Now, I need your help.
I've had Brien since early July when I took in a litter of five. They were about 5 weeks old at the time, and I named them after my dad and his siblings (Michael, Kathleen, Terry, Larry, and Brien). I noticed almost immediately that Brien often vomited after eating, and I took him back to the vet a few times to have him checked out. Since he was gaining weight, playful, and otherwise healthy, the vomiting was chalked up to other causes like a respiratory infection and eating too quickly.
Brien's siblings gained enough weight to be fixed and put up for adoption, but Brien needed to stay with me a little longer. To keep him from being lonely, I introduced him to my dog, Louie, and they became friends.
When Brien's vomiting continued, the shelter's vet staff did further testing and found Brien has a vascular ring anomaly, most likely a persistent right aortic arch. This is a rare birth defect in which an arch off of the heart surrounds the esophagus. As the kitten grows, the esophagus is squeezed tighter and tighter, leading to the inability to eat and eventual starvation.
The staff at the shelter is unable to perform the surgery, and they can't put him up for adoption with such a serious health condition.
If Brien goes back to the shelter, they will have no choice but to euthanize him.
To prevent that from happening, I have decided to adopt Brien. I have contacted the UW Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and have begun the process of seeing if Brien is eligible for the surgery. If Brien is a candidate, this surgery could save his life.
The surgery needs to happen as soon as possible, because a good outcome is more likely if it is performed when Brien is young and his esophagus can still recover. It is expensive, however: The estimated cost is $3100-4500.
I would greatly appreciate anything you can give to help offset this cost. Little Brien means a lot to me and his friend Louie, and I really hope that he can have this surgery and live the long and happy life that he deserves!
A special thank you note from Brien:
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