June 11, 2020Blog

World Pet Memorial Day – Willow


In honor of World Pet Memorial Day, we remember Willow!

Willow, an 18-month-old female boxer-pitbull mix, and her companion had been living in a car at a safe parking program at a church in San Diego, CA. Her companion did everything right in caring for Willow. She got her spayed and made sure she was current on all her vaccinations. They spent nearly every moment of every day together. Abby started seeing Willow lose weight over a few months. She made sure Willow always ate first, but she continued to lose weight and gradually Willow lost interest in food. Willow started vomiting water and became very lethargic and that is when she started seeking assistance. A local shelter had the contact information for Feeding Pets of the Homeless® and that is when we received a call.

Feeding Pets of the Homeless® authorized an examination at a partner veterinarian hospital. Willow was very thin, dehydrated, and actively vomiting. After the initial exam, the veterinarian gave us a call and said it didn’t look good.  The veterinarian recommended and we approved bloodwork, urinalysis, x-rays, and medication. The x-rays and bloodwork indicated a massive tumor in the liver. Willow was diagnosed with a large lymphoma which is extremely rare for such a young dog. Aggressive treatment would include chemotherapy and other invasive procedures. Willow’s companion wanted to pursue aggressive treatment and decided to move with her family back East. Feeding Pets of the Homeless® helped Willow with steroid treatment.  Willow’s Mom set up a Go Fund Me account for the chemo treatments. Feeding Pets of the Homeless® provided $520.22 towards Willow’s care.

Feeding Pets of the Homeless® checked in on Willow a few weeks later. Her companion moved back to Pennsylvania to try to get Willow chemotherapy, but Willow died before they were able to get treatment started. Although devastated by the loss, her companion is doing well and is planning on moving back to California.

“There is nothing truer in this world than the love of a good dog.” ~Mira Grant