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3/12/18 - 8pm update - It is with great sadness that we report that Penny has lost her battle and has passed away.  Despite being rushed back to the ER by her foster mom, Penny's body was just not responding to the treatments from her team of doctors.  They all tried very hard to give this little girl a second chance but everything seemed stacked impossibly against her.  Her foster mom held her lovingly as she crossed the rainbow bridge.  We are so saddened by the loss of Penny and thank all those who helped us provide her every chance we could. 


CRF has been very busy lately with two of our rescues who are experiencing medical emergencies and requiring round-the-clock care at the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital.  **Updates are being posted daily, please scroll down to see the latest information for both of the girls**


  • Olivia is a 6-year-old who was rescued from a puppy mill alongside Cavalier Rescue of Alabama in February. Despite our constant efforts with her primary veterinarian, we have been struggling to get Olivia healthy enough for a spay.  Olivia is severely anemic and bleeding internally possible from her reproductive organs or GI tract. And the only way to correct the problem is through surgery. But Olivia’s situation has become so critical she had to undergo a blood transfusion late Tuesday. Transfusions are not a guarantee for stability, but we pray that she will stabilize enough to stop the bleeding and proceed with spay her. Without these procedures Olivia’s situation could become even more life-threatening in a short amount of time. She will remain at the UF Small Animal Hospital until she is deemed stable enough to go home post procedures.
  • Penny is a 4-year-old who was relinquished this past weekend as an emergency surrender. While loved by her family they could no longer provide the medical care Penny has desperately needed. Given severity and instability of Penny’s health concerns, she was immediately checked into through the UF Emergency Room.  She was admitted with immune mediated homiletic anemia, muscle atrophy, joint instability, weakness and an abscess on her throat.  The team of Internal Medicine specialists have and continue to run extensive testing, multiple ultra-sounds and repeated blood panel retests along the way in order to make the appropriate adjustments to her treatment protocols, in the hopes that Penny will survive. She is by far not out of the woods, but she has a strong will to survive and is engaging well with her caregivers.  

These two girls are fighters and are considered to be “critical condition” patients. We believe they both deserve a second chance.  Their veterinary bills will far exceed $5,000. Any support you can provide would be greatly appreciated.  If you prefer to donate via PayPal, please visit http://cavrescuefl.com.  Thank you for helping us save our girls! 


  • 3/7/18 - 6pm Update - Olivia's had her spay and thanks to the blood transfusion she made it through the procedure.  She will remain in the hospital for continued observation.  Penny is stable now with her new treatment protocol.  It is possible she can be released into the continued care of her foster and primary veterinarian provided she continues to do well.  We will know more about both girls tomorrow and will update you.  
  • 3/8/18 - 2pm update - Olivia and Penny both have stabilized with their treatments provided by the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital ER and Internal Medicine teams. The girls aren't out of the woods yet, but they are at least well enough to go home.  Olivia has to recover from her spay and we have to wait a week before we get results from the pathology tests which we hope will determine the cause for her anemia and internal bleeding. We are confident that we will get good news.  Despite the long list of medical issues, Penny has been given the green light to go to her foster home where she will be doted on. Penny will need to return to UF for additional testing and a newly developed eye ulcer. Her immune system is so compromised that she doesn’t have it in her yet to fight things off on her own. Penny has a long road ahead of her, but we are there right by her side through it all no matter what. And with the help of the UF doctors we hope to get her all better soon.  We are truly so touched and blown away by everyone's support and well wishes for these girls.  Thank you so much for being such an important part of our team! 
  • 3/8/18 - 5pm Update - Despite plans to discharge Olivia today, the doctors did another blood test and found that her numbers had dropped dramatically.  They did a sonogram to try and determine the source of her internal bleeding, we still do not know the cause.  They will be doing another blood test this evening and a second transfusion may be necessary.  We are hopeful that she can be discharged soon, but in the meantime she must stay in the hospital for another night.  Penny was able to be discharged late this afternoon to her foster mom and is on a pretty intense medication regimen.  She also must return to the hospital tomorrow for retesting.  Her eye ulcer infection was much worse than thought, so she had to stay a little longer today than expected.  Please keep praying for our girls, they need all the help we can give them. 
  • 3/9/18 - 4pm Update - Penny appears to be doing much better, although she is on a very strict medication and rest protocol.  She is holding on okay and is much more bright and alert.  She needs to go back to the doctor on Saturday for more bloodwork and recheck on everything (eye ulcer, skin problems, anemia and her femur which keeps popping out of place due to lack of muscle tone).  The good news is that her heart is clear!  Olivia's update is coming soon, we are waiting for more information from the hospital. 
  • 3/9/18 - 7:30pm Update - Olivia has been released from the hospital and is now back with her foster family.  She also developed an eye ulcer which will need treated and has been sent home with many medications.  She has will return to UF for rechecks and bloodwork on Sunday and again on Wednesday.  
  • 3/10/18 - 4:00pm Update - Both of the girls are resting in their foster homes under the loving care of their foster families.  Olivia is very happy to be home and will return to the hospital tomorrow for a recheck.  We are anxiously awaiting the pathology results for the samples taken during her surgery.  We are hopeful they will tell us more about what is wrong, so we can treat it effectively.  Penny returned to UF today for recheck and bloodwork.  She has not improved as we had hoped.  The doctors prescribed an additional medication and allowed her to return to her foster home.  She will return on Monday for another recheck.  There is a possibility that she will need a tranfusion soon.  
  • 3/11/18 - 7:00pm update - Unfortunately, Penny has returned to the UF ER today.  Her foster mother observed some troubling signs, so she took Penny back to UF this afternoon (she was not due to return until Monday).  Sadly, she is not doing well.  Olivia also returned to UF today, as scheduled for a recheck and bloodwork.  Her numbers have improved and she is doing better.  She is still a very sick little girl and has a long way to go, but she is improving.  


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