Save Ace

$885 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 23 people in 9 months
Candice Guehrn  SPOKANE, WA
My name is Candice, I work with a local rescue group, Partners for Pets in Spokane, WA.  We rescue animals from the shelters get them spayed and neutered, their shots, dewormers, microchips and then adopt them to the public. My job is to make sure the felines I get are socialized, healthy and adoptable. Our program is run by grants and donations from the public. Sometimes our donations and grants don't stretch as far as we hope they will.

 I am starting this for a cat I rescued in May.  I named him Ace. I took him to get him neutered and he came back to me that evening not being able to see and having a seizure.  We ran him to pet emergency where they monitored him for an allergic reaction to the medication they put him under with. After that things seemed to be fine.  Recently he has shown mood swings, not wanting to eat, and off balance.  So we ran him to the vet again.  The initial blood work says there is something going on with his liver. After monitoring him the vet is leaning toward him having something called a feline liver shunt.  

Feline liver shunts can occur over time or be congenital. Ace is under a year old at this time, signs occur right around six months of age, well we got him at 8 months of age, and those symptoms were starting to show. What happens is when they eat or even try to process any thing that goes into their body it should be filtered by the liver. Well with the liver shunt  the food/other things that enter the body bypass his liver and toxins go right back into his blood stream which make him off balance, aggressive, anorexic, and sometimes temporarily blind,  and just not feeling well.  His eyes are copper which is another sign that he is being poisoned by things he needs to survive.

 Now that this is determined, this would be what happened after his neuter, his liver couldn't filter the medication they gave him.  We are starting him on a special food that will help the condition but right now we are looking at getting money to help with more lab work, an abdominal ultrasound and possible cat scan if the ultra sound doesn't come back with enough information.  After those tests come back the next step would be surgery to close off that vessel in the liver to let him live a normal life and to get him to a loving adopting home.

The alternative is to put him down. I don't have a problem with that if they are at the age where they need to be put down but this is a perfectly good cat under a year old, I think he deserves a good life.  A home with someone that will love him.  I believe every animal has the right to live especially one this loving, sweet, and young.  We unfortunately sometimes get these animals that are extra special with special conditions and the money just doesn't go that far.  So any donation will be helpful to his plight.  We do need it as soon as we can to get his life back on track.

Any excess donation I will be starting a separate bank account for those animals with Partners for Pets that may have these special circumstances so we can have some funds available when these situations arise.  We can't tell you how important these animals are to us and how grateful Ace and I will be as well as our program and our volunteers as they all love him very much.   Many of you may have seen Ace out at the adoption center as he was up for adoption until his illness came to light. If we get the funds to help him once he has recovered he will be out at our adoption center available for adoption. I sincerely hope some of you can help me save this little guys life.  Thank you.

Update: we have gotten his blood test done and it does confirm the liver shunt so now we need to find the extent of it by going to do the ultrasound.  That will be our next step for this little guy, I will keep everyone updated as we go along.
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Update 5
Posted by Candice Guehrn
1 month ago
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Ace is still doing well- we are getting ready to schedule his surgery, still need maybe 1000.00 more to cover his expenses however I will continue fund raising to get what we need for him. Look for upcoming events
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Update 4
Posted by Candice Guehrn
4 months ago
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Hey guys for anyone reading we are maybe about half way there. Our bake sale at our 20th anniversary celebration did raise quite a bit of money. Ace still continues to do well, I hope to have enough money raised to get him surgery in the spring. If anyone can pass this along to friends and families, that would be great. I am looking at going to the local news next and see if they may find some of our community that may help and if any one has a child in high school having to do some type of community project to graduate, maybe helping fund raise for his cause may be something they would like to do-I'd be happy to work with them. Thank you to everyone who has helped us get Ace on his way!!!!
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Update 3
Posted by Candice Guehrn
6 months ago
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We have estimates for Aces surgery. WSU has estimated 3500.00-7000.00, that was nice of them but a little much. Our local surgical specialist has estimated 2000.00-2600.00. So we will be going with that. I have the amount set at 3500.00 just in case we run into an issue that comes up during surgery that may cost us a bit more. Thanks everyone
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Update 2
Posted by Candice Guehrn
6 months ago
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We just received Ace's CT Scan results back, and they are wonderful results! He can be fixed and live a normal life. We are getting estimates of the surgery right now so I hope we can push this little guy thru to get that life saving surgery he needs.
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$885 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 23 people in 9 months
Created July 31, 2016
$50
Marcia Mueller
1 month ago

In memory of Jennifer, my first cat, a stray, who taught me the joys of cat guardianship. I'll always be grateful for her lessons.

SF
$30
Shannon Farrell
1 month ago
AH
$10
Amy Herman
1 month ago
TG
$40
Tim Grewe
2 months ago

love for Ace and all animals

JL
$10
Jamie LaRoque
2 months ago
BW
$200
Bruce Weyrauch
4 months ago
GP
$50
greg paulitz
5 months ago

happy cats = happy love

ML
$20
Mary Lewis
6 months ago
SF
$25
Shannon Farrell
6 months ago
CW
$20
Carolyn Wardian
6 months ago

Best of luck young Ace

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