My little dog Jax's heart has grown too big. Unless he has heart surgery, doctors only give him a few more months to live. As things stand now, surgery to repair his mitral valve is the only way to decrease the size of his heart, and his only chance to survive. Although this is a difficult step for me to take, I won't be able to afford this procedure without your help.
The surgery costs over $15,000. I already raised much of it through my own life savings, a bank loan, money borrowed from friends & family and I need to raise another $5,000 - $10,000. All the money will of course go straight to the doctors performing the surgery. Though I might be a stranger to you…I will be forever grateful for any help, no matter how small, and I am sure Jax is too.
I rescued Jax years ago from a kill shelter in New Jersey, USA. He was found in a trash bin abandoned by a family after Christmas and kept in a birdcage until the day I stumbled upon his picture on the shelter's website and rushed there to pick him up. Though he had been fiercely mistreated he never gave up hope and never lost his love for life. He has always been full of love, a humble creature who never barks or expects anything more than basic human kindness.
Jax one day after we rescued him. He still takes this blanket everywhere he goes.
He has evolved into an independent and extremely intelligent dog. He currently finds himself happier about life than ever before. He brings such joy to my life and a smile to everyone's face who met him. I cannot imagine my everyday life without him any longer. Thankfully, we found a dedicated team of doctors willing to save him!
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Most importantly, I hope Jax’s story will spread to other dog families to let them know that this surgery exists. Mitral valve disease is very common for small dogs but only a select few doctors on our planet have the necessary experience to perform this specific kind of surgery. Other dogs that brought equal joy to their owners' lives might have fallen to this disease without it ever being diagnosed, or without them knowing the dogs could have been saved with the right procedure. Maybe Jax's ordeal can contribute to an increased awareness for this condition and help save other puppies around the world. There is an excellent online community for dog parents who are going through something similar called Mighty Hearts Project. They have been a huge help to me and Jax!