A sweet, but shy, nine-year old female Golden, Honey Bowen, was surrendered to GRRA by her owner in late August. She had been mostly an outside dog and, although well fed to the point of being somewhat obese, the owner had not been able to give her the attention that she deserved. Upon coming into the program, one of our GRRA vets found that she had several medical problems, the most serious of which were two open sores on her back. Treatment required them to be removed, and one was found to be cancerous. First came surgery during which the vet got minimally "clear margins." Further x-rays and ultrasound examinations revealed that the cancer had not spread to other systems. This was a blessing.
In the meantime, Honey Bowen’s sunny personality had won the heart of a GRRA applicant who is now her furever mom, Kasey. This GRRA Golden is settled in her new home, a very happy girl. Kasey thinks HB is "the sweetest ever" and takes Honey Bowen just about everywhere. They go hiking, daily walks in Grant Park and many car rides. As soon as Kasey picks up her car keys, Honey Bowen brings the leash to her in anticipation of her new adventures. She wants to be with everyone all the time. With the aid of GRRA and the Petco Foundation, Honey Bowen can live out her days being pampered and loved by her new furever momma, Kasey.
The Petco Foundation’s PCA Shelter Pet Cancer Treatment Fund partnered with GRRA by providing a $1,900.00 grant for Honey Bowen’s cancer diagnostic and treatment expenses. Helping pets fight cancer, the Petco Foundation raises funds during their annual Pet Cancer Awareness campaign in partnership with Blue Buffalo. Each year during the campaign, Petco customers are invited to donate online and in Petco locations nationwide to join the fight against pet cancer.
GRRA Rescue Operations Director, Amy DeCesare comments, "This grant has helped GRRA continue our efforts to rescue and care for all our Goldens, including ones afflicted with cancer like Honey Bowen. We are grateful to the Petco Foundation for supporting dog rescues like GRRA."