Dr. Do More Fund
Meet Dr. Do More.
Every animal adopted from Heartland has been spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated before they are adopted. While adoption fees cover these expenses, there just isn’t funding in our budget to cover extraordinary expenses as a non-profit organization with limited resources. The Dr. Do More Fund was created to enable Heartland Animal Shelter to provide care for treatable animals that require specialized medical or behavioral care and rehabilitation. This helps us save more homeless pets within our service area, and those we would not otherwise have the resources to save.
Make a Donation to the Dr. Do More Fund
If you would like to make a general donation for animals in need of the Dr. Do More Fund’s assistance, please donate below. You can also read on to make a donation toward a specific animal currently in need of support.
Dr. Do More Animals Needing Help
If you would like to help Heartland “do more”, please donate to one of the animals in need below. If you would like to send a check, click on the “Donate Now” button and you will be given the option to make an offline donation along with instructions of where to mail the check. In the event that more donations are received for a particular animal than needed to cover their expenses, the remaining funds will be put in the Dr. Do More Fund to help other animals needing urgent care.
Birch is an adorable black and white kitty who came to Heartland as a transfer from another facility. Shortly after settling into his foster home his foster mom noticed that he was drinking lots of water and urinating excessively. A urine test showed high glucose levels and a follow up blood test confirmed he has diabetes mellitus and will need to be on insulin and a low-carb diet to keep his blood sugar under control. Please consider donating to help us cover the cost of Birch’s diagnostic tests and care so that we can give him the best chance at a long and healthy life!
Meowzer is a sweet senior kitty who recently arrived at Heartland as a transfer from another facility. Shortly after her arrival, staff noticed that she seemed a bit wobbly when she stands and is uncomfortable being handled. In order to collect a blood sample and perform an exam on her, Meowzer has to be sedated at an outside veterinary clinic so that she is not needlessly stressed out during the procedure. Please consider making a donation to help cover the cost of Meowzer’s exam and diagnostic testing so that we can give her the best possible care that she so greatly deserves!
Padme is a gorgeous black lab mix who has been exhibiting some concerning signs of neurological problems since her arrival. She has a strange head tilt, wobbles when she stands and walks and had lost a significant amount of weight while in the care of her previous rescue. She is in need of a specialist veterinary exam and costly diagnostic testing so that we can hopefully resolve her issues to determine the best possible care for her moving forward. Please consider making a donation to help us give Padme her best chance at a long and healthy life!
Minnie Mouse is a new arrival to Heartland who is having a difficult time with a very severe cough that she arrived with. Our veterinarian is very concerned about her condition as she is also severely underweight and heartworm-positive. Minnie Mouse needs much by way of medical care and diagnostic testing so that we can determine the underlying cause of her problems and get her the relief that she needs. Please consider making a donation to help us treat sweet Minnie.
Rosco is a sweet old man who is in urgent need of dental surgery to remove several broken teeth which are currently making it difficult for him to eat. He is also in need of surgery to repair a hernia that is causing him much discomfort and pain. He is recovering from a urinary tract infection and we hope to be able to schedule his surgery once he is clear of this infection. Please consider making a donation so that dear Rosco can enjoy his food and rest comfortably without his painful hernia.
Oma is a sweet senior girl who came to us with quite a few lumps and bumps covering her body. Our veterinarian has determined that many of the masses covering her are harmless lipomas but several of them are concerning and could be cancerous. Oma needs to have multiple mammary masses and two skin masses removed so that we can give her the best possible chance of living out her senior years cancer-free. Please consider donating to help with the cost of Oma’s surgery!
The Start of the Dr. Do More Fund – Esther’s Tale
On March 27, 2007 our staff members met a three-month-old Spaniel/Dachshund mix puppy in need of rescue at Chicago Animal Care and Control. This puppy, who was later named named Esther, was born with backwards twisted front legs. As she sat alone in her cage with the saddest look in her eyes, we couldn’t just walk away and leave her behind. We knew the road ahead would not be easy, but we had faith that Heartland supporters would help us do what was needed to give Esther a second chance.
Dr. Claude Gendreau, DVM, one of the top veterinary orthopedic and neurosurgeons, agreed to perform the surgery at a reduced rate. Dr. Gendreau and his staff at the Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove quickly performed the surgeries before growth spurts could complicate the procedure and agreed to provide lifelong follow up care. Happily, Esther was adopted into a loving home and is a frequent guest at Heartland events where she is an inspiration to all!
The Dr. Do More Fund was originally created to help Heartland with the medical costs and therapy Esther would need before she could find her forever home, but over the years it has evolved and has allowed us to save and treat hundreds of special needs animals.