While many of the dogs we support need only basic veterinary care, the ability to say ‘yes’ to these extraordinary cases can be the difference between life and death for a dog in an overcrowded shelter.
Beautiful Goldens like nine-year-old Portia, who had been struck by a car and suffered two crushed vertebrae. Pulled from a Fresno shelter, we were able to get her the care she needed and celebrate her going home in January.
Or tiny Noel, who came to us at only eight weeks old with a broken leg. Our Doc set it and we sent her to recover in a foster home that became her forever home.
Some, are not Golden at all – but golden of heart – like our near hairless Nash, one of our sanctuary dogs, whose skin condition requires special medications, diet, and baths.
And two special pups, Faith and Hope (now Sophie) surrendered by a breeder. Both have Megaesophagus – an expansion of the esophagus that requires they be fed and propped upright for 30 minutes after each feeding so the food makes its way to their stomachs. It turns out that this was only a symptom of their underlying issue, Centronuclear Myopathy or CNM – an inherited disease in Labrador Retrievers. The dogs’ bodies won’t develop the muscles of a typical dog – resulting in an inability to walk or play for extended periods of time. Both of these adorable pups live in permanent foster with their very special mom because their medical needs are met by Homeward Bound. In fact, at any time, approximately 100 dogs are enrolled in our permanent foster program. Thanks to your support, we are able to provide their medical care so they can be in loving homes.
We can help dogs like Portia, Nash, Noel, Faith and Sophie because of your generous donations. These dogs rely on the Fund of Love, which we build in February and March, creating matching funds for the Double the Gold Challenge held in April and May. The combined campaigns raise the majority of our medical care costs each year.