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! 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. 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 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! Biscuit – Sweet Biscuit was surrendered to a shelter in horrible condition with multiple pelvic fractures, abdominal hernia and a large abscess between his skin and body wall. . Biscuit has undergone multiple surgeries and has a significant amount of swelling, edema and a urinary tract infection. He will need to be on a very strict activity restriction to allow his body to recover. Max – Max is approximately 9 months old and came to us malnourished, dehydrated with pneumonia. The family who had been trying to help realized he needed more than they could give and reached out to us for assistance. Max has been examined by several veterinary specialists and was diagnosed with megaesophagus which means he is unable to swallow food normally because his esophagus lacks the muscle tone needed to move food and water down. His foster has another dog with a similar condition and he has kindly offered the use of his Bailey Chair to Max. We are currently working with Max to learn exactly which food combinations will work best. Sunny – Sunny was dumped in a rural shleter overnight drop box with a partially delivered puppy stuck in her body. Sunny is still fighting for her life – her uterus had gone through the abdominal wall as she has been pushing so hard to deliver her puppies. Sadly, the puppies did not survive. She has gone through one surgery and may require another. She has also tested positive for heart worms. Durango – Durango has an abscess on his neck and is struggling to use his back legs. He was picked up by animal control and taken to a local shelter, it is clear he has suffered in his four years of life. Due to the infection in his neck and his heartworm and ehrlichiosis (a tick-borne disease) status, he cannot be sedated to perform X-rays and other testing needed to diagnose the issues with his legs for a few days. He is responding to an anti-inflammatory which is helping his mobility. Henry – Henry is a one-year old chocolate lab, his owner passed away and he has suffered ever since. He is severely emaciated, dehydrated and has a skin infection so severe that he is bleeding just from moving. He is covered in ticks and fleas and has the worst case of hookworms the veterinarian specialists have ever seen – this alone could have killed him. His veterinary team tell us he has a 50% chance of survival at this point. They did say if he survives, his recovery will take months. Tater – Three-year-old Tater, an 8lb Yorkie / Dachshund mix, has not had an opportunity to know love. He was abandoned outside in a cage for weeks. He is horribly matted with itchy skin and his ears are full of hematomas (cauliflower ear). It is believed he was used for breeding and the “owners” moved away and left him behind. It is obvious he has never touched grass and has most likely spent his life in a cage. His ears are so full that we don’t know if the canals are open due to scar tissue. Cauliflower ear is commonly associated with ear infections, habitual scratching of the ear and violent shaking of the head. Tater has an appointment with a specialist for his ears – surgery will most definitely be required. He will also see a dermatology specialist for his skin. With all he has suffered, Tater is a happy and playful little man who loves people and other animals. Pluto – This tiny kitten and siblings came to us with upper respiratory and eye infections weighing .32 to .45kg . They are receiving the medical care they need and will be fully vaccinated and spay/neuter when they are old enough. Mars – This tiny kitten and siblings came to us with upper respiratory and eye infections weighing .32 to .45kg . They are receiving the medical care they need and will be fully vaccinated and spay/neuter when they are old enough. Star – This tiny kitten and siblings came to us with upper respiratory and eye infections weighing .32 to .45kg . They are receiving the medical care they need and will be fully vaccinated and spay/neuter when they are old enough. Orion – This tiny kitten and siblings came to us with upper respiratory and eye infections weighing .32 to .45kg . They are receiving the medical care they need and will be fully vaccinated and spay/neuter when they are old enough. Jupiter – This tiny kitten and siblings came to us with upper respiratory and eye infections weighing .32 to .45kg . They are receiving the medical care they need and will be fully vaccinated and spay/neuter when they are old enough. Jet – This less than a year old baby was found to be in active labor but was unable to deliver. The emergency hospital contacted us for help! We could not say no! During surgery they discovered it was too soon for the kittens to be viable and unfortunately they could not be saved. Jet made it through surgery and is recovering in a foster home. Cocoa – Cocoa was brought in for euthanasia at about 4 months old because she had a broken heart! Cocoa has a birth defect called Patent ductus arteriosus (also called PDA). Most dogs with PDA develop congestive heart failure by 1 year of age. Luckily, Cocoa hasn’t developed CHF and with corrective surgery she can live a long healthy life. Knowing this, the doctor who was asked to euthanize Cocoa pleaded with her owners to surrender her. When they agreed she asked The Arrow Fund to help fix her heart and find her a new family.