Lily was abandoned at Chesterfield Animal Control not because she was a
naughty dog, but because she had a mammary tumor. Lily had previously
had a benign mammary tumor removed but after it recurred her family of
six years decided they could no longer keep her. Poor Lily languished
for three months at the loud and over-crowded shelter before finally
By the time she was adopted the tumor was causing her lower nipple to
bleed. Her new mom didn’t have much money but was determined to find
help for this sweet dog. Her friend suggested she contact P.A.L.. Our
veterinarian removed both the tumor and the breast. Fortunately, the
tumor was benign. Thanks to our Special Surgeries Fund we were able to
provide Lily’s surgery and antibiotics for free.
It’s been over 6 months since Lily’s surgery and so far there are no
signs of recurrence. Lily’s new mom says it was like she was meant for
this family. Lily adores her older brother, a Shih Tzu named Zach, and
he adores her. Zach will not come in from the yard without his sister.
His mom says he just sits at the top of the stairs until Lily joins him
to go in.
Buddy was referred to Prevent A Litter for neutering by the Richmond
SPCA when they discovered he had a heart murmur. P.A.L.’s veterinarian,
Dr. Asbury, strongly recommended a complete blood panel before putting
this eight year old Pomeranian under anesthesia. Buddy’s mom agreed so
we sent off a sample to our lab.
While waiting for the results, Buddy’s mom noticed that he was having a
difficult time urinating and that he had blood in what little urine he
could get out. She took him to an emergency veterinary hospital where
Buddy was diagnosed as having a bladder stone. Not wanting him to be
under anesthesia twice, Buddy’s mom asked if we could remove the stone
at the same time we neutered him. Dr. Asbury gladly performed both
Unfortunately, Buddy’s mom had spent a great deal of money having this
condition diagnosed and could not afford the entire cost of Buddy’s
surgery. Thanks to our Special Surgery Fund donors, Buddy was able to
receive all of the treatments he needed.
Buddy is back to his normal self – following his mom everywhere she
goes! - and has not had any additional bladder issues.
Callie, a nine year old Golden Retriever, is described by her dad as
being the friendliest dog he’s ever met; “She loves all people and all
animals!” Her family loves her too which is why when they saw that her
ear was all puffed up they wanted to get her to a doctor straight away.
Callie’s mom heard from a friend that P.A.L. could help without breaking
the bank. We were happy to oblige.
Callie’s “puffed up” ear was the result of her earflap filling with
blood. This condition is called an aural hematoma and can be caused by
trauma to the ear, vigorous scratching of the ears, or repeated shaking
of the head. P.A.L.’s veterinarian, Dr. Asbury, inserted a drain in to
Callie’s ear to prevent it from filling up again and to facilitate
clotting. Thanks to our Special Surgeries Fund donations we were able
defray the cost of Callie’s treatment .
Within several weeks Callie had made a full recovery! She’s back to
being her sweet self and is enjoying playing with the newest family
member, a retriever puppy named Cody.
This handsome feral is Lucky indeed! He was a member of a colony of cats
living in a ravine behind a Fredericksburg hotel. The compassionate
women who had long been caring for this colony noticed that Lucky was
limping. The limping got worse over time and soon he couldn’t bear
weight on it at all. The injury made it difficult for Lucky to maneuver
down the ravine to rejoin his colony. Although I’m sure Lucky did not
realize it, being stranded at the top saved his life! The caretaker was
able to easily trap him once he was separated from the group.
The caretaker had been to P.A.L. with a feral cat organization called
Shadow Cat Advocates. She knew we were non-profit and friendly to ferals
so she called to see if we could help. Thanks to our Special Surgeries
Fund donations we could!
Although it is impossible to know what caused the initial injury to
Lucky’s left front leg, Dr. Asbury suspects that it resulted in nerve
damage which left the limb atrophied and useless. Because the limb was
severely hindering Lucky’s movement, it was decided that the best course
of action was to remove the limb.
During his month long convalescence Lucky’s caretaker tried to tame him
and help him adapt to an indoor life amongst humans. This proved
impossible. Not wanting to re-release a three
legged cat to the wild, Lucky’s caretaker secured a place for him at the
animal sanctuary, Rikki’s Refuge, where he can safely live out the rest
of his years.
mischievous kitty, appropriately named Tabby, had a funny way of
sitting. She would extend her right rear leg out and put her weight onto
the left side of her body. Her mom began to think that this behavior may
not just be one of Tabby’s many quirks but, in fact, she may have a
Her full service veterinarian diagnosed Tabby as having a painful hip
issue that necessitated a surgery called a femoral head ostectomy (FHO).
If you imagine the hip as a ball and socket, an FHO removes the ball of
the joint. In lightweight animals like cats and small breed dogs, the
surrounding muscle and connective tissue work to support the joint. This
procedure allows most animals to return to normal function and a
pain-free active life.
The charge for this procedure with her full service vet was estimated at
$800.00, which was simply beyond the family budget. Tabby’s mom had
heard of P.A.L. one day while out buying cat food. She decided to call
and find out if we could help her beloved kitty. Thanks to our Special
Surgeries Fund we could!
Now fully recovered, Tabby’s mom reports she’s up to all of her old
tricks again: jumping on top of the china cabinet, playing with pipe
cleaners, and loving up her human sister Chelsea!