Hope’s Heroes

It’s All About “Hope”

Hope’s Heroes provide for dogs, cats, and other animals who come to our shelter with very special needs. Your Hope’s Hero gift covers the extra care and medical expenses for these animals—including comprehensive medical tests, surgery, medication, and rehabilitation.

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Hero in Need

Joey

Joey

Meet Joey, a bouncy and sweet 14-week old mixed breed male puppy. He has a beautiful brown coat with a white underbelly. A good samaritan brought him to the shelter as a stray. Joey had a severe injury to front right leg, as well as broken teeth and was in need of immediate medical attention to amputate his leg. After receiving medical attention, we are happy to say, Joey can go on to live a happy and long life, thanks to heroes like you!

The Original Hope

Hope

Hope is the spokes-dog for Hope’s Heroes. Rescued from a cat-hoarding home in Dearborn, this beautiful, brown-eyed girl had obviously not been treated by a veterinarian for some time. Upon evaluation, we discovered she had a mouth full of rotten teeth, multiple tumors, and enlarged lymph glands. After numerous dental procedures, surgeries, and medication maintenance, Hope recovered wonderfully. At the age of 11, she was adopted by her forever family and lived out her life at peace.

Thank You For Saving Us!

Leonidas 2017

Leonidas 2017

Meet Leonidas, a cute, enthusiastic and boundless energy 3 year old Pomeranian mix. He has a beautiful white and tan coat and is very playful! Leonidas was found at Ford Road and Mercury Drive and brought to our shelter as a stray. It was very visible that he was injured and in need of medical attention due to the severe neck injury with a large wound on his neck; this resulted in emergency surgery. After receiving medical attention, we are happy to say, he can go on to live a happy and long life. He loves walk, and socializing with other animals. Thanks to heroes like you, Leonidas was able to find his forever home!

Ivy 2017

Ivy is a 1-year-old pit bull terrier mix with a blue (grey) coat. She weighs 42 lbs. Ivy was found as a stray and excelled in her behavioral assessment with our dog trainer, who says Ivy loves all people, would rather not be without a toy. Ivy underwent leg amputation surgery and is doing well. She loves tennis balls and plush squeaky toys. We think she’ll do best in a home that will show her patience while she adjusts to new surroundings. Ivy is spending quality time in a foster home.

Monty Python 2017

Monty Python 2017

Named after the fabulous British comedy troupe, Monty Python is a marvelous red mackerel (striped) tabby who came to us as a stray. We estimate his age at 1 year old. We believe Monty's crumpled ears are the result of frostbite, but now that this guy is in our care, we look forward to sending him to a loving environment where he can spend his days inside a warm home. Monty did wonderfully in his handling/personality testing with our volunteer Cat Coaches, who said he is very friendly and sweet, good with being held, and settled into his handler's arms, even though he's a big boy! Because of supporters like you, Monty has a second chance for a family to love him.

Andrew 2017

Andrew 2017

This handsome boxer mix has a striking brindle coat and is 5 years old. Andrew came to the shelter as a stray with multiple wounds on his body that were scabbed over. Our veterinary partner examined him and found that the muscle atrophy over Andrew's head is likely due to an auto-immune disease called masticatory myositis and it does not affect his movement or eating. He should be able to lead a full and normal life with this condition. Andrew was also diagnosed as heartworm positive and began treatment in November. Andrew is calm, gentle and affectionate and he wags his tail to greet everyone. He gets along well with other dogs. Thanks to heroes like you, he is warm and safe in his forever home.

Holly 2016

Holly 2016

This 8-month-old terrier came to the shelter after being hit by a vehicle and was then evaluated. Our veterinary partner realized that she was walking, but not very well. After x-rays were taken, she was determined to have a broken pelvis in three places and needed surgery. Sometimes these types of breaks can heal themselves over time, but Holly’s pelvis was so displaced that surgery was necessary to ensure she would go on to live a normal, healthy life. After reviewing Holly’s case, a Michigan State University veterinarian agreed to conduct the surgery that included a bone plate and several screws. Holly is an incredibly sweet, and loving dog. She loves to lick faces! Thanks to heroes like you, Holly has been given a second chance and found her new home.

Avery 2016

Avery 2016

Meet Avery an 8-week-old brave feline who stole the hearts of staff at the shelter. After X-rays and evaluation, it was determined that Avery’s abscess was advanced enough to require eye removal. This girlie is now up and about and adjusting well---thanks to funds donated by heroes like YOU.

Malibu 2016

Malibu 2016

At just 7 weeks old, Malibu been through a whole lot. This teensy girl suffered a broken back leg, and she was relinquished to our shelter because her owner couldn’t afford her medical costs. The leg was so severely broken that our veterinarian friends recommended amputation. Now being fostered by Dr. Hollie Rebo from VetSelect, she is recovering wonderfully. And her prognosis is excellent. Because of her age and spunkiness, she will adjust to three wheels and thrive.

Omelette 2016

Omelette 2016

Omelette, a two-year-old domestic short hair, came to us as a stray.  He arrived with a severely swollen leg which our veterinary partner determined was due to an infected abcess.  The front left leg was amputated, allowing Omelette to be now fully ambulatory.  This friendly feline is currently recovering from surgery at the shelter.  Omelette is  patiently waiting for an adopter to come forward who will let him run and play in a loving home.

Chowder 2016

Chowder 2016

Chowder, a six-year-old bully breed mix,  was brought to the shelter as a stray and was evaluated for any medical conditions.   This sweet-tempered dog  has heartworm.  He is currently receiving medicine for his heartworm condition and being closely monitored. Thanks to you, he has been given a second chance for a healthy life.

Happy 2016

Happy 2016

Happy, a handsome four-year-old German Shepherd mix, was brought to the shelter as a stray and needed medical attention. Our veterinary partner cleaned the infected abscess on his shoulder area, believed to be from a bite wound, and administered pain medication. Happy, true to his name, is a friendly and sweet boy who has heartworm. He is currently receiving medicine for this condition. Thanks to you, he is recovering nicely from his wound, and found a home.

Sarah 2016

Sarah 2016

We will do whatever it takes to make life more meaningful and productive for our adoptables. In Sarah's case, she needed some wheels. This teensy (she's just 5 pounds) 4-year-old dynamo was brought to us as a stray with a very special situation. Her back legs are paralyzed. Thanks to your generosity, Sarah will be receiving a rear-wheel, aluminum cart that can assist this spunky little girl gain some normal mobility. More good news! Sarah was adopted by a family who is thrilled to add this sweet girl to their family.

Smore 2016

Smore 2016

Smore, a one-year-old Boston Terrier mix, was rescued running in the Dearborn Walmart parking lot and brought to the shelter. She appeared to have a severe infection in her left ear. After closer examination, we found a large tumor in the ear canal. Removal of the tumor required a very delicate operation. Paws up to Doctors Gumbs and Dizik for taking on this surgery. Thanks to you, Smore received the care she needed and is recuperating nicely in her new home.

Aro 2016

Aro 2016

Aro is a large, talkative black male cat who came to the shelter as a stray. He is an affectionate, playful cat. This eight-year-old domestic short hair arrived with an injured left eye, which resulted in an eye removal surgery. He has made a wonderful recovery from surgery and he has now found his forever home. Thanks to you, Aro has been given a second chance and his future looks bright!

Eleanor 2016

Eleanor 2016

Only four months old and stranded with a broken rear leg, Eleanor came to us with a big heart and a flare for people. You would never know she had a broken leg with the excitement she displays with each visitor. She was so thankful that there were others with big hearts like hers. Thanks to you, her leg was successfully removed and she was back to herself just in time to find her forever home.

Mr. Miagi 2015

Mr. Miagi 2015

This one-year-old pup was found and brought to our shelter underweight and with an embedded metal chain around his neck. The chain was wrapped so tightly that we had to use bolt cutters to remove it; his fur matted with blood and dirt from the wounds. Fortunately, donors like you make it possible to give Mr. Miagi the best treatment possible until he's well enough to find his forever home.

Mavi 2015

Mavi 2015

Mavi is a one-year-old bull terrier who came to the shelter as a stray. Upon arrival, she was examined and found to have a major infection and decay in three of her teeth. Our veterinary partner extracted the three teeth and Mavi felt much better. Now she is awaiting her forever home.

Mr. Gus 2015

Mr. Gus 2015

Mr. Gus is a seven-year-old fox terrier with a short black and white coat. He was surrendered by his owner who was moving and could not take him with her. Upon examination, Mr. Gus was diagnosed with terrible infections in his mouth requiring full mouth dental extractions. He also had a cyst removed from his knee. Mr. Gus is a loving boy with a sweet temperament currently in a foster home. Thanks to you, Mr. Gus has been given a second chance to find a loving adoptive home.

Hiccup 2015

Hiccup 2015

Hiccup was brought to us as a stray. This lovely young Cockapoo was diagnosed by our veterinary partner as having a detached retina and damage to his eye. Hiccup had a successful eye removal surgery. This gentle dog was just looking for a family to love him. Now with your help he is on the mend and his wish for a new family has come true!

Davey Jones 2015

Davey Jones 2015

Davey Jones had a rough start in life. At only 5 weeks old, this kitten was found in a cement flower pot near the entrance of Beaumont Oakwood Hospital. A wonderful person rescued the kitty and brought him to our shelter for care. He was diagnosed by one of our veterinary partners with a ruptured eye and surgery was required to remove it. He recovered from surgery nicely and this sweet boy was lucky to find a loving home. Thanks to donors like you, Davey Jones was given a second chance.

Ruby 2015

Ruby 2015

At only three months, this German Shepherd came to us as a stray and with a severe case of demodicosis with evidence of sarcoptic mange. The latter is a similar but severely contagious form of canine scabies. Ruby has recovered and she has found her forever home thanks to heroes like you.

Dutch 2015

Dutch 2015

Dutch, a one-year-old Shepherd mix, came in to our shelter as a stray with what appeared to be an injured right leg. Dutch was not using the right leg and it was quite swollen. After x-rays and evaluation, it was determined that the dog had been shot and his leg shattered. The leg required amputation. This fella healed nicely though and has been adopted into his forever home.Thank you for giving Dutch a second chance to run and play!

Bijou 2015

Bijou 2015

This neglected Persian Snowshoe mix cat came to the shelter as a stray. She had a severe case of ear mites that took much longer than normal to cure, several weeks in fact. Bijou had two small masses on her chest area which were surgically removed. Bijou fully recovered just in time to find her new home. She can’t thank you enough!

Velma 2015

Velma 2015

Velma came to the shelter, less than a few months old, in a litter of puppies. Not yet available for adoption, she was cared for through our foster program. While in care, Velma became ill and was unable to keep down food or water. She was brought in only to find she had a bowel obstruction which would require surgery. Thanks for being a true lifesaver for this little one!

Cleo 2015

Cleo 2015

At just under ten pounds, Cleo was found wandering the streets and brought to us by a local Dearborn resident. What we found was an injured leg that left this poor pup with an unsteady gait and painful limp. After her leg surgery, she was walking in no time. Cleo was adopted and has been a loving companion to her adopted family.   Thanks to you she has a second chance!

Winn-Dixie 2015

Winn-Dixie 2015

Winn-Dixie came to us on a cold February day with a ruptured eye socket. Our veterinary friends believe she was left that way for some time and so, the removal of her eye was necessary. This adorable poodle adjusted well to her unfortunate circumstance and found her forever home in just a short time. There’s no doubt her future is bright thanks to you.

Journee 2015

Journee 2015

This eight-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier was left on the road and found her way to our shelter. Unfortunately, she had what is commonly known as “cherry eye.” This diagnosis isn’t uncommon in dogs, but it certainly can become problematic and, in Journee’s case, oral antibiotics weren’t helping. Surgery was a must for this little girl and she was good as new when she found her forever home less than a month after surgery. Journee thanks you for helping her to see her way home.

Izzy 2015

Izzy 2015

Izzy came to us malnourished and underweight when she was surrendered by her owner at the shelter. This sweet poodle also had a luxating patella, which means her knee was displaced, preventing her from walking properly. Thanks to donors like you, Izzy was only a hop, skip and jump away from getting her needed surgery, so she could walk pain-free again.

Tweety Bird 2015

Tweety Bird 2015

This one- year- old Chihuahua pup was left on a man’s door step with a broken rear leg. Not able to walk and left homeless, we took Tweety Bird under our wing. It was determined by our veterinarian friends that Tweety Bird would require leg amputation surgery for a better quality of life. Thanks to you, she fully recovered and walked happily on her three legs into the arms of her new adopter.

Moose Trax 2015

Moose Trax 2015

At almost two years old, Moose Trax was brought to our shelter by his owners. His left rear leg was badly broken and they could not afford veterinary care. After evaluation, it was discovered that the leg, left untreated for too long, was beyond repair and required amputation. Moose Trax has done remarkably well. This resilient boy learned to walk again and is a spirited pup who doesn’t see any hurdles in his path. Thank you for giving Moose Trax a second chance!

Sunshine 2014

Sunshine 2014

A local resident found one-year-old Sunshine running at large with a collar on. Unfortunately the collar was deeply embedded, and had been around her neck so long that it caused an open wound several inches deep. The wound was so severe that she was immediately taken to emergency care. Sunshine remained under veterinary watch for over a month to ensure the gash would heal properly. After full recovery, she went home with her forever family. Sunshine thanks you for brightening her life!  

Diva 2014

Diva 2014

When one-year-old Diva came to our shelter, we noticed it was painful for her to walk. After evaluation, we discovered she had a previous fracture to her femoral head (part of the hip joint that connects her pelvis to her rear leg). Left untreated, adhesions formed, leaving her leg almost useless. Diva underwent multiple rounds of surgery to remove the adhesions, followed by rehabilitation therapy. Throughout she was one determined Diva. Her new Dad reports that she is doing amazingly well. Thank you for giving Diva a leg up on life!

Woody 2014

Woody 2014

Tiny one-year-old Woody came to us with a severely broken front leg. His bones were so delicate that they were set several times and he wore a cast for over two months. Eventually, the leg just wouldn’t heal and amputation was necessary. Woody’s new Mama says it doesn’t matter. This mighty mite charges around and is as frisky as can be; he’ll literally leap into your arms. Woody thanks you for his newly wonderful life!

Vada 2014

Vada 2014

Teensy Vada was found as a stray at just one-week-old. So delicate, she required months of extra special care, including bottle feeding and multiple series of antibiotics. Eventually Vada was “adopted” by a shelter Mama cat named Ada who continued to work magic on this wee one. Thanks to you, Vada grew strong and flourished. She went home in time for the holidays.

Teddy 2014

Teddy 2014

Sometimes they need a teensy bit of help from us! At just two pounds, tiny Teddy was underweight for a seven-month-old. He also suffered from malnutrition. A special diet, dental treatments, and some extra TLC in foster care was the prescription. Thanks to your hopeful heart, Teddy was soon in tip-top shape.

Dot 2014

Dot 2014

One-year-old Dot hoped for a life free of heartworm. Heartworm is easily preventable, but, unfortunately, we shelter many strays who suffer from the disease. Without  treatment, heartworm is deadly. Heartworm treatment is lengthy and expensive, but Dot rested quietly in foster care until her heart was fully healed. In July she found her forever family. Thank you for healing Dot’s heart!

Little Stevie 2013

Little Stevie 2013

Little Stevie was brought to the shelter by a caring member of the community. His beautiful blue eyes were extremely cloudy, so we feared he was blind. Our vet friends diagnosed him with corneal edema caused by a virus. Ophthalmic ointment and a rigorous series of drops ultimately increased his sight by 100%.  Following foster care, Little Stevie found his forever home in November. He thanks you for bringing light to his life!

Jack Frost 2013

Jack Frost 2013

This spunky 6-year-old Bichon came to us with a nearly ruptured cornea caused by untreated glaucoma. The only option was eye removal. Following surgery, he recovered in foster care with special therapeutic assistance to adapt to his new condition. With your help, Jack has a new way of looking at the world.

Bartholemeow 2013

Bartholemeow 2013

We believe that Bart was hit by a car (given the road rash along his side), which then ran over his tail. His tail was so damaged, it required amputation. After surgery, Bart flourished. According to our animal evaluator Courtney, “He seemed so relieved to essentially have ‘dead weight’ removed.” This “love drooler” found his forever family just in time for the holidays!

Victory 2013

Victory 2013

Because of a birth defect, Victory’s front legs were severely malformed—measuring only a few inches with no actual paws. It was our goal to make Victory’s life as comfortable and mobile as possible. This gutsy girl was provided with a specially designed mobility cart and other orthopedic equipment to maximize her quality of life. Victory was ultimately adopted by FAMD Executive Director Elaine Greene, and epitomizes daily that she is a truly a heroic spirit!

Meyo 2013

Meyo 2013

Two-year-old Meyo came to our shelter and tested positive for heartworm. A serious disease, heartworm can be fatal. Other shelters might not go the extra mile to treat heartworm, but the Friends will! Meyo received veterinary care for several months, and recuperated in foster care because his activity level had to be limited. He found his forever family in September, and thanks you for helping to heal his heart!

Rusty 2012

Rusty 2012

Rusty came to the shelter after being hit by a car. Because his lacerations were so deep, he underwent daily treatment for several months so the wounds could ultimately heal enough to be surgically closed. Even in the most extreme cases, caring for an injured boy like Rusty is made possible because of you, our Hope’s Heroes!

Lexi 2012

Lexi 2012

Little Lexi was found as a stray along with another dog: a boy. Apparently they were young parents-to-be since Lexi was pregnant. While being fostered, Lexi gave birth to four babies. Caring for rescues from birth to adoption is a challenge that we can achieve thanks to you, our Hope’s Heroes!

Loki 2012

Loki 2012

Six-month-old Loki had the heart of a champion in a little broken body. We thought she had a fractured leg, but after thorough evaluation, it was determined she had extensive damage to her pelvis, including a dislocated hip. Loki successfully came through surgery, and according to her veterinarian, “It’s astounding that she is doing as well as she is—that she can move her bowels and have this much mobility. She is a trooper!”

Noah 2011

Noah 2011

At just 8 weeks old, Noah had been through quite a journey. This little buddy’s tiny paw had been caught in a rat trap and severely mangled.  X-rays revealed that his leg needed to be amputated. Following surgery, Noah immediately went into foster care for recuperation.  According to his foster mom, “The same day we brought Noah home, he was already up and about and eating.”

Sarabi 2011

Sarabi 2011

Sarabi’s tiny face was covered with bite wounds (possibly from another dog), and so swollen that her right eye was entirely shut. After her face was shaved and cleaned, a drain tube was inserted to allow all infection to escape, and was started on IV fluids.  A week later, the drain tube was removed, and the swelling had diminished. The best news was that her eye had opened, with no lasting damage. This puppy never gave up!

Batman 2011

Batman 2011

Four-month-old Batman saw seen quite a few doctors in his short life because of an injured back leg. Batman visited several vets, had multiple X-rays, and was diagnosed with soft-tissue damage. Doctors thought the leg might require amputation, or major surgery. Miraculously the little hero’s knee had healed on its own. Diagnosis: No worries about arthritis or other problems in the future!

Jezebel 2011

Jezebel 2011

Eight-week-old Jezebel’s life got off to a wobbly start. She had a dislocated knee that was severely damaged. After multiple X-rays, and vet visits, it was decided her leg needed to be amputated. That did not stall her little spirit. She is the most loving girl, who snuggles under your chin and gives kitty kisses very generously.

Tweety 2011

Tweety 2011

Tweety had serious and recurring upper respiratory problems that eventually settled in her eyes. Over time, her right eye developed extensive scar tissue. At first, we thought her eye might have to be removed. The good news is that ophthalmic drops provided the comfort she needed. Tweety adapted to her new “lifestyle” by using her whiskers and developing her other senses.