Spring has been busy at DoveLewis - here are a few examples of what's been happening at DoveLewis:
April was an exciting month for DoveLewis' pet volunteers, who were honored several ways during National Volunteer Week (April 12-18). Our canine blood donor "Superheroes" were celebrated at an appreciation party at Lucky Lab brewpub with treats for both the dogs and their owners -- Our Portland Area Canine Therapy Team (PACTT) dogs were also praised by the media for their efforts to enrich and save the lives of humans and animals every day.
A jet-black kitty, named Batman, spent a night in our ICU recently. He was showing signs that he needed something to hide under to be more comfortable. Our hospital staff were so smitten with Batman that they made him a cardboard "bat cave" for comfort, and it did just the trick -- he loved it! We got the nicest feedback from his dad, who said he was doing well after going home.
"Kitten season," which begins in March, really begins to peak in May for DoveLewis and its partner nonprofit organizations, such as Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) and Cat Adoption Team (CAT). This May we have seen a higher number of stray cats and their kittens, as well as litters of orphaned and abandoned kittens brought to DoveLewis by good Samaritans. DoveLewis never turns away sick or injured stray animals, thanks to our donor-funded Stray Animal & Wildlife Program, so we are able to help when these kittens in need are brought to the hospital frequently during this time of year.
Enjoy some of our recent DoveLove stories from clients whose pets have been seen at DoveLewis:
"Simply amazing team! We had been up most of the night with our old cattle dog. He was near crisis and we knew he was near crisis and it was time. All who attended to our dog were beyond good. Such advocacy for pet and humans should not go unrewarded. Thank you!" ~Deb & Brenda
"Bella’s care was thorough and well executed. My needs as a concerned "mom" were addressed, as well as the physical and emotional needs of my Bella. I felt confident she was being well taken care of during her stay, and also felt equipped by the staff to appropriately care for Bella when I brought her home. Thank you for everything." ~Diana Z.
"Everyone at DoveLewis (from receptionist to the surgeon) turned what was one of the most frightening nights for us and our little girl, Tonks, into such a happy and enjoyable experience. We could not have hoped to find a better clinic or a more caring staff to help us through the procedure. Thank you!" ~Joseph and Rachel I.
"Absolutely positive experience. All the staff were empathic and efficient in caring for my cat. When asking about condition of my pet, I received an immediate response. Very professional and caring clinic who served both my cat and myself."~Sarah M.
Winter has been busy at DLEAH! Here is a sampling of some of the activities happening at the hospital:
PACTT at Share Shelters: On Christmas Eve, Limon and Sherbert of Portland Area Canine Therapy Teams (PACTT) visited families at Share homeless shelters in Vancouver, Washington. “It’s truly heartwarming to see how these incredible dogs can lift a person’s spirits in a matter of minutes,” said Kathy Loter, PACTT Program Coordinator with DoveLewis.
Service of Remembrance: DoveLewis’s Pet Loss Support Program and Dignified Pet Services hosted their annual Service of Remembrance event in December. This special gathering— which honors pets who are no longer with us—was free and open to the public. Attendees heard inspirational stories, listened to live music and lit candles in memory of their furry family members.
Pet Loss Support Program Director Enid Traisman was interviewed in AboutFace Magazine: "I don't try to 'fix' people. I don't analyze their grief. My therapeutic technique is to to be a gentle, non-judgmental guide; to reassure those who seek my help that the grief they are feeling is a natural and normal response to the death of a loveld one."
Spot Magazine named DoveLewis #1 Emergency Veterinary Hospital in a landslide public vote!
Dove Talks About Safety on National Dress Up Your Pet Day: While it can be entertaining and funny to dress up pets, it can also be dangerous if not done with safety in mind. DoveLewis was in the KATU studio on January 14 to share safety tips for dressing up your pet.
We also talked to Oregonlive.com about pet safey on Valentine's Day, sharing tips about common Valentine's Day hazards like chocolate, xylitol, alcohol, flowers, and gifts. Oregonlive also shared our story about Eleanor: "Kenny and his wife had brought their seven year old Puggle, Eleanor, to DoveLewis for chocolate toxicity. Eleanor was out of sight and itwasn’t until later that they realized she had ingested chocolate. ”We noticed Eleanor was throwing up and even defecated in the house, which wasn’t normal for her” said Kenny. “She was also displaying signs of distress like heavy breathing and panting.” They found that their sweet Puggle had snuck into the kitchen shelf and pulled out a basket to retrieve a bag of chocolate chips. At first they weren’t sure how much she had eaten, but they ultimately found she had eaten almost the entire bag of chocolate chips. Eleanor spent a night in the ICU being treated for chocolate toxicity at DoveLewis and was able to return home on Wednesday, just days before Valentine’s Day with her loved ones."
Enjoy some of our recent DoveLove!
“One fruitcake, one phone call, one ride to DoveLewis and I knew all would be well for our Zola Beagle pup (she’s 2 1/2). The staff immediately triaged her, saving her life from the nasty raisins and fruitcake ingredients. She spent 48 hours in treatment to make sure she was 100% safe. Thanks for saving her life!!!” ~Kristin F.
“Thank you for your kindness and compassion during a very difficult time for my cat Dickens and me. And thank you for your touching sympathy card. God bless Dr. Siefken, Julie, and the entire DoveLewis family.” ~Larry H.
“Our German shorthaired pointer “Jefferson” was a patient in ICU for 5 days, we brought him in convinced that we would lose him and the incredible staff saved his life. They are so skilled and knowledgeable and so wonderful to work with and spent so much time communicating with us. We are so grateful!” ~Dr. Sean F.
“The care DoveLewis provided for my kitty was quite literally lifesaving. Miraculously, despite a very grim prognosis, Pixie continued to improve. After five days of intense, aggressive treatments, we were able to bring her home. As I write this, Pixie is laying in my lap with her head on the keyboard, making it difficult to type—but I wouldn’t have her anywhere else.” ~Katya L.
We’ve been busy the last few months!
Here's a snapshot of what's happening at Dove
DoveLewis Welcomes New Veterinarians! We’re excited to welcome Dr. McKinney and Dr. Thompson to DoveLewis! Dr. McKinney graduated from University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and comes from the San Francisco Bay area, where she previously worked at an emergency and specialty hospital. Dr. Thompson earned her degree at University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and made the trek to DoveLewis after working at a referral and emergency clinic in Madison.
DoveLewis Blood Bank Needs New Canine Donors Despite having approximately 80 volunteer canine blood donors currently supporting the program, DoveLewis estimates it needs at least another 20 dogs to join the hospital’s blood bank in order to meet the local and national demand for blood. Learn more at dovelewis.org.
Donor Spotlight DoveLewis was honored to receive a $16,000 donation from Rose City Classics after being selected as the beneficiary of their annual Planters’ Day event in Vancouver, Washington. We’re so grateful for their support!
Purchase a 2015 DoveLewis Calendar Are you looking for a unique and meaningful holiday gift? The 2015 DoveLewis calendar is only $15 and features adorable pets, canine celebrities, blood donors and animal-assisted therapy dogs. Net proceeds from sales benefit DoveLewis, which means you’ll be helping animals in our community with every purchase. Visit dovelewis.org/shop/dovelewis-calendar.
And here are some recent testimonials from grateful hospital clients:
“As a doctor for people, all I could think during my time at DoveLewis was, ‘Wow! If only we could make our patients feel the way I feel right now—totally and completely attended to in all respects, from the moment I entered the building to the moment I left.’ Thank you.”
“My dog recently got out of the house and was hit by a car. A very kind stranger brought her to DoveLewis and they were amazing. Everyone on staff was very understanding and helpful. It was an extremely stressful and scary situation but I felt my dog was in the best care possible the entire time.”
Here are some of the highlights:
“Happy 1st birthday to Rufio and Griffey! Thank you, DoveLewis, for saving their lives when the brothers were Parvo puppies together; we are so lucky to have happy and healthy dogs!”
- Reese M.
“Auggie is home from the hospital and on the road to recovery. He has a fractured jaw that’s wired, but it’s not affecting his appetite. His left shoulder is bound to his body to heal, and the right hip has three incisions from the surgery, but he is starting to show his true Corgi spirit again. He is eating like a true Corgi.”
- Tracy M.
Reunion StoryWhen Good Samaritan Natalie N. noticed a feline wandering in her backyard on Christmas Day, she decided to bring it to DoveLewis because local shelters were closed for the holiday. As luck would have it, the cat had a microchip, as well as a long-lost owner, Jadah P. “Britches had been missing for almost three years, and I’d given up hope of ever finding her,” said Jadah. “It was a Christmas miracle.”
In the NewsFor the seventh time, Portland Business Journal recognized DoveLewis as one of Oregon’s MostAdmired Companies. Nearly 1,000 CEOs in Oregon voted to determine the winners of this highlyesteemed award, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.
Recent DoveLove"There is no way to thank you enough for the care you have given my family as we celebrate George’s life and the love he shared with everyone. He could not have blessed so many lives without the care and guidance you gave me. We will always have him in our hearts and becelebrating the love he gave us. Hugs to all of your staff and thank you." – Bonnie W.
“I have had dogs in Hong Kong, San Diego and Portland and this was the best veterinarian experience I have ever had. Everyone I interacted with, in person and over the phone, was professional, caring, knowledgeable and efficient. Thank you very much for taking such excellent care of my dog and us!”– Jackie M.
“All of you were fabulous! You took such wonderful care of our beagle Annie, we will always begrateful. Annie is on the road to a full recovery, and she wouldn’t be with us if it weren’t for yourexceptional care. We can’t thank you enough! ”– Lisa and Chris C.
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