Joey's Open Heart Surgery

Joey’s open heart surgery

$2,220 raised of $40,000 goal

Stella Pavlides is organizing this fundraiser on behalf of 2 Dogs On A Mission Inc.  Donations are 100% tax deductible, so please help!

Joey (a Jack Russell Terrier) was rescued in May of 2018, from a local “animal control.” I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to adopt him.  When he first came to me, he was coughing and he had no appetite.  I took him to my vet, and he prescribed medication for his cough.  The vet also told me that Joey had a heart murmur. I then decided to take him to University of Florida in Gainesville for a complete check up.  At UF they did an echocardiogram and discovered that he had “mitral valve,” a heart disease that is fatal if not addressed.  They immediately prescribed “pimobendan” a drug that helps regulate the heart and slow down heart failure. I was also told that in the near future they were bringing in a heart surgeon from Japan to operate on other dogs that also have mitral valve. They said that Joey would be a good candidate, and they added Joey to their list.  To date Joey is doing well. He goes up to UF every 6 months for echocardiograms and a full physical. 

They informed me about a doctor from Japan, along with his surgical team who is the only veterinarian in the world that performs mitral valve surgery, with a 96.6% success rate.  I was also told that they were looking into bringing Dr. Uechi and his team to Florida to not only perform mitral valve surgery on dogs in need, but to also train other cardiology surgeons in the US to learn how to perform this surgery.  There are between 5-7 million dogs in the US living with mitral valve disease! 

The cost of the surgery is between $40,000-$45,000.  Since I do not have the finances for this surgery, I founded a 501©(3) charity to help cover the cost of Joey’s surgery.  The charity is 

My hope is to raise the money for Joey’s surgery and any donations above the cost, Joey and I will "pay it forward" to help other dogs that undergo this surgery.

Unfortunately, since COVID 19 all travel has been suspended, so we are anxiously waiting for things to go back to normal.  I will keep you updated as we learn more regarding Dr. Uechi and his team.  In the meantime, please keep Joey and other dogs with “mitral valve” in your prayers.

Thank you,
Stella & Joey
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Stella Pavlides 
Clearwater, FL
2 Dogs On A Mission Inc 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
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