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Save Penny’s Esophagus

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Thank you for coming here to read Pennys story. I rescued Penny from the side of a mountain where I work when she was about 8 weeks old. She was too scared to come near people, but after observing her for a week, and seeing she was in fact all alone with no mama or siblings in sight, I set up a trap and within hours, I had her. After taking her to the vet I got a routine clear bill of health and initial vaccines. She has a special left eye but the vet assured me that it’s just a birth defect and it appears to be fine and something she can live happily with.
I had a co worker who was ready to give her a loving home and after a little socialization over the next couple weeks, I sent her on her way.

My coworker started messaging me almost daily after that over the next couple weeks saying she wasn’t keeping down food and kept vomiting. After changing multiple foods and trying to help, my co worker was at a loss and couldn’t financially and emotionally take on this cat once the vet suggested x rays. I took Penny back into our care because I felt responsible for her and was in hopes I could help her and then find her a new home.

We took her in for X-rays and eventually a CT scan and they revealed she has a condition called a persistent double aortic arch. Her heart didn’t form correctly in the womb and now she has a blood vessel (vascular ring) that is connecting two of her heart valves where there normally wouldn’t be one. The vascular ring is where the esophagus would normally fit through comfortably but because of the ring, it’s crushing her esophagus. They helped me in figuring out how I can feed her, limiting her vomiting, but that’s just the beginning of the issues this disorder can cause if she doesn’t get it fixed.
Now she’s about 6 months old and we spoon feed her wet food 2-3 times a day at an elevated level to keep the esophagus straight, but she is still susceptible to get food stuck in the esophagus which can lead to choking, aspiration leading to pneumonia and a guaranteed shorter life expectancy. The longer we put it off, the worse it will get.

We found a specialist in Carlsbad who can do the surgery, but at full cost. As cat lovers, we have fallen in love with this special sweet kitty but it was not my intention to take in another cat as we already have others to care for. I’m a softie who was trying to find her a home but we are in way over our heads. Her current vet bills have already set us back, but we had to come this far to get to the source of the problem.
Penny deserves a good long life and with the surgery it will be possible. I’m currently trying to find any organizations that can help with any grants or funding, with no luck yet. We can’t afford to give her this fighting chance surgery alone. I’ve attached a photo of her estimate and a drawing of her condition so you can get a visual of what’s going on.
Any amount helps to save this rescue kitty!!
Follow Penny on Instagram for daily pics and updates @savepennysesophagus
You can also donate through PayPal: Theresa.mcbride@aol.com



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Hi everyone!! I just wanted to give a final update on this campaign page before I deactivate it. If you follow Penny’s story on Instagram, disregard this message because you’re up to date. Penny has had her surgery and everything went really well!! She has been recovering for about 10 days now. She’s still on pain medicine but her sutures are healing up nicely and she has a follow up appointment with our local vet in a couple days. She is still on a special diet of wet food only at an elevated level for a couple more weeks and then we can introduce dry kibble (yay). She hates her “cone of shame” and has to be separated from the other cats most of the day so they don’t play too rough with her, but other than that she’s doing great!! Thank you so much for caring about our sweet kitty and donating your hard earned money. Now Penny has a chance at a long life. Please email me if you have any questions Theresa.mcbride@aol.com
Thank you so much, we love you!!!!!!
Theresa & Penny
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Hello Everyone!! Good news! We have booked Penny’s surgery date for May 31st. Thank you all so much for your donations and getting us this far. We have reached the low end cost of the surgery of 4,000$ but I am leaving the go fund me active because the surgery very well could still reach the high end of 5,000$. If for some reason the day of surgery, the cost is lower than what we have raised, the remainder will go towards the vet bills we have already encountered with her X-rays, CT scans, and Dr visits, which have put a dent in our credit card. I will be keeping the gofund me and Penny’s Instagram updated during her surgery weekend and recovery and I will be posting photos of her surgery cost and all bills your money has gone to. Thank you so much for helping us get here, we are so grateful that Penny gets to live a long healthy life after all this. Talk to you soon, Theresa M
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Amazing news! We have been contacted by an amazing Vet Surgeon who works at a reputable facility who can do Penny’s surgery for a LOWER cost!! As of now, we are keeping anonymity at their request. I’ve adjusted our goal and it seems attainable now. I made this page to help Penny and I thank everyone who has shared because he reached out to us because someone showed him our story. We are now at 52%(!!!) of our goal! Please continue to share and donate, we are so close now.
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We broke 500$ tonight!!! 7% of our goal in the books!
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