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Our Special Angels

These are our Special Angels, dogs that have come to us with some condition that will prevent them from being adoptable.  They may be blind, in  hospice care, or have doggie dementia (CCD).  Whatever their illness, AMAR accepts them, and our volunteer foster homes take them in to provide love and stability for the remainder of their lives.  Some call them Forever Fosters.  This is a list of the Forever Fosters in our care at the current time, and their stories.

If you would like to help support the ongoing support and medical expenses for any one of these Special Angels, please click on the Donate button below each dog.  You can set-up monthly payments to help them. 

Donations requested for a particular dog will all go toward that dog's care.  All overflow donations or funds will go toward our Mission of saving other Maltese dogs.

We thank you.
Update:  March 7, 2013

Max is doing remarkable well and is now ready for adoption.  He loves to cuddle yet also enjoys his own space.  He walks well on a leash on his frequent neighborhood walks.  People encounter Max and foster mom, Bron have to be told that Max is blind.

Max is now wearing Muffin’s Halo to help him keep his head up and move faster. 

Update:  January 7, 2013

Max encountered some complications following his surgery with an infection in one of his corneas thus requiring another surgery to remove the infected cornea.  During the last month this little guy has made great strides while recuperating in the home of Tami Karlsson while foster mom, Bronwyne is on vacation.

December 7, 2012

Max is a small 4 ½ lb. male Maltese adult approximately 8 to 10 yrs. of age.  He ended up in a Southern California shelter.  The shelter staff contacted Bronwyne Mirkovich as they were concerned about his vision and large, bulging eyes.  Bronwyne evaluated Max, and she recommended that Max being examined by the Eye Care for Animal Clinic in Los Angeles.  During this exam the doctor found that Max had extremely acute glaucoma that had caused his loss of vision.  The excessively high pressure in both eyes was causing him to have acute, continuous pain.  Max was immediately started on medication to reduce the pressure in his eyes.  The eye specialist recommended that his bulging eyes be removed with his corneas maintained and ocular implants be inserted to give him the appearance of having eyes although his vision could not be restored.

While Max was being treated to reduce his eye pressure, his badly neglected teeth were cleaned.  During this time period, Max has enjoyed love life with Bron and her husband, Steve.  It is amazing to see him maneuver around her home and yard as though he had lived there for years. 

On Dec 3rd Max had successful eye surgery, and he is now recuperating in Bron’s home.  Half of his eye lids were temporarily closed to protect his corneas.  To protect his eyes Max is sporting a cone and receiving pain medication which has altered his equilibrium and causes him to be confused at times. To help Max cope and relax, Bron carries him around her home in a pouch which allows him to nap at intervals.  When Max’s stitches are removed in 10 to 14 days his new implants will be inserted, and he should be over the worst part of his care to help him live as normal a life as possible without the tremendous pain of glaucoma.

A special thanks goes out to all of the wonderful people who donated money to help cover the expenses for Max’s eye procedures and surgery.  Max has received outstanding, tender loving care thanks to Bron and Steve Mirkovich. 
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Max is pictured with the founder
of Muffin’s Halo.
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Update:  August 7, 2014

Max, an AMA Rescue, is recovering nicely from a surgery to remove his cornea and close his remaining (already blind) eye. The tiny senior who was blind with glaucoma when he was rescued appears to be aging in reverse. The more healthy and confident he became, the harder he was on his interocular prosthesis. He recently had a vet exam and his heart was murmur free and his lab work was a thing of beauty - not a surprise to me since lately he acts like Genghis Fluff. His tear production diminished making his cornea more vulnerable so we decided that the next time he headbutted something and ulcerated his cornea that we would have the surgery done while he was a healthy senior and remove any possibility of him having to go through an infection or surgery at an even older age. Max just had the stitches removed and he received a gift of Muffin's Halo For Blind Dogs butterfly wings from the creator Silvie Bordeaux. Thank you Silvie, Max is modelling his gift. Max is in great shape and loves his life with or without eyes so keep sending him the love, Genghis Fluff has an ego like no other.
Elf’s Story

Elf was plucked from South Los Angeles Shelter in October 2014.  His eye had ruptured, he was senior and obese with rotten teeth and scheduled to be euthanized. A sweeter, mellower dog you would not find. He was taken straight to Eye Care for Animals and his two options were eye removal or corneal graft surgery to save his eye and his sight.

His foster called in a favor and Hope for Paws paid for Elf to have corneal graft surgery. Elf’s blood work was normal and his surgery and recovery went without a hitch.

His graft took and his eye healed beautifully. The Ophthalmologist mentioned that Elf was hard to intubate for surgery because he had been crudely debarked leaving him with scar tissue in his throat. On his first trip to the beach in February he drank salt water and threw up. Elf stopped breathing and was taken to emergency where he remained on oxygen for five days with aspiration pneumonia. It was a scramble to cover his bills but everyone chipped in and Elf made it through.

Elf recovered and was making great progress, but his weight would not shift despite a strict diet and more frequent exercise. In June Elf suddenly became ataxic in all four limbs. His liver values began to rise. We long suspected Elf was cushingoid but his previous labs did not bear it out. Something was changing.

At first Elf’s symptoms looked like disc disease but he had no pain. His MRI was quickly rerouted from his spine to his brain when the neurologist saw syringomyelia in his cervical spinal cord she went up to the brain to find the source and saw a moderate to large cyst with mild hydro. The cyst has several names but she referred to it as a quadrigeminal cyst. Elf was likely born with the cyst in his brain so she performed a spinal tap to try to find out why it flared up so suddenly causing him the intermittent loss of limb use. The results of the tap were normal. The cyst was a rare finding and a conclusive diagnosis. Elf has since been diagnosed with Cushing’s and he is in the early stages of treatment and showing hopeful signs. Perhaps the Cushing’s symptoms caused his brain cyst to grow - the specialists can’t say for sure but it certainly seems coincidental.

Elf has safely slimmed down from 9 pounds to 7.5 pounds. He will never be a normal dog, but he is a loving dog. Despite all that has gone wrong for Elf he continues to wag his tail and make everyone smile with his cheerful disposition. He loves life even though he gives Foster Mama a regular heart jolt.
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Pez’s Story

Updated: 8/08/18

AMAR’s permanent foster Pez (originally named Jamie) recently needed surgery to have one of her kidneys removed. She was in end stage hydronephrosis, which is when a kidney swells due to urine failing to properly drain from the kidney to the bladder. Her left kidney wasn’t working at all.  AMAR ran a fundraising campaign to cover the surgery, it was performed and successful. 

You may remember that Pez came from a shelter in NYC, with a cleft palate and needed surgery for an ectopic ureter. The surgeon decided her cleft palate was not impinging on her health and correction would only be cosmetic, but she needed the ureter surgery. It was only partially successful. However, Pez has been lovingly cared for by her foster family. She’s an otherwise healthy, happy, frisky Maltese and she’s made quite a name for herself. She has her own Instagram account "Beautiful.champion" and has lots of followers. She’s also taken part in several dogs with disabilities events. 


Pez (fka Jamie) was saved in May 2015 by AMAR on her last day at a kill shelter where she had been dumped by her owner.  She came to rescue in severe pain with a major ulcerated vulva, vaginal infection and cleft deformity.  She was crying in pain from the infection and was immediately taken to the Vet.  It took months of antibiotics to clear the infection, but she was still leaking urine and further medical testing showed she needed ureter surgery.  With generous donations, Pez (fka Jamie was able to undergo surgery on her left ureter, but they then discovered she had the same problem with her right one.   There is scarring which prevents further surgery.

Pez (fka Jamie is a sweet, loveable, nearly 3-year old Maltese who loves life and people, despite her health issues.  Her cleft palate is just a cosmetic issue, and it doesn’t stop her from eating, drinking or giving kisses.  Her leakage means she needs to wear a belly band, but she doesn’t seem to mind it.  She’s taking new medications that may help with that.  Because of AMAR, Pez (fka Jamie is able to know what it is like to live without pain, and what it means to be loved.
If you would like to sponsor one of our Special Angels, please use this
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Pez (fka Jamie
Donations requested for a particular dog will all go toward that dog's care. 
All overflow donations or funds will go toward our Mission of saving other Maltese dogs.
Darcy Update October 2017

Darcy’s CCD confusion continued to deteriorate and on Sunday, October 8, the decision was made to send Darcy to The Bridge, so she could be with her mom.  Darcy was loved by her foster family, was in her foster mom’s arms when she was gently helped on her way. 

Thank you, one and all, for your love and support for Darcy!


Darling Darcy
was 14 ½ years old and 7 lbs. when she came to us in late December 2016, because her mom, of 103 years old, had passed away.  She had been with her mom since she was a puppy.  Darcy may not be pure Maltese.  She has a Maltese coat, but her ears stick up a bit.  That’s OK.  She’s loved at her foster home anyway.

Darcy is deaf, almost blind, stiff with arthritis, but otherwise a healthy girl.  She had bad teeth, but a dental solved that problem.  She wasn’t in her foster home very long before they discovered that she also has CCD (Canine Cognitive Disorder), or Doggie Dementia.  This causes her to wander around lost in her own little world.  Touching her causes her to panic.  However, once she is touched, she does enjoy petting and scritches. 

Darcy has memory-mapped her Foster Home and can find her way without bumping into walls or other dogs.  She is now comfortable with the household routine, the other dogs, and a cat.  She would prefer to sleep-in, but once she is awake, she is AWAKE.  She does her best to run zoomies around the house.  A fun time for Darcy is exploring the grass in the backyard under the constant supervision of her Foster Mom.

Because of Darcy’s CCD, she is not available for Adoption.  It would be much too stressful for her to learn a new home, other pets, and a new routine.  Thus, she will remain happily in her Foster Home where she is one of our Special Angels that will be in the love and care of AMAR until the end of her own days.