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Valley Humane Society seeks support for injured dog, cat

Pleasanton-based animal support nonprofit Valley Humane Society is sharing the tales of a pair of its injured pets in the hopes of generating support for the ongoing recovery of the young dog and cat.

Joe Cocker is a curious 2-year-old spaniel mix who needed a hip replacement and the removal of two objects, possibly BBs, from his leg. Downy, a 3-year-old gray short-hair cat, had his leg amputated at the veterinarian's recommendation as a precaution against a cancerous growth.

Both pets are "recovering nicely," according to Melissa Adkins, marketing and development manager for Valley Humane Society.

The organization expects Joe Cocker to be fully rehabilitated and ready for adoption by next Tuesday.

Downy's available date is still unknown. He is recuperating at a foster care home, running down stairs and jumping off the bed. "He is getting faster at using just three legs and is more ambitious in his attempts," Adkins said.

The two animals were rescued from local municipal shelters, where they arrived needing special medical attention, according to Valley Humane Society representatives. After the revelation of major medical issues, the local nonprofit has prepared to spend between $5,000 and $6,000.

The organization relies upon private donations to support its life-saving programs. Donations can be made online at, by phone to 426-8656 or by mailing a check to Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

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