AFRP Medical Fund

Animal Friends Rescue Project fills a niche in our community by rescuing animals that would otherwise be euthanized. The animals that need our help the most are those animals that will never make it to the adoption floor because of major or minor medical needs. Our municipal animal shelters do not have the funding or resources available to help these dogs and cats, and that’s where AFRP steps in.

The animals featured on this page were scheduled to be put down because they were injured strays that could not be put up for adoption at local shelters. AFRP transfers these at-risk animals to our AFRP Vet Clinic, where they get the compassionate and skilled care they need to recover and go on to find loving, lifelong homes. When necessary, we contract with board certified specialists to provide services. Your support makes these lifesaving rescues possible!

  • Examples of Major Medical Procedures and their Associated Costs to AFRP:

FHO surgery (for hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, fracture): $1,200 - $2,000

Parvovirus treatment: $1,000 - $2,000

Amputation: $800 - $1,500

Pinning or plating of broken bones:  $1,800- $3,500

Enucleation (eye removal surgery): $800 - $1,200

Dental/Extractions: $500 - $1,200

Please help by making a donation to our general medical fund, or donate towards the care of your favorite animal in need below. Your gift will save lives. Thank you!

AFRP Medical Pets

Featured Medical Pet of the week


Breed: Longhaired Chihuahua Mix
Age: 1 Year
Gender: Female

Billie is a happy-go-lucky 1-year-old Chihuahua Mix that came to AFRP from San Jose Animal Care and Control as an injured stray. Most likely hit by a car, X-rays showed that Billie had a fractured hip and she underwent FHO surgery in March, 2021. While Billie was recovering in foster care, there were other physical symptoms that pointed to some other possible medical problems, and Billie had several diagnostic tests and bloodworm done to pinpoint her condition. It is very possible that she has a liver shunt, which means she could have another surgery in her future. Billie has a consultation with a specialist in late June 2021, and we will know more after that appointment. Thank you for helping this delightful little dog get the second chance she deserves.

Billie's Donors

Mary Liskin Memorial Medical Fund



Breed: Terrier Mix
Age: 6 Months
Gender: Male

Baxter is an adorable 6-month-old Terrier mix pup that was found as an injured stray and taken to the Hitchcock Road Animal Services. He was in rough shape, with bruises, blood in his eyes and a left hind leg that could not bear weight. He was apparently hit by a car. The folks at the shelter reached out to AFRP to see if we could help Baxter get the medical attention he needed. He was taken to VCA All Pets Vet Hospital and x-rays confirmed a badly broken hind leg that required surgical repair. Once Baxter has fully recovered from his orthopedic surgery, he will be available for adoption. Thank you for helping AFFRp give this sweet pup a second chance.

Baxter's Donors

The Mary Liskin Memorial Medical Fund





Breed: DSH White
Age: 11 Years
Gender: Female

Lucille is a sweet senior white cat who came to AFRP after being discovered living with a colony of feral cats. She was in very poor condition, with badly infected eyes and missing all of her teeth. Her vet exam revealed that this poor girl was suffering from an eye condition called entropion, which means her eyelids turn under, causing her eyelashes to rub against her corneas. It is likely that Lucille lived her entire life with this terribly painful condition. Lucille underwent corrective eye surgery in early May, and she is expected to make a wonderful recovery. Thank you for helping with Lucille's surgical expenses and for giving her the gift of a pain-free future.

Lucille's Donors

Conna Craig
Rena Henderson
Clara Wang





Breed: Husky/Shepherd Mix
Age: 5 Months
Gender: Female

Ayla is a 5-month-old Husky mix puppy that came to AFRP from a local vet clinic after testing positive for canine parvovirus, a potentially life-threatening virus that attacks unvaccinated puppies. Ayla is a very sweet and gentle pup that deserved a second chance. After several weeks of supportive care at the vet hospital, Ayla improved and she's now in foster care gaining strength and learning all the things puppies need to know before getting adopted. Thank you for helping AFRP give Ayla her second chance at life.

Ayla's Donors

Mary Liskin Memorial Medical Fund



Breed: DSH Brown Tabby
Age: 1 Year
Gender: Male

Barney is a happy-go-lucky young tabby that came to AFRP from the Hitchcock Road Animal Services. Placed in foster care while being treated for stubborn upper respiratory symptoms, it became apparent that Barney had some more complex medical needs that would require a visit to a specialist. He was born with a congenital eye problem called micro-ophthalmia and an eyelid issue called entropion, which will require surgical repair. He will also undergo skull x-rays to see if he might need surgery to remove possible nasal polyps that are causing his constant congestion. Despite all his challenges, Barney is the sweetest and bounciest cat ever. He will be available for adoption once he is feeling better. Thank you for supporting Barney by making a donation towards his medical and surgical expenses.

Barney's Donors

Clara Wang
Rena Henderson
Marjorie Bullock
Nina Harrison




Breed: German Shepherd Dog
Age: 4 Years
Gender: Male

Edward is a handsome 4-year-old German Shepherd that was picked up as a stray in South Monterey County and was taken to the Hitchcock Road Animal Services. Our partners at the shelter reached out for help with Edward because he was suffering from a terribly uncomfortable skin condition. He was missing large patches of fur, had crusty, infected skin and painfully infected ears. He was so itchy, he was scratching himself raw. Thankfully, we were able to place Edward in foster care and he had diagnostic blood work and was placed on an assortment of medications, special diet and daily medicated baths to calm and soothe his inflamed skin. Happy, Edward is already starting to respond to his treatment, and once he has healed he will be available for adoption. Thank you for donating towards Edward's medical expenses.

Edward's Donors

Mary Liskin Memorial Medical Fund
Beryl Arnot
Kimm Malanka
Patricia Connolly
Cindy Doglione
Heather Gray
Mary Flaig
Stephen Lipsius
Margaret Deranleau
Joan Bizzozero
Phil Garcia
Kim Yoshida
Leon Farries
Sara Mikles
Sheryl Steiner
Linda Swick
Douglas Logan-Kuhs
Elena Orlova
Jane Cate
Ann Daugherty
Brett Wilbur
Dan Meyers
Julie Pascal
Anjuli Hansen
Rak Kumar




Breed: Terrier Mix
Age: Adult
Gender: Female

Carisa is a sweet and gentle 1-year-old Terrier mix that was hit by a car when running loose in Salinas. A Good Samaritan saw the accident, and took Carisa to the Hitchcock Road Animal Services. Without the resources to treat a dog with expensive medical needs, the shelter contacted AFRP for help, and Carisa was immediately transferred to a foster home. This resilient little dog survived her encounter with a car, but she suffered a fractured hip and she will undergo FHO (Femoral Head Ostectomy) surgery to give her the opportunity to regain function in her hind leg and live a happy, pain-free life. We are hoping to raise $2,000 to help cover the costs of her orthopedic surgery and follow up care. She'll be available for adoption once she has healed. Thank you for donating to help Carisa get her wag back!

Carisa's Donors

Mary Liskin Memorial Medical Fund
Rayne Coleman
Karen Filice
Kathie Ortega Stafford
Patsy Volpe
Marjorie Tichenor
Janis Fitzhugh
Marie Alviedo
Bonnie Tucker
Marjorie Bullock
Karen Tosh
Lucy E.H. Hook-Willman
Anonymous Donor
Corinne Colen




Breed: Shepherd Mix
Age: 1 Year
Gender: Female

Jackie is a sweet 1-year-old Shepherd mix that originally came to AFRP from the Monterey County Animal Services as a small puppy with two siblings. Jackie did not grow and thrive like her siblings, and she was diagnosed with a heart defect called valvular pulmonic stenosis. The recommendation from the specialist was to wait until she was older and strong enough to undergo corrective surgery, called balloon valvularplasty. Jackie is scheduled for surgery on Thursday, January 22. The estimate for this specialized surgery is $4,368.00. Your donation, large or small, will help give this pup a chance at a long and happy life. Thank you!

Jackie's Donors

Mary Liskin Memorial Medical Fund
Cheryl Beck




Breed: Terrier-Dachshund Mix
Age: 2 Years
Gender: Male

Snowy aka Shiro-Chan is an 11-year-old white cat that was rescued by a local feral community cat feeder that realized she was a a friendly abandoned cat in need of medical attention for her ears. White and light-colored cats are especially at risk of getting skin cancer from sun exposure due to the lack of protective melanin in their skin. Snowy was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, requiring the surgical removal of her ears to prevent the cancer from spreading. Happily, Snowy is recovering nicely in foster care, and though she does not particularly like wearing her cone, she is enjoying a warm bed, regular meals and lots of love and petting. She can expect a full recovery, and once she has healed she'll be available for adoption to a strictly indoor-only household. Thank you for donating toward Snowy's medical expenses and helping us give this sweet cat her second chance.


Oliver's  Donors

Mary Liskin Memorial Medical Fund
Kelley Fuller
Leeching Lin
Jill Burton-Donnelly
Diane Mail Mall
Kim Costa
Elisa Fineman
Beryl Arnot
Dawn Sare
Stephen Lipsius
Mary Elya
Kris Hyland
Sigrid A Stokes
Pamela Takigawa
Heather Gray
Phillis Kizer
Susan Lozada
Nina Harrison
Tasis Rosas
Karen Withrow
Anjuli Hansen
Hannelore Hill
Robert Elya
Jennifer Alvarez
Johanna Turner
Diana Brandt
Mary B White
Kelly Sullivan
Janette Hernandez
Ann Daugherty
Roxanne Meuse
Jennifer Zukovsky
Phillip Dunn
Anne Skinlo
Sandra Reel
Brenda Whitsett
Catherine Murphy
Debra & Jim Huntsinger
Elena Orlova
Angela Peterson
Lisa Viso
Nancy Jones Powers
Francine Larson
Kitty Woldow
Tami Koval
Caroline Pritchard
Heidi Mozingo
Terry Fink
Bryce Hori
Janet Covell
Virginia & Jeff Lee Nadler
Stephanie Spross
Gwynn Freeman
Ingrid Vierra
Debra Reid
Nancy Keough
Teri Breschini
Rick Clark
Nina Munoz
Jeanne Smith
Julie Flagg
Randall Schragg
John Bird
Phil Garcia
Barbara Marron
Wendy Bonilla
Angela Toce
Elizabeth Darovic
Laurie Sheehan




Breed: Poodle Mix
Age: Adult
Gender: Female

Mikaela originally came to AFRP from the Monterey County Shelter in 2018, needing surgery to correct a huge bilateral inguinal hernia and to remove some mammary tumors. Mikaela was adopted several months later, but recently returned to our care when her guardian could no longer care for her. Unfortunately she had gained a significant amount of weight, and she is now in need of orthopedic surgery to correct grade 4 (most severe) luxating patellas of her two hind knees. We are hoping that after all this sweet dog has been through, she can finally have a happy, pain free life. Thank you for donating towards Mikaela's surgical expenses.

Mikaela's Donors

FOCAS (Friends of Community Animal Services
Oliver and Cade Crawford
Cheryl Beck



Breed: Chihuahua Mix
Age: Adult
Gender: Female

Charly is a a 1-year-old Longhaired Chihuahua mix that was part of a group of dogs that came to AFRP from the Bakersfield Animal Care Center after being rescued from a hoarding situation. Charly is the mother of Willy, the puppy that needed to have his malformed leg amputated. Charly has some physical challenges too, with Grade 4 and Grade 3 Luxating Patellas (dislocated knee joints) in her hind legs. A grade four is the worst, and is permanently out of place. Charly will need orthopedic surgery on the grade 4 knee, and possibly on the other knee too. This will help prevent painful joint complications from arising in the future. Please consider making a small donation to help give this little dog the second chance at a happy life she deserves. Thank you!

Charly's Donors

FOCAS (Friends of Community Animal Services)
Cheryl Beck


Breed: DSH
Age: Senior
Gender: Female

Puff is a lovely 12-year-old buff tabby with sea-green eyes. She was adopted from AFRP as a kitten, and recently came back to our care due to a divorce. Like many older cats, Puff has renal failure and to keep her kidneys happy, she's on a special diet and requires sub-q fluids several times a week. Puff is currently seeking an adopter or a long term foster home that can care for her medical needs as she ages. Your donation to Puff's medical care will help pay for regular blood work, prescription food and subcutaneous fluid supplies.

Puff's Donors

Clara Wang
Cheryl Beck


Breed: Chihuahua/Terrier mix
Age: Adult
Gender: Male

Corky , an adorable Chihuahua/Terrier mix, had a very unpleasant encounter with a car when running as a stray in Salinas. He arrived at the Salinas Shelter in a lot of pain. Poor little guy had multiple abrasions, a broken elbow on his front leg, and a pelvis that was broken in two places. He was unable to bear any weight on his hind legs. Happily, AFRP was able to take Corky and get him the veterinary care he so desperately needed. He underwent orthopedic surgery at VCA All Pets Veterinary Hospital on July 13. His broken elbow and his pelvis were repaired with plates and screws, and he is expected to make a great recovery. Corky will be available for adoption once he has recovered. Thank you for helping AFRP come to the aid of the injured pets in our community by donating towards their medical expenses.

Corky's Donors

Rae Darabont
Patsy Volpe