Hawthorne, a senior Beagle, was found in a crowded shelter in Johnson County and was in desperate need of help. Luckily, The Arrow Fund stepped in and took him under their wing. Hawthorne was severely emaciated, had a large testicular tumor, sludge in the gall bladder, enlarged prostate, a grade 2/3 heart murmur, thickened intestines, and external and internal parasites. He was immediately taken to Blue Pearl for round-the-clock care.
When he first arrived, Hawthorne was very weak and appeared to have never known kindness before. He didn’t make eye contact or wag his tail, and it seemed like he had given up on life. After pacing and struggling to lay down multiple times, he finally rested, and the staff was able to gently pet him.
Hawthorne’s treatment plan included getting him on a feeding plan to address his malnutrition and emaciation. After a few days of building him up, he underwent surgery to remove the large tumor. The surgery was successful, and Hawthorne began to recover quickly.
Over the next few weeks, Hawthorne made tremendous progress. He gained weight, started to wag his tail, and even began to interact with the staff. After 45 days, he was transferred to The Arrow Fund’s hospice program, where he continued to thrive. Finally, after six months of care, Hawthorne was adopted by a happy family and given a second chance at life. Thanks to the love and dedication of The Arrow Fund and his foster family, Hawthorne was able to overcome his past and enjoy the love and comfort he deserved.