Annie was found wandering along the freeway and was scooped up by a mom taking her kids to school. She was brought to the Nipomo Dog and Cat Hospital for a check-up and for safe keeping. As it turns out, Annie must have eaten rat poison and a few days after being found, she became very ill. The Animals In Need Fund sponsored her veterinary care and she was treated until she recovered fully. We then searched for a permanent home for this sweet girl. This was a few years ago... Now Annie lives a wonderful life with her people. They love her like no other and we are thankful for this.
Arnold Palmer Schmidt
Arnold Palmer Schmidt was the second stray cat found in less than 2 months with broken legs. He was hit by a car and brought to our clinic by a good Samaritan. This handsome and loveable guy had his big surgery to repair his injuries and after weeks of being cared for by one of our technicians and AINF board members, he has found his forever home. He will have the surgical hardware in place while he heals, but we are so happy he already has a wonderful home where he is loved dearly.
Auggie & Ruby
Auggie and Ruby are 5 month old golden retriever pups who were adopted from a local breeder. The adopters wanted the pups because they knew they were currently living in filthy conditions and not being properly cared for. When the pups came to the Nipomo Dog and Cat Hospital for their vaccines, Dr. Wagner noted that both puppies had severe heart murmurs. She was concerned the murmurs could be a serious problem. The clients who took on the care of the puppies were not emotionally or financially prepared to deal with this scenario, so the Animals In Need Fund paid for an ultrasound study of their hearts. The ultrasound revealed that both dogs had multiple, severe cardiac abnormalities and their prognosis for living the normal life expectancy is poor. We consulted with UC Davis veterinarians, first to try to ensure for safe spay/neuter surgeries with anesthesia, but UC Davis also thought Auggie’s heart condition could be correctable. Ruby, however, was not a candidate for repair. So, the pups went for a road trip to be evaluated by a cardiologist, Dr. Silverman at the UC Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Auggie was a candidate for a balloon valvuloplasty in which a catheter, fitted with a balloon, is passed into the heart and expanded to open the narrowing causing the problem. Unfortunately, after attempting this procedure, they were unable to improve Auggie's cardiac function.
After their UC Davis visit, Auggie and Ruby returned to Nipomo on special medications which will hopefully decrease how hard their young hearts have to work and also to hopefully slow down the progression of the damage to their hearts. The pups will need these daily medications for the rest of their lives. Although Auggie and Ruby's rescuers loved them, these two young dogs & their heart conditions were just too much for them to handle. They decided to officially turn their care over to the Animals In Need Fund. We contacted Lenny Jones, a local business man and true Golden Retriever lover, and he volunteered to foster the dogs. Lenny connected Animals In Need Fund with NorCal Golden Retriever Rescue Group in hopes of having help placing the dogs in a permanent home. And this is exactly what they did! Both dogs have been placed with a loving family in Aptos, California. NorCal Golden Retriever Rescue Organization also provided a huge financial contribution which will cover the pups' pricey evaluation and treatment at UC Davis Veterinary Hospital. This is an amazing gift and we feel extremely fortunate they made such an offer. They also used their resources to help us place these golden kids in a forever home. There is nothing better than people pulling together and doing right for animals in need.
Buddy (formally known as " Linus"), a terrier/dachshund mix, was brought to us by a good samaritan who found him wandering the streets of Nipomo. She scooped him up and notified AINF to see if there was anything we could do. He was severely matted with overgrown nails. We gave him a shave-down and went through our process of trying to find his owners but knew he may have been wandering alone for a long time, considering his condition. His original family was never found, so the Animals In Need Fund cared for him, as well as neutering, vaccinating and microchipping him, until a permanent home could be found. The good samaritan who found him was able to foster him and soon discovered that he belonged with them and they officially adopted him.
Chaz was very sick when he was relinquished to our clinic by his owners. Days of supportive care and diagnostic testing revealed that this young poodle had Addison's disease. Although dogs with Addison's disease can live long happy lives, they require a lifetime of daily oral medication, monthly injections, and periodic bloodwork. The Animals In Need Fund sponsored his diagnostic testing and special treatment and now Chaz lives with a wonderful family, including his "big sister" Sophie (another black poodle)!
Cheezie was brought to us by a local ER Vet/Surgeon who was working at an Emergency Clinic out-of-town over the weekend. This 12 week old orange kitten came in with a broken front leg, pelvis, toe, and tail. This kitten was relinquished to the ER Vet and brought to our hospital a few days later, where he received the necessary surgery to repair his injuries. He now lives in a wonderful home where other red-colored animals roam.
CoCo was found by a good Samaritan after she'd been hit by a car along the 101 Freeway. She was taken to the Pet Emergency Clinic where friend and veterinarian, Dr. T, notified the Animals In Need Fund of her situation. Dr. T offered his services to perform the surgery to repair her broken pelvis. The Animals In Need Fund sponsored her surgery, spay, vaccinations & micro-chipping. CoCo is now living a great life with her new family, the McKenna's.
Cornelius and Wissi
Cornelius & Wissi are two kittens from a litter of four who came to the Animals In Need Fund for care. They were born to a momma cat who was found deceased one morning by a good samaritan. She knew the kittens should be spayed and neutered, as well as needing veterinary care for their legs. Three of the four kittens had a genetic limb deformity which had to be addressed to prevent likely injury and infection. Each of those three kittens had to have one rear leg amputated, leaving them with three healthy legs to romp around on. The Animals In Need Fund also sponsored their spaying and neutering, in addition to FELV/FIV testing, vaccinations, dewormings and microchipping. Cornelius (the handsome guy with the beautiful fluffy tail) was one of the kittens needing the amputation, but his sister Wissi was the only kitten without this deformity. These two siblings were adopted into the same home and now have a lovely life. We are thankful.
Denny was brought to us by Animal Services. The officer suspected he had been hit by a car. He could barely walk and had generalized tremors which waxed and waned. Thanks to one of the technicians at Nipomo Dog & Cat Hospital, Denny was housed, trained and cared for over the next 6 months. As time went by we could see that he was improving and discovered via a DNA test that he has a rare genetic condition that causes muscle weakness when he is cold or stressed. Denny was adopted by a wonderful family right down the street from the hospital and can often be seen walking or fetching with his mom and dad!
Depot was found wandering on Depot Street in Santa Maria. Thankfully, he was scooped up before he could get hit by a car. The Animals In Need Fund along with SB County Animal Services, attempted to find his owners, but no one came forward. The Animals In Need Fund took over his care and he has since been neutered, fully vaccinated, microchipped and is the sweetest dog. Although it is a small group, we are extremely grateful to our foster families who help us care for these transitioning pets. Depot stayed with a foster family for a few months until he was adopted. He now lives with the Consolo Family and has kids to play with and to love.
Meet handsome Diggery.
Diggery was initially brought to our clinic for euthanasia. His owner had passed away months before and the family was not able to properly care for him. Thanks to Jodi and her thoughtful heart, the Animals In Need Fund was made aware of Diggery's situation. It was determined that the Animals In Need Fund would be able to step in and help because it just wasn't Diggery's time to go. He was very over-weight and bloodwork determined he was hyperthyroid, requiring medication to help regulate the disease.
Diggery was adopted by a wonderful man who has really worked hard to help him loose weight and makes sure he receives his medications. Diggery now has more energy than ever and has been given a second chance to live out the rest of his life as a happy dog.
This pretty little cat was brought to us by a Good Samaritan who found her after she had been hit by a car. She suffered a bad laceration to her tongue and head trauma. Her rescuers were very generous and donated $300 for her care.
She was hospitalized and treated for several weeks. Ultimately she lost most of her tongue. She drooled a lot because of this injury and was blessed with the name Droolina. She needed to learn to eat again and tried to groom herself unsuccessfully. Ultimately she was adopted by an employee at Nipomo Dog and Cat Hospital and amazingly her tongue has grown enough that she can lap water, groom herself and eat normally! She has a wonderful life and is a wonderful creature.
Meet Fast Eddie. He was found as a wandering stray ... very matted, very dirty and un-neutered. Who knows how long he'd been he'd been on his own. After the Animals In Need Fund sponsored his neuter surgery, vaccines, he was officially ready for adoption and is now living a fun and fabulous life with the Sullivan family.
Fletcher - Bridges
Fletcher-Bridges was found stranded on a bridge in Santa Maria, California. Off-duty technician, Alissa, stopped to see if there was anything she could do for him. Realizing he was still alive and had injuries to his rear legs, she brought him to safety. Fletcher received a lengthy surgery to repair his TWO broken rear legs & just a short four days later, he was miraculously walking!Thanks to the Animals In Need Fund, the donated time & efforts of Dr. T., technicians Alissa & Jenny, the NDCH veterinarians & team, Fletcher lives. He was, of course, also neutered, FELV/FIV tested, fully vaccinated and micro-chipped. Fletcher has been adopted into a loving home and even has a kitty-brother to snuggle with.
Gaar was brought to us by his owners to be euthanized. He was very thin, very ill, and covered with fleas. We couldn't bear to let him go without trying to treat him. He was relinquished to our care and responded rapidly to the compassionate, professional care of the staff at Nipomo Dog and Cat Hospital. He is now living the good life with one of our doctors. He's plump, lazy and happy—just as he should be!
Gypsy was a stray dog seen wandering the streets of Nipomo for over 4 months. After months of diligent attention and love, Nipomo resident, Mr. Kott, was able to get this scared girl to trust him. She was brought to our clinic and the Animals In Need Fund sponsored her vaccines, micro-chipping & spay. She now has a home of her own...officially living with the Kott Family.
Isaac Oliver was found wandering on a Nipomo street with a badly injured eye. Based on the injuries, we believe another dog may have bitten him on the head. A good samaritan brought him to our clinic for immediate medical attention and the Animals In Need Fund was able to help. We contacted the local Animal Service agencies to be sure proper protocol was followed. The Animals In Need Fund was happy to sponsor Isaac's eye surgery (the injured eye had to be removed) as well as his neutering, vaccinations, deworming and microchipping. Technician Alissa fostered this little one, caring for his medical needs as well as helping to raise a well mannered & potty trained puppy. After all of the time and love given to Isaac Oliver, Alissa decided she never wanted him to leave so she officially adopted him.
A client found this little guy wandering near the freeway here in Nipomo and with some coaxing was able to take him to safety. After an attempt to keep him at their home while they tried locating his owner, they brought him to our clinic for the Animals In Need to help. He was thin and un-neutered, but the sweetest little guy ever. During his stay with us, he spent his days at our clinic and went home with one of our staff members nightly. The Mobraaten's, one of our caring and chihuahua-loving clients (who also adopted Daisy, another of our Animals in Need patients), heard of Jason's story and after meeting him, instantly fell in love. He is now officially a Mobraaten, happily neutered and living THE life.
Lola was a stray kitty living behind our clinic. The Animals In Need Fund understands the importance of spaying and neutering, so we trapped this girl to make sure we could spay her, if she hadn't been already. Lola was spayed, viral tested, vaccinated and de-wormed before she was released. She can now be seen basking in the sun behind our clinic. She still won't let us pick her up, but she does allow us to get pretty close, especially when we're delivering her meals.
Madison (formally known as "Pajama Sam") was brought to one of our Animals In Need Spay/Neuter Clinics and after his neuter, was going to just be let go to wander the world alone as a stray. This sweet & goofy kitten definitely needed to have a safe, loving home to call his own. So, we decided to keep him, microchip him and fully vaccinate him and then search for a great home. He has such character and we are happy we could match him with a family. Madison and Mia (one of our Animals In Need alumni dogs just below) are now a part of the same family. Madison has been known to chase Mia...yes, the cat chases the dog!
Mia is a 3 year old Lab mix and her story starts with Craigslist where one of our Nipomo Dog and Cat Hospital clients adopted her from her previous owner. Her new family brought her home with the hopes of having a second family dog, however, the older matriarch dog really didn't like her and fought with her. Mia's new people realized how special and sweet she was but unfortunately could now not provide a safe home for her. Mia is the perfect dog -- housebroken, never chewed on the kids toys, never got into the trash, very gentle with their young children and she even nominated herself as their guardian. After a few months in a foster home, Mia finally found a home! She was adopted by the Barkley Family and things are going great for this super smart girl!
Misha and her litter of kittens came all the way from Mexico, where they were being mistreated. A good samaritan removed them from harm and facilitated their transfer to California. Misha's kittens were all easily placed in permanent homes, but Misha came to the Animals In Need Fund so we could help her find a home. She's approximately 1 year old, has been viral tested, spayed & of course, fully vaccinated & microchipped. After staying with us for a few months for additional socialization and care, Misha found a family of her own! She even has a Dachshund brother named "Norman" to hang with. We are thankful for the good-hearted individuals who saved Misha and her kittens and we are happy they are all safe and loved.
Mochi and Raffa
Raffa was one of the kittens from the litter of 4 who came to the Animals In Need Fund for care. He was born to a momma cat who was found deceased one morning by a good samaritan. She knew the kittens should be spayed and neutered, as well as needing veterinary care for their legs. Three of the four kittens had a genetic limb deformity which had to be addressed to prevent likely injury and infection. Each of those three kittens had to have one rear leg amputated, leaving them with three healthy legs to romp around on. The Animals In Need Fund also sponsored their spaying and neutering, in addition to FELV/FIV testing, vaccinations, dewormings and microchipping. Raffa was one of the three kittens needing the amputation surgery.
Mochi (an odd-eyed white cat, which means he has one blue eye and one brown eye) was originally a foster kitten from our local Animal Services. Knowing the county shelter was at capacity, and in effort to help some, the Animals In Need Fund was able to official take over care for both he and his sister (Papale). Both kittens were extremely shy and considering their white fur and pink skin, they couldn't just go to any home. They needed to be placed into homes where they would be indoor cats only, as the risk of skin cancer is high for them. Mochi was fostered by a great family. A family who has adopted two of our other Animals In Need cats. After having Mochi with them in their home, it wasn't long before they knew that he was a keeper. Mochi and Raffa are now best buddies.
Nevado came to the Nipomo Dog & Cat Hospital as a patient in need of a new home. His story begins in Mexico, where he was rescued from a life a roaming without a home. In efforts to give him the best life possible, his guardian angel asked for the help of the Animals In Need Fund. He received the veterinary attention he needed, was vaccinated and micro-chipped and a new loving home was found for him.
Ozzie was found as a stray & brought to us for care. After exhausting all efforts to find his original owners, the Animals In Need Fund sponsored his neutering, vaccinations & micro-chipping and veterinary assistant Danielle & her roommate, Alissa, fostered him. Alissa soon fell in love with him, officially adopting him into her family and the rest is history.
This funny, talkative gal was found as a stray. The Animals In Need Fund spayed, vaccinated, micro-chipped, FELV/FIV tested her and after just a short time under our care, we thankfully found her the perfect home. Her new people can't believe such a fancy was wandering as a stray. She is such a beauty and is the perfect example that you do not need to visit a pet shop if you are looking for a certain type of pet. Please visit your local Animal Services or Humane Society or Rescue Group, as they will likely be the best place to find the perfect pet. Plus, you'll be saving a life. !
Scarlett the Boxer
A San Luis Obispo Animal Services officer found this un-spayed and very thin girl wandering along the frontage road in Nipomo with a belt fastened as her collar and a chewed electrical cord as a leash. One of our doctors examined her and thanks to our Animals In Need Fund, we were able to keep this stray (now named "Scarlett") for further care. Scarlett was found to have an intestinal problem and laboratory work ups were needed. Scarlett stayed at our clinic during the days and went home with one of our technicians at night. The Animals In Need Fund supported Scarlett's spay procedure, vaccinations and micro-chipping, as well as the medications she required. After months of searching for a forever home for Scarlett, one was found and she is now living with a loving family in Lompoc where she has two young girls to adore and dote on her.
Shakira (and her Pups)
A good Samaritan found this little girl as a stray and brought her to a local boarding facility, where she was cared for until she surprised everyone three days later by having a litter of 4 puppies! This is where Nipomo Dog and Cat Hospital and the Animals In Need Fund entered into the picture. We were asked to provide her with the care and socialization she and her pups needed to make them adoptable. Our clinic stepped in and Margo, one of our loving and dedicated staff members, volunteered to take the dog (now named "Shakira") and her small, yet fast growing puppies home with her. Each of them now has a family & home to call their own.
Sweetie came to our clinic matted and covered in burs and stickers. It was difficult to tell what type of dog he was, because of the mats and debris. We initially thought he was a poodle. After all efforts to locate his original home were made, Sweetie officially became one of our animals in need and we neutered, vaccinated & micro-chipped him. He now has a wonderful home where he is pampered and loved dearly, and as it turns out, he is a Bichon Frise! This was discovered after months of proper care for his coat.
Taja Paz was born to a stray momma dog who had given birth shortly before the Animals In Need Fund came into the picture. The momma dog and her litter were fostered by AINF friend, Margo, until they were old enough and ready for adoption. After she was fully vaccinated, spayed & micro-chipped, Taja Paz was ready for her loving home with the Sinclair Family where she is now spoiled silly.
Tiger Lily was born to a stray momma dog in a Nipomo park. The Animals In Need Fund provided the vaccines, microchipping & spaying/neutering for all pups & mom. They have all since been adopted. Tiger Lily lives in a loving home with Suzanne & Lorraine.