March 2017

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Indi’s Story

Indi is a little pup that has been through so much treatment. The good news is she has a very good chance now, but she still needs our help. This is her story:

(Note, due to current issues we are having with our website we ask that donations to Indi be made through PayPal here. You do not need a PayPal account to donate! We hope to get our website fixed and updated soon, sorry for the inconvenience.)


Suzanne Mikhail rescued Indi and her sister Lily from a litter of pups at the beginning of the year. They were born into a litter of five puppies, and the owner did not get the mother, nor any of the puppies their shots. At about 6-8 weeks Indi and Lily were both sick, though the other three pups were fine. The owners did nothing about this. Suzanne discovered Indi and Lily after they had been sick for well over a month, and managed to talk the owner into surrendering them to her. Suzanne then began a long odyssey of getting them treatment. Their original funding page, which has a lot of information about them is available on our website here.

Eventually it became clear that Lily was not going to get better and was suffering. Both Lily and Indi would have good days, and bad days, but eventually Lily was just not doing well and had to be put to sleep. Here is a photo of Indi and Lily at the vet the day it was determined, Indi is the white and brown dog on the bottom, Lily has her head over¬†Indi’s neck:

The autopsy of Lily’s body showed she was in even worse condition than was thought. She had a liver shunt, but her liver was also under developed, as were her kidneys. There were other issues as well, showing that just would not have been able to survive much longer. However, the vet was more positive about Indi and told Suzanne if she was willing to keep going Indi did have a chance!

Indi Now

Suzanne lives in the San Diego area. She got in touch with a well known vet for Distemper treatment in Valencia. This vet worked with Dr. Sears, the originator of the New Castle serum treatment for Distemper. Indi had already had this treatment for Distemper (along with Lily) but the vet wanted her to come to Valencia immediately for one more treatment. Suzanne packed her up on Saturday night and made the nearly six hour round trip drive to Valencia. Here is a short video of Indi being admitted to Valencia Veterinary Center:

And photos:

Indi was treated there for three days, and improved. She was then released back to Suzanne, and is now with Suzanne at her home. Indi is doing good, but she still needs care. This is concern she too may have a liver shunt, but her regular vet is holding off on that for now, thinking that some of the blood tests that indicate a liver shunt may be due to her other conditions and treatments. She is having regular blood tests, and if certain levels continue to be high she will need an ultrasound to further investigate the liver shunt possibility.

Indi’s care at Valencia Veterinary Center and care now are expensive. Suzanne has been selling off furniture and jewelry to help fund it! Donations in any amount are so appreciated, and we pay every single donation ONLY TO THE VET! You can donate by clicking here.

Here is a video series of Indi’s vet discussing her condition:

Website is being updated

Everyone, I just want to let you know that we are working on our website. There were some problems with the “back end”, that is where we do stuff like add new cases of animals in need, add photos, all that stuff.

In addition we are doing some updates. One of the biggest issues we have had since we started is that people have trouble logging in, especially when donating with PayPal. We are adding a way that you can donate without having to log in to our website first. We are also adding the ability to log in with Facebook, so you do not have to remember a username and password, if you want to log in.

Unfortunately there are some errors with some files on our website and this process is taking longer than we thought! At the moment we cannot add new cases, but we are working on it as fast and best we can. We do not have a lot of money and resources to deal with website issues, so it may take longer than big sites like GoFundMe that have a team of IT professionals on salary (paid for by taking a percentage of your donations!). If you have questions you can email us or leave a comment on this post, or (BEST WAY) send us a message on our Facebook page!

Some follow ups from February

Two Dogs with a Tumor, Removed!

Here is Adorable, also known as Dora.


She is a Cocker Spaniel who developed a mammary tumor. Her owner Sterling is on a fixed income, and when he went to Beaumont Animal Hospital he could not afford the cost of surgery. Beaumont told him about FAD, and we set up a fundraiser. Because of Sterling’s situation, where it was clear he was not going to be able to raise the money soon, and because he had been actively working very hard to raise money we took on his case, and when Adorable’s tumor suddenly got worse, we agreed to pay the full price and go ahead with the surgery even though not all the funds had yet been raised. You can see all of Adorable’s story and lots of pics here and if you would like to make a small donation to help us make up the remaining costs for Adorable’s surgery, we would really appreciate it!

coco1At around the same time we heard from a young lady who was trying to help Rodger, a 79 year-old vet who lives alone with his Dachshund Coco. Coco also had a mammary tumor, and Rodger too was on a fixed and limited income. We were really taken with Rodger’s story and how he had taken Coco in five years ago, so we wanted to help. Thank you so much to all the donors who helped with Coco, and yes, we could still use donations to help cover her bill as well, here is the page:

Coco, like Dora has now had her surgery. Both dogs are doing well, and Coco may be joining us at the OC Pet Expo at the end of April in Irvine, California!




And last, but not least, for fun here is a pic of Willie the Blind Maltese, also featured in our Success Stories page… This is Willie at his mom’s work, napping with his rear leg up in the air — hilarious!


Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

We have an interesting case that looks promising!

taigi1This cute little dog on the left is Taigi. In February she suddenly became paralyzed below the waist. She is only two, and no trauma was known to have occurred, so her owner Alexandra was very worried and rushed her to the ER. To make a bit of a long story of diagnoses short: it turned out Taigi had a ruptured disc. She was in quite a bit of pain, would yelp when her back was touched, and even would bite, which she had never done before. She had no feeling in her legs, and zero response when the vet tested her rear paws for reflexes.

At this point you might be wondering if you saw a fundraiser for Taigi. You didn’t! What happened is as we were researching vets for her, and getting estimates of around $6000-$8000, two things happened: 1) We got a good connection to a vet in Ensenada, Mexico that would do the surgery for $1000 (more on this coming later) and 2) An angel donor came forward and offered to pay the $1000. So, we didn’t start a fundraiser as we had the funds, and we started arranging to get Taigi to the vet in Mexico. Then something else happened! Animal Cell Therapies in San Diego offered to donate Stem Cells if Alexandra would agree to try treating Taigi with them. So we got that worked out, and Taigi received the Stem Cells on March 2nd.

Here is a video of Taigi shortly after her ruptured disc occurred. She cannot walk, and is annoyed and probably in pain here. We did get her pain medications, but it took some time to get the dosing right and for the anti-inflammatories to work:

It has now been a week since Taigi got the Stem Cells, and she is actually walking and has reflex response when her paws are pinched! She is also out of pain, she doesn’t yelp when touched on the back, and she no longer attempts to bite like she did. Animal Cell Therapies says it may take a month or so to see results, so we are super happy to see results already in week one. Here are two videos, take a look for yourself:

What’s next?

There are a few of things in Taigi’s future. Of course we need to see if she continues to improve. We may do another Stem Cell injection in a month, depending on how she is doing. We also would like to do an MRI to check the damage of the disc. One possibility is that the Stem Cells have repaired some of the nerves that were damaged or blocked, but the rupture could still damage them again. Hopefully an MRI can give us more specific details about this. Of course it is also possible that the improvements are not the result of the Stem Cell treatment. Dogs do sometimes recover partially from paralysis like this. However, we should note that there was no improvement until after the Stem Cell treatment. For the nearly two weeks until she received the treatment there was no improvement in walking, or reflexes. Of course we will be updating about Taigi and this treatment in our blog here. But right now, fingers-crossed, we are really excited about what this might mean for other dogs in the future! Also, listed here are links to videos of other dogs Animal Cell Therapies has provided Stem Cells to:

We Are Back on the Blog!

The FAD (Free Animal Doctor) Blog is Back!

We stopped blogging here because we basically were using our Facebook page as a blog. But we are getting more and more animals that need help, and we want to use the Facebook page to focus on those. Also, we have a lot of announcements and information to pass on. So, we have decided to restart the blog!

So to bookmark this page, press the Ctrl (PCs) or Command (Macs) and “D” keys on your keyboard. You will want to follow our blog! For now, enjoy this video of Chester the double rescued doggie living the life in the snow in his new home in Sweden! WOOOOOF: