Despite all the challenges, our team was determined and committed to save Charlie. Thankfully there is a surgical procedure available that can close off this vessel and give Charlie an excellent prognosis for a long healthy life, free from the worry of heart problems. However, the closest facility that can provide this surgical procedure is the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in Davis, CA, which is over 100 miles away from our facility. Nevertheless, we decided to proceed with this option and were able to secure an appointment at UC Davis in October.
Two of our kind volunteers stepped in and gave Charlie a lift to Davis. After two and a half hours of traveling on wheels, Charlie made it to his first appointment on October 7, and was deemed a good candidate to undergo the surgery. Two weeks later Charlie went back to Davis to receive the surgery. The procedure was smooth and successful. Charlie is now back at the shelter resting and being cared for by our staff and volunteers.
Slowly but steadily recovering, Charlie looks forward to a bright future filled with playtime and love. Thanks to the efforts of our amazing staff team and wonderful volunteers, we saved Charlie's life. Like Charlie, many pets came into our shelter sick or injured and we always work to save them, even if it means traveling over a hundred miles to find the cure. You too can save the life of an animal like Charlie today by volunteering or donating to our shelter.