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 .
Ellie – This poor girl was shot with a bb gun multiple times and covered with over 100 ticks (some the size of a dime). The chronic fracture of her right back leg has been surgically repaired. Ellie recovered in a loving foster home and is now available for adoption! 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! Tilly – She is a sweet girl who was brought into Blue Pearl after being struck by a truck. Her foot was degloved, and her ligaments and pulsing artery were exposed. We were asked to help this baby, who was in great pain, and could not refuse. Unfortunately the damage to her leg was too severe and her leg had to be amputated. Tilly is recovering in a foster home and will be ready for adoption soon! Dusty – Diagnosed with Cryptosporidium, a parasite which causes severe gastrointestinal distress. This poor fellow has been fighting hard against violent, watery diarrhea. He is slowly getting better, his appetite has returned, and he is getting stronger every day. He is now recovering in a wonderful foster home! Gabriella – This beauty was brought to us when she was three weeks old, with a severe upper respiratory infection and a malformed back leg. Her wonky leg doesn’t quite function like a normal leg, but has normal bone structure feeling in it. She uses it to clean her face, scratch her head, and for climbing. Gabriella would be a good fit for any home but she would prefer a home with playmates. Prince BOONE WAS SHOT IN THE FACE AND NECK. Boone has multiple injuries that all appear to be related to gun shot wounds. There are bullet shards noted on radiographs to lead us to this conclusion. His jaw is fractured on both sides. There are multiplewounds on the tongue and there are wounds on the left side of his neck. All of these wounds were infested with maggots. Boone also is quite emaciated, so slowly introducing nutrition will also be a balancing act with him. Lucy is approximately 2-years old and was taken to the hospital by a couple who believe she was hit by a car. We were contacted to see if we could help and could not say no to this pretty girl. Her veterinary team say she is so loving despite the pain of her leg. They thought amputation would be required but fortunately, Lucy’s surgeons were able to repair it! She is fully recovered and ready for a forever home! Belle is a precious girl came to us with a large hernia, her intestines were inside it. She also had multiple mammary tumors. A successful surgery was performed but unfortunately she was also diagnosed with chronic Pancreatitis, arthritis, and diabetes. Belle is now being spoiled in a loving hospice foster home! Hawthorne 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 is a sweetheart in our Hospice program and 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. Harper was brought into a rural animal shelter as a stray. The person who found her said she had been limping around for a few days before he brought her to the shelter. X-rays showed a complete fracture of the distill femur – we had to help this baby! Harper was taken to Metropolitan Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Services where surgery was performed to repair this painful fracture with pins and a plate. Harlan is 8 weeks old and came to us with a fractured pelvis. Harlan is so small that the surgeons feel it’s best to put him on very strict cage rest in the hope he will heal on his own. He is recovering in a loving foster home with Hannah (below)! Hannah is eight weeks old and has a severely broken leg. In an attempt to save Hannah’s leg, the surgeons placed several pins and a plate and she is recovering in a foster home with Harlan (above). TRAGIC CASE! JOSIES BACK PAWS WERE SEVERED BY SOME TYPE OF BARBARIC TRAP! Poor Josie was a stray who we suspect was caught in a deliberately set leg-hold type trap to catch her and another stray dog in the area. She suffered with this painful injury for several days until finally caught by a caring family. Realizing the pain, she was in and the seriousness of her condition, they reached out for help. She was transported to Louisville today and was immediately given IV pain meds, antibiotics, and fluids. The emergency veterinarian that examined her believes she will need prosthetics or perhaps a wheeled cart, but we will know more once she is examined by a surgeon.