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HELP SAVE REX

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Raised by 123 people in 16 months
HELP SAVE REX!

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
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Just want to give everyone an update on Rex !!! He had his 1 year check up today at Penn vet hospital in Philadelphia! He’s is doing great & off all but 1 of his medications !! Thanks to all of your love a support he will live a long healthy life ❤️
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Happy 1st Birthday Rex!

Thanks to all of you, Rex just celebrated this first birthday! Three months after his heart surgery, he is doing great. He loves to play outside with his “brothers and sisters” and to go for walks with me and Maxx. He now spends 2 days a week at a local optometrist’s office working as a therapy dog, helping to calm older patients and help reduce their anxiety. I am getting ready to restart his official therapy training over the summer so he can begin going into hospitals and working as a therapy dog for young patients going through various types of treatment. Rex’s balloon angioplasty surgery went perfectly, but he will always be considered in a type of heart failure because of the damage that was caused when the blood wasn’t pumping into the left chamber of his heart. He may need another surgery at some point down the line to keep the pressure down and keep his heart working at an optimal level.  I hope to get him involved in working with individuals dealing with heart problems similar to his own.  We are working toward getting him certified as a therapy dog to work with children at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I feel so blessed to have this amazing standard poodle in my life. He has taught me so much about what unconditional love means. Thanks again for all of your support along this incredible journey! Xoxoxo Jill & Rex
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HELP SAVE REX has reached 50% of its goal. Thanks to Amanda, RACHEL and Brooke.
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Hi everybody, just a little update Rex is two weeks out of surgery and doing great. Last week he did come down with a fever of 103.5 took him to the vet they gave him an anabiotic they said he probably picked something up from the hospital . after that week of antibiotics he’s doing wonderful now. He’s eating more , playing more and now finally acting like an eight month old puppy. Thank you so much for all your help we love that everybody got so involved. We are hoping to get a little more help we still have about $2000 in vet bills that need to be paid , we have a visit next week for an ultrasound some blood work and a cardio visit that will be about $540. And then another one in March which will be another $540. Please help if you can any little bit makes a difference , please share if you can to other friends on other sites. I’m hoping for good healthy results from his next doctors visit at Penn Vet hospital which will give us a clear bill of health . his heart is beating 50% better after the surgery ❤️ thank you so much Jill& rex
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