Positive Tails, working in conjunction with VERG of Brooklyn is so excited to be making an impact in helping the animals of New York. We are saving animals through Walter’s Fund who have been victims of abuse, supporting displaced animals through Broccoli and Toby’s Fund, as well as assisting those individuals and families unable to afford life-saving procedures that their animals so desperately need through Ebbet’s Fund.

It is only through the support of our generous donors that we are able to offer grants to these animals in need. As you read the stories below, know that it is our donors who make their treatments possible. Please consider becoming a Positive Tails Story Teller today by making a donation to support our critical mission.


“Sapphire” Vasquez


Sapphire1When Sapphire, an adorable 6 month old Yorkie, was brought to a Cardiologist for evaluation of a heart murmur, her owner hoped that it was innocent – meaning causing no problems. Sapphire certainly didn’t show any signs of illness and was busy running around making friends with the technician during her appointment. So you can imagine her owner’s shock and sadness when the source of the murmur was identified – Sapphire had a congenital heart abnormality cause pulmonic stenosis, or a narrowing of the heart valve in the major blood vessel directing deoxygenated blood from the heart to the lungs to replenish itself. Left unattended, this condition would almost certainly cause problems down the road – from fainting spells, tiring easily, heart failure, and in some cases, sudden death. While this type of congenital heart condition is fixable, the surgery to correct it is often quite expensive. A single mother, Sapphire’s owner would have had to make the difficult decision to watch and hope for the best due to finances. When Positive Tails heard about Sapphire’s case, we wanted to help fix this puppy’s broken heart. After a successful grant application, Sapphire had a balloon valvuloplasty – a procedure where a small balloon was used to open up the strictured heart valve, allowing a normal flow of blood afterwards – the same type of procedure used to correct some heart valve problems in children and adults. Sapphire recovered well and is now able continue to run around and be a puppy, thanks to Positive Tails!


“Max” Ulloa

“Max”, a handsome 2 year old Shih Tzu, can see with both eyes today thanks to Positive Tails. He had developed a corneal ulcer in his right eye which quickly progressed over a few days to a descemetocele, meaning that only a millimeter of cornea was all that was keeping his eye from rupturing, causing permanent blindness if untreated. Given the severity of the ulcer, a surgical intervention called a conjunctival pedicle graft was recommended. In this procedure a small piece of healthy tissue by the eye is grafted into place over the ulcer, acting like a living eye-patch, allowing the defect to heal over time. Due to severe financial limitations, Max’s owner was unable to afford treatment. Because he was a young dog with a correctable condition (as well as having a long future ahead of him!), Max was able to secure funding through a Positive Tails grant. The procedure saved Max’s eye and vision, allowing him to continue to be a comfortable best friend to his owner.


“Blue” Greaves

Blue-Positive-Tails-2014-03-27-007When Blue’s owner came home from work and didn’t hear Blue barking excitedly to say hello, she knew something was wrong. And when she found the fence to the backyard broken with an empty yard, she suspected the worst for her 2 year old Pit Bull. Miraculously, Blue made her way back home after several hours, covered with the tell-tale bruises of being hit by a car, dragging her back leg. A trip to the ER thankfully revealed no immediately life-threatening injuries, but x-rays showed why she was lame – her right femur had been traumatically dislodged from its socket. Even with immediate efforts to try to pop the hip into place, dislocated hips can have a high chance of popping back out due to blood clots in the joint and changes to the anatomy. For her owner with financial hardships, Blue’s future was uncertain. Thankfully, a Positive Tails grant helped fund the cost of a FHO – femoral head ostectomy – a surgery in which the head of the femur – the “ball” of the ball-and-socket apparatus of the hip – was removed. Now, Blue’s hip can’t keep popping in and out of its socket and her leg and thigh muscles are more than enough to keep the joint stable enough for running, jumping, and staying out of trouble!

“Sweet Dee” Mullin

sweetdee“Sweet Dee”, a 10 year old Pug, was given a second chance after her owner rescued her after finding her emaciated, abandoned, and tied to a tree. However, that second chance almost got cut short when months after being rescued Sweet Dee started vomiting, was eating less, and started drinking excessively. Examination at the ER revealed the cause for her signs – Sweet Dee had a pyometra, or infection of her uterus. Left untreated, this condition which can affect intact females can lead to severe illness, sepsis, and death. Unfortunately, Sweet Dee’s owner could not afford the emergency surgery required to save her life in such a short amount of time. Thankfully, a Positive Tails grant was able to be secured to help pay for the surgery. Positive Tails – and Sweet Dee – are happy that this cute gal can enjoy her third chance to spend her days comfortably with her family.