A Pathway to Hope October Newsletter Don't forget about the Pathway to Hope Halloween Party on October 29th! Come out to Mike's Feed Farm from noon t


A Pathway to Hope October Newsletter

Don't forget about the Pathway to Hope Halloween Party on October 29th! Come out to Mike's Feed Farm from noon to 4pm for costume contest, treats, photos and more!

Are your Pets Getting the Nutrition They Need?

-Monica Segal, Nutritional Solutions for Dogs

Caring for our dogs involves a commitment to quality of life. We can buy toys and take them for walks, make sure they enjoy plenty of interactions and playtime – but what about health? If you think you’re powerless in that department think again because there’s good news to focus on.

Diet is the cornerstone of health. Without a doubt, genetics play a strong role but genes aren’t necessarily destiny. The influences of a proper diet and supplements geared to a particular dog can be seen in dogs that no longer limp from arthritis, those that no longer suffer from gastrointestinal upsets and much more. The key is to appreciate that a generic diet of any kind is exactly that – generic. It’s been formulated to meet nutritional needs of the average population, but does it really hit the mark for your particular dog? Remember that every dog is unique, just like their owners.

My work involves formulating home-prepared raw and/or cooked diets for dogs in health and disease. The approach is embraced more and more often, but it’s not for everyone and I recognize that. Still, people feeding kibble and canned foods shouldn’t ignore what they can do even with limited time and resources. For example, feeding just a bit of fruit every day will add important phytonutrients that can help to reduce inflammation and fight cancer cells. Fruits of choice: berries, apples and melons. Adding fresh vegetables is another consideration. Did you know that a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association showed that dogs consuming green, yellow or orange vegetables had a far lesser chance of developing transitional cell carcinoma (bladder cancer)? But keep in mind that vegetables must be cooked and mashed or raw and pulverized to facilitate proper digestion in dogs.

Three important supplements regardless of the feeding method you choose:
Wild salmon oil provides omega 3 fatty acids that are taken up preferentially by the brain and play key roles in heart and eye health. They’re wonderful for the skin, too.
Taurine for heart and eye health.
Joint supportive supplements i.e. combination of glucosamine sulphate, chondroitin sulphate and MSM for dogs that are older and/or have arthritis. They may hold an important place for younger, healthy dogs, but the science to support this is not clear as of this date.

Bottom line: Feed your dog for the individual she or he really is and you’ll be providing the best diet possible.

Monica Segal
Biography: Certified in Animal Health Care through the University of Guelph and has been a regular guest on radio and TV shows in Canada and the U.S.
Authored “K9Kitchen: Your Dogs’ Diet, The Truth Behind The Hype” and “Optimal Nutrition” as well as several booklets and recorded seminars.

Our Story

A Pathway to Hope was named after our sweet girl, Hope. When we adopted Hope, we also adopted her special needs pup, Cole. Cole was born with megaesophagus. At one year old, Cole was extremely underweight, at 43 pounds. His hips and ribs stuck out, and we couldn't take him out without stares and people asking what was wrong with him. Just before Cole's first birthday, we were introduced to Monica, who created a nutritional plan for Cole. At first, we were overwhelmed, but we were desperate and willing to try anything. Soon, we realized what a blessing this diet was for Cole. Not only was it easy to prepare after just a few weeks of getting the routine, but the supplements lasted months (some over a year), and in just one year, Cole was 70 pounds and healthier than ever. Our holistic veterinarian was amazed and said, "Whatever you are doing, keep doing it!" Cole still struggles with his condition, but we feel very strongly that he would not be with us had we not met Monica. Monica's nutritional plans and supplements are not just for dogs with special needs--all of our dogs benefit from the supplements she suggests and offers. She has truly been a blessing to us.

Amy, Jason & Andrew Hofer

Cole - hospital
Cole Highchair

In Honor of Kobe

Kobe is running free now, free of the body that failed him way too soon and free of the pain that sits in all of our hearts...we thank you all for your prayers, encouragement and support, and for never giving up hope. Kobe's story is one of hope, though his life was cut way too short, he inspired all of us to help him and to love him. You gave to Kobe despite the odds stacked against him, and you showed him that he was worth every second, every penny and every tear. You gave to give him a chance, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

You fought right alongside Kobe, Renee and Mike...Kobe had more love in the last ten months than most dogs get in a lifetime...while he deserved ten more years, I think Kobe left us peacefully, knowing that he had made a difference in our lives...he left his footprint. This once unwanted dog has become so special to so many of us. Kobe no longer needs your thoughts and prayers, but I know that he would want you all to be thinking of his amazing mom and dad now, who made the most selfless act in letting Kobe run free, despite the pain it caused them.

Please visit our website, www.apathwaytohope.org, to make a donation in memory of Kobe. Our main page is dedicated to Kobe. Kobe's memorial funds will be used for dogs with serious illnesses that may not otherwise receive saving tests and treatments due to financial constraints.

Photos Courtesy of Renee and Mike:
Please thank everyone for their support in our time of need. We know Kobe is looking down on us, smiling his silly grin, able to run pain free. We as fur parents mourn him, though we know Kobe would want us to find it in our hearts to help another in need. We only had a few short months with him but he was an amazing fur son.
We love you Kobester!
Mommy and Daddy


Most Adoptable


Baby Boom!

A Pathway to Hope has many puppies and kittens available for adoption! Please check our Adoptable Pets page to see all the babies available.


Happy Tails


Seamus got to go on vacation with his new family this year heading down to Outer Banks. He had a great time playing in the ocean. He was very well behaved on the long car ride, but of course he had his "brothers" hugging and petting him the entire way!

Upcoming Events

APTH-Halloween 2011

Saturday, October 29th - Halloween Photo Event, Costume Contest and Adoption Event
Goody bags, photo contest and portrait of your dog in costume
12pm - 4pm
Mike's Feed Farm - 90 Hamburg Turnpike Riverdale, NJ

October 28th, 29th and 30th - Atlanta Canine Adoption Project Adoption Event
A southern rescue that we work is bringing up 20 dogs to hopefully get adopted in NJ. To see the dogs, please visit click here. Volunteers are needed to help at the events. Please let us know if you are interested.
Friday, October 28th 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, October 29th 10:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday, October 30th, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wayne Petsmart - 57 Route 23 Wayne, NJ

Sunday, November 20th - Holiday Photos, Microchipping and Adoption Event
Get your dog's holiday portrait taken. $30 donation to have your dog or cat microchipped
12pm - 4pm
Jake's Place at Rockledge Garden Center - 1621 Hamburg Turnpike Wayne, NJ

We had a great time at our Reunion earlier this month and missed everyone who couldn't be there. We look forward to making this an annual event!


Ways to Help

Vote for Us!

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Foster a Dog or Cat

We are always in need of foster families for our rescued dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. Since we rely solely on our network of foster homes, we can only rescue animals who have a place in a foster home. It is a rewarding experience that your entire family can benefit from (pets included!). If you're interested in fostering, or for more information please contact us at pathwaytohope@yahoo.com.


Monetary donations are always appreciated as many of our rescues come in needing special medical care. A link for donations can be found on our website at apathwaytohope.org. We are in need of dog treats, small martingale collars, cat carriers, litter boxes and frontline or advantage for both dogs and cats. Check out our wishlist as well on Amazon.com!


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