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

Milo

Breed: Chihuahua Mix
Age: Young
Gender: Male

Milo is a sweet and affectionate 9-month-old Chihuahua mix pup that came to AFRP for medical treatment after suffering two broken front legs when he jumped from the top level of a bunk bed. His family could not afford his medical treatment and they were grateful to surrender Milo to AFRP so that he could receive the orthopedic surgery that would save his life. Milo's front legs were splinted to support the fractures, and he was started on pain medications to keep him comfortable. Milo underwent orthopedic surgery to repair the fractured bones on August 19, and he is currently recovering in foster care - and getting lots of love, attention and pampering! Milo will be available for adoption once he has fully healed. He can expect many years of romping and playing, and hopefully no more jumping from high places! Thank you for donating towards Milo's medical expenses.


Milo's Donors

FOCAS (Friends of Community Animal Services)

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Mikaela

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)

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Charly

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)

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Merlin

Breed: DSH Brown Tabby
Age: Young
Gender: Male

Merlin is a super-sweet and affectionate 8-month-old brown tabby that was surrendered to a local vet hospital for euthanasia after breaking his hind leg. We were able to take Merlin into our program and get him the orthopedic surgery he needed to save his leg. We'd like to thank Dr. Ian Stone for performing the surgery to pin Merlin's broken bones at a deeply discounted rate. Merlin is currently in foster care getting lots of petting and encouragement while he recovers from his procedure. Once he is running, jumping and playing once again, Merlin will be available for adoption. He's a very social cat that gets along nicely with dogs. Thank you for making a donation towards Merlin's medical care. He is grateful for his second chance!


Merlin's Donors

FOCAS (Friends of Community Animal Services)

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Marliya

Breed: DSH Tabby Grey
Age: Baby
Gender: Female

Marliya, a sweet 3-month-old kitten with a congenital deformity, underwent a special procedure that will allow her to live a long, healthy life. She was born with Pectus excavatum, a congenital defect which occurs when the sternum and ribs grow in an unnatural way, limiting the amount of space available in the chest for the heart and lungs. Marliya underwent surgery with Dr. Dearmin at Monterey Pet Specialists on Thursday, January 23. He has successfully treated this condition before, and we are grateful that he worked his special magic on Marliya. Please send your positive thoughts to this precious kitten as she continues on her journey of healing.


Marliya's Donors

Anna Speers

Ray

Breed: DMH Black
Age: Young
Gender: Male

Ray is a friendly 6-month-old longhaired black kitten that was found as a stray and raised in foster care. Sadly, he was born with an eyelid abnormality called eyelid agenisis. This is a condition where the eyelids do not develop normally. The lack of a protective eyelid means that the eye is in direct contact with eyelid hairs, causing irritation and potentially corneal ulceration and scarring. The veterinary ophthalmologist recommended reconstructive surgery to correct the condition and provide relief from pain and irritation. Ray underwent surgery to correct his eyelids on 3/31/20 and he is currently recovering in foster care. We are happy we could give this sweet boy the opportunity to open his eyes without pain. We are hoping to raise $2,8000 for his special surgery. Thank you!


Ray's Donors

Anna Speers
Clara Wang

Puff

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

Corky

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
Pats Volpe

Toby

Breed: DLH
Age: Senior
Gender: Male

Toby may be a senior, but he's not too old to enjoy catnip! Toby came to AFRP from the Salinas Animal Shelter as an injured stray. This old guy must have done his best to survive as an outdoor cat, but was losing the battle. He had multiple wounds plus old scars from previous injuries. Skinny and arthritic, he was badly in need of some TLC. The folks at the Salinas Shelter did not want to put this sweet boy down, and reached out to AFRP. Once in our care, Toby underwent a series of tests that showed an abnormality in his chest, spleen and liver, and an abdominal mass. His long term prognosis is unknown. Happily, Toby is now in hospice foster care, and is getting lots of love every day, enjoying regular brushing, yummy food, and a sunny catio to enjoy on nice days. Thanks for helping AFRP give the gift of comfort to a terminal kitty.


Toby's Donors

Clara Wang
Karen White
Marta Bulaich
AFRP Supporter in honor of Alex, Sadie and Rosie