

Ginger is a hyperthyroid kitty who came to us for exam, vaccinations, senior blood work and thyroid testing. Ginger's family are victims of domestic abuse, which has left the family, (2 footed and 4 footed alike), in financial crisis. We are so happy to be able to help them keep their pets happy, healthy and with them at home.

Interestingly, Ginger no longer needs to be on thyroid meds, it seems this issue has resolved itself. However, her senior blood work indicated stage 1 kidney disease, which will be treated with a kidney diet. Ginger will be re-assessed in a few months to see if the new diet is controlling the disease.


Gem, an emotional support dog to a young boyGem

7/11/2017 - Gem is our 205th Veterinary Care Grant Recipient!

The 3 year old Peke-A-Pom came to us for his annual wellness visit; exam, vaccinations, 4DX test, (negative), and nail clip.





Hemsworth, a black kittyHemsworth

7/11/2017 - 2 year old Hemsworth came to us for his annual wellness visit; exam, vaccinations, and nail clip.






Luna, a sweet kittyLuna

7/11/2017 - 2 year old Luna came to us for her annual wellness visit; exam, vaccinations, and nail clip.







7/1/2017 - We are so thankful to Cheryl for fostering 13 year old Hooch, a Lab/Retriever/Chow blend, until his dad can get back on his feet and find pet-friendly housing; and we are extremely grateful to Circle of Life Veterinary Clinic in New Britain, PA for squeezing Hooch in on a Saturday before the holidays to ensure he could go to foster today!

Hooch had an exam, senior blood panel (there is concern about his distended abdomen), rabies vaccine, (long overdue), cleaning and treatment of yeast infected ears, removal of a simple mass on his foot, 4DX test with Lyme, and was given Bravecto for flea/tick control and Interceptor for heartworm.

Hooch is an old boy, his back legs are failing him, and he is having difficulties walking up steps. His foster dad has already set to work on a ramp that will help him with this issue.

7/3/2017 - The results from Hooch's blood work are back; he has Stage I kidney disease. The vet ordered a urinalysis and chest z-ray, she is looking for underlying cause of the kidney problem. Urinalysis came back Hooch has a "rip-roaring" UTI, the reason for his constant need to go outside. He was prescribed Baytril and pain meds. Hoping he will be feeling better soon, as foster mom has lost 2 nights of sleep!


Cookie, a kitty with a urinary tract obstructionCookie

6/17/2017 - We are so thankful that what started out as an early morning emergency, turned out to be pretty much a non-emergency!

4 year old Cookie had a partial UT obstruction; but the crating and ride from South Philly to our partner vet seems to have fixed all of that, as on his way to the vet he urinated in his crate.

After examination by our vet, it was found that his bladder was completely empty! Though the emergency is over, Cookie still requires treatment for the UT issue, which is being addressed with meds and a special diet.

Since Cookie hasn’t seen a vet since he was a kitten, (his mom found him abandoned, along with his sibling , under a Christmas tree in her back yard), Cookie also had an exam, vaccinations and was treated for yeast infection in his ears.

Armed with medication, prescription food and instructions, Cookie headed back home to South Philly with his mom.

Here is to a speedy recovery and no more emergencies!


Molly, a 14 year old Springer SpanielMolly

6/16/2017 - Meet Molly, a 14 year old Springer Spaniel.

Molly came to us for exam, vaccinations, blood work and UT issues. Blood work came back with normal values, and she is being treated with antibiotics for a UTI.




Mr. Soxx, a 13 year old kittyMr. Soxx

6/16/2017 - Meet Mr. Soxx, a beautiful and sweet 13 year old kitty.

Mr. Soxx came to us for exam, vaccinations, mani/pedi and blood work. Last year, Mr. Soxx was diagnosed as hyperthyroid; he appears to be doing well with his medication and no longer has symptoms of hyperthyroidism.




Sheba, a 2 year old kittySheba

6/16/2017 - Meet Sheba, a 2 year old once feral kitty who came into the house during a winter storm and decided to stay. She is just precious, but the wild comes out in her when trying to clip her nails!

Sheba came to us for exam, vaccinations and nail clip. She was very happy to be returned to her carrier following the poking and prodding!



Dog and Cat8 Dogs and 12 Cats

06/1/2017 - 8 Dogs and 12 Cats of our homebound/elderly clients, who receive home-delivered pet food and supplies on a monthly / bi-monthly basis, received flea and tick meds to help them and their pet parents get through the summer comfortably!




Tucker, an Australian Blue Heeler DogTucker

5/19/2017 - 1 year old Tucker, an Australian Blue Heeler, came to us as an emergency late Friday afternoon.

It all started at 3:30 AM on Friday, when his young dad, (pictured with Tucker), woke up to find Tucker foaming at the mouth.  (When this young man and I were talking at the vet’s office, I referred to the dog, Tucker, as his brother.  He quickly put me in my place, telling me, that he was NOT Tucker’s brother, he was his DAD.  So cute, gotta love it!)

Following the incident, Tucker seemed ok, he ate, drank and took a run in the park with his human sister. Upon returning from the park, they found two unattached ticks on Tuckers abdomen, along with two bloody looking bulls-eyes. A few weeks prior, an engorged tick was found on Tucker’s ear.

In the afternoon, Tucker suffered approximately 6 seizures within a period of 2 hours, and another on the way to see the vet. Tucker was examined and blood was drawn.  The blood chemistry panel came back with all normal values, as did the test for tick-borne diseases.  However, it can take 3 – 4 weeks for tick borne diseases to show up, so we don’t know if Tucker is out of the woods yet, and cause cannot be determined until another test is run in 3 weeks.

The vet administered an injection, about 15 minutes later, Tucker started behaving like his old feisty self.  Shortly afterward, Phenobarbital was administered, and instructions to the family for administration.

We checked in with the family that night, Tucker was sleeping.  When we checked in with them the following morning, good news, no more seizures and he was acting his normal self, and the fears of the day before were fading.

Prayers for Tucker, we hope that the seizures are under control; there is so much we don’t know at this point, but will hopefully get to the bottom of it during his next vet visit in a few weeks.

6/28/2017 - UPDATE

Tucker  was back for a recheck today with his young dad, Joseph. He was retested for tick-borne diseases; NEGATIVE. Our partner vet, who believes the culprit was the Hartz flea and tick treatment, reduced the dosage of phenobarbital; we are hoping there are no more seizures and Tucker can eventually get off the meds.

Tucker also had his annual exam, and vaccinations, which he was long overdue; he hasn't seen a vet since he was an 8 week old puppy.


3 German Dobermans, Mugga, Baby and Donatello!Baby, Donatello & Mugga

5/17/2017 - No, you are not seeing triple!

Meet 12 year old Baby, 12 year old Mugga and 8 year Donatello. They are German Dobermans, all about 20 lbs. so cute, energetic and sweet! Actually, this was my first experience with this breed, didn't know they existed!

Today the trio had exams, vaccinations and blood work. They will return to our partner vet next Wednesday for dental surgery, as their teeth are in poor condition and falling out of their mouths. While under anesthesia, Baby will also have the growth on his head removed.

Here is to a happier, healthier, and pain-free life for three sweet little dogs!


Palomo, a 14 year old White Cat who suffers from megacolon, frequent UTI's and UT blockagesPalomo

5/16/2017 - This stunning boy is Palomo, a 14 year old kitty who came to us for a well-care visit; exam and vaccinations.

Palomo suffered from frequent UTI's, blockages and megacolon in the past. Our partner vet perscribed a compounded medication for the megacolon and prescription diet for the UTI's.

His mom follows the treatment plan 100%, (very important) and Palomo is happy, healthy and thriving.



Sage, a Maltese/ShihTzuSage

5/3/2017 - Meet veterinary care grant recipient, Sage, a 6 year old Maltese/Shih Tzu.

Sage and her mom, puppy mill dogs, were rescued by Sandra a few years ago. Both were in terrible condition; neglected, over-bred, abused and fearful of people. The two dogs, who Sandra refers to as her children, are now well-loved, cared for and spoiled, and have hopefully forgotten their terrible beginnings.

Yesterday Sage came to use for a dental cleaning and extraction of abscessed teeth. Mom plans to start brushing her teeth daily to avoid future problems.

Pet dental health is important! If left untreated, plaque buildup can progress to periodontal disease. More than 85% of cats and dogs over the age of 4 are affected by periodontal disease.


Seven, a Male Kitty with a Complete Urinary Tract Obstruction and Possible Kidney FailureSeven

4/25/2017 - Meet Seven, a super sweet 7 year old kitty. Seven came to us as an emergency this morning with a complete Urinary Tract Obstruction.

Critcal care blood work values are over the top; Seven may be in kidney failure. He will be under the care of our partner veterinarian for the next few days for observation and administration of fluids and medications. We will know more tomorrow.

4/26/2017 - Seven went home to his family this evening, armed with medications and prescription kidney diet. He was NOT a happy camper being confined at the vet's; we think he will be much happier completing his recovery at home.

Though he is showing some signs of improvement, his kidney situation is still unknown. We wil know more in a few days after he goes back for re-examination, fluids and blood work.

Thank you, Doc, for saving Seven's life!!


Jonah, a ChiWeenie/Puggle BlendJonah

4/20/2017 - Meet Jonah, an adorable 2 year-old ChiWeenie/Puggle blend. Jonah came to us for exam, vaccinations and a mani/pedi, which he did not particularly like!

He was treated to a Dream Bone following the dreaded nail clipping; which made him very happy!




Lucy, a Yorkshire TerrierLucy

4/20/2017 - Meet the adorable Lucy (AKA Lucifer), a 3 year old Yorkie.

Lucy came to us for exam, vaccinations, mani/pedi and treatment of an ear infection.





Bob, a 15 year old Shepherd/Rottie BlendBob

4/20/2017 - This handsome boy is Bob, a 15 year-old Shepherd/Rottie sweetheart. You would never guess he is over 100 in people years; he has perfect teeth, shiny eyes and coat, and is perfect in almost every way. Except he is a bit overweight; which we will work on through diet.

Bob came to us for his yearly exam and vaccinations, no health issues whatsoever! Live long, live happy, live healthy, Bob!



ChiChi, a YorkieChi-Chi

4/4/2017 - Chi Chi was scheduled for her yearly exam, vaccinations and a routine spay surgery. The surgery turned out to be life-saving; Chi Chi had Pyometra.

We have been bugging her mom having Chi Chi spayed for quite some time, and FINALLY convinced her, (with the help of some photos of a normal vs. a pyometra uterus), that it was the right thing to do!

Chi Chi's mom called to cancel the appointment yesterday, saying she has been "under the weather". We convinced her to keep the appointment and to let the vet decide if the surgery should wait. And now we know why little Chi Chi was unwell, Pyometra can fatal if not treated.


Lucky, a Lab Chow Mix with Heartworm DiseaseLucky

4/3/2017 - Meet Lucky, a 2 year old Lab/Chow mix that was rescued from a high-kill shelter in the South.

Lucky came to his new mom in PA with a host of medical issues; heartworm, allergies, cryptorchid, and lameness in his hind leg.

Today Lucky was neutered, and had abdominal surgery for remove an undescended testicle (cryptorchidism). Dogs with a retained testicle are more likely to develop a testicular tumor (cancer) in the retained testicle.

Lucky also had his lame leg x-rayed, and the news wasn't what we hoped for.

The diagnosis, old fracture of fermoral neck, trauma to knee - degeneration, hock hyperextends due to chronic lameness from injury.

The treatment; FHO, Femoral Head Ostectomy to form a false joint and relieve pain and arthritis. Because the injuries are so old, there is only a 50% chance that this surgery will help Lucky. If in the 3 - 6 months of recovery and physical therapy, there is no improvement, then the leg will need amputation.


Sonya, a Kitty with HyperthyroidismSonya

3/23/2017 - This little sweetheart is 14 year old Sonya, the recipient of our 185th veterinary care assistance grant.

Sonya came to us for help with vaccinations, and what her mom believed was a upper respiratory infection, as she has been sneezing quite a bit for the past month or so. Come to find out, Sonya has also been drinking and urinating a lot, and constantly wants to eat. At the same time as all of the eating, she has gotten "bony".

Sonya was seen by our partner vet today, she had her vaccinations, blood work and a thyroid test. All is well with blood work, her thyroid values are through the roof. She was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, and was prescribed transdermal methimazole, along with meds for her sneezing. She will be retested/re-evaluated in 4 - 6 weeks.

Now maybe mom can get some rest from the constant begging for food, and raids on the kitchen cabinets!


Pepper, an 8 year old HavanesePepper

3/18/2017 - Meet 8 year old Pepper, the smartest, sweetest Havanese that you will ever meet, and the recipient of our 184th veterinary care assistance grant.

Pepper, who was recently adopted, was in need of heartworm meds and flea and tick preventive, which was provided by a veterinary care assistance grant from Sam's Hope.

We wish you many years of happiness with your new mom in your new home, Pepper!

Rocky, a Pit Bull, Mastiff, Rottweiler BlendRocky

2/27/2017 - Meet 9 year old Rocky, a Rottweiler, Pit Bull, Mastiff blend, and the recipient of our 183rd veterinary care assistance grant. Yes, he is a big boy indeed!

Rocky, the beloved dog of one of our homebound elderly clients, hasn't seen a vet in quite a few years. Today our partner vet treated Rocky to vaccinations and some TLC for his chronic ear infections.

See you during our next pet food delivery, Rocky!!


Jerimiah, a 5 Year Old KittyJerimiah

2/15/2017 - Meet 5 year old Jerimiah, the recipient of our 182nd veterinary care assistance grant.

Jerimiah is an extremely aggressive cat; he hisses, spits and growls at the sight of anyone but mom. Thankfully he loves his mom, though she is very limited on how much she can handle him, thus the predicament with his severely matted hair.

Today he was seen by our partner vet, sedated, vaccinated and shaved down almost to the skin. Yes, the mats were that bad. Our vet has never seen anything like it before; nor has he encountered a cat with such attitude!

A few hours later, after being freed from the painful mats, he went home to rejoin his mom; hopefully happier and more comfortable.


Palomo, a Kitty with UTI and BlockagePalomo

2/10/2017 - Palomo, a 12 year old kitty, who suffers with chronic UTI's, was having urination and litter box issues.

A visit to our partner vet, which revealed a urinary tract infection and obstruction, landed Palomo in the veterinary hospital for three days.

Yesterday he was released from the hospital and is now happily back home with his mom and sister, Angel.



2/1/2017 - Eliza, an 11 year old kitty, is very ill. She recently lost 1/3 of her body weight, her gums are pale, she is dehydrated, cannot walk and no longer eats or drinks.

She has elevated WBC and Globulin, per her testing prior to coming to us. She was seen by our partner vet today, given fluids, injections and additional blood work. We will have the results tomorrow.

Prayers for this sweet girl; we need a miracle!

02/03/2017 - Test results supported FIP. Though not a definitive diagnosis, with the symptoms she presented, our partner vet was certain it was Feline Infectious Peritonitis, a fatal disease. Rest in peace, precious girl.


Lucky, a Lab Chow Mix with Heartworm DiseaseLucky

1/23/2017 - Meet Lucky, a 2 year old Lab/Chow mix that was rescued from a high-kill shelter in the South.

Lucky came to his new mom in PA with a host of medical issues; heartworm, allergies, cryptorchid, and lameness in his hind leg.

Today Lucky received his first round of heartworm treatment; he will spend the night at the hospital and the second round will be adminstered tomorrow morning.

The treating veterinarian reports that Lucky has shown no ill-effects from treatment so far, and expects that Lucky's heart and lung tissue will return to normal a few months post treatment.


Hayden, a Medical Alert Service DogHayden

1/12/2017 - Meet Hayden, a 6 year old Medical Alert Service Dog.

Hayden injured her right hind leg a few days ago, and was in obvious pain. Her mom, unable to afford medical treatment for her beloved dog, reached out to us for help.

Hayden was seen by our partner vet; she believes the injury was caused by either the knee popping out or a sprained hip. An anti-inflammatory and pain meds were prescribed, along with 2 weeks of rest.

When we checked in with her mom the following morning, she told us Hayden was already feeling better; that is the good news we always like to hear!



A dog named LuckyLucky

11/2016 - Meet Lucky, a 2 year old Lab / Chow mix, and the recipient of our 177th Veterinary Care Assistance Grant.

Jiro, his shelter name, was timestamped to be euthanized by the end of the day at Glynn County Animal Control in Georgia. With the clock ticking and just 2 short hours remaining, his savior, a senior citizen in PA, saw his photo, fell in love and said she would adopt him. Jiro was transported to PA in June of 2016, and adopted by Linda who named him Lucky.

Prior to adoption, it was disclosed that Lucky was receiving treatment for heartworm since February 2016. But as luck would have it, Lucky came to Linda with a host of issues; lameness in his back leg, not neutered, cryptochid, skin problems and still heartworm positive. Linda, a low-income senior facing forclosure on her home, and unable to afford her medication, let alone treatment for Lucky, was between a rock in a hard place. But the rescue promised they would provide for all of Lucky's medical needs, and she believed them. After months of unreturned phone calls to the rescue, Linda was resigned to the fact that there was no help for her beloved dog, and wondered, if after saving him from euthanisia in Georgia, if that would end up being his fate in Pennsylvania.

Lucky was seen by our partner vet for an exam; he needs x-rays to deterimine what is wrong with his back leg, he needs to be treated for heartworm, and is in need of adominal surgery to remove the retained testicle, and neutered.


Gizmo, a Maine Coon CatGizmo

11/2016 - Meet Gizmo, a 12 year old Kitty, and the recipient of our 176th Veterinary Care Assistance Grant.

Gizmo is a diabetic kitty who has been in remission for quite some time. A few months ago, he started vomiting regularly and his mom became concerned that something was seriously wrong. Unfortunately, the pair recently lost their home and mom cannot afford the costs involved with providing veterinary care.

Gizmo was seen by our partner vet for an exam, urinalysis and senior blood panel; keeping our fingers crossed that the results are good!

Chewy, a 5 year old Kitty with PyometraChewy

11/2016 - Meet Chewy, a 5 year old Kitty, and the recipient of our 175th Veterinary Care Assistance Grant.

5 years ago, Jean witnessed a 3 week old kitten being tossed to the side of a road like a piece of trash while on her way to work. She stopped, scooped up the tiny ball of fur, took her home and named her Chewy. When she took little Chewy to the vet for a check-up, testing and vaccinations, she was diagnosed with a heart murmur, and the vet recommended that she not be spayed as she could die from the anesthesia.

Fast forward 5 years later. Shortly following her last heat a few weeks ago, Jean noticed that Chewy had a strange discharge and that she was acting differently. Not knowing what to think, she took her to the vet where she was diagnosed with Pyometra. The vet told her that surgery must be performed immediately, or the cat would die. Jean tried to work out payments with the vet, but he refused to help her. She just didn't have a portion, let alone the full $1200 for the surgery. In despair, she headed home with her beloved Chewy, to find help to save her life.

Today the sweet little 6 lb. kitty underwent a high-risk surgery (due to her heart murmur) to remove her badly infected uterus. Thanks to our wonderful partner vet with the skilled and blessed hands, Chewy came through the surgery with no problems, and has now been reunited with her mom.


Roxy, an 11 Year Old Terrier Mix with PyometraRoxy

11/2016 - Meet Roxy, an 11 year old Terrier mix, the recipient of our 174th Veterinary Care Assistance Grant.

Shortly after completing her heat cycle a few weeks ago, Roxy fell ill. She stopped eating, developed a discharge of pus, and a swollen abdomen. The diagnosis, PYOMETRA, a potentially fatal infection of the uterus.

On Saturday, Roxy was seen by our partner vet and had emergency, life-saving surgery. She would have not made it to see another day without the surgery.

We checked in with Roxy's mom a few days post surgery. She is doing well, though still a bit wobbly, but her appetite is back and she is on her way to a full recovery.

Roxy is our THIRD Pyo patient in a month; our 3rd patient, a 5 year old Maine Coon cat will be undergoing surgery tomorrow.

Want to know how you can prevent Pyometra? It is EASY and INEXPENSIVE. Have your female pet spayed at an early age. Another compelling reason to spay your pets!


Jacob, a 7 month old Shih Tzu blend that ate a bottle of Gorilla GlueJacob

11/2016 - Meet Jacob, a 7 month old Shih Tzu/Poodle blend, the recipient of our 173rd Veterinary Care Assistance Grant.

Little Jacob got himself into a very sticky and life-threatening situation when he ate a bottle of Gorilla Glue. A few days after ingesting the glue, he started vomiting and could not defecate. An x-ray showed a mass of glue in his stomach that had to be removed or he would die. He was rushed in to emergency surgery, and the glue was completely removed. He will need to stay in the hospital an extra night due to stomach ulceration cause by the glue.

Please keep Gorilla Glue away from your pets and children, and take a look at this video to see what happens inside the stomach of a dog when Gorilla Glue meets water/fluids! Scary!


Fiero, a Pit Bull with AllergiesFiero

10/2016 - 5 year old Fiero is the recipient of our 172nd Veterinary Care Assistance Grant.

Fiero has been having a rough go of it the past 6 weeks; his seasonal allergies are acting up in a big way, he has been anorexic, lethargic and not wanting to play, which is very unlike him. He was also due for his vaccinations.

Fiero was seen by our partner vet today; he had to be sedated prior to being examined as he tends to be aggressive with strangers. Once he was knocked out, blood was drawn, vaccinations adminstered and temperature was taken. Chemistry showed all values within the normal range, CBC will be back from the lab tomorrow.

Fiero was prescribed Cephalexin for skin infection, Apoqel for itching, and Bravecto tablets for fleas.


Lily, a Corgi Blend with PyometraLily

10/2016 - 5 year old Lily is the recipient of our 171st Veterinary Care Assistance Grant.

Last week, having finished her heat cycle 2 weeks prior, Lily's mom came home to find her bleeding profusely. She had no appetite and she would not drink.

Lily was rushed to the hospital as an emergency; an ultrasound confirmed Pyometra, a life-threatening infection of the uterus which must be treated quickly and aggressively, then rushed into surgery. She is doing well, and will be returning to her family in the morning. Many thanks to Katie Kropp, VMD at Companion Animal Hospital in Tamaqua for saving Lily.


Jake, A Golden RetrieverJake

10/2016 - 7 - 10 year old Jake, a beautiful Golden Retriever, is the recipient of our 170th Veterinary Care Assistance Grant.

When Jake was adopted 2 years ago, he had a small growth near his left eye, which has since grown significantly and required attention. Today Jake had surgery to have the growth removed; his mom reports he is doing well and thrilled to be back home with his family.


Coco, a 15 Year Old Chocolate LabCoco

10/2016 - 15 year old Coco, a super sweet Chocolate Lab, is the recipient of our 169th Veterinary Care Assistance Grant.

Poor Coco suffers from frequent UTI's. A grant from Sam's Hope provided urinalysis which showed a PH of 8.5 (ideal is 6.5) lots of bacteria, red and white blood cells and struvite crystals. She was prescribed a heavy-duty antibiotic for 10 days and a prescrition diet. She will be re-evaluated in a month.


Amy, Judy and Mr. SpockAmy, Judy & Mr. Spock

10/2016 - Amy & Judy, Beagle sisters and Mr. Spock, a Pit Bull Blend are the recipients of our 166th - 168th Veterinary Care Assistance Grants.

This trio of sweetness began having skin issues at the end of the summer. Their mom, one of our homebound/elderly clients who receives home-delivered pet food and supplies on a bi-monthly basis was beyond herself and just didn't know what to do. She thought it was allergies, but it was actually fleas that were giving her darling trio a run for their biscuits!

They were given NexGard Chewables, and will hopefully be feeling much better very soon, and much less itchy too!

Shiloah, a Beagle BlendShiloah

09/2016 - 14 year old Shiloah, a Beagle blend, is the recipient of our 165th Veterinary Care Assistance Grant.

Shiloh has some health issues, but at his age, this isn't uncommon. Honestly, I did not expect to see such a beautiful and vibrant dog when I heard all that was going on with him. Today Shiloh saw our partner vet for an exam, vaccinations, thyroid, liver and kidney function tests, allergies, cataracts, cough and mani/pedi. Our vet took him off the thyroxine that he has been on for year, as his thyroid levels were high. He will be reassessed in a month. For the ear and allergy problems, ear drops and a change in diet to fish and potatoes was suggested. And for the cataracts, a cataract treament was prescribed, EYE DROPS! The drops should help shrink the cataracts from the outside in, make the discoloration in the lens more transparent and improve his sight within weeks.

After the appointment we dropped off bag of Merrick Limited Ingredient Real Salmon and Sweet Potatoes, hopefully by Shiloh's next visit in a month his allergies will be improved as well as his eyesight. Love this pup!

Friday, a Jack Russell / Pug BlendFriday

09/2016 - 12 year old Friday, a Jug, (Jack Russell and Pug blend), is the recipient of our 164th Veterinary Care Assistance Grant.

Friday, overdue for her overdue for her annual visit to the vet. She was seen by our partner vet, along with her brother Shiloah, for exam, vaccinations, and a mani/pedi. She is in good health and is good to go for another year! Sweet, sweet girl!



Foxy and RomeoRomeo

09/2016 - 1.5 year old Romeo, (cat), is the recipient of our 163rd Veterinary Care Assistance Grant.

Romeo, long overdue for his annual exam and vaccinations, was also suffering with itching and was losing tufts of hair. His mom, on disability and fighting her second battle with breast cancer, didn't know where to turn for help for her beloved kitty. Romeo had an exam, vaccinations, and was treated for fleas, worms and flea allergy dermatitis. Here's to a itch-free, happy and healthy life to this little family!


Foxy and RomeoFoxy

09/2016 - 3 year old Foxy (Yorkie), is the recipient of our 162nd Veterinary Care Assistance Grant.

Foxy, long overdue for her annual exam and vaccinations, was very itchy. Mom suspected fleas, but being on disability and fighting her second battle with breast cancer, she didn't know where to turn for help for her beloved pup. Foxy had an exam, vaccinations and was treated for fleas. Here's to a itch-free, happy and healthy life to this little family!.


Helen, a Sweet and Petite Pit Bull TerrierHelen

08/2016 - 8 year old Helen, a sweet and petite Pit Bull Terrier, is the recipient of our 161st Veterinary Care Assistance Grant.

Helen, who is in foster care until her mom is able to reclaim her at the end of September, was suffering with skin and ear problems, and was due for her yearly exam and vaccinations. She was seen by our partner veterinarian who diagnosed her with skin and ear infections, for which she is being treated. She also received vaccinations, and will be rechecked in a few weeks.

Koko, A Lab Blend Koko

08/2016 - 10 year old Koko, a lovable Labrador Retriever blend is the recipient of our 160th Veterinary Care Assistance Grant.

Poor Koko has been suffering with the constant need to urinate. When she had an accident on the floor, her mom saw that there was blood mixed in with the urine.Today Koko was seen by our partner vet for an exam and urinalysis. She was diagnosed with a UTI and struvite crystals and is being treated with antibiotic and prescription food.  



Sashi, a YorkieSashi

08/2016 - 4 year old Sashi, a sweet and loving Yorkie, is the recipient of our 159th Veterinary Care Assistance Grant.

Sashi was seen by our partner vet today for his yearly exam, vaccinations and pedicure. He is happy, healthy and will continue to bring joy to his mom Liz's life, (a homebound senior), for many years to come!



ChiChi, a YorkieChiChi

08/2016 - 4 year old ChiChi, a sweet and feisty Yorkie, is the recipient of our 158th Veterinary Care Assistance Grant.

ChiChi was seen by our partner vet today for exam, vaccinations, pedicure and a look-see at her ears which have been causing her some distress of late.  She was prescribed an ear ointment, and will be re-evaluated in 30 days. She is happy, healthy and will continue to bring joy to her mom Liz's life, (a homebound senior), for many years to come!


Rocky a Mastiff, Rottweiler, Pit Bull Blend suffers from chronic ear infectionsRocky

08/2016 - Meet 10 year old Rocky, a Mastiff, Rottweiler, Pit Bull blend, and the recipient of our 157th Veterinary Care Assistance Grant.

Poor Rocky has been suffering terribly with chronic ear infections. His mom, one of our homebound senior clients tried everything to help alleviate Rocky's ear problems with no success. Rocky was prescribed a relatively new, one dose treatment, and will be re-evaluated in 30 days.


Angel, a Shih Tzu/Maltese BlendAngel

07/2016 - 8 year old Angel, a sweet and precious Shih Tzu/Maltese blend, is the recipient of our 156th Veterinary Care Assistance Grant.

Angel has been excessively thirsty of late, and his right eye has been irritated and seems to be protruding more than the left. After an exam by our veterinary partner, and a full blood work panel, our concerns of kidney problems, diabetes and glaucoma were thankfully put to rest, as all levels were within the normal range. The eye irritation is due to allergies, the protrusion most likely from rubbing against the furniture, carpets, etc. Interstingly, Angel was found to have Lipemia/Hyperlipidemia. He was prescribed an antibiotic and liver support supplement, and low-fat food. Angel will be rechecked in a month to see if we are on the right track.


Gigi, a Pit BullGigi

07/2016 - 4 year old Gigi, a sweetheart Pit Bull Terrier, is our 155th Veterinary Care Assistance Grant recipient.

During Gigi's last heat cycle, bleeding lasted for four months and she had enlarged nipples. The veterinarian, suspecting ovarian cysts/tumors, recommended spay ASAP.




07/2016 - 15 year old Wendy is our 154th Veterinary Care Assistance Grant recipient.

Wendy was diagnosed with a UTI; her mom is disabled and could not afford the needed prescription food after paying for the veterinary bill.





07/2016 - 2 year old Hemsworth, (yes, named after Liam Hemsworth), is our 153rd Veterinary Care Assistance Grant recipient and emotional support kitty to Sabrina.

Hemsworth was seen by our partner vet for a well-visit; exam, vaccinations and manicure.




07/2016 - 2 year old Luna is our 152nd Veterinary Care Assistance Grant recipient and emotional support kitty to Sabrina.

Luna was seen by our partner vet for a well-visit; exam, vaccinations and manicure.



Gemini, an emotional support dog to a young boy suffering with PTSDGemini

06/2016 - Meet Gemini, our 151st Veterinary Care Assistance Grant recipient and emotional support dog to a little boy suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The amazing little bundle of fur has made such a difference to the boy, providing much comfort and being instrumental to his healing.

Gemini was seen by our partner vet for a well-visit; exam and vaccinations.


Tilly, a Poodle / Shih Tzu blend with Cushing's DiseaseTilly

06/2016 - Meet Tilly, our 150th Veterinary Care Assistance Grant recipient.

Tilly is an oh, so sweet 10 year old Poodle / Shih Tzu blend whose mom passed away in late 2015.

Her human sister adopted her, but unfortunately could not afford to continue Tilly's treatment for Cushing's Disease, for which she was diagnosed in May 2015.

Tilly was seen by our partner vet for exam, vaccinations, and an ACTH stimulation test; treatment will begin once the lab returns her results.

Dog and Cat10 Dogs and 10 Cats

06/2016 - 10 Dogs and 10 Cats of our homebound/elderly clients, who receive home-delivered pet food and supplies on a monthly / bi-monthly basis, received flea and tick meds to help them and their pet parents get through the summer comfortably!





Sven, a 7 year old kitty with a urinary tract obstructionSven

05/2016 - Sam's Hope awarded a grant Sven, a 7 year old kitty who was in an emergency situation with a urinary tract obstruction.

He was rushed to our partner vetfor treatment; a catheter was placed in his urethra to flush out the plug and force the crystals/stones back into his bladder. His bladder was then flushed to remove the remaining sediment. He was prescribed medication and prescription diet, and is back at home with his family and doing well.



Reily, a Toy Fox TerrierReily

05/2016 - A Cinderella Story (A 7 year old, tiny toy fox terrier, who after bouncing from home to home, finally finds the forever home, love and care he waited for all of his life.)

The Craig's List simply read: "7 year old dog that needs a new home and love." Within minutes of the posting, the person who was soon to be Reily's new mom answered the ad, and within 2 days the adoption was official.

A visit to the vet for an exam and immunizations revealed issues that Chloe was just not prepared for; diagnosis of Glaucoma (the eye needed to be removed) or he needed to be put down, severe dental disease, blindness in both eyes and deafness. But the story of Reily and Chloe was not meant to end there. It wasn't a matter of returning Reily to his previous person, it was a matter of finding help for him and getting him well. Our vet says Reily does not have Glaucoma and does not need to have his eye removed; he believes it is Retinal Atrophy, which unfortunately cannot be fixed. Blood work revealed all was well with his kidneys, etc. though there was a slight elevation in liver enzymes. He was prescribed ointment for his eyes, liquid antibiotics for the infection in his mouth and will undergo dental cleaning and surgery next week.


Soma, a 17 year old kittySoma

04/2016 - 17 years ago, on her way home from work, Selina noticed what appeared to be a plastic bag in the middle of the street; further investigation revealed it wasn't a bag, but a gray kitten. She took him home, cleaned him up and named him Soma.

Soma has been losing weight since late summer 2016; in late fall this situation was compounded by chronic diarrhea and vomiting.

During a visit to our partner vet, it was found that Soma had a malignant tumor the size of an orange in his small intestine. He was prescribed a veterinary Royal Canin Diet, anitbiotics to address his UTI. After his UTI is cleared up, he will be given medications to keep him comfortable and free of pain. A very sad day for all.


Pixie, a Neglected, Emaciated Pit Bull PuppyPixie

04/2016 - While on business in Philly a few months ago, a filthy (it took 3 baths to clean her up), emaciated pit bull puppy with what looked like a rash above her eyes and a quarter size lump on her abdomen, approached her. She asked the man if the puppy was his, he said, "If you want her, take her," which Brenda gladly did. She calls Pixie the one blessing she got out of her job.

Pixie was treated elsewhere for Demodectic Mange, and it was recommended that all other medical treatment be put on hold until the condition cleared up.

8 month old Pixie, now free of mange and 10 lbs. heavier, was seen by our partner vet today; she had an exam, vaccinations, testing for flea and tick borne diseases (negative), and pre-op blood work. She is scheduled to be spayed and have what remains of an umbilical hernia repaired tomorrow morning.


Mr. Maxx, A Miniature Pinscher with Severe Dental DiseaseMr. Maxx

04/2016 - 13 year-old Mr. Maxx returned to us today to have his severe dental disease addressed. Most of his teeth were extracted; the few that remained were cleaned. He did very well with the surgery, and is now looking forward to many happy and healthier years with his mom and four-legged siblings!



Lucy, a Doxie Mix with Degenerative Disc DiseaseLucy

04/2016 - 11 year-old Lucy paid us a return visit today; seems she injured herself a few weeks ago and ha been having much pain and difficulty walking. She was diagnosed with a slipped disc and is being treated with anti inflammatory drugs and exercise restriction, in other words, she will be confined to a crate for the next 10 - 14 days. No steps, no walking, no sofas, no beds. We are praying for a good outcome, as surgery is not an option.


Mr. Soxx, a Hyperthyroid KittyMr. Soxx

04/2016 - 11 year-old Mr. Soxx came to us in need of an exam and vaccinations, but ended up being diagnosed and treated for hyperthyroidism. His mom took in an abandoned kitty a few months ago when he coincidentally began losing weight. Mom thought it was jealousy and upset, but it turned out to be an urgent medical issue as Mr. Soxx lost 5 lbs., more than a 1/3 of his body weight in just those few months.


Bob, a Rottie/Shep Blend, our 120th Veterinary Care Assistance Grant RecipientBob

03/2016 - Meet Bob, an almost 14 year old Rottie/Shep blend, and our 120th Veterinary Care Assistance Grant recipient.

Bob and his mom came to us for help with a yearly exam, vaccinations, and anal gland expression. For a very senior dog, Bob looks great; glossy coat, clear eyes, great teeth and in excellent health. He is, however, quite overweight, and will be undergoing a change in diet to keep him healthy, happy and free from future health issues.


Misty, a Kitty with Skin ProblemsMisty

03/2016 - Sam's Hope awarded a veterinary care grant to Misty, a 6 year old kitty for exam, vaccinations, and treatment of severe skin issues.




Asia, a 1.5 year old Cat with Stomatitis and GingivitisAsia

03/2016 - Sam's Hope awarded a veterinary care grant to Asia, a 1.5 year old kitty for examination of her mouth and teeth, and treatment for Stomatitis and Gingivitis.




Coco, a 13 Year Old ChihuhuaCoco

03/2016 - Sam's Hope awarded a veterinary care grant to Coco, a 13 year old Chihuahua for an exam and expression of anal glands.





Molly, a 12 Year Old Springer SpanielMolly

03/2016 - Sam's Hope awarded a veterinary care grant to Molly, a 12 year old Springer Spaniel, for exam, vaccinations, blood work and treatment of a yeast infection.




Mr. Maxx, a Mini PinscherMr. Maxx

03/2016 - Sam's Hope awarded a veterinary care grant to Mr. Maxx, a 13 year old Mini Pinscher for exam, vaccinations, blood work and diagnosis of severe dental disease. Maxx will be scheduled for a dental which will include multiple extractions and a cleaning of the remaining teeth.



Alfie, a Sheltie with Perineal HerniaAlfie

02/2016 - Sam's Hope awarded a veterinary care grant to Alfie, a 9 year old Sheltie, for surgical repair of a perineal hernia and neuter.





Lucy, an 11 year old Doxie mixLucy

02/2016 - Sam's Hope awarded a veterinary care grant to Lucy, an 11 year old Doxie blend for exam, vaccinations, dental exam, blood work, dental extractions and cleaning.




Roxy, A Dog with Mammary TumorsRoxy

01/2016 - Sam's Hope awarded a veterinary care grant to Roxy, a 12 year old Min Pin blend, for radiographs, blood work and removal of a chain of mammary tumors.




Tinka, A KittyTinka

01/2016 - Sam's Hope awarded a veterinary care grant to Tinka, an 18 lb., 3.5 year old kitty, for testing of suspected diabetes.

We are happy to report that everything came back normal, and that Tinka was put on a weight management program to reduce her possibility of developing osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes mellitus, respiratory problems and non-allergice skin conditions.




Coco, a Labrador RetrieverCoco

12/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a veterinary care grant to Coco, a 14 year old Labrador Retriever for diagnosis and treatment of a UTI, anal gland expression, and examination of a growth on her left rear thigh.




Bruno, A Sweet Pit Bull MixBruno

12/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a veterinary care grant to Bruno, a 4 year old Pitbull Mix for exam, vaccinations and testing for tick and flea borne diseases.





Seven, a Polydactyl Kitty Suffering from Complete Urinary Tract ObstructionSeven

11/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a veterinary care grant to Seven, a 6 year old polydactyl kitty, (thus the name), for treatment of a complete urinary tract obstruction.




Helen, a Pit Bull with PyometraHelen

11/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a veterinary care grant to Helen, a 7 year old Pit Bull Terrier, for surgical treatment of Pyometra.





Twinkie, a 7 year old Papillon with PyometraTwinkie

11/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a veterinary care grant to Twinkie, a 7 year old Papillon, for surgical treatment of Pyometra.





Rosette, a Standard PoodleRosette

11/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a veterinary care grant to Rosette, a 13 year old Standard Poodle, for diagnosis of advanced metastatic lung disease.




Oliver, a Tabby CatOliver

09/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a veterinary care grant to Oliver, a 7 year old kitty, for diagnosis and treatement of hematemesis, (blood in vomit).




Salem, a 5 month old black kittenSalem

09/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a veterinary care grant to Salem, a 5 month old kitten, for amputation of a shattered hind limb, vaccinations, neuter and testing.

(Pictured, Salem and his mom)



Coco, a 9 month old Maltese with ParvoCoco

09/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a veterinary care grant to Coco, a 9 month old Maltese, for hospitalization and treatment for Canine Parvovirus.

(Pictured, Coco and her human sister)



Mickey, Minnie and Angel, Maltese Shih Tzu BlendsMickey, Minnie and Angel (The Three Amigos)

09/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded vet care grants to Mickey, Minnie and Angel for exams, vaccinations, Bordetalla vaccines, and for blood work and spay for Minnie. This care was provided so that the three dogs could enter long-term foster until their mom is able to care for them again.

(Pictured, Mickey, Minnie, Angel and their Vet Tech at Larkin Vet)


Cocoa, A Diabetic CatCocoa (Oh, How Sweet She Is)

08/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a vet care grant to Cocoa, a 13 year old kitty, for exam, blood work, and treatment of diabetes.

(Pictured, Cocoa)




Diesel, an 8 year old RottweilerDiesel (Super Cool Pup)

07/2015 & 8/2015- Sam's Hope awarded a vet care grant to Diesel, an 8 year old Rottweiler, for exam, vaccinations, heartworm & Lyme test, and treatment for his cough.

(Pictured, Diesel)



Lucy, a Quadriplegic Pitbull TerrierLucy (Yes, We Love Lucy)

07/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a vet care grant to Lucy, a 12 year old, quadriplegic Pitbull Terrier, for exam and treatment of a recent illness that was causing her to cough, vomit and have labored breathing.

(Pictured, Lucy and her mom, Carol)



White Socks a black and white catWhite Sox

07/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a vet care grant to White Socks, a 10 year old kitty, for exam, vaccinations, and treatment for bloody stool.

(Pictured, White Sox and his mom, Phyllis)




Panther, a Black CatPanther

07/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a vet care grant to Panther, an 11 year old kitty, for exam, vaccinations, and treatment fleas.

(Pictured, a generic cat, Panther was spitting mad and refused to be photographed)



Hanna, an English Bulldog with Bladder StonesHanna

07/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a vet care grant to Hanna, a five year old English Bulldog, for exam, radiographs and treatment of bladder stones.

(Pictured, Hanna)



Sashi, a two year old Yorkshire TerrierSashi

06/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a vet care grant to Sashi, a 2 year old Yorkie, for exam, vaccinations and neuter.

(Pictured, Sashi hiding behind his mom for protection)




Mugsy, a 10 Year Old Maltese with Severe Dental ProblemsMugsy

06/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a vet care grant to Mugsy, a 10 year old Maltese for exam, vaccinations and pre-op blood work for an upcoming dental cleaning and multiple tooth extractions.

(Pictured, Mugsy and his mom, Jasmine)



Teddy Bear, A Hovawart DogTeddy

06/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a vet care grant to Teddy, a 3 year old Hovawart, for emergency medical care for gastrointestinal upset, which included bloody diarrhea and vomit. Teddy had x-rays to rule out an abstruction, was given IV fluids, medication and was held two days for observation.

(Pictured, Teddy and his human brother, Justice)


Shadow, a Black Labrador Retriever Suffering with HypothyroidismShadow

05/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a vet care grant to Shadow, a 9 year old Labrador Retriever, for a home visit, exam, and blood work that revealed that Shadow is severely hypothyroid and on the verge of collapse. After getting the diagnosis, we rushed medication to Shadow's home and are praying for a speedy recovery.

(Pictured, Shadow, and his mom Liz)


Gemineye, an Emotional Support DogGemineye

05/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a vet care grant to Gemineye, a 9 month old PeekaPom, for an exam, immunizations, and neuter.

(Pictured, Gemineye and his mom)




Ginger, a 15 year old catGinger

05/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a vet care grant to Ginger, a 15 year old kitty for an exam, immunizations, and blood work which revealed hyperthyroidism, for which she is now being treated.

(Pictured, Ginger and her sister)



Miss Inky - A Black CatMiss Inky

05/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a vet care grant to Miss Inky, a 7 year old kitty for an exam, immunizations and a pedicure, (she is still spitting and hissing!)

(Pictured, Miss Inky and her mom, Phyllis)



BooBoo - A CatBooBoo

05/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a vet care grant to BooBoo a 14 year old kitty for exam, and diagnosis/treatment of kidney disease.

(Pictured, BooBoo and his mom, Phyllis)




Gunny, a SchnauzerGunny

05/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a vet care grant to Gunny, a 13 year old Schnauzer, for an exam, blood work, urinalysis, urine culture and prescription dog food.

(Pictured, Gunny and his mom, Jan)



Coco and Emotional Support ChihuahuaCoco

05/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a vet care grant to Coco, a 14 year old Emotional Support Chihuahua for continued support of his heart murmur.

(Pictured, Coco and his mom, Pat)



Cleo, a Beautiful Black CatCleo

05/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a vet care grant to Cleo, a 12 year old kitty, for exam, immunizations and senior screening, which revealed a small problem that is now being treated.

(Pictured, Cleo)



Felix the Cat!Felix

04/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a vet care grant to Felix, a 7 year old kitty, for exam, immunizations and blood work, which revealed no problems!

(Pictured, Felix)



Puma the CatPuma

03/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a vet care grant to Puma, a 3 year old kitty, for his yearly exam and immunizations.

(Pictured, Puma)




Anisette the CatAnisette

03/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Anisette, a 4 year old kitty for prescription food for her severe allergies.

(Pictured, Anisette)




Baby - CatBaby

03/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Baby, a 9 year old kitty for diagnosis and treatment of bladder stones which were interfering with Baby's ability to urinate. He was given medication and a prescription diet, and should be feeling much better in a few days.


Cowboy, a Jack Russell Terrier with a Herniated DiscCookie

03/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Cookie, a 12.5 year old kitty, for diagnosis and treatment of a heart murmur. She was prescribed heart meds, a diuretic and fish oil, and will be rechecked in 3 - 4 weeks.




ChiChi a Yorkshire TerrierChiChi

03/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to ChiChi, a 2 year old Yorkshire Terrier, for a yearly exam and immunizations.





Cowboy, a Jack Russell Terrier with a Herniated DiscCowboy

02/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Cowboy, a four year old Jack Russell Terrier. Cowboy has a herniated disc, and needs an MRI and surgery that costs $5,000. Sam's Hope contributed $500 to the surgery, which was successflly performed on 2/19/2015.

(Pictured, Cowboy and his brother, Stephen)



Josh the CatJosh

02/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Josh, a one year old kitty for, exam, immunizations, FIV/FeLv testing, a manicure and neuter. Josh had two partially descended testicles, which the neuter took care of.

(Pictured, Josh)




02/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Vixen, a fourteen year old kitty, for exam, immunizations,and diagnosis of mammary tumors.

(Pictured, Vixen and her dad, John)




02/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Oreo, a four year old kitty, for exam, immunizations and flea treatment. Oreo and her brother Skittles haven't been seen by a vet or or immunized since they were 6 - 7 weeks old.

(Pictured, Oreo)




02/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Oreo, a four year old kitty, for exam, immunizations, ear problems and flea treatment. Skittles and his sister Oreo haven't been seen by a vet or immunized since they were 6 - 7 weeks old.

(Pictured, Skittles)



ChiChi, Yorkshire TerrierChiChi

01/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to ChiChi, a two year old Yorkshire Terrier, for treatment of severe ear infections.

(Pictured, ChiChi and her mom, Liz)





01/2015 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Palomo, a beautiful, 12 year old, 20 lb. kitty, for emergency treatment of a partial urinary obstruction and constipation.

(Pictured, Palomo and his mom, Barbara)





Bella the CatBella

12/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Bella for exam, vaccinations, worming, FeLV & FIV testing, and flea preventives.

Bella, who was abandoned in a BJ's parking lot as a kitten, hit the jackpot when she was rescued by her mom Karen. She is one very loved and adored kitty!

(Pictured, Bella all snuggled up and feeling loved in the arms of her mom, Karen)

Ninja, Lady's Little Brother, also poisoned with strychnineNinja

12/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Ninja, who was poisoned with strychnine (rat poison) in his back yard, (two days after his sister, Lady was poisoned, see below), and needed immediate, emergency veterinary services. He returned home to his family after 5 days in ICU to complete his recovery. He is expected to have a complete recovery.

(Pictured, Ninja at Quakertown Veterinary Clinic ICU)

Lady, Strychnine PoisoningLady

12/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Lady, who was poisoned with strychnine (rat poison) in her back yard and needed immediate, emergency veterinary services. She returned home to her family after 5 days in ICU to complete her recovery. She is expected to have a complete recovery.

(Pictured, Lady with little brother, AJ)



Milo the White CatMilo

12/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to 10 month old Milo for exam, vaccinations, flea treatment, neuter, deworming and to his his nals clipped.

(Pictured, Milo with his mom, Mae)




Vet Care Grant Recipient - Prince - Yorkie - Maltese BlendPrince

11/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Prince, a 1 year old Maltese/Yorkie blend for exam, vaccinations, heartworm test, removal of retained testicles (Cryptochidism) and neuter.

(Pictured, Prince with his mom, Donna, and his sister)




Lucy, a Boxer BulldogLucy

10/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Lucy, a Boxer/Bull Dog blend, for diagnosis and treatment of mammary tumors. Lucy's tumors were surgically removed and she was spayed. Because mammary tumors are promoted by female hormones, spaying is helpful in tumor prevention.

(Pictured, Lucy with her mom, Janel)


Coco, an Emotional Support Animal and his mom, PattiCoco

10/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Coco for examination and diagnosis of skin tumors, treament for conjuctivitis and a UTI, nail clipping and anal sac expression.

Update - One of Coco's tumors grew from a small, barely noticeable lump to golf ball size in less than 2 months. Despite the risk of surgery due to his level 4 heart murmur, it was advised to have it removed asap. Coco underwent surgery on 11/25, and is doing well!

Update - The report from pathology came in today, 11/28; Coco's tumor was a soft tissue sarcoma, a low-level malignancy that does not metastasize, though there is a possibility of recurrence. Doc feels that he got everything during the surgery and that Coco should be just fine.

(Pictured, Coco and his mom, Patti)

Bella, Dutchess & ShebaBella, Dutchess & Sheba

09/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Bella, Dutchess & Sheba, for exams, immunizations and treatment of Sheba's uterine infection. Dutchess & Sheba recently gave birth to 7 puppies, who are all thriving. Once the puppies go to their new homes, all three dogs will be spayed.

(Pictured, Dutchess)


Beau, the Long-Haired ChihuahuaBeau

08/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Beau, a 4 year old Chihuahua, for neutering, the removal of 4 teeth, exam, shots, flea preventives and nail clipping. The neutering puts an end to his "Happy Days" of keeping the family's 3 female Chi's pregnant.

(Pictured, Beau with his mom, Michele)


Banfield Charitable Trust RockyRocky

07/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Rocky, an 8 year old Mastiff / Rottie / Pittie Mix, (yes, he is a BIG BOY), for exam, immunizations, and diagnosis / treatment of stomach and chronic ear problems.

(Pictured, Rocky with his brother, Max)


Ashes, Charcoal and WickAshes, Charcoal and Wick

07/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Ashes, Charcoal and Wick, for exams, immunizations, and treatment of ear problems.

(Pictured, Ashes with his mom, Elizabeth)



Barnaby, the Pit Bull PupBarnaby

06/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Barnaby, an 18 month old Pit Bull, for exams, immunizations, heartworm and lyme testing, and treatment for ear infection and possible allergies.

(Pictured, the lovable pup with the ear-to ear smile, Barnaby)



Coco the Chihuahua, an Emotional Support DogCoco

06/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Coco, a 12 year old emotional support dog, for treatment of bladder stones.

(Pictured, Coco)



Versace, the Yorkshire TerrierVersace

06/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Versace, a 15 month old Yorkshire Terrier for exam, immunizations and to have his nails clipped.

(Pictured, Versace)



Old GirlOld Girl

05/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Old Girl, a 16 year old FIV+ cat, for thyroid testing, and treatment for an infection of the mouth.

(Pictured, Old Girl and her dad, Eric)



Lucy, The Non-Ambulatory Staffordshire TerrierLucy

04/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Lucy, a 10 year old, quadriplegic Staffordshire Terrier, for cyst-like sores on her feet, joint and hip problems, and to determine why her feet/legs can no longer support her.

(Pictured, Lucy)


Helen and MurphyMisty and Murphy

04/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Misty, a 5 year old cat, for an exam and immunizations; and to the delightful little Murphy, a 6 month old Shih Tzu / Chihuahua mix for neuter, exam, and immunizations.

(Pictured, Murphy and his mom, Helen)



03/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Cleo, an 11 year old rescue, for examination and treatment of a dime-sized, slow-growing lump on her back and for nail clipping.

(Pictured, Cleo and her dad, Bob)




03/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Missy, a 6 year old adopted cat, for her annual exam, immunizations, and nail clipping.

(Pictured, Missy and her mom, Regina)



Chi-Chi & ShadowChi-Chi and Shadow

02/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Chi-Chi and Shadow for annual exams and immunizations, and to Shadow for his extremely long nails which are causing him pain and need special attention.

(Pictured, Chi-Chi and her mom, Liz).


Zoey & Her Mom, LauraZoey

01/2014 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Zoey for treatment of flea allergies/allergies and ear infection due to ear mites.

(Pictured, Zoey and her mom, Laura).





Hercules, Papi, Darla and GiovanniHercules, Papi, Darla and Giovanni

12/2013 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Hercules, Papi, Darla and Giovanni for immunizations for all, and treatment for Papi's recurring bladder infection.

(Pictured, Elizabeth holding Hercules, Richard holding Papi, Giovanni on left, Darla on right).



12/2013 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Morticia for immunizations, and diagnosis / treatment of feline stomatitis.

(Pictured, Beth and Morticia).


Sonnie, Paris and HopeSonnie, Hope and Paris

11/2013 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Sonnie, Hope and Paris for immunizations, exams, testing, and diagnosis / treatment for Paris's persistent eye problem.

(Pictured, Alexis and Hope).



Boo BooBoo Boo

08/2013 - Boo Boo, the client of The Crossings Animal Sanctuary, was awarded a grant from Boris and Natasha's Fund for life-saving vet care. His lengthy hospital stay and care far exceeded their grant capacity of $1000. When they reached out for assistance to fully cover the costs of Boo Boo's treatment, Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant in the amount of $500 to help with costs.


Coco the Chihuahua and His Mom, PatCoco the Chihuahua

07/2013 - Sam's Hope awarded a Vet Care Grant to Coco for testing and heart medication. Medications for Coco's condition will be provided on an ongoing basis.

(Pictured, Coco and his mom, Pat).