Special Needs Animals
Pets Need Your Help!
More animals than ever before are coming to the Humane Society in dire need of expensive veterinary care. Due to the current economic conditions, many people are forced to surrender their pets because they can no longer afford to feed and care for them. Our medical expenses have gone up significantly during the past year or so and the number of animals needing life-saving care is constantly increasing.
The Emily Kantor Fund
This fund was established in memory of Emily Kantor who was only 13 years old when she died in 1995. Because of her love for animals, her family established this memorial fund in her name at the Missoula Humane Society. The fund is specifically used for animals arriving at the shelter in need of live-saving medical attention. This fund has provided hundreds of animals with a second chance at a better life.
Read the stories below for more information on animals currently in need of medical care. Just click the "Donate Now" button next to the picture of the animal you would like to help. Be sure to tell us the name of the animal when you fill out the donation form.
Petunia is an eight year old Chihuahua/Terrier mix who enjoys the company of other dogs. Petunia is diabetic and her condition had not been managed so both of her corneas had ruptured by the time she was left in front of the Humane Society. She needed emergency surgery (performed by the kind staff at Animal Blessing Pet Hospital) to remove both of her eyes. She is adjusting to the change well and still loves to wiggle up to greet new people. Petunia requires twice daily insulin shots and is currently in foster care.
Sam is a big handsome guy. Looking at Sam, you realize that he is like any other cat who loves attention and affection. Sam is a special needs cat as he is diabetic. He takes insulin shots twice daily but his cool and easygoing demeanor make them super easy to give. His diabetes is also managed through a special veterinary diet. Diabetes is an easily manageble special need in a cat and Sam's relaxed personality will make him a wonderful companion for any family!
Gibson is a happy-go-lucky guy. He loves everyone he meets and greets all with a friendly 'Meow' and a gentle head butt. Gibson is diabetic and receives insulin injections two times per day. He is a very easy going guy which means giving the injections is easy as pie. He also enjoys fine gourmet meals consisting of a veterinarian presribed diet.
Tinker is a lovebug, at least when it comes to her people and her dogs. She is okay with cats that know how important personal space can be to a gal like Tinker. She is the quintessential princess! Tinker does have some special needs, she is diabetic. She is looking for a home who is able to give her insulin twice a day.
Jasmine is a mellow cocker spaniel. She is great with other dogs and cats and adores affection from humans. Jasmine as a thyroid condition called hypo-thyroidism for which she gets a pill twice per day. She also has a skin condition called Cheyletiella mange. This is a skin mite which is treated with a special weekly bath. Jasmine loves to be pampered like a special girl so giving her these baths until her skin is improved is no problem for her.
ADOPTED: These special needs animals have found their forever homes!
Waya is a gorgeous Siberian Husky who loves the company of adults, other dogs, and cats. She relies on humans to assist her with her special needs. You see, Waya is blind in both of her eyes and just needs to be guided around. Once she knows her way around, she enjoys the independence husky's are known for.
UPDATE: Waya found a loving home with her buddy Kokanee! They were so excited to go to a Siberian Husky loving couple!
Stella is a queen who loves to be pampered. She loves affection and laying on a warm lap. Here at the shelter it has been discovered that Stella has a chronic upper respiratory infection. She constantly has a bit of a cold which anti-biotics do not seem to clear up. In a HOPE foster home, however, her symptoms go away in no time! Her condition is exacerbated by stress so we know that finding a furrever home is what Stella really needs to feel better.
UPDATE: Adopted by her loving foster Mom. She is sooooo happy!
This handsome fella is on a prescription diet for urinary tract infections. His urinary-tract health food costs about $25 for a 5lb bag. This special food helps to prevent UTI's for Sampson. He is one of the most affectionate kitties around, and loves a good brushing!
This beautiful lady is the bell of the cat wing at the Humane Society of Western Montana. Onyx has alot of personality and loves to greet you with a friendly head-butt. Just like any princess she has a few manageable needs. Onyx is on a prescription diet to improve her kidney function. Her special renal care food costs about $25 for a 5lb bag.This special girl also recieves fluids with a taste of wet food every other day, This is also to improve her kidney function. With the help of her special food and fluids Onyx still has many years and lots of love to give.
Dawn is a very unique five year old chihuahua mix that was brought to us after being found living in a grain bin. She arrived dehydrated, unsocialized and also has a cleft palate that may someday require dental work. After spending many hours of quiet time with our volunteers she has come out of her shell and is learning to snuggle and is now ready to find a family and share her love.
Charli is one of the 'California Littles' transferred to us from an overcrowded shelter in northern California. She arrived with a terrible eye infection and is being treated with antibiotics, but due to all of the stress of travel and being in a new place, she now has an upper respiratory infection that we are also treating. Charli's medications are not the most expensive, but because every dollar counts, helping with her medical bills will allow us to help even more animals. We estimate her care at about $115 including medication, vet visits and special staff tlc.
This friendly tiger cat was returned to the shelter when he was diagnosed with diabetes. It is easy to give him his twice daily insulin shots but his former family was not home enough to maintain his schedule. He eats a special diet and takes insulin but he doesn't let it slow him down! Donate to the cost of Cosmo's care by clicking on the button below.
Pez is the perfect combination of cute and sassy. She will tell you what is on her mind and loves laying on your lap for head rubs. Her number one special need is lots of love! She also needs special perscription diet food to help improve kidney functon. She also recieves fluids in a wet food snack twice a week. Such a sweet older lady deserves a special snack more than twice a week. Pez eats a small plate of wet food two time per day with a special lixotinic syrup mixed in. The lixotinic syrup is an iron suppliment to improve her overall health. With all of these things Pez has many years to give to a special family, now all she needs is to find them!
This playful 3 year old lab mix loves everyone! She tore her ACL while playing. Now she needs surgery so that she can romp again! The Humane Society is working on raising the funds for her surgery. Please help Toes by clicking on the button below!
When this sweet 12 year old arrived at the shelter she could still catch a ball in mid-air! Unfortunately, she has gone blind and is still learning how to navigate the world with her new limitation. Coco Bear still loves her tennis ball, squeaky toys and daily walks. She needs a patient and kind person to guide her as she condinues to adapt to being blind. Are you that person?
Four year old Puffin was transferred from another facility so she could find a loving home. She needs double knee surgery and has been on a strict diet to control her weight. She has already lost over 20 pounds and is ready to have her surgery. Puffin has been taking 100mg of Rimadyl twice daily, glucosamine suppliments twice daily, and painkillers two to three times a day. Rimadyl alone is $0.85 per pill and the Humane Society needs your help to help Puffin. Click on the button below to donate.
At only four months of age Abby was surrendered to a veterinarian when her former family couldn't afford her care. This active Border Collie had a rear leg that just didn't work correctly. She had surgery to repair the leg the third week of February. After six weeks of very restricted activity in a foster home she will be on her way to a full recovery! Abby's medical needs have been extensive. She will also need therapy at Montana Water Dogs. Your donations allow the Humane Society of Western Montana to ensure that no animal in our care goes without the treatments they need no matter what.
Princess is a frisky kitty that has a viral eye infection. She requires the supplement, Lysine (approximately $7 for a 7 month supply) and eye drops daily. She would do best in a home with no other cats where she can receive lots of attention and an endless supply of catnip and toys to play with.
Koen is recovering from a viral infection. This little guy is currently taking the medication, Metronidazole along with FortiFlora, a nutritional supplement (approximate cost is $20 for a 1 month supply) and eats a high protien cat food. Koen's young life has been quite difficult for him. Due to his infection, he has been isolated from other kittens and knows only humans to be his playmates. Koen is looking for a loving person that he can trust and someone who will spend lots of playtime with him.
Outgoing and chatty Pumpkin is a lot of fun! This 11 year old Poodle has diabetes. He receives insulin shots two times a day and will remind you if you forget! Sweet-natured Pumpkin takes the repeated poking like a champ. He also eats a special diet to help maintain his blood sugar. Pumpkin spends a lot of his time hanging out with the staff and volunteers but what he really wants is his own family!