Welcome to Hope Mending Hearts

As a veterinarian for more than 10 years, Dr. Brooks has always had a passion for all animals and has been an advocate for those that would otherwise have none. Taking in dozens of animals over the years, Dr. Brooks heart continues to grow. She has one of the largest hearts that you will ever see in a veterinarian.

Tara and Hank smOver the course of 10 years Dr. Brooks has given out of her own pocket over $100,000 to support owners and animals that do not have the resources to care for animals that require an emergency surgery. It is with this mindset that Hope Mending Hearts became a dream of Dr. Brooks.  Dr. Brooks has worked extraordinarily hard to establish a 501(c)(3) that will encompass the love and compassion she has for veterinary medicine.

By providing the service of offering grants to owners that are financially struggling,  animals that are in urgent need to receive care can be helped. Owners will no longer have to contemplate euthanasia when the animal can be healthy after the emergency surgery. The whole idea is to pay it forward. If you like to know more about Dr. Brooks and Hope Mending Hearts, please don’t hesitate to contact her at HopeMendingHearts.com.

Dr. Tara T. Brooks

This is Natalie

This is Natalie. She belongs to a beautiful woman surviving cancer.

Natalie got caught up in her owner’s recliner and broke her leg. Given the major expenses of cancer therapy, Natalie’s mom had no money to help her little pup and other clinics suggested euthanizing the dog because she could not survive the compound fracture to her right hind leg.

Hope Mending Heart stepped in and assisted not only with surgical intervention, but 7 days of post-operative care for Natalie because her owner was in a wheelchair for that week. Natalie is doing great post-operatively and is her owner is thrilled to have had the experience with HMH.

She hopes to be able to give back to the cause when she is released from medical restrictions and can go back to work.

The Story of Tigger

This is Tigger. Tigger’s owner suffered a severe stroke and had no family to take in or care for him.

HMH took Tigger in and cared for him for more than 4 moths. Approaching month 5, Tigger began developing some medical problems that were found to be consistent with a brain tumor.

HMH volunteers loved Tigger as their own while his owner was away, even to the day of his passing. Since this time, Tigger’s owner has also passed due to her heart condition.

We hope they are together somewhere over the Rainbow Bridge looking down upon this organization with love.

The Story of Luke

This is Luke.

He jumped a fence and sustained a pretty severe injury to his foot. The owner was a military soldier that has been unable to work due to PTSD. Luke is his only connection with reality. He receives military benefits, but spends much of his time homeless. He had no income to help his friend and thought he may just have to surrender him.

HMH could not let that happen.

The Story of Jabez

This is Jabez. Our very first Hope Mending Hearts aid recipient. He was hit by a car and abondoned by his family. A Good Samaritan brought him to Dr. Brooks to see if she could help. This little pup was broken pretty badly, but there was still a gleam in his eyes and a hope that we just might be able to assemble of team with the skills to repair his broken pelvis, back and repair his skin injuries. A skilled surgeoun donated his time (over 6 hours of surgery) to repair Jabez’s hip and leg in order for him to walk again.

Another surgery repaired a skin defect; this surgery time was also donated.

Multiple months of boarding and rehabilitation and medications were also donated by yet another veterinarian.

And eventually a home was provided by an amazing veterinary technician.

While we specialized in helping owner’s with financial resources for their pets, when a life can return to “normal,” Hope Mending Hearts will find a way to intervene and become an advocate for an animal that has been abandoned.

We work closely with several rescue groups and a multitude of veterinarians in the St. Louis area.

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