Eight-year-old Yorkie mix, Kimiko, was saved by an unlikely hero when she was on the brink of death. Kimiko was in dire straits, as she was severely anemic, emaciated, unresponsive and hypothermic when she was brought to the Arizona Humane Society by an Emergency Animal Medical Technician. Her situation was so grave, AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital veterinarians weren’t sure she was going to make it but wanted to give her every chance at survival possible. That’s when they turned to an innovative medical procedure uncommon in animal shelters.

In order to save her life, AHS vets knew fragile Kimiko needed a blood transfusion and turned to another patient also receiving medical care to help with the lifesaving procedure. As it would turn out, Jasmine, a one-and-a-half-year-old Labrador Retriever mix also being treated for a broken leg, was the perfect pup for the procedure. After receiving the transfusion, Kimiko’s vitals immediately started trending upward and she continues to get better each day, thanks to AHS’ innovative care and the selflessness of man’s best friend. Originally unable to stand or eat due to being so weak, this sweet Yorkie now greets people by wagging her tail and will even roll over for belly rubs – a telltale sign she is feeling and doing much better.

Both pups are still receiving ongoing care in AHS Foster Hero homes where they will continue healing in a loving and caring environment. In fact, right before Christmas, Jasmine’s Foster Hero, an AHS veterinarian, officially adopted her.

Kimiko and Jasmine are just two of nearly 12,000 sick, injured and abused pets treated in AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital each and every year who have nowhere else to turn. For those interested in making a lifesaving gift to help save other pets in need, visit azhumane.org/donate.