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VCA Employee and her Search & Rescue Dog Ava Save the Life of a 2-Year Old Boy

Published by VCA Inc. in Dogs, Happy Tails, Lifesaving, Search & Rescue June 5, 2017

Update to this story posted back in March: On Thursday June 1, 2017, at 2:30 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau presented Becky Irving and Ava the Rescue Dog with the Life Saving Medal by the Chief of Police and the Portland Police Bureau.  Congrats to Becky and Ava, for their well-deserved honor and recognition! Becky Irving, the head surgical...

Heroic Fire Dog Matilda Reunited with Firemen and Vet Team

Published by VCA Inc. in Community Outreach, Dogs, Happy Tails, Lifesaving, Pets, VCA Animal Hospitals May 22, 2017

SAN ANTONIO, TX – May 13, 2017 – Matilda, the heroic 3-1/2-year-old pit bull mix who saved her owners from a house fire in March, was reunited with the firemen who resuscitated her from smoke inhalation and the veterinary team at VCA Becker Animal Hospital who treated her. Matilda, who was sleeping between her pet parents, awoke smelling...

Finding Bear

Published by VCA Inc. in Dogs, Happy Tails, Pets, Shelters & Rescues, Veterinary Staff February 8, 2017

Ashley Toole knew that finding Bear would not be easy, but she also knew she would never give up trying. Like many people who work in the animal care and rescue industry, Ashley has a special bond with pets. This love of animals is what brought Ashley and Bear together, even when the odds were against them. This...

BenBen, Saddest Cat on the Internet Raises Money to Save Strays

Published by VCA Inc. in Associate Veterinary Clinics, Canada, Cats, Happy Tails, Lifesaving, Pets, Shelters & Rescues November 30, 2016

Meet BenBen from Vancouver.  Dubbed the ‘saddest cat on the Internet’ due to his worried look and down-turned eyes, BenBen was rescued back in April. Not only was BenBen in bad shape, but he was only one day away from being euthanized.  A BC SPCA officer brought him in to the Vancouver Animal Emergency and Referral Centre. He needed immediate...

Shelter Puppy Receives Rare Life-Saving Heart Surgery

Published by VCA Inc. in Dogs, Happy Tails, Lifesaving, Pets, Puppy, Shelters & Rescues, VCA Animal Hospitals November 29, 2016

As an animal behaviorist and trainer of animals, Cynthia Royal has worked with a wide variety of domestic and exotic animals from birds to zebra. “While every animal encounter is an exciting, enjoyable adventure, only a few have captured my heart enough to make them a permanent member of my family.  Then, one night on the evening news,...

Saving Shadow – VCA & Marley’s Mutts

As the holidays grow near, we often reflect on moments that stick with us, and when it comes to animal welfare, there are many. Saving the lives of dogs in need is simply a day in the life for the folks at Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue (MMDR), based out of Kern County, CA.  In late 2014 Ashley, an...

The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation – Valentino’s Story

Published by VCA Inc. in Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, Camp Bow Wow, Charities, Dogs, Happy Tails, Medical Grants October 27, 2016

When Valentino was only 8 weeks old he was found in a cage covered in snow. He was in the middle of a field, scared and emaciated. The Samaritan who found him took him to the Animal Rescue League. They diagnosed Valentino of having a severe case of “Flat Foot” as well as being very malnourished. After receiving the...

Cricket – VCA and Marley’s Mutts

Published by VCA Inc. in Dogs, Happy Tails, Lifesaving, Marley's Mutts, Pets, Shelters & Rescues October 21, 2016

Cricket the dog was approximately 7-weeks old when he was brought to a local animal shelter by a caring citizen.  At the time, it was noted that he had unknown trauma and was unable to utilize his back leg. Immediately, Marley’s Mutts Rescue found Cricket and brought him to VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. Once a thorough exam...