"She's the sunshine of my life," Dixie's fur-mom, Darlene, says about her nine-year-old terrier. With no children of her own, Dixie is like a child to her. She rescued Dixie at just four-weeks-old from a neglectful breeder. Only two puppies survived; her sister has the twin littermate. “Dixie had to be fed from an eye dropper she was so weak and malnourished. She stole my heart from the very moment we met", says Darlene. 

Since then, the two have been inseparable. As a full-time truck driver, Darlene took Dixie everywhere. But her long career ended after an injury on the job left her permanently disabled. She’s been living on a modest fixed income ever since. When Darlene’s mother passed away, Dixie was critical to her emotional support.

But Darlene’s world fell apart one week ago when she and Dixie were in their yard. A large neighborhood dog broke free from his leash and attacked the nine pound terrier. Miraculously, Dixie survived and was rushed to Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital of Wichita. She underwent major surgery to repair severe damage to her right shoulder, a lung herniation, and broken ribs. Darlene exhausted her funds to save Dixie, her friends and family all pitched in to help as much as they could. The financial gap was filled with a grant from the Paw It Forward Foundation. The a non-profit fund is used for the purpose of providing financial assistance to pet owners in need, like Darlene. 100% of every dollar donated to the Paw It Forward Foundation is used to treat sick or injured animals. 


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At 2-weeks post-surgery from a brutal dog attack, Dixie is well on her way to recovery! She had her staples removed and there is no fluid in her chest. She’s putting some weight on her front leg, and the important thing is that all her nerves are connected. There was so much damage to her front leg from the dog bite that it will be awhile before she feels like using it again.

At 5-weeks post-surgery Dixie's recovery is exceeding all expectations. She's got so much spunk, plus the will and determination of a survivor. Take a look at her rocking her rehabilitation therapy. This therapy is covered with the help of YOUR donations. From the bottom of our hearts, Thank You!

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We celebrated our Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting with the local Wichita and Andover Chamber of Commerce! Since our official opening two months ago, we've been practiving curbside service to help protect our staff and clients from the spread of COVID-19. We look forward to opening our doors to the community soon. We thank you for your patience during this time. 

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve remained open and moved to a new location!

Our full-service hospital is now located at 5618 W 21st St N, across from Sedgwick County Zoo.

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Why did we transition to a new location at this time?  

The answer is simple. We needed a better space to treat more patients. Our new 15,000-square-foot hospital is over double the size. This will allow for us to be more efficient and provide a smoother flow of care for ER patients. While many veterinarians have temporarily reduced their hours and services in response to COVID-19, we’ve kept our doors open 24/7 providing emergency and critical care services. At our new hospital, we’ll continue providing essential animal medical care all day, every day.

About our new hospital.

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If your pet needs urgent animal medical care during isolation.

We’re practicing curbside drop-off and pickup. That means you remain in your vehicle while a technician meets you at your care to safely retrieve your pet. You can give us a call ahead of time to complete any necessary documents and payments online. When possible, arrangements can also be made for virtual visits via Facetime or Skype video calls.

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To learn more about our new hospital and what to expect on your next visit, follow us on Facebook!

We are open to provide care! In order to keep our staff and pet parents safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, we are implementing new procedures. We now offer curbside drop-off and pickup ONLY, limiting access to our lobby. Upon arrival to our hospital please remain in your car and call us. We will give you instructions on how to proceed at that time. If you experience flu like symptoms, please call us to discuss alternative arrangements. Thank you!

Meet Smokey, a black cat who found his way into our hospital on Halloween. What are the odds? Smokey had been in a house fire and then abandoned by his owners. He needed urgent medical treatment including oxygen therapy for several days. VESHW staff tried reaching out to local rescue groups to take on the case but were unable to find a home for him.

 Without resources for this sweet kitty, VESHW’s nonprofit Paw It Forward Foundation kicked in to cover his medical bills. Our hospital staff took it upon themselves to find little Smokey a foster. The cat had become a sort of mascot, encouraging staff on the busy Halloween night and they were determined to help!

His foster mom, Katherine, says “I was happy to foster, he’d survived so much already. I have a little kitty apartment that I use for fosters. Smokey stayed in there for several days while he was healing. 

It has three stories so he had some nice room to jump around, and a few hammocks in which to lounge. This makes fostering feasible for me, as it allows my other kitties to sniff around while getting used to each other.”

 After several weeks, Smokey was fitting in really well with the other cats in Katherine’s family. We are happy to report he became a “foster fail” and she decided to adopt Smokey permanently into her home.­ 

 “He just wants a good scratch sometimes” Katherine says. “Smokey is super sweet and calm. He likes to hang out with my children and snuggle. He likes to sneak in to my 15 year old daughter’s room at night and wake her up. I like to think he is checking on her.”

 The Paw It Forward Foundation made it possible for Smokey to be saved from the house fire. He is a perfectly healthy kitty now.