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.
Zookie is a new arrival who came to us as part of a recent large rescue effort. Upon welcoming her to the shelter, we found that she has been suffering from severe skin dermatitis, eye infections and heartworm disease. She also has several concerning masses covering her body, including a very painful growth inside her nose which needs to be removed immediately. During her mass removal surgeries, she will also need to have an umbilical hernia corrected. Your donation will help us provide the care she needs to enjoy her life fully.
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.
Buzz is an absolutely handsome chunky beagle who came to us on phenobarbitol for a diagnosed seizure condition. While in foster care, we learned that he was having excessive urination and incontinence which required additional bloodwork and urine testing. The next step is an ultrasound and we are hoping this will final diagnostic will help us solve these issues so that he can be adopted!
Arwen is a gorgeous mixed breed who came to us with some noticeable issues walking on her hind legs. X-rays revealed that she had sustained an injury to her leg while still growing that damaged her growth plate so one leg ended up shorter than the other, causing her to have a difficult time walking. This is causing abnormal pressure on her other back leg and spine and great discomfort, so she will need to have her rear leg amputated in order to have a good quality of life.
PC is an adorable little chihuahua who came to us from Texas with two broken front legs. Although treatment began before he arrived, when we rechecked x-rays to ensure he was healing well we found his bones were not mending at all due to a possible infection within the bones. While one leg has begun to heal with antibiotic therapy, the other is not so he will need to have that leg amputated to alleviate his discomfort.
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.