Kahlua's Love Story
Since Kahlua and her human are homeless, this sweet pup has never seen a vet. ERDF enabled the removal of several large mammary tumors, healing of systemic infection and reversal of severe anemia so that they could continue to share their love.
I’m so glad we could work together. Kahlua and Hairball mean everything to each other. Homeless people are just like everyone else. Their animals are really family for them. Without the help of Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund he would have lost her.
It was decided that if Kahlua’s blood work, abdominal ultrasound, and chest x-rays were passable, the surgeon would remove all of her mammary tissue on both sides—the equivalent in a human of a double mastectomy.
As they led Kahlua down the hall for her diagnostics and overnight stay, I turned to find her Dad crying. All he said was “All we have is each other.”
As it turned out, her surgery required the removal of her spleen and all of her breast tissue (including a tumor weighing 15 pounds) to alleviate severe infection and anemia.
Her care was the result of teamwork with an amazing SPCA volunteer named Kat. She transported Kahlua & Dad to all vet appointments, and even fostered this old girl in her home for over a week to administer post-surgery care and reduce the risk of infection. Kat said “I’m so glad we could work together. Kahlua and Hairball mean everything to each other. Homeless people are just like everyone else. Their animals are really family for them. Without the help of Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund he would have lost her.”
I’m thrilled to report that 3 weeks after surgery Kahlua was back with her Dad, running and jumping and rolling in the grass. Her Dad says “She’s acting like a six month old puppy. I never thought anyone would help us. I thank the Lord that you saved my baby Lu.”
I feel very honored to have worked with a caring Deputy Dog Warden, a dedicated SPCA volunteer, and a compassionate and skilled surgeon, all of whom respected the deep bond of this sweet pup and her person, and were committed to keeping this family together.