Baffy is a very special dog with a very important job to do. He is a service animal for an autistic family member. While Baffy’s family was in the process of moving, he was staying on a relative’s ranch when the family noticed he was limping. Baffy was taken for radiographs (X-rays) where it was discovered that he had a broken leg that needed surgery. Baffy’s family, like many, were facing challenging financial times due to COVID-19. Thankfully the team at SAGE Veterinary Centers reached out to SAGE Compassion for Animals and Baffy was able to get the surgery he needed through the combination of offering the surgery at a discounted fee and a grant from the non-profit.
Baffy’s family was very thankful to receive this grant since Baffy is not only a companion but a service dog. We continue to receive updates that BAffy’s recovery is going well and he is finally able to resume some puppy activities, including celebrating his 1-year birthday!
Molly, a 2-year-old Maltese mix, accidentally had a toolbox fall on her while staying over a friend’s house. At first, Molly was only limping, but shortly after, it was clear there was something wrong. The Gonzalez family discovered Molly had a broken back leg which needed surgical repair. Molly’s family, however, had experienced many hardships and were unable to afford her surgery. Molly’s owner, Tiffany, is a mother of four children, and the father, Mike, passed away in 2018 after a motorcycle accident. Earlier this year, their oldest daughter, Destiny, was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. Molly had been staying with a friend while Destiny was in the hospital. The Gonzalez family were already facing many challenges, and losing Molly was unthinkable. Tiffany was encouraged to apply for a grant through SAGE Compassion for Animals. As soon as we heard Molly’s story, our organization immediately wanted to help. SAGE Compassion for Animals awarded a grant to Molly’s family, and Adobe Animal Hospital significantly discounted their surgical services to fix Molly’s broken leg. Molly is now recovering from surgery at home and is in good spirits. Tiffany, Molly’s owner, said she is extremely grateful for the help after all her family has been through. Tiffany hopes by sharing their story, it will inspire others to donate to the SAGE Compassion for Animals organization. We are happy to help keep the Gonzalez family together with their sweet girl Molly.
It was Christmas Eve with SAGE Compassion for Animals got contacted by PAW FUND. They had a client that was in need of financial assistance in getting surgery performed on his 13-year-old Chihuahua named Coco. She had an infected uterus and was very ill. PETS IN NEED had already agreed to cover the costs of diagnostics at Animal Care Clinic in San Pablo and SAGE Veterinary Centers in Concord. Dr. Mike Evans performed the surgery at a discount at Animal Care Clinic and SAGE Compassion for Animals gave a grant to cover the rest. PAW FUND staff provided all the transportation for Coco between the veterinary practices and covered the cost of aftercare overnight, as well as food, supplies, and veterinary care needed for follow up. Coco has her appetite back and is playing with her toys – it truly took a community to provide the funding and care that Coco needed – all within 24 hours!
Coco is doing very well. Since finding Coco alone in a park over 12 years ago, she has been a constant companion. Coco’s dad says everyone involved in Coco’s care was a blessing. He wasn’t sure how he would have helped Coco, since finances are limited due to a disability. It was very hard for Coco’s dad to ask for help, but he is glad to have received assistance. He wants us to know that Coco comes first and she is making a speedy recovery!
She’s the best present I could ever get.” Wise words were spoken by Billie, the 5-year-old owner of our grant recipient Marshmallow! Marshmallow is a 5-month-old French Bulldog who fractured her elbow playing in the yard. The Polk family adopted Marshmallow to be a companion to Billie. Their daughter was struggling, like most of us, with the isolation that has come in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Polk family hoped Marshmallow would bring happiness and some “normal to a very abnormal situation”. As soon as the pair met, Marshmallow gave Billie a hug and the two have been bonded ever since. When Marshmallow went to the vet for her injury, the family was facing a difficult decision to amputate Marshmallow’s leg since the cost of the surgical repair was extensive. Marshmallow was only a puppy, and still has many more years to run around with play dress-up with her 5-year-old best friend! That’s when SAGE Compassion for Animals stepped in. SAGE Veterinary Centers agreed to perform the surgery at a discounted rate, while our foundation gave grant money to assist with the medical bill. The Polk family is incredibly thankful and Marshmallow is doing well. “Marshmallow is a vital member to this family, and especially our daughter”. Swipe through for photos of her playing dress-up (pre-injury of course!).
Coco is a beloved senior Shih Tzu and Maltese mix belonging to the Mathis family. Coco was recently diagnosed with early signs of glaucoma but was still spritely at 13 years young. While Coco was playing with her housemate, something awful happened. The Mathis family found Coco had proptosis of her eye, which is the medical term for protrusion of the eyeball. Needless to say, Coco was immediately rushed into SAGE Veterinary Centers on emergency. Surgery was performed that day to remove the eye, which was a lifesaver. SAGE Compassion for Animals was able to offer a grant in conjunction with a discount from SAGE Veterinary Centers. Gina, Coco’s dog mom, was very traumatized by the event, even though Coco is recovering quickly. Coco is already starting to navigate around the home and act like her happy self. Gina felt extremely emotional and relieved that we were able to offer help. Coco was adopted as a puppy at 6 weeks old, and the family says Coco is truly the best dog ever. The Mathis family has two daughters in college, along with some unexpected expenses only made harder by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gina, when able, will be donating back to our organization to help others. If not for the financial assistance they received, Gina is not sure what they would have done for Coco. For now, they are spending the next week home giving Coco extra cuddles, and are very grateful.
Many are facing hard times this year, and the holiday season is especially difficult. If you are able, donate to SAGE Compassion for Animals to be able to help pets like Coco. We are committed to keeping families together and can use your help!
Meet our first 2021 grant recipient Canelo! He is a sweet 8-month-old mixed breed puppy. Canelo’s family always wanted a dog, and finally brought a puppy home for a special purpose.
Canelo was adopted as an emotional support animal for his dog mom, who was struggling with anxiety only magnified due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The family was taken by surprise when their new puppy began urinating blood. Diagnostic tests showed this was due to a bladder stone and urinary crystals. Surgery was recommended because of concern that the bladder stone would eventually block his urethra. If this were to happen, Canelo would be unable to urinate and need emergency surgery!
Canelo’s mom is a college student on scholarships and Pell grants, and the family is facing job loss due to the pandemic. They were finding work through Day Workers programs, but these jobs have been sadly inconsistent. His family asked themselves what would happen if they could not afford his care – would he have to go to a rescue, or even be euthanized? These are certainly not the decisions they expected to face so soon after getting their first puppy. Canelo’s family sprang into action by creating a GoFundMe account for his medical costs, and then applied for a grant through SAGE Compassion for Animals. We were thankfully able to help and worked with Cherry Chase Pet Hospital who provided a gracious discount for their services. Canelo was able to get the necessary surgery, along with a neuter procedure, which may help prevent future bladder stone formation. Canelo will also need long term diet changes and follow up care, but his family is happy to make the modifications for this exceptional pup. Canelo’s mom says he has significantly helped her anxiety through these challenging times.
Canelo’s family is very grateful for all the assistance and support they have received. They would like to encourage anyone able to give support to our organization, as they, “hope we can continue to help other pets like Canelo”. We do too and are thankful every day for the support we receive from the community. It has been an honor to make these happy “tails” possible!
This grant recipient is truly a story of perseverance, and “if there’s a will, there’s a way”. Chloe is a 9-year-old Labrador mix who means the world to her family. Her mom, Siania, is very attentive to Chloe, especially after she had a back injury several years ago. One morning, while they were out, Chloe tried to run after an unsuspecting cat. Thankfully, the kitty was fine, but later than night Chloe was not herself. She has some bloody discharge, but this could have been due to a heat cycle since Chloe was not spayed. Over the next few days, Chloe was acting sickly and vomited. Chloe’s family ended up in the emergency room at SAGE Veterinary Centers. Siania had been vigilantly caring for Chloe while analyzing her symptoms. Siania’s fears were confirmed; Chloe had a pyometra. A pyometra is a life-threatening infection of the uterus, which occurs in pets who have not been spayed.
When Chloe’s mom was given the estimate for surgery, she knew she needed to find help. Since Chloe was stable, she was able to go home temporarily while Siania figured out a solution. She got to work! Siania began calling several veterinary hospitals to get help. Siania is so thankful to one person, who told her there were organizations she could apply to for funding assistance. Siania finally got the call she was hoping for from SAGE Compassion for Animals, and it was such a relief. She had finally found the silver lining to all her hard work. Siania said, “I felt so stressed and alone. I felt the odds were against me. But then I knew God was helping me out.” We connected Chloe and her mom to one of our veterinary partners, Oak Tree Veterinary Hospital. By becoming a veterinary partner, animal hospitals are committing up front to providing discounted services to our grant recipients. Siania says everyone at Oak Tree Veterinary Hospital was so nice, patient, and understanding. Chloe immediately received surgery and is now recovering well at home. Siania reports, “I felt like Oak Tree was really interested in helping my dog. I was so relieved. I am so grateful and so blessed. I am lucky. If it wasn’t for SAGE Compassion for Animals, I couldn’t have helped her.”
We were so pleased to provide support for Chloe and her mom. We cannot thank our donors and veterinary partners enough. If you think your veterinary hospital may be interested in partnering with us, please have them email email@example.com and visit our website for more information.