Survivor Program

Celebrating the Fighting Spirit

Honoring Our Animal Warriors

They come to us in distress and in need of emergency or life-saving care. From hit-by-car injuries and serious illnesses to the victims of unthinkable abuse or neglect, these animals all have one thing in common: Their lives depend on the Survivor Program.

Program at a Glance

What It Is

A program established to raise the funds required to provide life saving medical treatment or emergency care to animals in need.

Who It Helps

Animals with life-threatening injuries and illnesses–like those with hit-by-car injuries, heartworm disease, chronic illnesses or victims of abuse–who need special medical or surgical care to survive.

Why It Matters

HSHC is open admission, meaning we will never (ever) turn away an animal because it requires expensive medical care. Caring for these animals is incredibly costly.

How to Help

Donate to our Survivor Program (100% of these funds go to medical care) or join our Foster Program and open your home to a recovering animal.

Pawing the Road to Recovery

Established in 2005, the Survivor Program ensures animals in need of life-saving medical or emergency care receive the treatment they need and deserve.

The program also funds the medical care of chronic diseases, conditions or illnesses that are life-threatening or painful if left untreated like heartworm disease, diabetes, entropion, severe dental disease, chronic ear infections and upper respiratory illnesses.

Average Cost of Emergency Medical Care & Treatment:


Average dollars to cover the cost of surgery for an animal after being hit by a car


Average dollars to cover the surgery cost to remove dangerous masses or correct an eye defect


Average dollars to save the life of a heartworm positive dog


Average dollars needed to disinfect the shelter for one week in order to prevent the spread of illness

  • 01.


    Sweetie was discovered in the middle of the road after being hit by a car, unable to move away from oncoming traffic. She had two broken hips, a broken ankle, and was heartworm positive. Sweetie underwent a three-hour surgery to repair her injuries at Noah’s Animal Hospital, and HSHC paid her expenses.

    After surgery, a loving foster home nursed her back to health, providing the love and support she needed as her casts were removed, her posterior hair regrew, and she regained her strength. Sweetie never lost her good-natured attitude and sweet nature. Her foster family ended up adopting her, too!

  • 02.

    The Dude

    The Dude was only 10 months old when he arrived with two broken legs resulting from a hit-by-car injury. Even with casts on both legs, he was always full of tail wags. The Dude has now fully recovered and is loving life in his forever home.

    Survivors like The Dude require expensive medical treatment (paid for from our Survivor Program fund), but these animal warriors are worth EVERY PENNY!

  • 03.


    It was important to Loren Smiley and his daughter that they find a rescue cat, so they went to HSHC and started looking. After talking with them about their story, the staff brought in Poe. “His eyes were the first things I noticed, and it took us about two minutes to decide he was the one.”

    Poe is a senior cat with diabetes, so it had been tough to find him the right home. But, HSHC never gave up on him. “Having a place where guys like Poe have a chance, is huge. HSCH didn’t discard this guy — and now we don’t know what we’d do without him.”

  • 04.

    Glenn Coco

    Glenn Coco was the oldest cat in HSHC history (22 years old) when he was surrendered by his family.

    “When I found out his age and why he was surrendered, it broke my heart,” said Taylor Owners, the cat’s new owner.

    She already had two senior cats, but that didn’t stop her from opening her home to Glenn Coco. “I wanted to give him a second chance even though he’s twenty-two. He still has a lot of life left in him.” Coco is now the ‘alpha cat’ of the house and couldn’t be happier!

  • 05.

    Pearl & Pax

    It was one of the worst neglect cases HSHC had ever seen. “If we had rescued them one day later, some of the dogs wouldn’t have made it,” said Executive Director Rebecca Stevens, as she described the deplorable conditions from which several Great Pyrenees were rescued. The smallest of the dogs, Zeva, was just 24 pounds (she should have been between 80-100 lbs).

    Shirley Schmutte saw the story on the news and adopted the last two dogs who needed homes, Pearl & Pax. They now live on a farm where they have the love, nourishment, and exercise they deserve!

  • 06.


    Ox was surrendered after his previous owners thought he had Parvo and washed him in Clorox Bleach. He was so badly burned by the chemicals (third degree) that he could barely sit, stand, or walk — and the HSHC team worried he might become septic. “We didn’t think he was going to make it,” says new owner Elise Bell.

    “It’s amazing how he remained in such high spirits,” Bell remembers. “I didn’t intend to keep him initially — I just wanted to give him a place to recover.” But it wasn’t long before she knew little Ox wasn’t going anywhere!

Love & Let Live

Every animal deserves a second chance at love — and life. We invite you to be part of the solution and give back to the animals who give us so much.