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Kona Provides Emotional Support

Dog provides emotional support –
Kona and William

As agonizing as combat is, the after-effects are often greater and can last a lifetime. So it was with William, a fully disabled USMC combat veteran, whose injuries left him unemployable and financially dependent on VA and SS disability benefits. Fortunately, he found EMOTIONAL support in the tender and unwavering love of his trained service dog, Kona.

Unfortunately, however, Kona tore the ACL on her back left leg, requiring surgery to repair it. Unable to afford the operation, he and his wife, Sarah, kept her on kenneled bed rest (separated from William who was so dependent on her) and provided her with laser treatments and pain medications as they scrambled to find the necessary funds. Thanks to your ongoing and generous support, we provided the couple with a Home for Life grant to help with the cost of Kona’s surgery. Now healing well, this devoted dog is back to doing what she loves most: being (her) man’s best friend.

Please donate so we can continue to support our Military Vets.

Red helps the military

Our Pets For Military Vets program made this sweet pup a happy one this holiday season – thanks to you.

When Steve, a military veteran received Golden Retriever mix, Red, as a companion service pet, he received a four-legged source of loving, loyalty and solace. But sadly for the newly bonded duo, Red was suffering from a severe ear infection causing him untold misery and pain. Currently subsisting on minimal monthly assistance, an anguished Steve contacted us.

Thanks to your ongoing and generous support, we provided him with a Pets For Military Vets grant to cover the cost of Red’s vet visit and medications. Now Steve and Red can share their first Christmas in good spirits and good health.

Troy gets a second chance

Ask any loving pet owner how they treat their pet, and the reply is  
invariably “as a member of the family.” Never was this truer than for Kalpana and her three children when they discovered that their beloved
little dog Troy had four tumors on his body, some potentially cancerous. And yet, due to their severe financial hardships, they despaired of finding a
way to provide him with the surgery he so urgently needed. Thanks to your ongoing and generous support, we furnished Kalpana with a Home for Life grant to cover the full cost of Troy’s successful surgery.

Blind Ginger

gingerSTARelief has taken in a blind, fourteen year old Min Pin named Ginger. Ginger’s owner had to go into a senior living facility and unfortunately could not take Ginger with her – she is heartbroken.

STARelief will be keeping Ginger happy, healthy and home for as long as we can but Ginger will require special care. Please donate to Ginger’s care at

Also, if anyone has any tips on caring for a blind senior dog, please share them with us. Thank you.


Levi and Frank

Pair one elegant American Eskimo dog with one disabled American veteran and what do youlevi-visnaw have? A loving bond, inseparable and indivisible. Due to the family’s financial hardships, they were unable to afford the treatment for Levi’s severe flea dermatitis or pay for his rabies vaccine and license. Thanks to your ongoing and generous support, we provided Frank, a veteran, with a Home for Life grant in the hopes of easing both his financial burden and ensuring
his cherished pet’s comfort.

Please donate so we can continue to provide life-saving veterinary care to our military families in need.

Sarah and Love Mo

Sarah and Love Mo

What more fitting name could there be for a loving and supportive cat  zoe-in-window-with-driftwood
companion than Love Mo? And Sarah, her devoted and doting cat guardian knows
more than most about the need for loving support when the world seems
darkest. Disabled and barely scraping by on a single pension while awaiting
approval for another, she longed to bring Love Mo up to date on her vetting
and vaccinations, but couldn’t afford it. And so, she turned to us. Thanks
to your ongoing and generous support, we provided Sarah with the funds for a
vet exam and vaccines to keep her precious Love Mo healthy, loving, and

Willow and Amy

Success story and another reason fireworks and pets don’t mix.

Willow and Amy

Willow, the striking Shepherd mix, is Amy’s hero, her heart and her life. The young psychologist, whose own life is filled with financial and emotional stress, has, while counseling others, always counted on Willow’s constancy and support. But all of that changed in an instant when, frightened by fireworks, Willow charged through a window of Amy’s apartment and fell three stories to the ground. A hind leg shattered and was swiftly
amputated, while a broken front leg required surgery to fuse the bones back together.
An anguished Amy reached out to us for assistance. Thanks to your ongoing and generous support, we provided her with a Home for Life Grant for Willow’s successful surgery. Her spunk and spirit restored, this feisty fighter is once again the center of her number one fan’s world.

Please donate today so we can continue to help pets like Willow and their owners in need.

Meet Eli

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When man’s best friend is there for his “man” right from the start, repaying him for his loving loyalty sometimes comes sooner rather than later. So it was with Jeri and his new best friend, Eli, when Jeri found himself in dire financial straits and Eli in sudden need of surgery on his right elbow.

Thanks to your ongoing and generous support, we provided Jeri with a Home for Life Grant towards Eli’s surgery. The operation was a success, and for an active dog on crate rest, Eli is “itching” to get back to being active again.


Please donate so we can continue to provide life-saving services to pets and families in need.

Chico and Jennifer

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Chico and Jennifer

If a pictures worth a thousand words, this one is priceless. Summed up in a single, loving embrace is a woman and her dog, joined in heart and in spirit.

Chico, a sassy and sprightly 8-year-old had already been diagnosed with cancer when Jennifer fell in love with him at a local shelter, and adopted him. Bonding instantly, this senior was a junior in every way, affectionate and goofy, happy and to her, the “most special soul”. Despite having received a possible prognosis of two years, one month later, Chico collapsed, pale and barely breathing. He endured endless tests at the emergency vet clinic, coupled with oxygen and continuous IV fluids, and revived enough to recognize his shaken owner. Forced with the painful choice of repeated interventions or freeing the dog she loved from future pain, Jennifer held him in her arms and watched as he passed peacefully. Jobless and on disability, she appealed to us for assistance, and thanks to your ongoing and generous support, we provided her with a Home for Life Grant towards Chicos medical expenses.


Although we aren’t always there at the start of a love story, we hope being there at the end helps cushion, not only the financial, but the emotional burden as well.

Please donate so we can help more pets like Chico.

Kona and Deanna

Kona and Deanna –

Two smiling faces! One beautifully bonded pair! And yet, this is only part of their love story. Twelve years ago, Deanna, happy, healthy, and employed, received puppy, Kona, for her birthday. He quickly became the center of her world, the one source of stability in her life when she was subsequently diagnosed with multiple chronic pain illnesses and could no longer work, leaving her isolated at home, and in increasing financial straits. Whatever
funds she did receive, she used to maintain both her health and Kona’s. But when he was recently examined for a mass on his face that required surgery, she reached out to all the sources she could, with little success, until she reached out to us.

Thanks to your ongoing and generous support, we provided Deanna with a Home for Life Grant for Kona’s successful surgery. And now, this beautifully bonded pair is smiling happily again.kona-devaney-pet


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