I rescued Rex, a 5 ½-month-old standard poodle who was bred and raised to be service dog, at the end of October 2017 when his breeder discovered he has a heart murmur. The breeder couldn’t sell Rex and felt his only option was to euthanize. Upon learning Rex’s fate, I immediately adopted him expecting to give him medication (and love) for the rest of his life.

Our first trip to the vet did not go as expected. The vet heard the heart murmur but recommended I take Rex to see a cardiologist to get an ECG (echocardiogram) and an ultrasound to identify the source of the problem. The test results confirmed what the vet suspected, Rex’s heart murmur was due to a closed heart valve and hole in his heart. The vet said that it is pulmonic stenosis , a “congenital or birth defect of the heart involving the right ventricle, pulmonic valve, and pulmonary artery.” Without corrective surgery, Rex’s chance of making it to the New Year is 0%.

I’ve covered the initial $540 for the ECG and ultrasound, as well as the $400 for additional blood work. As a single mother on a fixed income, I am not in a position to cover the full cost of Rex’s lifesaving surgeries. I am fighting the insurance company (AKC – Pet Partners) to cover the cost of the surgeries but they are firm on their 6 month waiting period. Rex doesn’t have 6 months. He doesn’t have 6 weeks. 

I’m not giving up hope and am doing everything I can to raise the additional money to save him. At the suggestion of several friends (and strangers), I’ve created this Go Fund Me page.

This is where you come in… please share Rex’s story with your friends, neighbors, strangers on the street. Please post it to every social media site you know. And please consider making a monetary contribution yourself. Any denomination you can contribute is deeply appreciated - $5, $10, $1000 ;) . Really, anything. Know you’re saving the life of a sweet boy who hasn’t had a chance to fulfill his destiny of providing support and joy as a therapy dog. He really is the sweetest, gentlest, calmest, most affectionate dog I’ve ever had the privilege to know.

All funds raised will go directly to Penn Vet to cover the costs of Rex’s multiple surgeries with Dr. Marc Kraus . PLEASE HELP ME HELP REX.

Breakdown of how funds will be spent:
$5,500 for 1st surgery to open the closed heart valve allowing blood to flow.
$5,500 for 2nd & 3rd surgery to repair the hole
  • D. Williamson
    • $27 
    • 59 mos
  • Laura Mizner
    • $50 
    • 59 mos
  • Ellen Gitler
    • $25 
    • 59 mos
  • Robyn Faye
    • $50 
    • 59 mos
  • Anonymous
    • $50 
    • 59 mos
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Jill Weiner Goldman
Cheltenham Township, PA

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