Tessa came into the shelter as a stray. She had been found in traffic and had likely been hit by a car. Sadly, no one came to claim her. Our friends at Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive (SSPA) quickly noticed she was limping, and after consulting with the shelter medical staff, it was determined that Tessa had a luxated left hip and bilateral hip dysplasia. Using TEAM-funded equipment, our very own Dr. Alek performed a Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO). An FHO is a surgical procedure that aims to restore pain-free mobility to a diseased or damaged hip by removing the head and neck of the femur (the long leg bone or thighbone). Thankfully, SSPA arranged an amazing foster home with a fabulous medical foster, Emily, so Tessa could recover outside of the shelter. After months of recovery, Tessa found the most perfect adopter, Alex, who affectionately calls her “Baby Girl.”

Tessa is featured with dancer Sam Shadows.


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