We’ve had some Lifesaving “firsts” lately

Two months ago we told you about Edgar, a cat who needed a surgery to repair his luxating patella. (That’s Doctor speak for a floating kneecap.) It was the first time in the 58 year history of your Rancho Coastal Humane Society to perform this surgery on a cat. You responded with donations, Edgar had his surgery, and he’s been adopted!

Now we have another “first” to report.

A Miniature Schnauzer puppy named “Tessa” was just one month old when she went home with her new owner. (That’s way too young.) When the woman noticed that her puppy seemed lethargic she took her in for tests that revealed poor liver function. The puppy was surrendered to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society and, after three months in private foster care with a volunteer, she was scheduled to have surgery to repair a Liver shunt. Even with the discount the surgeon offered, our cost could still run up to $4,500.

“She was 4 months old,” says RCHS Medical Manager Justin Pool. “The blood vessel leading into her liver was not providing blood to the liver. Without the surgery, Tessa would probably live less than a year. With the surgery, she can live a normal life.”

We shared her story and the donations began to trickle in. One that really touched our hearts was from a wonderful, retired, lady who told us she didn’t have ten dollars, but she would send ten dollars the following week when she got her social security check. We wanted to tell her to use the money for herself, but she was adamant.

We didn’t have enough to pay for the surgery, but Tessa’s life was at stake. We took a leap of faith and scheduled her procedure, hoping RCHS supporters would respond.

Even the surgeon had to admit that Tessa did great and her recovery was ahead of schedule. She was expected to recover in the hospital for two or three days, but she was able to return to her foster home the day after surgery!

We’re still taking donations to the Medical fund to help pay for Tessa’s surgery. Please help. If there’s anything left over, it will go on to help other pets with medical needs.

As for Tessa….She’s still in foster care. When she’s released by her doctor, we have several people who want to take her home. The home where she will live a long, normal life…thanks to you.

To make a donation call 760-753-6413, log on to www.sdpets.org or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®