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This is an ongoing series of true life stories showing how your donations and membership dues to the Sampson Fund help animals in need and thereby work to better human as well as animal lives.

JACK

In 2005 Matt Bettis returned home to Washington State after serving in Iraq. He decided to adopt a year-old Border Collie/Golden Retriever mix from his aunt, whom he described as "kind of a hoarder."

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KYPPA

She may have crossed over "the rainbow bridge" in 2013; but Kyppa, a very special Rottweiler, is giving back to The Sampson Fund For Veterinary Care. Here is her story.

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LUCY

Lucy, a 10-month-old Plott Hound/Lab mix, has already been through a few adventures during her brief life. First, there was her big journey to Cape Cod from Sweet Paws Rescue in Alabama. Then about two months ago a small growth appeared on the left side of Lucy's belly near her back.

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WILLA

Willa, a 16-pound mixed breed, was a seemingly healthy, active four-year-old dog. Last fall, however, she started limping, it was getting harder for her to walk without difficulty, and the situation was worsening.

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DUNE

Animal lovers know how upsetting it is when a beloved pet just isn't acting right. Earlier this summer Lucille Hamilton had that disturbing "something is wrong" feeling about Dune, her 8-year-old yellow Lab.

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CLOVERDALE

Cloverdale, a golden/shepherd/chow mix, is an irrepressible three-year-old that Kyra Jenkins adopted from a shelter in Mississippi at ten months. Last fall the shepherd/chow part of him almost proved to be his undoing.

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ASHES

Something just wasn't right with Ashes. The four-year-old gray and black cat was visiting the litter box a little too often, going in and out of it a lot. Then one day her owner, Kenny Westbrooks, saw her standing in the box for at least ten minutes... with nothing coming out.

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BARNEY

December, for many of us, can be difficult. For Wellfleet resident Cindy Long, the end of 2012 delivered some special challenges. As the holidays approached, the divorced mother of two was recuperating from foot surgery. Then Barney, her 8-year-old yellow Lab, became gravely ill.

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ANNIE

Joanne and Walter Bracken of Mashpee have had more than their share of difficulties. Over a decade ago Walter was diagnosed with lymphoma; he now has leukemia. Annie, their 12-year-old poodle, provides him with emotional support. Last year Annie became ill.

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RALPH

Ralph is one lucky dog. The pit bull terrier was an hour away from being euthanized when he was rescued from a New York City shelter by Colby Mickle. Ralph's life was spared a second time this past summer.

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ROXY

A little over a year ago Roxy, a five-year-old pit bull/boxer mix, started limping. Roxy's owner, Pat DeFalco, hoped that whatever was causing the dog to limp would resolve on its own.

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MIKO

Sometimes, errant chewing can result in more serious problems... unfortunately, more for the chewer than the chewee. That was the recent scenario for Miko, a one-and-a-half year old male cat.

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GUS

Last year Nicole noticed that her shepherd-lab mix, Gus, age 13, had started limping. She brought him to her vet, where a polyp was discovered under his tail.

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CHARLIE

Charlie, a five-year-old female, has always loved bottles... chewing on them, that is. She always liked to chew on 20-ounce plastic soda bottles and Frisbees.

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SHAMUS

It was discovered that one of Shamus's favored pastimes was playing with elastic hair bands. He'd bat them around, chase them, and chew on them.

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GOLDIE

Goldie had a serious problem. Due to an earlier infection, one of his eyes had been removed. Although the eye socket had been sewn closed, the procedure hadn't been done correctly and the edges had separated.

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DANTE

Despite mom's reservations, six-month-old Dante joined the family's Harwich home in April 2009. At Christmas they realized something was wrong with Dante. He wouldn't eat and was getting thin; he had lost his joy of life.

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MAGGIE

It would make sense that a dog who had been abandoned twice would turn against humans.

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MARLEIGH

Marleigh, a one-and-a-half-year-old black cat, was in trouble. He had been vomiting a thin brown liquid for several days. Emily Renaud, Marleigh's owner, had been employed by Pleasant Bay Animal Hospital in Harwich for three years. From her work as a veterinary technician, she knew from the color and consistency of what she saw that something was very wrong.

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OZZY

Ozzy's story starts where many an outdoor cat's story ends - on a street struck by a car. Fortunately, he was picked up and brought to the Brewster Veterinary Hospital where he was examined by Dr. Louise Morgan. His leg was broken but could be saved with surgery. Dr. Morgan was able to patch him up just fine. Except for a limp, he was like any other two-year old - ready to run and play and be loved in a real home.

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WINSTON

The stress of moving can be hard enough on us humans, but for a six-year old cat, it can be a time filled with anxiety. Especially when a handsome, burly kitty is replaced by a child who treats him with less respect than a loyal feline deserves. Winston, a bright orange cat with a lot to say, thought he was settled in with his forever family.

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MAX

Shannon was reluctant to acquire a dog despite the repeated urgings of her children. A single mother, she was understandably concerned about the added cost and responsibility the addition of a companion animal would mean to her family. However, her fifteen-year old son Keegan persisted and Shannon, being a good mom, relented.

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