Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund

by DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital
Mar 15, 2013

Cami's Success Story

Your ongoing support of the Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund is very important to DoveLewis. Here is a story of how the Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund saved an adorable little dog. Without this fund, Cami would never have received the care she needed:

Late one afternoon while working at DoveLewis, I heard about a small female dog in our emergency room, who had been brought to DoveLewis by a Multnomah County Animal Services Officer. I went downstairs to briefly meet her. As I arrived, this little girl had just been given a complete evaluation by the DoveLewis
hospital staff. She was tiny, thin and covered with fleas. She had fur on her
head and legs only, but was otherwise mostly devoid of fur, with rough,
thickened, scaly skin that appeared more like a reptile’s skin than a canine’s.
She immediately was given treatment for her severe flea infestation. From a
side view, she looked like she had a full face mask of fur on her head, as she
had no fur on her neck. She had a large tumor on her stomach. And she had very
sweet, soulful, sad brown eyes. Though she was at DoveLewis, where she was very
safe and loved by the staff, she shivered continuously. She stole my heart.
DoveLewis provided overnight supportive care for her, and she was transferred
to Multnomah County Animal Shelter the following day. DoveLewis partners with local county animal
shelters to help stray animals who would otherwise have no hope.

I had previously filled out the necessary paperwork at Multnomah County Animal
Shelter, and had completed an interview to become a ‘medical foster’ for a
small dog. I contacted the person in charge of the foster program at Multnomah
County Animal Shelter about fostering her. She would need to be in a foster
home for recovery following surgery to remove her tumor, dentistry to remove
her bad teeth and for time to heal
her skin condition. My fostering her was approved, and she joined our family of
four older rescued dogs, which consisted of two one–eyed Shih Tzus, a one–eyed
Yorkie, and a small back dog. Tentative at first, ‘Cami’ as we started calling
her, quickly settled in to our family, loving her frequent baths to make her
skin softer, and the food and environment we provided for her in our home; she
was gaining confidence daily!

Dr. Meghan Romney, the staff Veterinarian at MCAS, scheduled surgery to remove Cami’s
tumor, extract eight badly diseased teeth, and spay her. Cami did great in her
post operative recovery period, coming to work with me every day at DoveLewis,
where the staff frequently stopped by to say hello, see how she was doing, and
give her love and treats! Cami was getting used to sleeping quietly in my lap
as I worked, and she did not want me to leave for work in the morning without

Just as Cami was nearing the end of her foster period with us, Gumbo, one of our dear Shih Tzus, was
seen at DoveLewis over the July 4th weekend because he suddenly
developed some difficulty breathing at night. Following a CT scan that was done
at DoveLewis, he was found to have an advanced intranasal tumor, with a poor
prognosis for recovery. We gave him lots of love, day trips to the beach, new
toys and chicken dinners during his last month with us, but we recently said a
final goodbye to Gumbo at DoveLewis when he let us know it was time. Ken and I were so grateful for the kindness,
compassion and expertise the entire DoveLewis staff showed our dear Gumbo and
both of us during that difficult month. We miss Gumbo terribly, but Cami must
have come into DoveLewis and into our lives when she did for a reason, as we
have now adopted her into our family.


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DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Project Leader:
Alan Mahan
Portland, OR United States

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