Help Me Heal

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Every day, the Animal League rescues animals from places where they would otherwise be destroyed, and our no-kill philosophy means that we give each animal the care they need – the care and the second chance that they deserve. Some pets come to us with urgent medical needs ranging from broken bones, skin burns or infections necessitating critical care, to other orthopedic or medical issues requiring surgical intervention. Some animals also come to us with deep emotional scars due to neglect and mistreatment.

Please make a donation today to our Help Me Heal Program, and help us nurture many more animals back to health.

Featured Story: Will You Help Magoo Heal from Severe Frostbite?

Magoo didn’t have much time left when he was found lying frozen and lifeless in a snowy ditch in Upstate New York. The young cat was unresponsive and suffering the symptoms of severe frostbite to much of his tiny body when he was rescued by a Good Samaritan and rushed to Countryside Veterinary Hospital in Glens Falls for emergency medical treatment. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, Deb Oligny, Director of Animal League America’s Adirondack Region Cat Rescue and Adoption Center, received a call from Dr. Keller, the veterinarian caring for Magoo, asking if we could come to the aid of this ailing cat. Read Full Story

More Help Me Heal Stories

Take a moment to picture what it was like for Alex, a 2-year-old Domestic Shorthair who was brought to the Manhattan location of Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) with severe injuries to his face, head, and body. Presumably caused by a high-rise fall or being struck by a car or truck, it’s estimated that poor Alex, bloodied and battered, was left to suffer through his injuries on the cold, unforgiving streets of New York City for 24-48 hours before he was rescued.
In December 2017, Animal League America’s Adirondack Region Cat Rescue came to the aid of Creamsicle, a severely injured, 7-month-old kitten found scrounging for food outside of a dumpster. Today, Creamsicle's healing journey has a fairy-tale ending.
Lying uncomfortably on one of the examination tables inside our Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center, there was no question Delilah was in the right place. Suffering from a painful leg injury and host of debilitating ailments, this sweet senior arrived off a rescue transport from Puerto Rico just weeks after Hurricane Maria. Not only was this ailing senior left to wait out the storm with a fractured leg, but three weeks post-surgery and approximately two months since sustaining the injury, she’s still unable to bear any weight on the leg.
When Linguini arrived at our Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center our staff noticed the fragile puppy was not only very young and understandably scared, but he had multiple congenital deformities to his face and mouth. Animal League America Senior Vice President and Chief of Veterinary Staff, Dr. Mark Verdino said Linguini’s birth defects were causing the fragile pup to have a multitude of issues, especially while eating and drinking, that could create a potentially life-threatening situation.
A day after Auton and 61 other dogs and puppies were rescued from the deplorable conditions of various puppy mills in the Midwest, the little Shi Tzu mix was nestled safely in the arms of Kennel Manager Rosie Tombolo. As she gently cradled him against her body on the short walk to his intake examination, Rosie noticed the adorable dog was struggling to breathe – letting out a steady wheezing sound that immediately raised a red flag with the veteran associate.
Outside of her obvious issues, Gladys is in very good health for her age. Doctor Laheney said all of her blood tests came back normal and her vital organs are functioning properly, so there’s no reason why she couldn’t live for several more years once we nurse her back to health. But before that can happen, this golden girl needs your help.
As many animals have since we opened our doors in 1944, two-year-old Max found himself at North Shore Animal League America’s Port Washington, N.Y. campus in need of extensive long-term medical care. The handsome Hound/Pointer mix from Tennessee arrived with cruciate ligament tears in both hind legs, presumably due to an acute injury suffered while running or jumping.
Yogurt, the diminutive dog with the GIANT personality, has received the gift of a new beginning in a loving home of his own.
Melissa Gentry, owner and operator of Rescue Dog, a grassroots shelter run out of a converted barn on her property, informed our Director of Rescue Services, Cindy Szczudlo, that she had a dog in dire need of medical attention.
Neglected and alone. Left to wander the streets of Brooklyn with no food, water, or shelter. Suffering from a painful skin condition that left her without a coat to keep her warm during the frigid December nights. This was the tragic life of poor Miley, a 6-month-old Pit Bull mix.