Please Help Finch to Breathe

Finch is struggling to breathe.  Please get her the surgery she needs this Thanksgiving to finally find peace and happiness!

Finch’s life hasn’t been an easy one.  Growing up in a massive hoarding home with special needs, it was a miracle that she even survived.  Finch is a fighter though, and she is still with us fighting to survive and fighting to find her forever home. First, however, Finch needs major surgery to help her to breathe.  We are seeking funds to give Finch a new life this Thanksgiving.
Finch is two years old and was rescued from a hoarding home last year by RBARI.  The conditions in the home were truly unspeakable.  It is heartbreaking that she had to live that way, and incredible that she survived,  but Finch still lives with daily discomfort in every breath that she takes.

Finch wheezes when she breathes.  She is able to eat, drink, play a little and use the litter box without issue, but it is uncomfortable for her to breathe.  Our hearts broke for Finch to finally be safe and cared for but not able to be at peace.  We sought out immediate medical help.  The cause was undetermined and treatments unsuccessful, so we got a second opinion, and next a specialist.  Finch had a CT scan and rhinoscopy done to finally determine a diagnosis. Testing and diagnostics have cost RBARI thousands, but we are committed to Finch and finally helping her to breathe comfortably.
Finch was diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal Stenosis, which means that the area above her soft pallet in not opening wide enough when inhaling, which is affecting Finch's ability to move air back and forth and properly into the lungs. This is affecting Finch’s quality of life and causing her to struggle to breathe.

Finch needs a stent surgery to permanently correct this condition and AMC in New York is the only hospital in our area that effectively can do this surgery.  Ironically, Finch’s consult and surgery can be scheduled for Thanksgiving day. 

RBARI staff is eager to help Finch finally breathe without effort and have offered to drive her into New York City for a consult and surgery on Thanksgiving.  Surgery will be same-day, so we need to raise the funds now to be able to help our sweet girl breathe easy for the holidays. 

Please make a donation towards Finch’s surgery.  No amount is too small to give this little girl peace and comfort.  Please also share her story in hopes of finding Finch a home for the holidays.

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    • $2,550 
    • 48 mos
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    • $25 
    • 48 mos
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    • $100 
    • 48 mos
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    • $15 
    • 48 mos
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Ramapo-Bergen Animal Shelter 
Oakland, NJ
Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc. 
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