Maui is a puppy who was adopted from a rescue organization in May by a college student named Kourtney. Kourtney was smitten with Maui from the moment they met and was planning on getting him pet insurance in the coming weeks. The rambunctious pup was full of energy and life, when suddenly he fell very ill.
A Specialist is Needed
Kourtney ran him to the local vet hospital where he received treatment to stabilize him and was sent off to the University of Penn Veterinary Hospital for emergency surgery for a portosystemic shunt. With her boyfriend driving the car, Kourtney called For the Love of Alex from the car in total shock. “We were looking into pet insurance but didn’t get that far. I don’t know what to do. He’s just a puppy. We used our care credit to get him stabilized.” We took on her case and felt confident that it was going to be a major, but relatively common procedure, and wished Kourtney and Maui luck.
Worse than we Thought
Unfortunately, tests showed that Maui’s illness was much graver than a shunt. He was born with a rare birth defect that caused countless vascular abnormalities. He was facing death without surgery, but the surgery options were very risky. Kourtney spent many hours on the phone with For the Love fo Alex talking out the surgery options and having a sympathetic ear as she made her decision.
A Tough Decision
Finally, it was decided that Maui would get a surgery that is only performed by 3 surgeons in the country. The surgery includes entering through the stomach and closing as many shunts as possible with a special medical adhesive. Miraculously, Penn Vet has one of only three surgeons in the country who preform the uncommon procedure. Maui had the surgery at the end of August and has been doing well ever since. He’s back to his playful self. Thanks to the surgery, he will get to enjoy his time as a puppy and hopefully many more years.
A Happy Life and a High Price
Maui’s surgery was discounted by Penn Vet, but with many days in and out of the hospital leading up to and after the surgery, as well as the technology and skill needed to perform the operation, the total cost was over $8,000. We have raised about half of that amount as of the date of this article. Any donations to help us pay off Maui’s surgery and move on to saving the next dog or cat, is greatly appreciated.
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Miracle came to For the Love of Alex on June 27. He had wondered up to a porch as a stray, and the people living there saw his condition and took him in. This video is graphic, please be warned before watching it: Miracle the cat first finds his family.
A Dire Situation
Large sections of his skin were hanging off. We will never know exactly what caused the injuries. The people who took him in believe that someone had poured a caustic chemical on him. He also had some wounds around his neck that made them think he may have been tied up. But it’s also possible that no human had a part in his injuries. As a stray he could have gotten into an accident all on his own and we don’t have any proof of human-caused harm. Regardless of how the injuries were sustained, they were certainly severe and needed immediate care.
Big Hearts Heal a Small Cat
Miracle’s new parents made his care a priority. For the Love of Alex helped out financially, but his parents are true heroes. They took him to the veterinarian every other day, changed bandages, cleaned wounds, dressed him in newborn t-shirts to keep him from scratching at his stitches, and most importantly, they gave him the love and comfort he needed to heal.
A Happy Ending for Miracle
After months of treatment, Miracle has made a truly remarkable recovery. His wounds are healed. He will need eye drops for the rest of his life, but thankfully he hasn’t lost any sight. His family is thankful to have him and he is cracking them up on a regular basis. He even checks facebook.
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Cheyenne is a beautiful, sweet 7 year old female smooth fox terrier who was admitted to Harleysville Veterinary Hospital very ill in May, 2013, with a severe case of pyometra. Cheyenne underwent an ovariohysterectomy and spent five days in the hospital. With proper care and medication she has made a complete recovery. Cheyenne could not have survived without this treatment, and now can go on to live a full and happy life with her family.
Clyde is a 10 year old male American Shorthair and here is his story as told to us by his loving family: “We purchased Clyde from a local pet shop in September of 2003. He grabbed our attention as he came right over to us so we couldn’t resist. Since then he has brought so much joy to our lives. He enjoys sunbathing, belly rubs, dripping faucets and warm laps. He also enjoys our two young children and lets them play with him, pick him up, etc. In April of 2013 Clyde got sick. He was vomiting and could not keep anything down. After several rounds of x-rays and blood work it was still undetermined as to what was wrong. Clyde underwent exploratory surgery and it was discovered he had a bleeding ulcer and previous pancreatitis. After a week in the hospital, Clyde is home and continuing treatments. He is doing much better. We would like to extend our gratitude to Dr. Walter and all the other doctors at Harleysville Veterinary Hospital. Also we are extremely grateful to “For The Love Of Alex” in helping us pay for Clyde’s medical expenses.”
Chloe was brought to Harleysville Animal Hospital In June, 2013 with symptoms of acute vomiting and an inability to eat. Chloe loves to chew on ribbon and stringy items, and X-rays supported suspicion that she had ingested a foreign object. Surgery was a definite possibility, but after 24 hours of supportive care (IV fluids and gastro-protectants) she began slowly eating and improving.
Chloe was able to recover without surgery, and her family sent us this beautiful note about her: “Chloe came to our family with her sister, both via The Stray Cat Blues. Chloe developed an immediate, strong bond with our son, quickly becoming ‘his’ cat. Chloe is a very sweet cat that loves to sleep in sun puddles and get her belly rubbed. She also loves our dog, and frequently pets herself against him. Chloe is quick to purr, loves to eat, and is a very affectionate sweetie. She provides our family with lovely, quiet company, and we all adore her. From the day we met her we knew she belonged with us, and our son (who is now 16) is already asking if college dorm rooms allow cats, as he can’t imagine not having her in his life. As a family, we would like to thank For The Love Of Alex for helping us get Chloe well so she could come back home.”
Half Moon is a very young member of a litter of pit bull pups hoping for a new loving home while being cared for by a compassionate family. He suffered from a condition very similar to Chloe’s (he ate something indigestible!) and was also facing possible surgery to relieve the blockage. However Half Moon, like Chloe, responded very well to supportive care and was able to avoid surgery and return home after a couple of days in the hospital.
Tuxcedo is a 3 1/2 year-old male cat who suffered from urinary tract blockage multiple times (like Alex’s condition, and extremely life-threatening). After repeated episodes, he underwent perineal urethrostomy (also called PU surgery) to increase the urethral opening, dramatically reducing Tuxcedo’s chances for future blockage. Tux did very well and as of this writing is recovering nicely at home. His family says, “Our Tuxcedo is recovering from his surgery and making us smile day by day”, and they sent the awesome letter shown here.
Mercedes is a lovely, 8 year old pit bull mixed breed female who was diagnosed with pyometra in June, 2013. Like Cheyenne (above) she underwent an ovariohysterectomy surgery and was hospitalized for several days. Mercedes recovered beautifully and her family writes: “Mercedes is 8 years old and we have had her since she was 10 months old. She is a loving part of our family. Our children love her and look forward to playing with her. She enjoys car rides and taking walks along the Perkiomen Trail.”
Timmy is a gorgeous, 11 year old orange tabby male who was brought in to Harleysville Veterinary Hospital for care relating to digestive problems and diabetes. Timmy needed to undergo glucose curve testing ( the most effective way to monitor and adjust insulin therapy in diabetic cats). Timmy was also placed on a special diet to be sure he gets the proper nutrition for managing his condition. Reading Timmy’s story, and understanding the tremendous love his “Mom” has for him, made us so happy we were able to help. Here are her words:
“On March 18th, 2003, I looked out my kitchen window to see a little ball of orange coming to my back door. He had the most beautiful face that I had ever seen. I was hooked! I brought him in, realizing that he had been dropped off by someone and was very cold and hungry. Timmy’s been with us ever since and how we love him. He’s my little bitty buddy and we talk all day to each other. Recently we realized that something was wrong with him and he needed attention, so we took him to a veterinarian. He is receiving help and I am so grateful. Timmy has a severe digestive problem and diabetes and is being helped by Dr. Jonathan Gonzalez who is very conscientious and a real people and pet lover. Thank you for helping Timmy who we love very dearly. You are so kind and thoughtful. Good luck with your project ‘For The Love Of Alex.’
PS: I forgot to say that Timmy was approximately 5 months old when he arrived at our home according to a vet. It was my mother’s birthday.”
Tuxey is a three year old male cat (beautiful eyes!) who was suffering from repeated episodes of life-threatening urinary tract blockage that did not respond to special diet or medication. The best course for Tuxey (like Tuxcedo, above) was to undergo a perineal urethrostomy procedure to increase the urethral opening. Tuxey did very well and is recovering with an excellent prognosis as of this writing.
His family writes: “Tuxey is a very loving cat who even plays with our jack russells every day. We love him very much as he is a part of our family and we don’t want him to be in pain anymore. So thanks to a great organization, Tuxey will get the operation he needs to feel better. We are forever grateful.”