Purple Heart Miracle Club

Miracle Club - Caring for animals with special needs

Furry Friends Rescue's (FFR) "Miracle Club" transforms the lives of the neediest animals that we rescue from many animal shelters. FFR is often the last resort (before they are put to sleep) for hundreds of dogs and cats who are not only abandoned, but are sick, neglected, abused or injured, as well. These special animals need extensive vet care, surgery, hospitalization or boarding which costs FFR thousands of dollars to save them and bring them back to good health. The dog or cat then recovers and blossoms in their foster home with TLC until they find their forever adoptive family. Some seniors or animals with life-time medical illness become FFR Sanctuary pets where we take care of them for life.

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We have created Miracle Club & Emergency Funds to help provide our rescued animals with much needed medical care (i.e. dental care and surgeries). Please donate today so that we can save our furry kids and provide them with a "Miracle" for life! Thank you for your kindness.

Kimmie

5 years old, Miniature Poodle Mix

Kimmie

Adorable Kimmie

Kimmie was rescued from a crowded shelter. She was badly neglected, thin, sick and matted. Kimmie was nervous at the shelter but once we took her out, she warmed up and is fine. She is gentle, friendly, and great with other dogs.

Kimmie got her severe dental surgery and had 17 infected teeth extractions. With weeks of holistic food and rest, she is now healthy and happy. Kimmie detoxed from all the bad infections and bacteria that were in her rotten teeth and gums.

Vet Care: $1,600

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Noah

4 months old, Domestic Shorthair

Noah

Handsome Noah

Noah, 4 months old, is doing great at his wonderful foster home. He was found suffering in the street (was there for 2 days) after he was probably hit by a car. He is now healthy and will get his orthopedic surgery soon (hip & tail). We need to raise $3,000 for his surgery. Thanks to Miranda, one of our cat foster home's daughter, who created Noah's fundraising video (below) and YouCare page. Donations are greatly needed to help Noah.

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Vet Care: $3,000

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Sammy

9 months old, Pointer/Pit Mix

Sammy

Sweet & Happy Sammy

Sammy is super friendly, sweet and happy puppy who just wants to run and play like a normal teenager dog. He is smart, lovable, great with other dogs and eager to learn.

Poor Sammy had a seizure on the day we took him in at our vet office. During his seizure, he injured both his rear knees and could not stand nor walk. X-rays showed his tibia crest were to far a part so he needed surgery to repair both his knees so he can walk again. We also bought him a rear support wheelchair to help him go out for walks during his recovery. Sammy has his double rear leg tibia crest surgery. After 3 months of recovery, he start to walk again. Surgery and all follow up vet care (all the vet exams, test, meds, hospital care, additional many x-rays, etc). was over $6,000.

But, in the last couple of week, 8/15/15, he started to limp again. More x-rays were done and pain meds for Luxating patella on one rear leg. Now, 8/30/15, he cannot stand nor walk again. He now needs Luxating patella surgery on both his rear knees with a orthopedic surgeon. So heart breaking and sad! We are awaiting on cost of his next surgery, but it will probably be another $3-$4k. Without surgery, he cannot walk. Donation are greatly needed. Sammy will be a bionic dog!

Please help Sammy so he can walk again and live a healthy life! Thanks to his dedicated foster home for all their TLC and trips to the vets. Donations are greatly needed for his vet care and surgeries.

Update: He had his 4th leg surgery (luxating patella and pin removal from Tibia Crest).

Vet Care: $13,000

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Chappie

4 months old, Parson Russell Terrier Mix with Liver Shunt

Chappie

Chappie

Cutie Chappie was rescued from a crowded shelter. Poor Chappie suddenly became tired and sick the first few days at our foster home. Something was wrong. He was not the spunky terrier puppy he should be. We rushed him in to our vets. From his full panel blood test, he had high liver ALT and then his Liver Bile Acid test showed something was wrong with his liver.

He went to VIMS specialist and specialist for Ultra Sound & x-rays to diagnose if he had Liver Shunt. He was treated with daily meds of Lactulose twice per day and prescription low protein food, which helped him feel better. Chappie then needed specialist surgery to repair his Liver Shunt or risk death from liver failure. He is getting lots of TLC from his foster home. We are hoping he will be fine.

Chappie, My Mutt Program

Chappie, A Photo from Pet Food Express "My Mutt" Program

Chappie is very sweet and charming. He is too young to be so sick and needed this very expensive surgery. Here is article about Puppy Liver Shunt if you are interested.

Chappie had his Liver Shunt surgery with specialists and over-night hospital care at emergency center. He is now resting and doing well. It will take a month to recovery to see if this surgery works so his liver can process. He will go back for more blood tests and ultra sounds to check healing progress. Huge thanks to his super great foster home for all their TLC! A lot of hard work to care for him and trips to the vets. Vet bills so far: $7,000.00+. And it will be higher with additional ultra sounds and medications. Donations are greatly needed & appreciated to help Chappie!

Update 11/18/15: From his final blood test with specialist vet, VIMS, Chappie's Liver Shunt surgery was a success! He can now eat like a normal dog and continue to grow into a healthy happy adult! Chappie and all of us are super happy!!!!

Vet bill with Specialists: $8,000 +

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Liam

Terrier / Yorkshire Terrier Mix, Male 5 Years Old

Liam

Liam's Before and After!

Liam was rescued from a crowded shelter where he was nervous and took time to adjust. Once out, he is timid but warms up and friendly, and now happy at his foster home.

Poor Liam was badly neglected. He was skinny, matted/dirty, untrained and had severe dental decay with infections. Liam had major severe dental surgery with x-rays, biopsy and 14 infected/rotten decayed teeth extracts. The infections was so bad, that it caused a hole from his gum to the roof of his mouth to his nasal cavity (causing food & water to travel to his nasal area so he cannot eat properly).

The hole needed additional repair surgery and we hope it will heal, or he will need to see a oral specialist. Liam suffered for years in pain with no proper vet care and badly neglected (left outside, skinny, badly matted) before he was dumped at a city shelter. Since we took him in, we are taking care of all his needs which is very costly, but he is now loved and getting lots of TLC. Huge thanks to his great foster home for all their TLC and driving him back/forth to the vet for all his vet needs. Liam is a gentle sweetie.

10/28/15 Update: Poor Liam. He saw the dog Oral Specialist today. $1,200 for x-rays and biopsy (no discount for rescue from this vet). He has very little bone on the roof of his mouth and the two holes may not be repairable. We are now awaiting the results of the biopsy.

Vet Care: $7,000+ This cost will be higher if they can repair holes.

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Alice

American Staffordshire Terrier Mix, Female 7 Years Old

Alice

Super sweet, gentle, and soulful Alice.

We rescued Alice and her buddy, Henry, 7 years old lab, from a local city shelter. She was the shelter staff's favorite. They all love her. Alice is super sweet, gentle, soulful and everyone loves her. She seemed healthy (just over-weight & in need of dental cleaning), but after a month in her foster home, poor Alice had a front leg limp.

Her blood test showed high liver values for pain medication (that healed). We rushed her in for vet care, hospitalization, IV fluids, Ultra Sound, X-rays and many medications for her liver. Her liver and gall bladder were inflamed. She stopped eating and became jaundice. She got round the clock intensive care at the hospital for a week and perked up enough to eat. Her liver is failing and she had very poor clotting for needle biopsy.

At her foster home, she is very happy, but it is a struggle to get to eat something. Her dedicated foster home is stocked with all foods and trying everything while giving her 7 pills daily. On 2/20/14, with her decline and no options left, she had a high risk needle Biopsy of her liver and Plasma transfusion at a Internal Medicine Specialist (top specialist). Results shows: Severe Granulomatous Hepatitis with scar tissues (been sick for a while). Bio status (bio duct failing). Specialist do not know the cause.

We are awaiting 2 more tests for possible treatment. Donations towards her $5,500 vet bills are greatly needed and appreciated. Meanwhile, Alice is very loved and eating a little at home. We hope to find a treatable disease thru a top US specialist. Alice is a fighter and not giving up. Thanks to her dedicated and loving foster home for all their time and TLC to help Alice. Alice, we all love you!

Vet Care: $7,500+

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Andy

Pekinese, Male 5 Years Old

Andy

Sweetie Andy!

Sweetie Andy was rescued from a crowded shelter. After some time at his foster home, he had a limp which was checked out with x-rays and given pain meds. He also had a low heart rate and had a EKG which showed slow heart rate, but fine. Later at his foster home, he had more issues with his rear legs, and from many vet visits, he had to go to Sage Vet for MRI which showed a inflammation in his lower back spine. With more pain medication and rest, he healed. His foster homes all adored him. He was adopted to a super compassionate home who had experience with their previous peke with similar issues and did great with Acupuncture.

So Andy is now very loved and goes as needed for acupuncture. Andy is doing great!

Vet Care: $5,000+

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Lily

Terrier/Chihuahua Mix, Female 8 Years Old

Lily

Beautiful Lily!

When we took her in, she had a leg injury and needed a dental. After much vet care, her leg had no feeling (just hung) so it had to be amputated. She became a tri-pod, and had no problem adjusting.

Lilly is a tiger! All our volunteers and foster home adore her. She never gave up her spunky personality and 3 legs never stopped her from running and playing.

She was adopted to her loving home that adore her, quirks and all. :}

Vet Care: $2,500+

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Chavez

Poodle Mix, Male 10 Years Old

Chavez

Chavez, before and after - Now he's got his loving forever family!

Chavez was severely neglected, starved, horribly matted/dirty/covered with fleas, sick, scared, needed severe dental/extracts and had a heart murmur.

He got his shave down/grooming, dental/extractions, vet care and TLC at his foster home. Now he is gorgeous, happy and healthy! He was adopted to his forever home and very loved.

Vet Care: $2,000+

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Abby

German Shepherd Mix, Female

Abby

Abby, before and after

Beautiful Abby! Abby was severely neglected, emaciated, had mange and horrible flea bitten/infected ears. After one month of TLC, vet care and holistic healthy food, she has recovered. Thanks to her great foster home, she has gained almost 30 lbs, her ears are healed and standing up (originally covered with opened wounds from gross fly strikes), and her fur is growing back (almost fully recovered from mange). She is now very happy and beautiful! Great and playful with other dogs. See her before & after photo above. Healthy food, vet care and foster home TLC means the world to dogs like Abby. She was special needs (emaciated, badly neglected with mange) and now gorgeous. See Abby's page for updates.

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Luke and Leia

Pomeranian/Pekingese Mix, Male & Female

Luke and Leia

Leia (left) & Luke (right)

Luke & Leia were rescued on 4/16/14 from an Alameda county shelter. They were only 1 day old and were dumped next to a store dumpster. The shelter took them in, and we rescued them. Luke has a deformity and missing his front right arm. But otherwise seems healthy and was drinking from bottle. Big thanks to their bottle puppy foster home (Please become our Foster Family)!

DNA test shows Luke is a mix of Pekingese, Pomeranian and Mini Poodle with traces of a few other breeds. Of course, DNA tests are not accurate, but we were curious :) Luke (born as a tri-pod) he is very sweet and mellow. Prefers to sit back and watch. Curious. Loves people and will sit by you wanting to be held. Leia is more outgoing, likes to be the center of attention. She is confident and holds her own. Spunky and playful.

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Roxy

Roxy, 7 years old, Alaskan Klee Kai, Female

Roxy

Roxy relaxing after surgery

Roxy, an Alaskan Klee Kai and was rescued from a crowded shelter. She was neglected and very skinny. She will need a dental exam and other tests. She is good with other dogs, is sweet and gentle and will win any heart! She was initially nervous and confused at the shelter, so needs time to relax, gain some weight with healthy food and TLC.

For now Roxy is relaxing in her foster home, eating healthy food to gain some weight and she is learning to trust people again. More information to come as we learn about her.

Update: Roxy is doing great. She recently had 17 teeth extracted and is doing so much better. She has made tremendous strides. While she remains timid in some situations she is learning to trust people and show her affectionate side. She loves going on walks and is doing well meeting other dogs. Roxy is a sweetheart.

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Austin

Austin, 9 years old, Australian Shepherd/Border Collie Mix, Male

Austin

Austin's Before (left) and After (right)

Austin was very neglected. We rescued him from a Alameda county shelter. He is very dog friendly, lovable, gentle and sweet with everyone! Poor Austin needs severe dental (almost no teeth) with many extractions, has ear infections, hot spots, skinny and arthritic back legs joints. He is on low thyroid medication. With vet care, healthy food and supplements, he will get healthier and live a golden loving life! He is a medium size dog and beautiful.

His sr. blood panel was fine. He is relaxing at his foster home and will get his severe dental/extractions, ear cleaning and neuter soon. He is very sweet and listens well. Beautiful boy!

6/14/14 Update: Austin is now healthier after about 2 weeks of home care, meds, healthy food/supplements & love. He will get his surgery this week (severe dental/neuter). He was so happy socializing and meeting dogs & pups at showcase on sat. Austin loves Honest Kitchen mix (Zeal/probiotic/enzyme - with very little teeth, he has to eat soft food). But we see a huge difference in him. His energy is definitely up now.

Vet Care: $2,000+ (Severe dental, Ear infections, & All tests)

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Madison

Pit Bull Terrier Mix, 3 mos., Neglected & starved puppy with Mange

Madison

Madison's Recovery

Madison was found dumped in the streets. When she arrived at the shelter on 3/9/13, she was emaciated, covered in fleas, demodectic mange and raw skin from chemical burn on her back. Hayward Shelter took care of bathing her, gave her daily oral mange medication and fed her lots of food.  She gained weight and started healing. FFR took her in and continued her medication treatments for mange (weekly dips), had x-rays for rear leg (muscle atropy from living in a small crate long term,) and she got lots of healthy food/supplements at her loving foster home. Madison is very sweet, friendly and curious. Great with other dogs. She enjoyed the fresh air, sun and healthy food. In a few months, she healed from her mange and skin infections and thrived into a beautiful happy puppy.

She was adopted to her wonderful forever home with another dog, who continued with her vet care (additional tummy rash). Madison is now super happy enjoying lots of love as a true family member.

Thanks to Hendricks Board for helping us raise funds for Madison's vet care!

Rescue Cost: $1,500

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Emmett

Dandi Dinmont Terrier Mix, 1 year 8 months, 17 lbs.

Emmett

Emmett

Cutie Emmett was rescued on 12/27/13 from a South Bay County shelter. Emmett is a very special little boy. He was brought into the shelter with injuries. It is suspected that Emmett may have been hit by a car. He underwent orthopedic surgery at Sage Vet to repair a fracture in his pelvic and leg. He got lots of TLC for over 6 weeks at his super wonderful foster home.

Emmett has courage to overcome obstacles. When we met him at the shelter, he was as sweet as could be, even though he was in pain and had difficulty walking. He offered kisses and just wanted to be petted.

Emmett fully recovered was adopted to his loving forever home. He is now very happy, healthy and cherished for life! Happy Miracle pup!

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Kellie

Elkhound / Chow Chow Mix, 11 years old, 40 lbs

Kellie

Kellie

Kellie was rescued on 1/5/10 from a shelter (Watch my video!). She is friendly and a true sweet-heart. Wise and spunky. She was great with other dogs at the shelter and dog boarding facility, but once she settled in, she will bark at other dogs on walks. Need guardian to correct her for leash reactiveness to other dogs. She doesn't like bouncy active dogs jumping into her face. She is a mellow sr. dog who is gentle and wants to bond to her person for life. Great at her foster home with everyone. Her two teenage foster boys adore her. She's people affectionate, easy on the leash, loves treats, follows you around and cooperative. Rides in the car well. Easy to walk. Speaks for treats! Very cuddly. Good girl and good with kids at her foster home. Sweet-heart! But no cats please. Best as the only dog at home.

Kellie needs sponsorship to cover her surgery of her fatty tumor removal (chest & left knee area) Surgery will cost over $1500 due to the complexity of the surgery.

UPDATE: Her 1 lb fatty tumor was removed from her chest, and already healed. She is doing great.

Rescue Cost: $1,500

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Arlene

Miniature Poodle Mix, 6 years old, 10 lbs

Arlene

Arlene

Arlene was rescued on April 9, 2013. She had been badly neglected for years. She was very matted, dirty, and covered with fleas! Poor Arlene had severe wet dermatitis and skin infections. She also needed dental cleaning and had a sebaceous mammary lump removed from her left hock with biopsy. Then she got lots of TLC and holistic healthy food at her great foster home. After about 2 months, Arlene now looks great and very happy! Big thanks to her foster home, Keely! Despite all her years of suffering, Arlene is very sweet, friendly, and a gentle girl who loves snuggling.

Rescue Cost: $800

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Ranger

German Shepherd, 6 years old, 95 lbs

Ranger

Ranger

Ranger was rescued on 3/4/13 from an Alameda County shelter. He was badly neglected and had been starved in a backyard for years. He was emaciated (only 60 lb), had huge infected sores all over his body, mats, and major ear infections. After one month of good food at the shelter, he is now 89 lb but still very thin. Ranger is from a West German Shepherd line (smart/working line).

He loves all people and is friendly. He allowed the shelter staff to handle and bathe him, and was cooperative when medication was applied to his painful ear infections. Quiet in crate during transport.

He knew no commands when he came to the shelter, but has already learned sit & down. Ranger responds well to training and looks to person for direction. He really wants to bond and learn. Ranger gets a little excited when meeting new dogs. He sniffs and doesn't know what to do (since he was isolated in yard) but the shelter sees improvement. He seems to want to play but is awkward. He did fine with a female large gentle dog.

Ranger needs an experienced GSD guardian who can handle a large strong dog. Adult and only dog home for now (for training). With training, vet care and healthy food, he will become a gorgeous, smart, and courageous German Shepherd, not to mention your best friend.

Ranger is now super happy and very loved. He was adopted to his forever great family with another FFR dog, Sammy.

Rescue Cost: $3,500+

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Zooey

Spaniel Mix, 1 year old, 12 lbs

Zooey

Zooey

Zooey was rescued on 3/7/13 from an Alameda County shelter. She and 15 other dog buddies were abandoned in a field. She was initially timid but warmed up quickly, sitting on a volunteer's lap and giving kisses. She is great with other dogs, very gentle and passive. At her foster home, she is now very happy and loves playing with another dog. She's doing great!

As you can see in the photos, Zooey has an injured eye which needed to be removed. Zooey had her eye enucleation surgery and doing great.

Rescue Cost: $900

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Katy

German Shepherd , Female, 5 years

Katy

Katy

Katy was rescued on 8/29/12 from a crowded shelter. She was starved & emaciated. Despite being neglected and years of suffering, she is very sweet, gentle and friendly. Our volunteer fell in love with her. It was very emotionally hard to see her suffering. Katy was starved to skin and bones—bones/hip bones showing—need to gain 30 lbs to normal weight. So sad.

She is now eating lot's of healthy food and very loved by her loving foster home. Katy is slowly gaining weight and regaining her health. She is very happy and loved.

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Martha & MacGyver

Martha: Yellow Lab, Female, 8 years, 49 lbs.
MacGyver: Chocolate Lab, Male, 8 years 49 lbs.

Martha & MacGyver

Martha & MacGyver

Heart wrenching to see how these two have suffered for years in the wrong hands. They survived starvation and never gave up hope.

Martha & MacGyver were rescued on 10/3/12 from a crowded shelter. Both were dumped in emaciated (skin & bones, sunken eyes), flea infested, skin infections and very neglected condition. This is how they look after weeks of eating food 3 times per day at the shelter. They have been starved for a long time. Martha has infected big sore on her left side. MacGyver has various scraps and missing fur from sitting on cement. Both have severe atropy (muscle waste) from lack of movement (most likely were left in a cement dog pen outside & neglected for years).

Yet despite years of suffering, both are very friendly, warm hearted and sweet. We, FFR, will now rehabilitate them with lot's of healthy food, supplements, vet care and TLC.

MacGyver had very worned down front & bottom teeth from probably chewing on the metal pen bars. The vet cleaned his teeth and was able to save his teeth from extractions.

Martha, thrived, but unfortunately, she slowly became sick again. After much vet care, many tests, x-rays and ultra sound, she had cancer that spread from her stomach to her lungs and heart. Her loving foster home cared for her til it was time for her to pass to "Rainbow Bridge" in their loving arms. She suffered years of abuse, starvation and neglect, but was happy and very loved for months in her wonderful foster home. RIP Martha. We all love you.

MacGyver thrived and recovered his health with his great foster home. He is a very lovable and super happy boy. He was 49 lbs when we rescued him, but after a few month, he is now over 100 lbs! He was adopted to his forever loving home with another senior female dog. Now he and his family enjoy weekly hikes and lots of love!

Recovery of MacGyver

MacGyver's Recovery

Huge thanks to their compassionate and loving foster homes! Donations appreciated to help these two with all their vet care.

Rescue Cost: $2,500+

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Blitzen & Rudolph

Chihuahua

Blitzen & Rudolph

Blitzen & Rudolph

Blitzen, Rudolph and their mom Snowflake were rescued from an overcrowded shelter on 12/24/10. The two pups had dry-eye that were not cared for prior to being left at the shelter. All are very affectionate and give lots of kisses. The pups are active and playful and both love to be held and give kisses. Blitzen was seen by an eye vet specialist. He's right eye was blind so it had to be removed which cost FFR over $3000. His left eye had Entropian surgery and currently only requires lubrication drop for dry eye so the lids from top and bottom don't rub his eye. He may grow out of it. Meanwhile, he and his brother are very playful and happy pups. He needs eye drops every 1-3 hours.

Blitzen good left eye needs drops of cyclosporine, 3 times per day. Eye is not producing tears to lubricate.

Poor Rudolph was diagnosed as Medial Patellar Luxation (MPL) and required surgery. And brave little Rudolph had his surgery and now doing well. We are still trying to recover from the financial challenges with these expensive medical processor. We have Chipin account created so that we can accept donation especially for their cause. Many thanks for your continuous support.

You can see more details for Blitzen's story and Rudolph's story in our blog!

Rescue Cost for Blitzen: $4,000 & for Rudolph: $3,000

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Tinkerbell's Story

Chihuahua, 12 years old

Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell

Tiny Tinkerbell came to FFR from the Hayward Shelter on July 2007. Tinker is only 4 pounds and was skin & bones. She may have been injured by a car and was on the mend. She had her teeth cleaned and she regain her health at her foster home. Tainty sweetheart.

Tinkerbell was adopted but returned back to us after many years. Upon her return, she needed lot's of vet care: dental extractions of rotten teeths (6 of them), had severe gum infection, needed full sr. blood panel test, had a low heart murmur (grade 3), and started proin to tighten her bladder muscle. Once all her vet care needs were completed, she blossomed at her foster home and regained her health with home cook meals (chicken & fresh food). She is very happy and enjoying her life with her loving committed family and dog friend. She thanks her forever guardians by giving them kisses everyday!

Rescue Cost: $2,200

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Pumpkin's Story

Domestic Short Hair

Pumpkin

Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a sweet boy who wants human companionship and would do well in a family with older children, but no other pets. He was adopted from FFR in 2002 at 3 mos old...but his family moved out of the US so Pumpkin was returned to us. He has a gentle purr that starts as soon as he's picked up...he's looking for someone who will sit with him and pet him. He loves catnip toys and feathers. Will you be his forever home?

Update 3/2012: Pumpkin had ear polyp removal surgery and other needed vet care. Rescue Cost: $900. You can help by donating. Thank you!

Rescue Cost: $900

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Moochie & Pooty, Pirate Brothers' Story

Domestic Short Hair

Moochie & Pooty

Moochie & Pooty

Both Moochi and his brother, Pooty, suffered severe eye infections, forcing the removal of their left eyes. By the time we rescued them, it was too late to save their eyes. They went into emergency surgery at VCA Mission SJ, and they did a remarkable job. But what the boys lack in eye volume, they make up for in purring, licking, cuddling, and bumping. If you ask them, life is all about the loving--readily given and received. As Moochie and Pooty say, "Arr, matey . . . infection took my eye, but not my love for life." Moochie was adopted. Pooty is ready and waiting for his forever home.

Rescue Cost: $2,800 ($1,400 each)

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Hansel & Gretel's Story

Chihuahua mix

Hansel & gretel then and now

Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel were both rescued on 3/15/10 from TCAS from PTS day. Both were badly neglected, skinny and suffering from demodex mange. Both were scared and very timid, but we saw their innocent and harmless sweet personality.

Hansel was the braver one who learned to approach people with treats. Gretel was the shy one who followed Hansel. Together, they both like to run and play. After much vet care, weekly dips/medication and holistic healthy food/supplements, they both fully recovered. They blossomed with TLC at their foster home, grew shiny coats and became lovable adorable dogs. Both were adopted and now happy doggies.

Rescue Cost: $2,500

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Ivan's Story

Terrier Mix 2 years old

Ivan before and after

Ivan

Ivan was rescued on March 14th, 2010 from a crowded shelter. He was neglected, scared and in horrible condition. He was suffering from demodex mange. After many months of vet care and TLC from his foster home, he has recovered and his mange is almost completely gone.

He is friendly, sweet and good with other dogs. He is a little timid of new situations and people. When he looks for comfort, he likes sitting on our shoes, snuggling and enjoys being held. He is good on leash and well behaved. He needs to stay on holistic healthy foods to maintain his health.

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Top Image: Ivan when he was rescued with skin condition.
Bottom Image: Ivan now. His handsome-self!

Rescue Cost: $1,000+

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Marilyn & Monroe's Story

Bichon Frise / Poodle Mix 4 years old

Marilyn & Monroe

Marilyn & Monroe

Marilyn & Monroe (sibling or buddy) were running in the streets for weeks. Starving and scared, they dodged many people trying to help them. A kind lady fed them until she was finally able to catch them and took them to the Tri-City Animal Shelter. Their time was up and they had no options left. Both were extremely scared, horribly neglected, dirty/matted, and covered with fleas. They probably lived their entire life in a backyard and then were dumped. Marilyn looks like she had puppies. Both are gentle souls and harmless. They show potential like the rest of the scared neglected dogs we've rescued, so we rescued them.

All they needed was grooming, training and some TLC in their foster home. After many months of care with Carol, they learned to walk on leash, got healthy and blossomed into friendly adorable dogs. Both are very bonded to each other and always clinged close to each other.

In end of Dec. 2010, they were adopted to their loving home for life. Both are now pampered and very happy doggies. They love their walks and even started training classes. Thanks to All About Pets Animal Care, Union City, for their grooming, vet care & boarding. Thanks to Carol for fostering them. Marilyn & Monroe got their miracle!

Rescue Cost: $1,500

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Duke's Story

Cockapoo / Lhasa Apso Mix, 8 years old

Duke

Duke

Duke is very friendly, gentle and loves his walks. Great little doggy who loves his toys and piling them up. He will talk to you and beg for attention or treats. Simply adorable.

At his foster home, suddenly he lost use of his rear legs. We rushed him to the vet where he got x-rays and then he had to go to Bay Area Veterinary Specialists (BAVS) to see a neurologist and needed to be hospitalized.

Duke has a herniated disc and a tumor on his kidney. We are now awaiting results of his TruCut Biopsy of the tumor for cancer. Meanwhile, he has shown improvement and started to walk again.

Rescue Cost: $4,000 as of 2/19/10

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Ashley's Story

Labrador Retriever / Pit Bull Mix, 10 months old

Ashley

Ashley

Ashley was rescued from a Tri-City Animal Shelter when her time was up on December 5, 2009. Ashley is a very friendly and loving dog with a wonderful temperament. She loves to cuddle and is great with other dogs and kids. She is quite affectionate.

She likes attention and the human touch especially a scratch on the head and a rub on the belly. Despite her pain in both her rear legs which need TPLO surgeries, she's a love to everyone. She is doing great from her first TPLO surgery on one of her rear legs on 1/13/10 at Veterinary Surgical Associates (VSA), Dublin. Recovery time is 8 weeks, and then she will have the second knee done in mid-March. The doctors say that she will return to full unrestricted activity and be able to run and play like a normal dog. This surgery reconstructs the knee and makes it strong enough to handle normal dog activities. We thank VSA and her wonderful foster home, Sondra.

Rescue Cost: $3,000

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Butch & Sundance's Story

Orange Tabby, 3 years old

Butch & Sundance

Butch & Sundance

Butch & Sundance were both rescued from Fremont Shelter when their time was up on Jan. 2010. Both are super friendly, snugly, lovable and fun kittys. They both received all their vet care but from their x-ray, it showed they both have enlarged hearts which may shorten their life-span. For now, both are happy in their foster home who gives them much TLC. Nothing slows them down to live their second chance at life to the fullest.

Rescue Cost: $1,200

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Tommy's Story

Maine Coon mix, 4 years old

Tommy

Tommy

Beautiful Tommy was abandoned along with his siblings. He was adopted as a kitten but later returned to us a few years later as an adult. He is super friendly and lovable. Beautiful and very handsome. Tommy needed general vet care, dental surgery to remove decay teethes and teeth/gum cleaning.

Rescue Cost: $1,200

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Docker's Story

Dachshund / Spaniel Mix, 7 1/2 years old - Sanctuary Dog

Docker

Docker

Darling, sweet Docker came to us on May 5th, 2004 from the Tracy Shelter. Docker is perhaps one of the most remarkable & amazing dogs we have ever met. He is precious and loves everyone. Docker's spine however, never developed normally and as a result, he is has no control or feeling of when he goes potty or urinates. His foster family has to diaper him as you would an infant and Docker is fine with that. He is always happy and very loved at his sanctuary home. Docker continues to see our vets for various medical conditions or needs to insure he is comfortable with his lower GI issues.

Rescue Cost: $1,500+

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Maya and her 11 puppies' Story

German Shepherd/Lab mix, 3 years old

Maya

Maya

Maya and her 11 puppies were rescued from TCAS on December 5th, 2009 the day before her time was up. She was found hiding in a bush caring for her 11 two week old puppies. Skinny, cold and hungry, but she never left her pups. We were lucky we saw her in a cage when we were there to evaluate another dog. She and her puppies thrived at their foster home. Maya was a great mom to her puppies. She is a sweetheart, gentle and very loving. It was fate for us to find her so we were able to save her and her puppies.

Rescue Cost: $500

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Joey's Story

German Shepherd Dog, 8 months old

Joey

Joey

Joey was rescued from the Hayward Shelter on 6/12/08 when he was 8 months old. He was out of time and left behind since he had swollen joints from a bone rapid growth. FFR took the chance and rescued him. With regular vet care, medication and low protein diet, he over came his condition.

He blossomed from an awkward teenager into a handsome young dog with a heart of gold with a family who love him dearly.

Rescue Cost: $700

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Snuggle's Story

Labrador Retriever / Catahoula Cur Mix, 2 years old

Snuggle

Snuggle

Handsome Snuggle is one lucky and special dog! He was a shelter favorite, and big time snuggle-bug, but he was out of time and was already tranquilized on a table to be put to sleep, when a volunteer stopped the procedure and saved him. FFR took him in and cared for him for 9 months (foster home and boarding) until he found his forever home with another dog to play with!

Rescue Cost: $2,000

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Nathaniel's Story

Chihuahua / Dachshund Mix, 2 months

Nathaniel

Nathaniel

As a couple walked by a Hayward dumpster this past October they heard a weak whimper for help. They peeked inside and were shocked to find a tiny, emaciated, almost hairless and dying puppy. They took him to the Hayward Shelter, which saved his life by providing the sweet four-pound Chihuahua-Dachshund Mix with vet care and feeding him multiple meals per day to bring him back to stable health. After two weeks at the shelter, Furry Friends Rescue (FFR) was notified, and took Nathaniel in.

He was then up to six pounds but still very skinny and suffering from Demodex. Lisa, an FFR volunteer, fostered him at her home in San Jose, gave him plenty of TLC, and continued with his weekly visits with our vet. About a month later we met a very special and experienced family - Thierry, Julie, their kids, and dog, Frances. They all fell in love with Nathaniel's sweet and friendly personality, despite his unattractive skin condition that needed more treatment. Despite terrible odds, brave little Nathaniel, abused and dumped to die, found a wonderful home where he is adored and will be cherished for life.

Rescue Cost: $1,500

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Alfie's Story

Cocker Spaniel, deaf dog with heart, 8 years and 11 months

Alfie

Alfie

Alfie was rescued 3/25/05 from Pinole Shelter. He was badly neglected and he had chronic ear infections that caused him a lot of pain and ear drum damage. After several vet deep ear canal cleanings and antibiotics, it did not help relieve the pain so he had to have surgery to remove both ear drums due to decaying membranes.

He is a brave trooper despite all he has been through. He is very sweet, loves to snuggle on your lap and is well behaved. Alfie is courageous and wants to be your best friend for life...all heart and joy. He loves treats and will bounce over to you to greet you for treats.

He was adopted 6/19/05, but sadly, he was returned to us 2009 due a toddler in the family. Alfie was now a senior dog and also deaf who preferred to be the only dog in the household. After many months of searching and boarding care, Alfie finally found his guardian angels in December who fell in love with him. He is now their cherish furry kid and best friend.

Rescue Cost: $6,000

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Joni, Jessie, Jason and Jordie's Story

Chihuahua Mix, 7 weeks old

Joni, Jessie, Jason and Jordie

Joni, Jessie, Jason and Jordie

Joni, Jessie, Jason and Jordie came to FFR after they were abandoned in the Night Drop at the Hayward Animal Shelter 1/25/06.

These 4 pups were woefully neglected. How can anyone do this? They were all very skinny, sick, scared and badly infected with mange which caused them to loose most of their fur. With lot's of TLC and good food at their loving foster home along with weekly vet care, they over-came the mange and thrived into healthy happy sweet puppies! Each were adopted into loving homes who adore them for life.

Rescue Cost: $3,000

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Josie's Story

German Shepherd

Joesie

Josie

Josie was rescued from Hayward Shelter on 11/7/08. She had no options left since she had a large swollen growth (salivery gland) near her jaw. Since she is very friendly, gentle and so sweet, we rescued her and took care of her vet needs. She was great with other dogs, horses and cats. Everyone loved her! She's a perfect sweetheart. She had a saliva gland injury that kept filling up with fluid. Our vets drained the gland several time, but the gland would not heal, so Josie had to have her Salivary gland surgery. She fully recovered, and now a super happy family member! She is perfect, beautiful, smart, and graceful.

Vet Care/Surgery Rescue Cost: $3000

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Abby's Story

Chihuahua / Dachshund Mix, 1 year old

Abby

Abby

Sweet and charming Abby was rescued on 11/22/09 from Los Banos Animal Shelter when she was out of time. She had an injured right front leg which was hanging limp. We took her to a orthopedic surgeon who x-rayed her shoulder and leg. Abby's right front leg had to be amputated because her front right leg had no tendons nor nerve connections to her shoulder to her spine. Her surgery was successful and she is doing great as a tri-pod dog. Abby was adopted to her forever loving home where she loves to go for walks and playing with other dog buddies.

Rescue Cost: $2,800

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Gracie's Story

Chihuahua / Dachshund Mix, 5 months old

Gracie

Gracie

Gracie was rescued on 7/9/10 from a shelter. At the shelter she was scared and shut down. No one came thru for her, so we took her in to give her a chance in life which she truly deserves. She suffered so much in her young life already.

She has been severely neglected and starved. She has horrible demodex mange, skin infection and very skinny. She needs some TLC and healthy food to thrive again. She is timid, gentle but can be handled/sweet. Did well with car ride and crawled to the driver to snuggle next to her lap. She did well at her vet exam. Everything is new to her. More info. to come as we learn about her from her foster home.

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Clover's Story

Beagle Mix, 5 years old

Clover

Clover

Clover was rescued on 7/6/10 from a shelter. She was a little nervous at the shelter, and their vet confirmed she is deaf. She looks like she recently fed puppies. She is friendly and sweet. Once she knows you, she pays attention. Good with other dogs. She was ok with vet office cat. She needs a experienced guardian who understands the needs and training of a deaf dog. Another dog in the household to be her ears, will help her.

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Kahlua, Perfect Sweetheart Golden Dog's Story

Shar Pei / Labrador Retriever, 9 years old

Kahlua

Kahlua

Kahlua was rescued on 7/7/10 from a shelter where she was out of time with no options left. She was adopted many years ago and returned to shelter due to move. She has been a happy loving indoor companion dog throughout her life. Very well behaved, loves her walks, spunky and friendly.

She knows to sit and shake for treats. This smiling gal loves children, other dogs and most cats too! She is a great example of why adopting a mature dog has so many benefits. She's very responsive and already knows her basics and adorable. Kahlua has an unlimited capacity for love and wants to be your best-friend. She truly deserves to spend the rest of her years in another loving home. She is a true sweet-heart! She is moderate active (like a 4 year old dog). Children 10 years+. Kahlua is a golden girl with a heart of gold!

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Duffy's Story

Duffy, Norfolk Terrier mix, 2 years old

Duffy

Duffy

Duffy was rescued on 7/7/10 from a shelter. He was scared at the shelter but harmless. He was out of time and options due to his need for his eye surgery for cherry eyes and baby tooth removal. Once we took him out, he was a little timid, but very sweet. Within minutes, once he was comfortable with us, he was very friendly.

He loves sitting on our lap and giving us kisses. Enjoys tummy rubs and play with other dogs. We took care of his cherry eye surgery, baby tooth removal and all his vet care needs. He blossomed at his foster home and was adopted to his forever family. Duffy is so adorable!

Rescue Cost: $500+

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About Furry Friends Rescue

Furry Friends Rescue (FFR) is an all-volunteer non-profit Bay Area companion animal rescue organization, comprised entirely of experienced volunteers who collectively have rescued hundreds of companion animals and placed them in loving homes.

Since November 1998, we have saved over 12,000 animals and the numbers are growing every day—along with 6000+ Guardian, Shelter & Rescue Assists! Our volunteer home foster about 120 dogs and cats...Read More

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