April 30, 2020Success Stories

Success Story: Honey

We want to preface this story with the fact that it does not have a happy ending. While this is not typical of our success stories, it is sometimes the unfortunate reality that we cannot save every pet. What we can do is ease the burden that the homeless have when caring for and making decisions for their pets in troubled situations like this one.

Honey, a 4-year-old pit bull terrier, is the companion of a homeless woman who lives in a tent with her cousin on the side of her grandparent’s home in Arizona. They are allowed to use the restroom on occasion if it’s available.  They have been homeless for approximately one year. Honey had not been using her right hind leg for about two months. Her companion took her to a veterinary hospital using a coupon for a free examination, where they said Honey’s leg might be broken. Her companion couldn’t afford further diagnostics. She then called Feeding Pets of the Homeless ™ for help. We verified her homelessness with her case manager at a local charity organization and approved an exam at a partner veterinarian.

At the time of the examination, the vet called and said that Honey was overly aggressive, and they had to restrain her in order to examine the leg.  They said that the knee area of the leg was extremely swollen and she would need to be sedated in order to examine the leg properly. Because she had just eaten, Honey would have to be brought back in a few days.  The vet gave her free pain medications until she returned.  We approved sedation, x-rays and bloodwork for her future visit.

After the x-rays, the vet called and offered a few possible diagnoses but mentioned Honey’s leg was huge, hot and purple on the inside and she had never seen anything like it in her 30 years of veterinary practice. The bone below the knee was not there (see image below).

After reviewing the bloodwork, the diagnosis came in – bone cancer. The cancer had progressed past the point of treatment, leaving the vet and Honey’s companion with one option. As the kindest treatment possible for poor Honey, the vet and Honey’s companion moved forward with euthanasia.

Feeding Pets of the Homeless™ assisted with the cost of the x-rays, bloodwork, and euthanasia fee, and the veterinarian provided discounts towards the services given.

This is not how most success stories end up but, in this case, alleviating the financial burden on Honey’s companion to make a humane decision in this circumstance is how we were able to help. Consider making a donation today so we can continue to help pets get the care they need.