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Update: The Animal League is happy and excited to announce that because of your help, our beautiful Reese has made a full recovery from her heart surgery and has been adopted into a wonderful family in New Jersey. One of the veterinarians in the specialist hospital where Reese had her surgery fell instantly in love with her and couldn’t bear to let her go.

Reese is now in excellent health and is very happy in her new home. She has a new 3-½-yr-old terrier mix canine brother named Jersey, and the two are the best of friends. We couldn’t be happier for her.

Thank you so much for showing your loyal support. Please help us continue to save and change more lives!

Reese's Story...

Reese is a beautiful and sweet 1-year-old, brindle-colored collie mix. The Animal League rescued Reese from a very small animal shelter that was unable to care for her extensive needs. The Animal League placed Reese into the life-saving Help Me Heal Program, so that she would have a second chance at life.

Sadly, Reese has a life-threatening heart defect. A major blood vessel that connects the two main arteries of the body - the aorta and the pulmonary artery, has remained open, when it should have naturally closed shortly after birth. Because this vessel is open, it passes extra volumes of blood into the lungs. This fatal condition must be corrected.

Reese needs to have major heart surgery to block the excess blood flow. This intensive operation is very delicate and will require the expertise of a heart specialist. It is a high-risk procedure, and the Animal League is making sure that Reese gets the best care possible. Without this surgery, it is likely that Reese could die.

After the surgery, Reese will need several months of rest and rehabilitation so she can fully recover. Her exercise will need to be very limited, even when she’s feeling like jumping and playing, so she will need to be monitored day and night.

You can help. When you support the Help Me Heal Program, you’re supporting Reese and many other dogs, cats, puppies and kittens that need special care.

Please open your heart and donate today.

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