Before they come to us our animals experience incredible hardship so they frequently require special care, including extensive surgery, specialty veterinary care, and physical or emotional rehabilitation. For most of our animals, that recovery occurs in a foster home where they can be supported by loving people while they complete their veterinary follow-ups and learn to trust. Below are the animals currently under the supervision of a veterinarian or recovering in a foster home.
P.S. – Foster homes are always needed. If you are interested in fostering, please see our information about fostering here .
Meatball – This precious one-year-old boy is unable to walk more than a few feet without collapsing due to possible spinal fracture and muscle wasting. Meatball has been in this condition for quite some time based on the muscle atrophy in his back legs. 85% of his weight is being carried by his front legs. We are hopeful the orthopedic surgeon and the physical therapist can give this boy the life he deserves! Hawthorne – This sweet senior came in with a large testicular tumor. He has endured a tragic life of abuse and neglect. He received mass removal surgery and treatment for the many gashes all over his body. He also has chronic pancreatitis and Cushings. This sweet baby has joined our Hospice program where he will have a chance to love and be loved in return! Chewbacca – A sweetheart in our Hospice program who is thriving with love and veterinary care. They have reconstructed his nasal passages, but some teeth were lost and more surgery may be required. Chewbacca is a sweetheart; he nuzzles and loves to be cuddled. Josie – A tragic case whose back paws were severed by some type of barbaric trap. Josie underwent a ground breaking surgery that transplanted a portion of her front paw pads to the back in the hopes that she will be able to walk pain free without the need for prosthetics. The transplant is making great progress but has been slow in healing. One paw is doing great the other, which was cut off farther up, is progressing but still has a way to go. She can walk with her boots on but prefers to be carried by her fosters – she may be a bit spoiled! Ranger – This two year old German Shepherd has his tongue ripped out in a shelter by the dog in the next kennel. His injury is severe and he is now healing in a loving foster home as he learns to eat and drink without a tongue. Hazel – This 2-year old female beagles leg was broken in half with exposed bone. The damage to her leg was extensive and had to be amputated. She is now recovering in a nurturing foster home while she recovers and learns to walk with 3 legs. Mugzi – HE’S JUST A BABY! MUGZI! HE WAS ATTACKED BY ANOTHER DOG, WHICH LEFT HIS JAWBONE EXPOSED AND NECROTIC TISSUE PRESENT. This playful young pup was abandoned at a local veterinary hospital who immediately contacted us for help. We could not refuse this chunky, sweet little boy! The veterinary surgical team repaired his injuries but issues remain related to his baby and adult teeth where his jaw was impacted. He is now recovering in a loving foster home! Penny – All three legs were broken at least a week prior from being thrown from a car in a plastic bag. One leg was so badly broken it could not be saved. She had surgery on the other two legs and those breaks have been repaired. This poor girl has clearly suffered enormous abuse in her short life. Penny is already trying to stand and stealing the hearts of all the ICU technicians with her sweet personality Hope – This young pup was found in a wooded area with a wired cable and rope around her neck. The damage to her neck from the cable and rope was severe. The wound was cleaned and the dead tissue removed. She is being monitored closely for infection. Dixie – This tiny, sweet baby was brought to our attention by a rescue in Montgomery County. It appears that she has vision issues and we were contacted for specialty veterinary help. We are fortunate to have some outstanding veterinary ophthalmologists here in Louisville, and Dixie will be getting a full health and vision assessment in the next few days. Shane – Eight week old Shane, who looks like a Collie mix, and his littermates were found by the shelter staff after a long night in the cold. Shane is much smaller than his siblings and with his vision issues the shelter contacted us for help. He was immediately rushed to our veterinary ophthalmologist who confirmed he is blind. He’s the best boy and will soon be looking for that special furever home! Barlow – This poor boy was injured in a tragic house fire. Barlow is now in our care and the extreme burns to his face, legs and paws require special bandage changes and pain management. In spite of his suffering, he remains calm and friendly to the veterinary staff. Maya – Sweet Maya, a young puppy, was found lying by the roadside, rescuers assumed she was hit by a car. Her injuries were so severe that the local veterinarian was unable to treat her and suggested euthanasia. Knowing that The Arrow Fund has access to many veterinary specialists, the rescuers asked us to give this cutie a chance and we had to say “Yes!” Maya is being treated by a top-level surgery team and they have repaired her numerous broken bones. Although she is currently resting peacefully and pain-free in the ICU, she will need to be carefully monitored as she recovers. Despite all of her painful injuries, Maya remains loving and gives kisses to all! Betty – This special girl has suffered without proper nutrition or care (she is full of parasites both inside and out) for quite some time before finally being rescued today. This approximately 2-year old Great Dane mix will require specialized care and many, small daily feedings as her body tries to repair itself. In spite of all her suffering, Betty remains sweet and gentle – especially for a dog of her size!