Lili is a patient of Dr. Amber Ihrke and rehab nurse, Michelle, at IPC HG, referred by Dr. Finan at Finan Animal Hospital for a front limb lameness. Lili’s IPC therapy plan includes laser therapy, massage, therapeutic exercises, acupuncture, and chiropractic care. Lili’s parents knew that IPC was the right choice for Lili, because they had another dog, Buerle, who had been a rehab patient of ours in the past. Lili’s parents report that “Lili’s mobility and demeanor have greatly improved.”
Our daughter Devyn begged us to get a dog. She was 10, played travel softball and we were frequently out of town so we didn’t feel it was a good idea. She kept badgering us. We decided to appease her and told her if she hit a home run, a legitimate out of the park home run (the odds at that time were not in Devyn’s favor, it was virtually impossible) we would get a dog. On Mother’s Day, 2010, Devyn hit a legit out of the park home run … we adopted Lili (age 2) on September 13, 2010 Lili was gregarious, eager to please but needed a lot of work in the manners department. We worked with MidAmerica Service Dogs who offered a training program for dogs outside of their service dog program. Lili did so well she became a candidate for CGC.
Lili is the sweetest Collie. She came to us with a front limb lameness and we started Acupuncture, therapeutic exercises, and massage. Her limping has improved and she really enjoys her massages. We always look forward to our visits with Lili.
Dr. Ihrke, Lili’s IPC Veterinarian
We absolutely love working with Lili! She is one of the sweetest dogs out there and will usually do just about anything for her salmon treats, although she does like to be stubborn sometimes. Through massage, exercises, and occasionally laser therapy (in addition to the acupuncture and chiropractic work Dr. Amber does with her), her right front limb lameness improved, and we have helped keep her agile in her older years. It’s always a good day when Lili comes walking through the door!
Michelle, Lili’s Rehab Therapist
Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Lili‘s mom asked us to feature Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois. Please learn more about them on their website: http://www.collierescue.org/
Bazl’s has been a rehab patient at IPC- Homer Glen since 2019. This special boy is treated primarily for bilateral elbow dysplasia, hindlimb weakness and suspected T3-L3 myelopathy. Bazl’s therapy plan includes acupuncture, hydrotherapy, massage, therapeutic exercise and laser.
When Bazl was a puppy he was very rambunctious. He would jump into the air over and over, whenever he was excited. He wanted to play all of the time. He was so hard to keep busy that we decided to get him a brother by the time he was two years old. Bazl and Gus were best friends and would play a game in the yard where they would run across the whole yard straight at each other face to face and when they met, they would chase each other around the yard. Five years later, Max joined the other two. The three have been great friends and brothers ever since. Bazl has always been a den dog! He loves to spend his days “hiding” in his “cozy cave” bed. When he was younger, he would jump on a newly made bed, take all the covers down and hide inside of them. Bazl also loved to swim. But of course he did, he’s a Lab! Bazl loves to snuggle and be petted. If you stop petting him, he will nudge you until you start again! Bazl’s favorite snack is peppers.
A couple of years ago, Bazl really slowed down and was having trouble walking. We had tried medications and laser and he was still having trouble. His vet suggested physical therapy. So, I did the research and IPC came out on top.
IPC has improved and stabilized Bazl’s degenerative condition. They approached his issues on a “whole dog” basis rather than just looking at parts of him. Everyone at IPC has been extremely helpful and friendly!
Vicki and George, Bazl’s parents
Bazl has been our patient for one year and he is a favorite. He came to us with a variety of neurologic and orthopedic issues and over the course of the year, we have been able to keep him independently mobile with a combination of acupuncture, therapeutic laser, underwater treadmill, and massage. At 14 years old, he is a great example that no matter what age, patients benefit from rehabilitation and physical medicine.
Dr. Amber Ihrke, Bazl’s IPC Veterinarian
Bazl is such an amazingly sweet dog! It is such a joy to see and work with him! Even when he is acting stubborn or having a rough day walking from his elbow dysplasia and rear limb weakness, his tail is always wagging, and he is happy to see his friends. We love working with Bazl and helping to keep him comfortable and maintain his independent mobility for as long as we can. He is definitely a special dog that deserves this time in the spotlight!
Michelle, Bazl’s Rehab Therapist
We ask our reigning POTM each month to select an organization to highlight that is meaningful to them. Bazl’s parents asked us to share Semper K-9 with you- an organization dedicated to providing service canines to veterans. For more information about this organization- please visit their website: http://www.semperk9.org/about-us/mission/
Mylo fractured his left elbow and went through a critical surgery when he was 15 weeks old. Doctors put his leg into a sleeve which developed mobility issues in his left arm. We took him to Integrative Pet Care to help him regain his left arm mobility and movement through physiotherapy. Mylo’s hospital was VCA Aurora Animal Hospital, and Mylo’s doctor Dr. Steven Abel recommended us to go to Integrative Pet Care. Dr. Steven Abel is an excellent surgeon, and he worked with Dr. Amber during Mylo’s treatment.
We will forever be thankful to Dr. Amber, Katie, and everyone at Integrative Pet Care who contributed to Mylo’s recovery. Dr. Amber created a well-rounded and customized recovery plan for Mylo that greatly helped him to regain his left arm strength and movement. Katie worked hard and relentlessly, and we do not have enough words to thank her for her excellent work. Integrative Pet Care staff is very compassionate, accommodating, and caring and they took very good care of Mylo.
Today, when we see Mylo happily running and jumping around in our yard and go for long family walks, we feel glad that we found Integrative Pet Care. I highly recommend Integrative Pet Care to anyone who is dealing with a horrible trauma of pet accidents. We trust Integrative Pet Care and its staff for what they do the best.
Mylo is the cutest miniature poodle you would ever want to meet! He had some bad luck and broke his elbow, but with the dedication of his family and the hard work of Katie, he is now walking on his left front leg like a boss! – We are so proud of you Mylo.
Where do I start with Mylo? He is the cutest little guy with a very big attitude! Mylo did not trust anyone at the start of his program but by the end we were the best of friends. Mylo was such a joy to work with and I am so proud of all his hard work.
Katie, Mylo’s rehab therapist
We always ask our POTM if there is a special organization they’d like to promote. Mylo would like you to know about Best Friends Animal Society. You can learn more about them on their website: https://bestfriends.org/
In golf, birdie is one short of par. Our Beloved Birdie, has three legs, one short of par. She has the coloring of a boxer, a light brown coat with a black face that has turned gray over the years. She weighs 60 lbs and has the half bent ears and the body of a German Shepherd. She is a sweet and gentle dog with some fear toward men in baseball caps, and the quick unpredictable movements of small children. She came to us because she was reactive to a toddler in her adoptive home. We took her “temporarily” in 2013 after she was moved around to a few foster homes. She is a valued member of our pack and a staunch guardian of her home and her human caregivers.
Birdie was found as a stray in Danville, Illinois in December of 2008. While she was in the shelter in Danville, at her estimated age of 7 months, she fractured her left hind leg at the growth plate. The shelter decided amputation was indicated and authorized the surgery. Birdie has lived almost her entire life with three legs and has done quite well. In her prime, she learned to use her body to move with unbelievable speed and agility.
In 2019, Birdie injured her tail and a partial amputation became necessary despite many efforts to save her tail. Later that year, she strained her back chasing squirrels – a favorite past time. She recovered from the back strain, but later showed signs she was reluctant to move beyond eating, drinking, and going potty. Her regular vet recommended physical therapy to help improve her mobility. They identified IPC as an option because IPC was 10 minutes from home, and they knew she would need frequent therapy
Birdie responded almost immediately to the interventions including the Assisi loop, massage, laser therapy, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy. She continues to receive maintenance therapy and her quality of life has improved. She is a wonderful patient and loves her therapists, including Michelle, who has treated her most frequently. Our goal continues to be to keep her comfortable for the remaining years of her life.
Birdie is one of the best patients we have, by far! She came in initially for having more trouble getting around from compensating due to having 3 legs most of her life, but Birdie never let missing a leg stop her from living life to the fullest. After a few weeks of laser therapy, hydrotherapy, and massage, there was noticeable difference in her posture and behavior. Birdie started to play again and move around much better at home! She has been nothing but sweet, calm, and cooperative for all her appointments. I absolutely love working with her! Birdie has a strong spirit, so I hope she will continue to keep going strong for years to come!
Michelle, Birdie’s Rehab Therapist
Birdie started her journey at Integrative Pet Care after her owner’s noticed that she was slowing down a little. Birdie is a tri-pawd and has been for a majority of her life. She was getting around, but her owner’s wanted a better quality of life for her and thought that she could make some progress with rehabilitation therapy. When Birdie first started, she had poor posture due to compensation from walking on 3 legs. This is common for 3 legged dogs because they just figure out the easiest way to get around. After 8 weeks of therapy there was a noticeable change in her posture when standing, sitting and in down position. She started to play more with the other pets in the house and her endurance improved. Birdie has been a complete sweetheart for every session and gives it her all. It has been a pleasure working with her and helping her to progress into a more comfortable and functional girl.
Birdie’s IPC Veterinarian
Each month we ask our Patient of the Month to select an organization that is special to them. This month we are promoting Bark from the Heart rescue on behalf of Birdie! Please check them out to learn more: http://thebarkershop.com/rescue/
After losing her beloved 16 year old golden retriever 3 years ago, Charlotte’s mom decided the house was too quiet and went on a search for her best friend. Her search brought her to Paws of Tinley Park, where she found Charlotte who was 2 years old at the time. 3 years later, when Charlotte was diagnosed with cruciate disease, her mom looked for the best facility to treat her.
I wanted the best and after researching and touring other facilities, I toured IPC and they were very welcoming and very knowledgeable. They patiently answered all my questions and explained all procedures.
…between the wonderful care at IPC with Dr. Amber and staff and the loving care with Dr. Dave and staff from adjacent Colonial Manor Animal Hospital, I now have my healthy, happy, and active dog back!!
Sharon J, Charlotte’s mom
After bilateral TPLO surgeries, Colonial Manor Animal Hospital referred Charlotte to Dr. Amber for a comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation in January 2020.
Charlotte came to see Colonial Manor Animal Hospital about her bilateral cruciate disease and was hardly able to walk or stand. We repaired both knees via a TPLO procedure and recommended rehabilitation. Despite her significant injuries, Charlotte is such a good-natured, loving, happy dog with a tremendous spirit. She has formed a bond with everyone on our team and we are so proud of her success!
Dr. Dave, Colonial Manor Animal Hospital
Charlotte is 100+ pounds of dog love. She came to us with cruciate injuries to both of her knees and she was having a very difficult time walking. We recommended surgery and then aggressive rehabilitation to get her moving again. After successful surgery on both her knees and a treatment plan that included the underwater treadmill, acupuncture, therapeutic laser, massage, and therapeutic exercises, Charlotte is doing better than ever and is a happy dog.
Dr. Amber, Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen
Charlotte is hands down a staff favorite. Everyone who knows her absolutely loves and adores her as she is a gentle giant. My favorite thing about Charlotte was watching her blossom into the dog she truly was and was meant to be with each passing rehab session. It was comical and entertaining to watch her personality come out gradually as she began to feel more comfortable and as her mobility improved. Literally, one session she was one dog, then, the next session she was a completely different dog. I witnessed her becoming more vocal, more stubborn as she is definitely a girl who knows what she wants, and more loveable always demanding pets and belly rubs. It has been a joyful experience working with her and her very dedicated mom and to be part of her IPC rehab team. There is no other dog quite like Charlotte.
Tiffany, Charlotte’s therapist
Charlotte is one of the most loveable dogs out there! She is always so happy to see us, and we love seeing her! It’s been a long road to recovery with having bilateral TPLO surgeries, but Charlotte has maintained a good spirit through it all! She stayed in the hospital with us for a while, so I got a lot of time to hang out with her while working on her laser and massage therapies and a lot of time to cuddle. Charlotte loves everyone she meets, and we are so proud of all the progress she has made and will continue to make! She definitely deserves this time in the spotlight!
Michelle, Charlotte’s therapist
Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Charlotte’s mom asked us to feature PAWS of Tinley Park, where Charlotte was rescued. Please learn more about them at the link below:
I would often go to Happiness is Pets in Orland Park just to enjoy viewing all of the animals. I was wishing that I could someday bring home another dog for our older Boston Terrier, Rex. It was one day back in 2007 that another Boston terrier caught my eye. That was when I first met Blitz. I went several times and he just made me melt. He was so captivating. I would walk into the store every time and no matter where I was in the store, he was looking at me. Those huge ears on his little three-pound body eventually won me over. After several visits, I brought my husband Matt in and Blitz also won him over. On February 11th, 2007, we brought him home. He met his new brother Rex and we began our journey. Blitz and Rex were buddies and inseparable until Rex passed in September 2014. Blitz was lost, but he was our world.
Blitz has always been the most loving, attention needing dog I have had. He has always been loyal and the most comforting dog. He has always got along with other dogs. In fact, we would take him to PetSmart hotel or other boarding places when we would go out of town and when we picked him up he would be behind the service desk. The workers loved him so much that we let him hang out with them. This happened often. He has always been the life of any gathering and everyone is drawn to him. His great personality and loving demeanor drew everyone to him. If not, he would make sure that you knew he was there and demanded your attention. Blitz loves other animals, people, camping, hiking, and cuddling with anyone. He is motivated by treats and our love. Unfortunately in late November 2018, Blitz was diagnosed with Inter-vertebral Disk Disease (IVDD). This disease happens when the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal cord and begin to break down or harden. This takes away the cushioning which causes nerve damage and pain, hind leg dysfunction, weakness, and sensitivity to certain mobile activities.
Why Integrative Pet Care?
We chose to bring Blitz to Integrative Pet Care after his diagnosis because of our research and wanted to try a different type of treatment. They had great recommendations and reviews so we decided to give them a try. Blitz has been there since November 2018. We have done several different treatments such as acupuncture, massages, and aqua therapy. Aqua therapy has been most suitable for his condition, but to motivate him there has to be an unlimited supply of liver and peanut butter. Everyone at Integrative knows that he is treat-motivated and needy.
How has Integrative Pet Care helped?
Currently, we are just maintaining Blitz’s mobility. We have purchased a dog kart and several other kinds of support to help him. The training of using these supports has been difficult but we’re sure he will come around, especially if we keep that liver treats around. Integrative Pet Care has been very helpful, knowledgeable, kind, professional, and caring. The staff has an obvious love for Blitz and all other animals that visit. We are so thankful for everyone there and could not thank them enough for everything that they do. They give us hope that Blitz will be able to continue his camping, hikes, music fests, and everything else he enjoys doing.
Blitz is a great example of perseverance. He came to us almost 16 months ago with some weakness in his hind limbs secondary to spinal cord disease. Through treatment consisting of hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and exercises he was able to maintain independent mobility for nearly a year. He is now in a cart, but continues to have a great joy for life and still loves his peanut butter more than anything!
Dr. Amber Ihrke
Blitz is one of my favorite boys. He is so much fun to work with even though he is such a stubborn little guy. He has had his ups and downs throughout his time with us but it has never brought his spirit down. As long as he has his peanut butter nothing bothers him. I look forward to seeing him and his big ole’ ears every time he comes in!
Katie, Animal Rehab Therapist
Make A Difference
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal-related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. The animal-related organization that Blitz would love to promote is Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue at https://midwestbtrescue.org/.
Lacey was a rescue, found at less than a year old by a Chicago Police Officer and brought to Bow Wow Rescue. She spent a few months with a foster family before her new family found her through rescueme.org.
Dottie is also a rescue. She was found in Oak Park as a stray and brought to Animal Care League. She was in the shelter for approximately 3 months and so stressed she had almost lost her bark by the time her family adopted her. But her bark came back strong after a week in her new home!
Both pups came to IPC to rehab a CCL injury and went through a treatment program that including hydrotherapy, therapeutic laser treatments, and Therapeutic Exercise.
(IPC) came highly recommended. I also appreciate the approach to heal them naturally. We all found everyone so helpful and friendly! Lacey rebounded after her surgery quickly and continues to improve using her back leg all of the time. Dottie has come along nicely without resorting to surgery and is using her back leg most of the time. Dottie and Lacey love coming to therapy. When I get to 159th and Parker in the left turn lane to U turn they lose it. Barking and whining they cannot wait to see their friends!
Patricia, Dottie & Lacey’s mom
Lacey is a sweetheart of a dog who, unfortunately, tore her cranial cruciate ligament. She had a successful TPLO surgery and came to see us for post-operative rehabilitation. Lacey had a treatment plan that consisted of therapeutic laser, hydrotherapy, and therapeutic exercises. She did fantastic with her recovery and we are really proud of her progress. Way to go Lacey!
Dr. Amber Ihrke
Lacey and Dottie live in a 3 Jack Russell household with the third one called Belle. Mom brought all 3 of them in to IPC every time a visit was scheduled. It was always enjoyable to start the day with these 3 ladies as although they were all the same breed, they all had completely different personalities. Lacey was shy, nervous, and very much a “momma’s girl.” Dottie was the most energetic and enthusiastic of the 3. Belle was the only one of the 3 who didn’t come to us for rehabilitation, so we didn’t get to know her as well, but she was always friendly and up for getting pet or being given a treat. I had the pleasure of working almost exclusively with Lacey who I became quite attached to and was always excited to work with. Although she never really seemed completely thrilled to be at IPC, our beef liver treats helped her come out of her shell and motivated her to work hard and achieve great heights while here. She started rehabilitation after a left rear TPLO and received laser therapy, underwater treadmill, and therapeutic exercises. What was great about Lacey was that she was able to do more challenging things every time she came in for a visit. I was continuously noticing improvements and I was receiving positive reports about her progress at home. After her second TPPE, she graduated to a home exercise program after significant improvements in comfort, weight bearing, and muscle mass were noted. I miss working with her regularly, but I am very proud of her and hope she continues to improve and make strides at home. Way to go, Lacey!!
Tiffany, Animal Rehab Therapist
Dottie is a super sweet dog that happens to also be a ball full of energy. It was so funny to see how excited she was to see us compared to her sister, Lacey, when they would come in for their appointments. Dottie did not undergo surgery to repair a torn cruciate, but improved tremendously with rehab. It was always take a little while for her to calm down enough to sit still for her laser and massage session, but even when she was calmer, she was still rolling over on her back for belly rubs every time you called her a “good girl”. I’m proud of the improvements that she made and I know with the exercises the owner is doing at home, she will continue to do well. It was so much fun working with the terrier sisters!
Michelle, Animal Rehab Therapist
Make A Difference
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal-related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Lacey and Dottie’s family has asked us to tell you about rescueme.org
It’s with a heavy heart we let you know that our Patient Of The Month Haylie has recently passed, but it is our pleasure and honor to dedicate the month of February to her.
Haylie had a rough start in life, but all that changed when she was adopted into a home who showered her with love and attention. Despite her history, she adored people, loved to play tug and was a loving companion and perfect pal to her two doggie siblings. In May of 2017 she began randomly limping and was diagnosed with a soft tissue injury, but her lameness seemed to disappear with pain medications. Unfortunately, in November 2018, she became non-weight bearing and painful even with the addition of 3 more pain medications.
Her vet suspected the worst, highly aggressive bone cancer which gave her a poor prognosis. Ultimately an amputation was recommended as well as chemotherapy. The cancer spread to her lungs in November 2019, but that didn’t slow down her zest for life.
Haylie’s parents brought their previous dog to Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen, so it was a no-brainer to return. In January 2019 they met with Dr. Amber Ihrke shortly after her amputation. A rehabilitation program was prescribed which included acupuncture, massage, exercise and manual therapy. These therapies were specifically recommended for pain management and strengthening. IPC worked closely with her parents, oncologist and primary care veterinarian to give her the best quality of life.
Haylie enjoyed her time at IPC and her therapists loved working with her. “Every time she came to us, she had a big goofy grin on her face that was contagious and heartwarming”- Tiffany
Once she started therapy, her swelling disappeared and she became more mobile and comfortable. She regained her strength and was back to enjoying past activities like running at the lake, climbing bluffs, and taking treks into town.
“Despite being diagnosed with cancer which required an amputation, she always greeted us with a smile and wagging tail. Haylie was an incredibly sweet dog who just loved to get attention. It’s patients like Haylie who remind us to never let the little things get to us, never take life for granted, and live each day to the fullest. Having survived for over a year since her initial diagnosis, she is an inspiration to us. Haylie will always have a special place in our hearts.” -Michelle
Make A Difference
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Haylie’s family has asked us to tell you about Illiana Rescue.
We are a small, 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization of volunteers.
We save dogs and cats from euthanasia, abuse and neglect.
We work closely with local shelter management, veterinarians and community members, serving Northwest Indiana-Lake County.
We mainly focus on animals in dire need, such as death row dogs and cats at high-kill shelter facilities, animal impounds or veterinary hospitals.
We provide proper care, medical treatment, therapy and social rehabilitation for the animals in foster homes.
We give animals a second chance at long, happy, healthy lives in loving adoptive homes.
Mr. Bennet is one of our long-time patients, so it’s only appropriate that he gets the honor of being the first Patient of the Month in 2020! We met Mr. Bennet two years ago when his family was looking for options to keep him more comfortable and mobile. It was noted on exam that he had hindlimb weakness and loss of coordination. He had also developed bilateral hip and carpal (wrist) arthritis. Strengthening and pain management modalities such as underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise, laser and massage were recommended. His family noticed an improvement in his strength and coordination right away!
“Mr. Bennet is a wonderful dog who can definitely be stubborn in his older age as he would much rather lay on the bed and Assisi mat for his laser and massage treatments instead of exercising or walking in the underwater treadmill. I feel that we have achieved our goal of keeping him independently mobile every time he walks through our doors. Whether it’s because of grumpy old man personality or him carrying his leash and walking himself back up to the front, there’s never a dull moment when Mr. Bennet is around!” -Michelle
“Bennet came from Heritage Kennel in 2008 after our daughter asked for a German Shepherd for her 10th birthday. The Chicago Police Department wanted the puppy, but our family got there first! From the beginning, he was a “miracle dog” who survived multiple health issues. He had emergency surgery following his neuter procedure, had a hemilaminectomy in 2009 due to a congenital dorsal spine dermal cyst and contracted leptospirosis despite being vaccinated.”
I honestly couldn’t think of a dog more deserving of the patient of the month title than Mr. Bennet. He is practically our mascot since he comes in to see us more than any other patient. Mr. Bennet is a gentle giant and teddy bear of a German Shepherd and it always brightens my day to see him on my schedule. Enjoy your moment in the spotlight!!! -Tiffany
Mardi’s story starts off almost 14 years ago when she was transferred to Illinois from New Orleans by West Suburban Humane Society during Hurricane Katrina. Four month old Mardi was adopted by her family on New Year’s Eve. Her family says she has a strong stubborn streak, but is the sweetest dog done without a mean bone in her body.
Last May Mardi became unable to walk and a radiograph revealed an abnormality on her spine, which her family feared to be cancer.
She was referred to Purdue University Small Animal Hospital, where it was discovered that she had cervical IVDD, so a ventral slot decompression of C6-7 was performed. Mardi had a very rough recovery and developed aspirate pneumonia after surgery, which lead to a week long hospitalization in the ICU. And if that wasn’t enough, she also tore her cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). Her owners never gave up on her though and nursed her back to health.
Mardi was referred to Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen where she met with her new team, Dr. Annie Ubatuba and Michelle. Dr. Annie noted during her evaluation that she was incredibly weak and did not have the ability to stand on her own. A rehabilitation program was created which included acupuncture, underwater treadmill, massage, laser, and exercise. She was also fitted for a stifle (knee) brace to address her CCL tear.
“Despite being older, Mardi has such a strong fighting spirit. It’s inspiring to see her get stronger and feistier the more she comes to see us. Although she might not always be the biggest fan of sitting still for a laser or massage session, the therapies plus the orthotic have helped her come a long way. I look forward to seeing the progress she continues to make.” -Michelle
Make A Difference
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Mardi has asked us to tell you about the organization that saved her life, West Suburban Humane Society.
The West Suburban Humane Society (WSHS) is a volunteer-based, animal welfare organization that was founded in 1972 as a lost-and-found referral service. A dedicated volunteer base and the retained service of several veterinarians has allowed us to save the lives of and give 600 homeless animals each year new homes. We continue to reunite lost animals and their families by maintaining a database with information on over 33,000 pets and their owners, and by providing free pet identification tags.