We met little Birdie in May when she showed up at a friend's house, terrified and flea bitten. With no chip and no one claiming her as their own, we took Birdie in. She's now an enthusiastic member of our family, and she loves belly rubs, giving doggie kisses, and playing with her big brother.
In the course of getting Birdie a wellness checkup and shots, we learned that she has a heart murmur. We took her to an ultrasound specialist, and his analysis is that it's likely a congenital heart defect and that she will need to get surgery. One of her heart chambers is already enlarged from backflow. The nearest surgeon who can perform this is in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and surgery can be thousands of dollars. In the meantime, the specialist wants Birdie to start a medicine regimen in case there's a delay in being able to schedule surgery. We are making preparations to make the trip.
The sooner Birdie gets help, the better chance she has of having a happy, healthy life. We've been told that she has a great chance of being okay so long as she gets surgery before she starts experiencing heart failure.
My husband and I are doing what we can to make sure we have the money to take care of little Birdie. He is picking up extra shifts at the police department, and I'm teaching extra yoga classes. Right now, we're out $811 for the cost of diagnostics alone.
We want to be as transparent as possible during this whole process, so we will put money for Birdie in a separate account and update everyone on expenses and her progress.
In the event that we raise more money than Birdie needs, we will give any remaining money to Spay Arkansas, which provides affordable spay, neuter, chipping and vaccines in Northwest Arkansas, helps place rescue animals with homes, and helps lower-income families care for their animals.