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Cloud, a 1 ½ -year-old Ragdoll mix, was born missing the upper part of her eyelid in both eyes and underwent a unique double eyelid surgery in our Veterinary Medical Center. She had been unable to blink and needed lots of medical assistance like eye drops and pain medication. Her eyes were damaged and scarred, but there was hope that her vision could be saved and to live pain-free in the future. IHS veterinarians performed surgery and we’re happy to report that she has successfully recovered!
The healing process is going very well as she recovers in our foster care program. Your donation helps animals like Cloud receive veterinary care from our hospital and live free of painful medical conditions.
Our staff and volunteers care so much for the pets we rescue, shelter and rehome, when we encounter suffering and abuse it is especially hard on all of us. So, when a tragic case of neglect has a happy ending, it’s cause to celebrate.
One recent victory was this badly neglected little terrier, rescued by our staff and volunteers from a deplorable hoarding situation. Check out the amazing before and after transformation of Wilma!
Your donations help pets like this lucky lady recover from abuse and neglect.
Lois, a geriatric Chihuahua, was rescued by the Idaho Humane Society from a terrible animal hoarding situation in which many dogs were suffering from neglect. She was born with deformed knees that needed to be surgically corrected and she had lived in pain for years. Lois was emaciated and suffered from severe, painful dental disease and our Veterinary Medical Center veterinarians had to remove all but two of her teeth.
Our shelter, veterinary hospital, and our foster care community treat and rehabilitate thousands of pets like Lois each year. Lois has been undergoing care and is recovering very well at the Idaho Humane Society. Thanks to your donations, the medical care she received will prolong her life and allow her to live comfortably with her new forever family.
Big Bertha came to the Idaho Humane Society in dire straits due to many months of criminal neglect. She had a collar embedded so deeply into her armpit and neck that it required surgical removal. We successfully stabilized her and performed several surgeries to remove the collar and close the wounds. This was a particularly difficult surgical challenge due to its location. After eight weeks of care in our Veterinary Medical Center and foster care network, Bertha has recovered is now ready to meet her forever family.
Our shelter, veterinary hospital rescue, and our foster care community treat and rehabilitate thousands of pets like Bertha each year. Thanks to your support, animals like Bertha are able to get a second chance for a happy life with a caring family.
Phoenix came to us after being rescued from a burn pile where she was found abandoned. After her injuries were treated by our Veterinary Medical Center, she was transferred into our correctional facility based foster care program (known as WISKR). She received round the clock care for her burns provided by the inmates at the South Boise Women’s Correctional Center (SBWCC). Our WISKR program helps the Idaho Humane Society save hundreds of cats with conditions requiring care that is difficult to provide for long periods of time in our shelter, including bottle baby kittens, cats with upper respiratory infections, and other conditions.
While hundreds of dogs and cats leave our inmate staffed programs to be adopted by local families, Phoenix made a special impact on the staff and inmates at SBWCC. We’re proud to announce that Phoenix is now the official mascot of the facility. Your donations mean that even more cats and kittens like Phoenix recover from life-threatening conditions and go on to live happy, pain free lives.
Lady, a 5-year-old Pomeranian mix, was brought into our Veterinary Medical Center after her owner was unable to afford care at local emergency hospitals. She was diagnosed with a pyometra, an infection of the uterus which is often seen in older, unspayed female dogs and is usually fatal if left untreated. Our veterinarians provided emergency surgery, removing her uterus and ovaries. Lady’s owner was grateful for the financial assistance that IHS provided and for our excellent medical care. He wrote:
“I just had to write you this letter to tell you how impressed I am with your wonderful people. Everyone I dealt with was so kind and caring. Sitting in your reception area and seeing how you all interacted with everyone and their pets was a real blessing for me. I thank God that there are people like you doing what you so incredibly do. Thank you, thank you.”
Last year, we provided more than 1.5 million dollars-worth of free or discounted veterinary medical care to low-income families and shelter pets. Your donations allow us to assist pets who would otherwise go without life-saving care.
Tucker arrived at the Idaho Humane Society as a transfer from another southern Idaho animal shelter. He had a very painful gait and was limping on his front legs. X-rays revealed that Tucker had a disease called osteochondritis dissecans that affected the cartilage in both his shoulders.
OCD is a painful disease the cartilage, usually affecting the shoulders of young, growing dogs. In this condition a defective area of cartilage forms which may separate from the underlying bone.
At the Idaho Humane Society Veterinary Medical Center Tucker was scheduled for surgery to alleviate the pain associated with his shoulders. Surgery involved removing the malformed cartilage which then allows the body to fill the defect with fibrocartilage. Surgery for OCD usually has a very good outcome and the dog quickly returns to normal function.
After a few weeks of healing in the Medical Center, Tucker was moved to the shelter to find a new family and he quickly found an adoptive home!
Yasha was one of twelve neglected dogs rescued by the Idaho Humane Society from a horrific animal hoarding situation. She had suffered from a severe allergic condition made worse from being forced to live in extremely unsanitary conditions. Months of constant scratching had resulted in the loss of most of her fur, and her skin had thickened and cracked from chronic inflammation. Our veterinarians provided emergency care for all the dogs, and Yasha was prescribed a special diet, therapeutic bathing and medications. After a time in our Veterinary Medical Center, she went to the home of one of our foster volunteers for continued care in a loving home environment.
After making a miraculous recovery, she is now enjoying a new coat of fur and loves spending time with her foster family hiking and exploring the outdoors.
“Z” is a 14 week old yellow Labrador Retriever that was accidentally stepped on. His owner’s sought care for Z at the Idaho Humane Society’s Veterinary Medical Center. Unfortunately, he suffered a fracture through the lateral condyle of his elbow joint. Articular fractures like this are extremely debilitating and without surgery Z would likely lose most or all of the function in his foreleg. A surgeon at the Medical Center repaired Z’s fracture using several pins and an orthopedic screw and he is recovering very well at home with his owners. This particular fracture is more common in young dogs with soft, growing bones.
Calypso, a 1-year-old female Abyssinian guinea pig was surrendered to the IHS shelter. Calypso’s check-up with a shelter veterinarian diagnosed her with a severely damaged eye caused by an unknown trauma that required her eye be removed. The eye globe was dry, non visual and had pus discharge. Calypso was otherwise was a very healthy guinea pig and her left eye, luckily, was fine. She was also a very nice guinea pig who was friendly and enjoyed being handled and held.
IHS Veterinarian, Dr. Strope, performed Calypso’s surgery and removed the damaged blind eye. Calypso recovered quickly from surgery and was eating and drinking by evening. Due to her outgoing and friendly personality, Calypso quickly found a loving, adoptive home!
On March 20, 2011, a 1-year-old, brown merle, female/spayed, un-microchipped Australian Shepherd mix was brought to the Idaho Humane Society as a stray. Upon arrival, it was noted by a shelter animal care assistant that she walked funny on her right hind leg, but she otherwise appeared healthy.
Unfortunately, after the 7 day waiting period she was not reunited with her owners, so she was named “Phoebe” and started her journey to find a new home.
Since she had a funny gait, she was examined by Dr. Koob, one of the veterinarians at the I.H.S. Veterinary Medical Center. He noted that she probably had previously broken her leg and it didn’t heal properly. Since the fractured leg wasn’t repaired correctly, the leg was much shorter and the muscles were weak. X-rays were taken which confirmed Dr. Koob’s suspicions. Although Phoebe was able to get around well despite an injured leg, she wasn’t able to use it when she was running and playing. Therefore, it was decided by the Veterinary Medical Center veterinarians that it would be best if her leg was amputated, as some animals will re-injure themselves if they have a dysfunctional limb.
On March 27, 2011, Phoebe had surgery by Dr. Janie Mori, to amputate her right hind leg. She did very well post surgery and had an uneventful recovery. In fact, due to Phoebe’s big happy personality and her ‘smile’ you didn’t even notice she had a leg missing.
Soon after surgery on April 8, 2011, Phoebe was adopted and is doing great in her new home!
Butch was having difficulty urinating. He would try and try, but only a few dribbles would come out. His owners took him to a veterinarian where they determined he had a small urolith (bladder stone) stuck in his urethra. The veterinarian there was unable to move the stone out, so they flushed it back into the bladder. The cost of surgery to remove the stone from the bladder was more than the owners could afford all at once. They brought Butch to the Idaho Humane Society Veterinary Medical Center where, thanks to the STAR Fund program, they would be able to make payments over several months.
The veterinarians at the Idaho Humane Society performed surgery and successfully removed the stone from Butch’s bladder, as well as performing a routine neuter. Butch was a bit uncomfortable from the surgery for a couple of days, but after 3 days in the hospital, he was urinating normally and was happy to go home!
Willow is a purebred Doberman Pinscher that was brought to the IHS shelter in February of this year in horrifyingly poor body condition. She was found as a stray when she broken into her finder’s chicken coop in search of food. Willow was severely malnourished, weighing just over 30 pounds when she arrived. Her coat was dull and she looked essentially like a walking skeleton. The IHS medical center did a full evaluation on Willow and found that she had no medical condition causing her to be so underweight, she had simply been starved.
Staff veterinarians placed her on a regimen of being fed a specific amount of high quality food every three hours for the following week. After just a few days Willow was feeling much better and had already gained 6 pounds! After a month in a loving IHS foster home Willow had gained 14 pounds and was ready for adoption. After being featured on the IHS Facebook page, Willow (now named Rogue) met her new family, complete with another Doberman buddy!
This is what her new family had to say about Willow/Rogue, “Rogue is doing wonderfully! She is amazing with our daughter and our other Doberman Aries. They have really bonded and now they don’t go anywhere without each other. Our cat and Rogue are still learning to tolerate each other but it gets better each day. We recently took Rogue to the vet and are happy to report she now weighs 51 lbs!!! She seems to be so happy these days. She has really taken to Astrid, our daughter and loves to cuddle with her, if she isn’t sleeping in our bed she is most definitely sleeping on Astrid’s. We are so happy to have her in our lives.”
Madison is a 3-year-old female St. Bernard. She was brought to the shelter because the owner couldn’t take care of her anymore. Specifically, the owner couldn’t afford the surgeries that were necessary to correct her eye conditions.
The veterinarians at the Idaho Humane Society Veterinary Medical Center examined her and determined that her eyelid problems were challenging, but they’d give it a try. Madison had a condition in the muscles around her eyes, called extraocular myositis, that caused the muscles to atrophy (become smaller). This condition then caused the eyes to sink back into the eye sockets which caused the third eyelids to cover most of her eyes, severely restricting her ability to see. In other words, she was essentially blind.
The IHS Veterinary Medical Center has 5 full-time and 8 part-time veterinarians that, together, have over 100 years of veterinary experience. Even with all that experience, none of the veterinarians had seen an eye condition like this. After consulting with eye specialists, it was decided to do a very delicate surgery to partially remove the third eyelids.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Fiona Caldwell, one of the IHS staff veterinarians on April 27th. Madison recovered well from the surgery, and except for a small irritation from one of the sutures in her eyelid, has been doing very well. She can see just fine now, and is a very nice 150 pound dog!
After spending a couple of weeks in the Veterinary Medical Center for observation and care, she was adopted by a great family!