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What is a Special Needs Animal?

There are many reasons an animal gets labeled as “special needs.”  Sometimes it is due to chronic conditions such as kidney failure, diabetes, blindness, deafness, arthritis, FIV, FeLV, or having diet restrictions.  Other times it is due to a curable condition such as having heartworms, infections, ringworm, mange, or parvo.  Last, it also includes animals that require extensive medicine, surgery, or treatments to help with wounds, spinal cord injuries, bone fractures, or other traumatic injuries.  The list can go on and on, but all of these special needs can be managed or even cured.   Once they are cured, the “special needs” label may go away, but many animals will keep the label their whole life. 

PPC is a true no-kill shelter, meaning we address every treatable condition that an animal may have.  We know that every animal with a special need is adoptable, and we love saving those that need extra help to be happy, healthy, and find a home.  This is why we created our Special Needs Fund.  Thank you for your continued support with these very special animals!

These Special Needs Animals Need Your Help Now

Daisy has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome which causes joint laxity and difficulties with healing.  She is very happy in her forever foster home with a family that also shares the same condition.  Daisy’s care will be covered by the Special Needs Fund for the rest of her life.  Click HERE to read more about Daisy.


Freyja is FIV+ meaning she has Feline Immunodeficieny virus.  Freyja has not required any medicine or treatment for the FIV, but is still considered special needs because of having the virus itself.  It is always more difficult to find homes for positive cats because FIV is often misunderstood.  Freyja is perfectly healthy and is expected to live a long and normal life as most other FIV+ cats do.  She has lived at the center for over 2 years now and is still awaiting her forever home.


Sweetie and Ambrosia are both senior girls who suffer from arthritis pain.  To help them in their golden years, they receive supplements and pain medicine daily.  They are up for adoption, but it is always more difficult to adopt out a pet that requires the added expense of daily medicine.  Their symptoms are managed well and they will continue to receive treatment in their foster homes for the rest of their lives or until they get adopted.

Sylvia was adopted from our center and lived in the same home for 4 years before being returned.  She came back to us in kidney failure and now requires special food and subcutaneous fluids several times a week.  Sylvia is doing well and is happy in her forever foster home.  PPC will provide her with the special food and fluids she needs to stay healthy for the rest of her life. 

Harry is Heartworm positive.  He has required antibiotics and will receive several Imiticide treatments administered by a veterinarian, overnight stays at the vet, as well as continued blood work and steroids.  It costs us $330 - $800 to treat for Heartworms depending on the size of the dog.  Harry is currently in a foster home that intends to adopt him.  He will be cured after treatment and can then be officially adopted.

Callie is a lovely senior girl who got a bad ulcer on her eye.  She required several vet visits and treatments with various kinds of antibiotics and eye ointment.  At one point our vet thought she may need to have her eye surgically removed, but with diligence she fully healed and only has a small scar.  She can see perfectly fine and is still waiting to be adopted.

These Special Animals Have Already Been Helped By This Fund:

Amelia came to us with a right front leg fracture and tested positive for Heartworms.  She required surgery to put pins/plates in her broken leg and underwent treatment for heartworms once she recovered from her first surgery. Amelia was cured of heartworms, recovered well after surgery, and has since been adopted.

Dwight came to us with a spinal cord injury that initially kept him from having use of his back legs and tail.  With treatment, he was able to regain almost full use of his back legs but required a tail amputation due to having wounds and infection.  Dwight remained a happy kitten despite all of his hardships and has since been adopted.

Amy Poehler was on the euthanasia list at a municipal shelter due to a bad ear infection.  She simply required some ear medicine, was cured of the infection, and is happy in her new home.

Champion was found by our dumpster with an obvious broken front leg.  He was just a baby but required an immediate leg amputation.  He learned to get around on 3 legs very quickly and has since been adopted.

Luna came in with a fungal skin infection from another rescue agency who could not afford to treat her.  She was practically hairless with bright pink skin and received oral medication and regular medicated baths.  When her treatment was finished, she was adopted and went home with a full coat of bright white fur.

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