P.O. Box  226

Greenvale, NY 11548

A volunteer oganization at the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter

What is a Mend-a-Paw dog?

    Literally a life saver, this fund was specifically established to pay for all medical and surgical needs of shelter dogs that would not be covered by the Town of North Hempstead's shelter budget.  Many of the Mend-a-Paw dogs would have been considered unadoptable due to health issues, some serious and some not.  Instead all have found a home.  To date, the Mend-a-Paw fund has spent over $110,000 for antibiotics, diagnostic testing, a variety of surgeries and even covers routine testing for heartworm. Below are just a few examples of Mend-a-Paw in action. They are most happy stories...enjoy!

Three senior dogs- all with bad teeth
Infections they had from their gums beneath
Mend-A-Paw played Robin Hood
A little surgery and they all felt good
They all went to a loving home
A happy end to this terrible poem
Zoey

A sweet Jindo mix who arrived at our shelter with a "cherry eye" that was painful for her. The Mend-A-Paw fund to the rescue. Look at our beautiful Zoey now- feeling and looking better and just waiting for a forever home. 

Minnie makes the Indy 500 look like a Roman chariot race!

     When Minnie arrived at the shelter our vet found that this adorable senior poodle had suffered a trauma of undetermined origin that left her hind legs paralyzed, but without pain.  Mend-a-Paw provided this sweet girl with a "set of wheels" that gave her a new lease on life along with a new and loving owner.

Chip
A senior Poodle with painful infected teeth who could only eat soft food. After dental surgery thanks to the Mend-A-Paw fund, Chip (see photo above) enjoyed rawhide bones and solid food at the shelter. Shortly after his surgery Chip was adopted and is now enjoying bones in his new home.

Butch's Story

His is a heartwarming example of the miracle of Mend-a-Paw.  Butch was less than a year old when he came to the shelter after being hit by a car.  His rear leg had been shattered.  First, a wiring and pinning proceedure was tried in hopes that we could save his leg.  Sadly, it didn't heal correctly and Butch lost the leg.  Even after this three month ordeal, this guy remained sweet and friendly to all.  Butch often visits the shelter with his adoring adoptive family.

Homer

Homer came to our shelter with a life threatening respiratory and intestinal infection. Mend-A-Paw to the rescue. After X-rays, intensive intravenous and antibiotic therapy Homer recovered and was immediately adopted.

Bobby

Bobby's right hind leg was crushed when he was hit by an auto. His owners could not care for him and he was surrendered to the shelter. Bobby's leg had to be amputated- Mend-A-Paw to the rescue. Bobby recuperated at the shelter and he was adopted. He is now loving life with his Golden Retriever brother in his new home.

Pixel

Found wandering on the street, this gentle, senior Yorkshire terrier was  brought to the shelter.  He was in sorry condition. One eye looked scarred and the other was matted shut. Pixel appeared to be blind.  A veterinary opthalmologist examined him, cleaned both eyes and prescribed medication to clear up the infections and prevent further scarring.  Although his vision is limited, it did improve. Our little Pixel was adopted and is loved and spoiled in his new home!

Benny

Benny came to our shelter with a severe respiratory infection and required hospitalization.  Benny received intravenous fluids and antibiotics and is now a strapping young handsome dog who was promptly adopted.

Henry

Henry came to the shelter with several dental abscesses and loose teeth which impaired his ability to eat. This spunky senior deserved better. The abscesses were drained and the loose teeth were extracted. Henry went on to live happily, enriching the lives of those who loved him.  He has since passed away, but is remembered on our Nature Trail with "Henry Hollow". 

Ruby

Ruby, an unbelievably sweet Shepherd mix, was brought from another shelter with a mammary tumor.  Ruby had appropriate diagnostic tests, the tumor was removed, and now she is the light of her adopter's life. Who can resist those eyes?

Pacey
A senior Beagle found wandering the streets of Port Washington. Pacey had a large tumor in the gum line of his mouth. This was removed with funding by our Mend-A-Paw fund. Pacey was adopted and is now living with Buddy, another shelter alumnus.

Buster

This adorable little Cocker spaniel arrived at our shelter with a painful condition diagnosed as bilateral, weeping "cherry eye".  With Mend-a-Paw funding, corrective surgery was successful, and now Buster is living a happy and healthy life in his loving new home. 

Lil' Foot

Lil' Foot came to the shelter limping on his left hind leg in obvious pain. He was xrayed and a fracture that did not require anything but casting and rest was found. This happy little guy  recuperated in the nursery at the shelter, and found a forever home.

Sabrina

Sabrina was found wandering the streets and brought to the shelter. Exam by the shelter Vet found a large mass on her right side. Mend-A-Paw funded the removal of the mass which was a benign fatty tumor. Shortly after her surgery she was adopted. This small critter is now making her new family very happy.

Bonnie

Bonnie was brought to the shelter with a painful inflamed right eye. She was found to have a tumor and surgery was recommended. The eye, which was blind, was removed. Bonnie spent a short post operative recovery at the shelter and this sweet happy spunky little girl was adopted and is very loved in her new home.

Max

On his exam Max was found to have an undescended testicle. This can lead to testicular cancer and makes neutering a more complicated procedure.  The intra-abdominal testicle was removed surgically and he was neutered at the same time. Max was adopted and living happily in his new home.

Sampson

Sampson is a large cuddly wonderful four year old Newfie-Lab mix. He was found to have a large mass on his head when he was brought to the shelter that could have been cancer.  The mass was removed and found to be a benign cyst. Sampson was adopted shortly after his surgery. Becauser of our Mend-a-Paw fund, his new family was spared the worry about adopting a dog with cancer.

And Then There's Pepsi

We'll never understand how someone can abandon a dog that's been a faithful companion for so many years, but over and over we see it.  Pepsi is one of them.  Gentle, trusting and a bit older, Pepsi was found to have mammary tumors when she was brought to our shelter.  Mend-a-Paw covered the cost of surgery to remove them and pathology to find that they were benign.  Our Pepsi is now queen of her domain and most loved in her new home as she was adopted immediately after surgery.