Harvey was found as a 3 month old kitten by Dr. Murphy along a country road in Kilbride. He initially seemed like a happy, healthy kitten and a home was found for him but soon he appeared to be having epileptic seizures. After a lot of medical testing, he was found to have roundworms and Toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease acquired from eating raw meat. He probably got this disease while foraging for food as a stray kitten. By this time he was having seizures fairly regularly. His initial adoptive family decided not to adopt him so we were not sure what was going to happen to him. Between seizures he was a happy, loving, cuddly kitten and Dr. Marsh decided that he needed a chance at life so she took him home to join her other 5 cats. The day he went to Dr. Marsh’s home he had 3 seizures. Things didn’t look good as his seizures continued weekly and sometimes daily. Harvey appeared blind after having several seizures but in a few days, seemed to be able to see ok. But with many medication changes to try to control the seizures, several nights sitting up with him while having and recovering from seizures and a lot more testing and treatment for recurring bouts of Toxoplasmosis, Harvey is doing well at this time. He and Dr. Marsh’s husband Gary are best friends and Harvey and Gary nap together, and go for walks together. He still likes to go outside but doesn’t always remember where he lives so he has supervised walks so he can still enjoy getting outside, exploring the garden and stretching out on the patio in the sun. Despite all his problems, he’s still a loving, happy kitty who gets along well with his 5 sister kitties, loves to eat, especially cheese and most of all enjoys his naps in the sun.
Hello my name is Punkie and I was surrendered to HFAH in August 2007 with a broken leg. I was immediately adopted by my new mom and Veterinary Assistant extraordinaire, Katie.
After three long months of x-rays and weekly splint changes, I can finally run free! In the beginning I was a shy and nervous pup, but my new mom has shown me the ropes. Now I run confidently with the big dogs! I must be one of the luckiest dogs around as I come to work with my mom every day. When I hear the front doorbell ring at Headon Forest I know I must do my job as the official greeter- I run as fast as I can to the front and bark at everyone. I usually create a lot of attention for myself. I also love to bark at things that move outside –this sometimes makes people working in the office jump a bit-whoops☺. I just want everyone to know that I may be small and cute, especially in my fashion forward outfits, but I also have a big heart and just love being rubbed and making people smile!
We are so very pleased to announce that our precious Kelly has found her forever-home with a lovely family in Burlington. We are so happy that she gets to watch birds in the window, chase toys and play with her best pal, Linus and new doggie-friend, Athena!
Hi, my name is Shea Ping. I am a 2 year old male Pekinese and was adopted by John and Lorene Hall (Dr. Hall’s parents) when I was one year old. I had 3 homes prior to this but now I am in my forever home! I am always happy and I love meeting new people and animals. One day last January after jumping off the couch, I suddenly couldn’t feel part of my right hind leg and began dragging it behind me. I was immediately examined by Dr. Hall and was diagnosed with Intervertebral Disc Disease, a neurologic problem where one of my intervertebral discs was pressing on my spinal cord. I was referred to the Ontario Veterinary College where surgery was performed to remove the compression on my spinal cord. The surgery eliminated the pain I was feeling and made me feel much better but unfortunately there was such severe damage to my spinal cord that I became paralyzed from the waist down. After weeks of postoperative physiotherapy including hydrotherapy and leg exercises, I finally have some movement in my legs! I may never walk again but just recently, I finally was fitted for my brand-new cart! I now tear around as good as new on my wheels and have even learned to go in reverse. I can do almost everything other dogs can do and am as happy as I’ve ever been!