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Our Special Angels
These are our Special Angels, dogs that have come to us with some condition that will prevent them from being adoptable. They may be blind, in hospice care, or have doggie dementia (CCD). Whatever their illness, AMAR accepts them, and our volunteer foster homes take them in to provide love and stability for the remainder of their lives. Some call them Forever Fosters. This is a list of the Forever Fosters in our care at the current time, and their stories.
If you would like to help support the ongoing support and medical expenses for any one of these Special Angels, please click on the Donate button below each dog. You can set-up monthly payments to help them.
Donations requested for a particular dog will all go toward that dog's care. All overflow donations or funds will go toward our Mission of saving other Maltese dogs.
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Elf was plucked from South Los Angeles Shelter in October 2014. His eye had ruptured, he was senior and obese with rotten teeth and scheduled to be euthanized. A sweeter, mellower dog you would not find. He was taken straight to Eye Care for Animals and his two options were eye removal or corneal graft surgery to save his eye and his sight.
His foster called in a favor and Hope for Paws paid for Elf to have corneal graft surgery. Elf’s blood work was normal and his surgery and recovery went without a hitch.
His graft took and his eye healed beautifully. The Ophthalmologist mentioned that Elf was hard to intubate for surgery because he had been crudely debarked leaving him with scar tissue in his throat. On his first trip to the beach in February he drank salt water and threw up. Elf stopped breathing and was taken to emergency where he remained on oxygen for five days with aspiration pneumonia. It was a scramble to cover his bills but everyone chipped in and Elf made it through.
Elf recovered and was making great progress, but his weight would not shift despite a strict diet and more frequent exercise. In June Elf suddenly became ataxic in all four limbs. His liver values began to rise. We long suspected Elf was cushingoid but his previous labs did not bear it out. Something was changing.
At first Elf’s symptoms looked like disc disease but he had no pain. His MRI was quickly rerouted from his spine to his brain when the neurologist saw syringomyelia in his cervical spinal cord she went up to the brain to find the source and saw a moderate to large cyst with mild hydro. The cyst has several names but she referred to it as a quadrigeminal cyst. Elf was likely born with the cyst in his brain so she performed a spinal tap to try to find out why it flared up so suddenly causing him the intermittent loss of limb use. The results of the tap were normal. The cyst was a rare finding and a conclusive diagnosis. Elf has since been diagnosed with Cushing’s and he is in the early stages of treatment and showing hopeful signs. Perhaps the Cushing’s symptoms caused his brain cyst to grow - the specialists can’t say for sure but it certainly seems coincidental.
Elf has safely slimmed down from 9 pounds to 7.5 pounds. He will never be a normal dog, but he is a loving dog. Despite all that has gone wrong for Elf he continues to wag his tail and make everyone smile with his cheerful disposition. He loves life even though he gives Foster Mama a regular heart jolt.
If you would like to sponsor one of our Special Angels, please use this PayPal Donate Button to help with Elf's monthly costs.
AMAR’s permanent foster Pez (originally named Jamie) recently needed surgery to have one of her kidneys removed. She was in end stage hydronephrosis, which is when a kidney swells due to urine failing to properly drain from the kidney to the bladder. Her left kidney wasn’t working at all. AMAR ran a fundraising campaign to cover the surgery, it was performed and successful.
You may remember that Pez came from a shelter in NYC, with a cleft palate and needed surgery for an ectopic ureter. The surgeon decided her cleft palate was not impinging on her health and correction would only be cosmetic, but she needed the ureter surgery. It was only partially successful. However, Pez has been lovingly cared for by her foster family. She’s an otherwise healthy, happy, frisky Maltese and she’s made quite a name for herself. She has her own Instagram account "Beautiful.champion" and has lots of followers. She’s also taken part in several dogs with disabilities events.
Pez (fka Jamie) was saved in May 2015 by AMAR on her last day at a kill shelter where she had been dumped by her owner. She came to rescue in severe pain with a major ulcerated vulva, vaginal infection and cleft deformity. She was crying in pain from the infection and was immediately taken to the Vet. It took months of antibiotics to clear the infection, but she was still leaking urine and further medical testing showed she needed ureter surgery. With generous donations, Pez (fka Jamie was able to undergo surgery on her left ureter, but they then discovered she had the same problem with her right one. There is scarring which prevents further surgery.
Pez (fka Jamie is a sweet, loveable, nearly 3-year old Maltese who loves life and people, despite her health issues. Her cleft palate is just a cosmetic issue, and it doesn’t stop her from eating, drinking or giving kisses. Her leakage means she needs to wear a belly band, but she doesn’t seem to mind it. She’s taking new medications that may help with that. Because of AMAR, Pez (fka Jamie is able to know what it is like to live without pain, and what it means to be loved.
If you would like to sponsor one of our Special Angels, please use this PayPal Donate Button to help with Jamie's monthly costs.
Donations requested for a particular dog will all go toward that dog's care.
All overflow donations or funds will go toward our Mission of saving other Maltese dogs.