Who Has TLC Helped?
Mr. Benedict and Mikey were at home having a normal day. A sales representative was going door to door throughout the neighborhood. Mr. Benedict opened his door to greet her and Mikey ran out. At that time, the neighbor’s larger dog was outside in their yard. Ten-pound Mikey wandered blissfully into the yard unaware of his unfortunate fate. The larger dog grabbed Mikey by his shoulder and shook him vigorously. By the time the neighbor came over to tell Mr. Benedict what had happened, Mikey already had several lacerations to his shoulder area going down to his chest. Mr. Benedict took Mikey to the Animal Emergency and Referral Center of York since Shiloh Vet was closed at the time. Mikey received surgical care from the AERC and Mr. Benedict received the bill of twenty-three hundred dollars! Mikey was seen at Shiloh Vet’s Dover location on Monday, December 4 for a drain removal from the procedure at the AERC. There, Dr. Brady noticed that Mikey’s skin was not healing well. As with any animal bite wound, there is a risk of the pet's skin not regaining blood flow causing the tissue to die. Around the wound, Mikey’s skin had turned black and dead, requiring him to go back under anesthesia for proper treatment and stitching. Mr. Benedict, dealing with his own medical condition, was having a hard time giving Mikey his medications, so Dr. Brady offered to care for Mikey at the hospital for at least the next week to observe the healing process and provide pain management. Dr. Brady also went over all options with Mr. Benedict and informed him that Mikey will need to undergo more procedures, such as laser treatments and bandage changes, to ensure he would be back to his normal self as quickly as possible. After staying the week (including weekend care) Mikey’s skin was still not healing as Dr. Brady had hoped. Mikey had to undergo another procedure to help the skin heal. At this point, due to the appearance of the lacerations, Mikey would likely be able to finish his healing process at home. By this time, Mr. Benedict’s bill had exceeded one thousand dollars in addition to his bill from the AERC. Your generous donations went to help this amazing man and his companion to be reunited once again!
Eddie was hit by a car and had his hip popped out of the socket, requiring a surgery to remove part of the hip joint.
Testimonial from Eddie's Owner:
I wanted to reach out and extend my never-ending gratitude for the assistance you provided the Pet Pantry to ensure that my family was able to keep our fur baby Eddie the boxador. Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Charlene and Dr. Langlois while doing a follow-up appointment for my pup. He was hit by a car on Thanksgiving, and once we saw the cost of the surgery I was forced to reach out to find a no-kill shelter where I could surrender him to ensure he would be able to live. He had just turned one and having to face that decision so close to the holidays financially, with 4 children to answer to was an unbelievable task. Thanks to your organization and Dr. Langlois at the Pet Pantry, our family was blessed to be able to keep our baby and have him back in good health. I can't thank you all enough and will do everything in my power to share our story with the masses. You are all a huge blessing and I wish you the best.
Found by the side of the road, Bobby Ray was taken to Willow Mill Veterinary Hospital in March 2015 by a good samaritan and local police. He had suffered several traumatic injuries (presumably from being hit by a car) including a spinal cord injury, lung contusions, and a fractured elbow in addition to being malnourished.
Bobby Ray had a guarded prognosis initially, but after just a few days of intensive treatment, his condition dramatically improved! Bobby Ray continued to heal and gain weight daily and he successfully underwent surgery to fix his broken elbow. Though wearing a collar when he arrived, owners could not be located and it was uncertain if he had been abandoned or just lost.
Once healed, Bobby Ray was soon adopted in to a new, loving home.
Georgia was a three month old black Labrador Retriever who was brought by her owner to Willow Mill Veterinary Hospital. She had a leg that had been splinted for an accident occurring five days before, and upon examination she was found to have a long leg fracture. Her leg was showing swelling and joint laxity, and surgery was performed to repair the leg. As the veterinary bills began to mount, Georgia’s owners surrendered her to Willow Mill. Because of location and severity of the break, vigorous physical therapy including cold laser therapy were performed daily. As she healed at the hospital, a new family was identified to adopt Georgia into their home.
Hefty the cat earned his name the hard way. A victim of animal abuse, he was literally put in a trash bag and thrown away for dead. Badly injured, he was discovered trying to claw his way out of the bag. Hefty was taken by a good Samaritan to the Veterinary Medical Center of Lebanon for treatment. Approximately four years old, Hefty was examined and found to have a broken rib, fractured pelvis, broken teeth, lung contusions, intestinal parasites, fleas, and - understandably - shock. He was treated for his injuries and gradually recovered. After being fostered by a VMC employee, Hefty was adopted in February 2014 - and renamed Mufasa - and he is now part of a family with another black cat named Boo and a beagle named Dew.
Spike, a collie mix, was brought to TLC Program participating practice, Animal Hospital of Willow Street, at 20-weeks-old with a metaphyseal fracture of the right femur, or a broken leg. He apparently had been hit by a car. While Spike was otherwise in good condition, he wasn’t microchipped and— despite the efforts of the hospital—an owner could not be located.
Spike underwent surgery on his leg and received two pins to heal the fracture. By the next day, he was sitting up in his cage and, when coaxed out with food, walked well on his own. As he continued to heal at the hospital, the veterinarians noted what a happy dog he was. Spike was adopted by a new owner and was able to go to a loving home. Without TLC, Spike and Blitz might not have had this second chance on a new life in a new home.
Blitz was a stray cat born in September 2010 near Norristown, PA. In December of that year, a good samaritan found Blitz with a severe injury to his left leg. Unable to care for the cat, he took it to TLC Program participating practice, Trooper Veterinary Hospital, and surrendered him. Blitz was made comfortable, examined, and found to have a left distal physeal femoral Salter-Harris Type II fracture, or a broken leg.
Blitz received two pins in his leg and recovered from surgery well. He spent two months at Trooper Veterinary Hospital where he charmed the staff and received a lot of affection. During this time he was dewormed, vaccinated, and neutered. Eventually, Blitz was adopted by the son of one of Trooper’s veterinary technicians.