Princeton gets a new permanent set of wheels from Red Flyer, The Handicapped Pets Community

 Buster Gets A Set Of Wheels!

By: Joe Knight  |  March 27, 2012 Channel 95.7 FM

I have a Pet named Marley, a terrific dog I love with all my heart. God forbid anything should happen to her, but if it did, I would do what ever it took to help her. But if I couldn’t fix everything, places like ‘For Paws Hospice’ could help remedy, like it did down in Florida.

A man named Tom saw a basset hound, he would later call Buster, for the first time and you can bet it was love at first sight. Buster was a dog with a bad back, but that did not matter to Tom, as he had to have him anyways. Tom came up with a devise made out of a sling that he used, along with a leash, to help support the weight of Buster’s hind quarters. The sling works well, but Buster lacks the independence to get around without Tom’s help, so it is still tough.

That’s where For Paws Hospice comes in. The hospice provides long-term loans of pet wheelchairs to owners with pets who need them. Harlan Weikle, a co-founder of the hospice, says to that “When the pet and pet owners no longer need them, we put it back on our list and we find another match for it. And it just keeps going on.”

These wheelchairs are especially important for many animals because “it helps build muscle and supports the joints. Buster is now in line to get his set of wheels, he was recently fitted for a wheelchair, which allowed him to walk on his own towards Tom as he called him from across the room… FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!

Share your dog's favorite home recipes and help feed a hungry pet.

For Paws Hospice and our friends: invite you to send us your favorite home cooked, dog recipes.

For every recipe submitted we’ll deliver a weeks full of nutritious meals to a hungry pet.Your recipe will be published here for pet families everywhere to help Bring their Pet to the Table.

Photos are wonderful of course so we encourage you to send one or two pictures of you creation, family and pets for inclusion in the cook book. 

Click below to view the recipe book, "One Dog's Kitchen"  *Recipes will be added as they are received. 

Editor's note: This event has been such a success that we decided to make it a year around offer, so please send in your recipes now and we'll keep feeding hungry animals. 

To date All Pets Kitchen has delivered over 14,700 pounds of pet food to needy animals.


Share your recipes here and feed a hungry pet

Mostly it's about the animals, but sometimes it's about the sound too, yes?

A Thank you

Published in the St. Petersburg Times  June 17, 2011

Several weeks ago, Dr. Amber Parker of the Veterinary Medical Clinic of Tampa sent in a request for a "doggie wheelchair" for one of her patients, a dachshund named Ms. Wiggles. She received more than 30 phone calls offering chairs, and ultimately fitted Ms. Wiggles with a chair donated by Harlan Weikle from For Paws Hospice (www., which has a wheelchair lending program. The program pairs wheelchairs with dogs in need. Dr. Parker would like to thank everyone for their generous offers and also let people know that if they have a chair they don't use, they can contact Weikle and he will add it to the database.

Dog days are over

Bailey is a megaesophagus dog that needs to be hand fed 3-4 times daily: his problem is that he can't swallow naturally so his owners built a chair like the one below to help him.

For Paws Hospice volunteers recently built a Bailey's Chair for a tiny ASTI at the the Humane Society named Jack who is also a megaesophagus pup, here are the directions if you want to build your own version of this essential aid.

This is Jack trying out his new Bailey's Chair at Humane Pinellas

SacPaws September 8, 2010

Stem Cell Therapy

By Dr. Kevin Conrad, DVM

Stem cells are primitive cells that are present in every tissue. These cells are trophic factories implying they are cell renewing and can develop into any type of tissue.

Embryonic Stem Cells are more complicated; they prefer to form whole bodies and not just repair tissue. They have a tendency to form teratomas i.e. growths containing hair, teeth, bone, etc. They are classically used as an allograft where stem cells from the same species are used in different individuals. Thus rejection of the foreign genotype is common.

Adult stem cells can be used as autologous grafts, meaning cells from the individual are used for itself, i.e. same species, same individual.

Stem cells provide five mechanisms of repair:

  1. Trophic differentiation to become necessary cells for repair.
  2. Reduce inflammation to the damaged tissue.
  3. Stimulate growth factors which increases blood flow, reduces scarring and blocks cell death after stimulation of resident cells.
  4. Provide a homing sense to an injured site
  5. Stimulate the immune system to improve healing.

Adipose (fat) tissue is used because:
  • It has a very high cell count
  • Is easy to access
  • Will continue to renew itself
  • May be used readily as an autolgous graft with minimal preparation
  • Low risk of rejection
  • Provides a rapid turn around, i.e. no wait time for culturing

Current and potential uses of stem cell therapy in veterinary medicine

Hip dysplasia
Knee damage from anterior cruciate ligament rupture
Other ligament or tendon damage
Post surgical failures
Hepatic disease
Renal disease
Wound healing
Inflammatory bowel syndrome
Autoimmune skin disease
Immune mediated thrombocytopenia
Cardiovascular or ischemic disease
Spinal disease

Editor’s note:

Dr. Conrad recently preformed surgical stem cell therapy on a For Paws Hospice patient named Buddy, a seventy pound, eight year old male Golden Retriever. Buddy had a torn ACL and suffered from degenerative hip disease due to and earlier accident.

The procedure consisted of four injections of stem cell material extracted from fat cells harvested from Buddy’s belly fat.

Four stem cell injections were administered to Buddy forty-eight hour hours following the cell harvest procedure in four sites: both back knees, hip and a final injection systemically.

The laboratory which extracted the stem cell medium retains several samples of Buddy’s stem cells in liquid nitrogen which remain available for followup therapy.

Buddy is now undergoing a regimen of therapy to strengthen as well as promote the healthy growth of new tissue at those injured sites. He is expected to make a full recovery and again be able to walk with his owner.

Dr. Conrad is a member of For Paws Hospice Board of Directors and a practicing veterinarian in Clearwater, FL

Sacramento Bee August 20, 2010

Hospice and women's shelters, common ground

Hospice for pets and women's abuse centers may find a common ground in support of families at risk.

American Humane, (http://www.americanhumane.o... the nation's oldest charitable organization advocating for children and animalsAll has developed The Pets and Women’s Shelters Program (PAWS)™. We talked to Allie Phillips, director of public policy for American Humane and creator of PAWS who said the organization started PAWS because she like many of her colleagues frequently witnessed the pain victims go through when they are forced to stay in abusive situations because they fear for their pets’ safety.

For Paws Hospice and a coalition of local business leaders and supporters is working now to introduce the PAWS program to women's shelters in FL. 

You can read more about the PAWS program at American Humane/PAWS (http://www.americanhumane.o... The association also offers a program guide for starting the PAWS program at your local shelter.

Sacramento Bee August 15, 2010

Pet wheels - the gift of mobility

Red is a "runt" pit that was rescued from a closet, locked there by youngsters who tried to hide him from their parents, Red still can't stand being locked up. The family that rescued Red has three other dogs all rescues, all hurt in some way; but Red doesn't mind he has brothers and sisters.


St. Petersburg Times April 19, 2010

A veterinarian provides a hospice service for pets

An hour before, Dr. Dani McVety begins to prepare. "Come on, girls," she calls to her two rat terriers, "in the crate. "You too, Foose." A big, brown mutt settles into the third cage in McVety's Lutz home as she shuts the door and heads out to the garage. She pulls a green scrub shirt over her head, opens her trunk and unlocks a black box to reveal liquid-filled bottles. She inserts a syringe in one and slowly extracts a pink fluid, the last she'll use today. It's part of a list of things she does before she gets to someone's home, things she doesn't want them to see. She also fills out their authorization form in advance, because she has seen how hard it is to write with shaking hands.

As a rule, she never arrives early. So she heads to Starbucks first and orders a dark cherry mocha — decaf, because she and her husband just found out she's pregnant for the second time.

In many ways, the 28-year-old veterinarian is just starting her life. Yet on this Monday morning, the career path she has chosen takes her to a Land O'Lakes home.

To end one.


Tampa Bay Newspapers April 13, 2010 

Pet home hospice, closing the circle  

He came home with us just eight months ago. His paperwork at the Humane Society of Pinellas said his name was George, and it seemed to suit him.

At 14 1/2 years he was well past his prime and looked every one of his years spent on the streets of Clearwater with his homeless companion. George’s owner had surrendered him in 2009 with the note, “I can’t take care of him anymore.”


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