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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.

2017

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

02/15/2017 - 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

02/10/2017 - 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.


 

ElizaEliza

02/01/2017 - 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

01/23/2017 - 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

01/12/2017 - 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!

 

2016

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! http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/14/health/dog-glue-stomach-trnd/

 

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.

 

 


WendyWendy

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.

 

 

 


HemsworthHemsworth

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.

 

 


LunaLuna

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.

 

 


2015

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.

(Pictured,Baby)





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.

(Pictured,Cookie)

 

 


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.

(Pictured,ChiChi)

 

 

 


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)

 

 


OreoVixen

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)

 

 



OreoOreo

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)

 

 


SkittlesSkittles

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)

 

 

 


PalomoPalomo

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)

 

 

 


2014

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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CleoCleo

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)

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MissyMissy

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)

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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)..

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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).

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2013

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).

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MorticiaMorticia

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

(Pictured, Beth and Morticia).

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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).

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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.

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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).

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