The Second Chance Fund has been a part of many great success stories over the years. While we would love to feature each and every one, we're happy to say that there are just too many to post! Here are a few stories to help give you an idea of just what The Second Chance Fund is all about.
Harry was a 16 week old male neutered orange tabby kitten who escaped from his warm cozy home to the great outdoors and was gone for 6 days. When he finally made it back home, he had a serious wound over the back of his head. One possible cause for his injuries may be that Harry climbed into a hot vehicle engine. He was burned from his forehead to the middle of his neck and over the right ear. Repair was going to be extensive and likely involve multiple surgeries so the owners made the decision to surrender him to The Second Chance Fund. Dr. Liam at Lodi Veterinary Care repaired the large defect but was unable to save the outer ear. Harry is making an amazing recovery and is a sweet, playful little kitty who has tolerated his treatments well. If you would like to give Harry a forever home, we are now accepting adoption applications for Harry's until November 18th.
Lucy was a 4 week old Labrador retriever puppy who presented to Lodi Veterinary Care with a history of vomiting. A radiographic study showed a constriction in her esophagus at the level of her heart. Lucy did fine while drinking only her mom’s milk, but as she started hard kibble, the stricture prevented her from swallowing. The cause of this was determined to be a congenital abnormality that created a vascular ring coming off her aorta that was entrapping the esophagus. Being unable to swallow and get food into the stomach is not compatible with life so Lucy was destined to die young.
She was surrendered to Lodi Veterinary Care and accepted into the Second Chance Fund Program. Dr. Brooks and his surgical team opened her chest and surgically released the ligaments/vessels causing the stricture. This allowed Lucy to gradually be able to eat more solid food. She was fostered by a Lodi Veterinary Care DVM who took on the challenge of feeding her upright and recovering her from an open chest surgery at the age of 6 weeks! After a month of diligent nursing care, Lucy found her way into the hearts of LVC staff and was adopted to her foster family for her forever home.
Quite a journey for such a young pup with a serious, life threatening condition but thanks to the Second Chance Fund program and the skilled surgical team at Lodi Veterinary Care, she will have a good shot at a wonderful life! Dr. Ellen Launstein was surprised by her soon to be husband Ryan Ziegler with a completed and accepted adoption application for Lucy as a pre-wedding gift.
Panther was brought to Lodi Veterinary Care for euthanasia after he was found on a local farm with a severely broken back leg. His sweet personality, fetching eyes, and the likelihood of a successful recovery made him an ideal candidate for the Second Chance Fund. Once admitted, his broken leg was amputated and he has made a wonderful recovery. He has been adopted by his foster family who couldn't bear to give him up!
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