Critical Care Corner: Delilah
Delilah was abandoned at a Phoenix animal clinic
ABC rescues animals regardless of their medical condition. Many times an animal needs surgery or extended medical care before they are ready for adoption. Our Critical Care Corner will keep you updated on these special needs animals.
A beautiful Boxer named Delilah was abandoned at a Phoenix animal clinic by her family this past Saturday (January 13). ABC was contacted to see if we could help this sweet angel. We quickly agreed and hospitalized her for testing and treatment. We’re currently awaiting test results to determine her medical condition.
Despite her situation, she is fighting to get better and continues to be the sweetest girl! Everyone at ABC, along with the doctors, vet techs and emergency staff are rallying behind this amazing girl.
Tune in for live media coverage on Tuesday, January 23 with 3TV at 8:30 a.m. and Fox 10 at 9:45 a.m.; 12 News will air the piece during the evening news. Click to watch the videos: 3TV – CBS 5 / Fox 10 / 12 News
You can help Delilah with a tax-deductible donation. Please click the blue donate button to the right (scroll down if you’re on a mobile device) and complete the transaction via PayPal or mail a check payable to Animals Benefit Club to 3111 E St John Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032. Please include “Delilah Critical Care” in your PayPal or check description.
Delilah’s Progress Updates
Update 1/19: Delilah’s test results show she has a severe case of Valley Fever, a fungal infection commonly seen in the desert Southwest. ABC has treated many Valley Fever cases in dogs, but Delilah is the worst case yet. Given the severity of her symptoms, Delilah’s medical team estimates she went undiagnosed for over a year. Treating her will require a minimum of six months of ongoing medical supervision and consistent treatment; we estimate her expenses to be around $5,000.
Update 1/24: Delilah met with a specialist for her ultrasound. The ultrasound showed 1-2 areas that need monitoring, but otherwise our sweet girl was given a good prognosis. The specialist recommended a more aggressive treatment, so over the course of the coming weeks Delilah will receive a series of six intravenous infusions of medication. The good news is, even though she’s still weak, she perks up when her four-legged patient friends pass by.
Update 1/25: Diamondback Drugs, our long-time pharmacy for compounded pet medications, has offered to donate all of Delilah’s medications! We’re very grateful for all of their products that have helped to improve the lives of our rescues over the years. Thank you Diamondback Drugs for helping make a difference for Delilah and many others like her! Click to read their Facebook post
Update 1/27: Sweet Delilah has started intravenous infusion treatments of a very aggressive drug to attack her Valley Fever. She is currently in a 24-hour facility under the careful watch of doctors and vet techs to monitor her blood pressure and lab results. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as this is a very aggressive treatment protocol, but considering her condition it’s the best option we have at this time. It is, however, very difficult on the patient. We will keep you updated as she has five more treatments over the next two weeks.
Update 2/3: It is with much sadness that we need to let everyone know that sweet Delilah has crossed the rainbow bridge. In spite of hiring the very best veterinary professionals and hospitals she was not strong enough to withstand the aggressive treatments required to save her life. Our hearts are broken. She was loved by so many people who never met her but cared so much. We were with her to her very last breath and take consolation in the fact she knew she was deeply loved. We appreciate all your support, prayers and love throughout this difficult time. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we continue to process this heart breaking loss. We will share another update in the near future.
Holiday Pet Safety
11 foods and beverages that should always be kept away from pets
- Turkey Bones: Turkey (and chicken) bones and splintered fragments can get stuck in the roof of the mouth, throat, and intestines.
- Tomatoes: all kinds are toxic to cats, including parts of the tomato plant. Ingesting even a single cherry tomato can cause severe gastrointestinal upset.
- Alcohol: alcohol poisoning can lead to coma and death
- Gum, candy, chocolate: many candies and gum contain XYLITOL which can cause toxic or fatal liver damage to pets. All products containing xylitol should be kept well out of pets’ reach. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine which is toxic to cats and dogs.
- Mushrooms: Certain species of mushrooms, including those growing in damp areas of your yard, are toxic to pets and can cause shock and death.
- Raw potatoes (especially with green spots)
- Turkey skin
- Peach, apricot, other fruit pits: contain cyanide
- Caffeine: anything containing caffeine, including chocolate, coffee, and cocoa is dangerous
- Grapes and raisins: can cause renal failure
AND be sure to secure your trash! Moldy foods contain bacteria that can cause serious illness. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect that your pet has ingested any of the above items.
What about the tree and decorations?
Make sure it’s secured so that pets won’t be able to tip it over, which can cause all sorts of issues including broken ornaments (dangerous sharp fragments that could be ingested or stepped on), tangled wires (fire hazard), or injury (tree landing on pets). If you have a real tree, remember to keep pets away from the tree water. Even without tree food additives, the stagnant water is a breeding ground for bacteria and can cause stomach upset or diarrhea if consumed. Tinsel and pets is another bad combination. Skip the tinsel to avoid curious pets ingesting it. Once eaten, tinsel can get entangled in the digestive tract and cause issues leading to expensive surgery. Unattended lit candles are another big no-no around pets. When in doubt, blow those candles out.
Enjoy a safe and happy holiday season with your pets!
Mingle & Jingle Fundraiser
Mingle & Jingle Fundraiser
Saturday, December 16
OHSO Paradise Valley
10810 N Tatum Blvd #126
Phoenix, AZ 85028
Share some holiday cheer while supporting the rescue cats & dogs at Animals Benefit Club!
- Local Brewery
- Pet Friendly Patio
- Gift Wrapping
- Meet Adoptable Dogs
- And more!
20% of your order will be donated to ABC – tell your server you’re there for the fundraiser.
We hope to see you there!
Rubio’s Taco Fundraiser
Eat Tacos & Support our Rescue Animals on Saturday, October 7!
Join us at Rubio’s on Bell Rd & Tatum Blvd in North Phoenix.
Saturday, October 7
11am – 8pm
Present the digital or printed flyer and 20% of your meal proceeds will be donated to our cause! Dine in, take out or catering (call in advance). View the Rubio’s menu, including vegetarian options.
Combine your taco lunch or dinner with our My Little Pony Filmraiser for double the fun and fundraising!
Thank you for your support!
Critical Care Corner: Cody
Maltese rescued from the trash, requires eye surgery
ABC rescues animals regardless of their medical condition. Many times an animal needs surgery or extended medical care before he or she is ready for adoption. Our Critical Care Corner will keep you updated on these special needs animals.
UPDATE: Because of YOUR contribution, Cody is expected to lead a very normal life! Thank you for your support and the wonderful talents of Dr. Zoe Reed and her team at Eyeshine Veterinary! Here are some photos that document Cody’s story, from the time he was rescued to his post-opp visit.
We recently rescued this little fellow after one of our volunteers found him left for dead in the trash. He suffers from a birth defect called “cherry eye” in both eyes. His unattended medical issue has caused additional complications in both eyes and will require extensive surgery to repair them.
Cody is a purebred Maltese. He’s only 4 months old and barely weighs 5 pounds, but he’s the sweetest ball of fluff you’ll meet! We are currently working with Dr. Reed and her team at Eyeshine Veterinary to determine the best course of action for Cody. The estimate is $2,400 to cover his surgery and medical care. Cody is currently living with a foster family and won’t be available to adopt until his treatment is complete and he’s made a full recovery.
To help with Cody’s medical expenses click the blue donate button to the right or mail a check (scroll down for the address). Please include “Cody Critical Care” in your donation description. As always, your donation is tax-deductible. Funds donated beyond our estimate will go towards future Critical Care animals.
A very special THANK YOU to Albertsons, Safeway and Vons – Southwest Division for their generous grant that will help with future Critical Care expenses!
Any size donation will help make a difference for Cody!
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Coin Drive Fundraiser Success!
Desert Springs Preparatory coin drive raises over $1,100 for Amber!
Mrs. Berg and her civic leadership group, organized a successful coin drive fundraiser for Amber’s leg surgery. This is their 3rd consecutive year fundraising on behalf of ABC and they raised over $1,100! Amber enjoyed meeting the students and receiving all the attention during the donation presentation!
Thank you to Mrs. Berg, the Desert Springs Preparatory students, and everyone who participated to help raise money for Amber! Have a great summer break and we hope to see you again next year
Fatso’s Pizza Party Fundraiser!
Pizza Party Fundraiser on Sunday, June 4!
32nd St & Thunderbird Rd (Safeway Shopping Center)
Sunday, June 4
11:30am – 9pm
Fatso’s Pizza has a large selection of appetizers, pizza, sandwiches, and great beers for you to enjoy during Game 2 of the NBA Finals! Mention “ABC” to your server and 20% OF THE PROCEEDS will be donated to our rescue!
Take-out call 602-992-1122. Full menu at fatsospizza.com
All proceeds will help cover medical expenses for the ABC rescue cats & dogs.
Can’t attend? You’re still welcome to participate! Donate online at animalsbenefitclub.com or drop a check in the mail to ABC, 3111 E St John Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032. Description: Pizza Party Fundraiser!