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
Paws is a large and handsome classic tabby with brilliant green eyes. He was brought to the shelter as a lost cat, and he’s very talkative and loves to be held. Ask to meet this striking and chatty 1-year-old in our Cat Room. Paws has tested positive for FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) but can go on to live a normal life. According to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, FIV is a slow-acting organism, and neither a human nor a dog can be infected through contact with an infected cat. Read more about FIV here: http://bit.ly/2nXvque ~ All of our cats and kittens go home spayed/neutered, microchipped, and up to date on age-appropriate vaccinations. ~
The Original 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!
Nemo December 2017
Like many other animals, Nemo came into the shelter as a tiny 4 week old stray. Besides being lost, he was also suffering with a leg deformity. While it didn’t appear to be causing him any pain, it still hindered his ability to get around. After being checked by a veterinarian, it was determined that the best plan was to amputate the leg while he was young to avoid sores that could develop. This surgery has been made possible by your donations to Hope’s Heroes. Nemo has been residing in a foster home while he awaits his procedure, and his foster mom says he is amazing and acts just like a dog. Thanks to you, Nemo will live a happy, three-legged life. He is currently awaiting his forever family.
Wally came into the shelter in August as a stray almost completely hairless with infected, scaly skin and mites. With the help of your donations, he received prompt medical care including skin biopsies and medicated baths. After almost three months of treatment, Wally’s skin is healing over his neck and shoulders and his hair is beginning to grow back. At the beginning of November, Wally found his forever home.
Mr. Keebler came in as a stray in the heat of July. He was found to have an infected abscess on his neck and unfortunately tested positive for heartworm disease. With the help of your donations, Mr. Keebler was able to heal from his abscess and receive treatment for heartworm. He is "currently waiting" for his forever home?
Mustang's story is a tragic one with a happy ending. He was found tied to the bushes outside Ford Motor Company's headquarters with a cord that had dug its way into the skin of his neck. By the time he came to us, the wounds were infected and filled with insect larvae. His treatment was extensive and costly, but thanks to the Hope's Heroes fund, Mustang is recovering beautifully. He is a sweet and affectionate kitten, and his caretaker from the veterinary hospital has already decided to adopt him once he's done recovering.
Mamba was found running just one block away from a school and park on the East side of Dearborn. Found with two of her own puppies at 5 years old, a Dearborn police officer brought them to the safety of our shelter. She had a medical review and was found to have severe yeast infections, and tested positive for Heartworm. Happily, she recovered and was given lots of attention by staff and volunteers. She began heartworm treatment and was adopted this spring. Thanks to you, she is thriving and enjoying time with her new family.
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!
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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, 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, 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.
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, 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 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!
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
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 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 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 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 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.
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, 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!
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 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!
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 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.
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 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
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
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!
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!
Little Stevie 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.
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!
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!
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 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!
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!
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!”
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’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!
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!
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 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.