Help Tara Receive Life-Saving Heart Surgery
Tara underwent successful heart surgery and rehabilitation for her life-threatening condition. We are excited to announce that she has since been adopted (owner and Tara pictured right)! Her new adopter is very excited and Tara will have a big backyard in the Garden State to run around and play in. We are grateful to everyone who helped Tara heal. Thanks to your support, Tara will now have the long happy and healthy life that she deserves.
At the tender young age of just three months, Tara was found wandering the streets of Mississippi. Luckily, a shelter in the region rescued the sweet shepherd mix and contacted us for help. They knew that Tara would be safe at the Animal League, the world’s largest no-kill shelter, and that we would find her a loving home.
Sadly, upon examination by our medical staff, Tara was found to have a life-threatening heart defect known as PDA, for patent ductus arteriosus. With PDA, a major blood vessel that connects the two main arteries of the body— the aorta and the pulmonary artery—remains open, when it should have naturally closed shortly after birth.
This causes an abnormally high amount of blood flow to Tara’s heart—an extremely dangerous condition. Untreated PDA almost always leads to congestive heart failure and, ultimately, to death.
The only treatment for PDA is major heart surgery, a delicate procedure that requires the expertise of a heart specialist.
Tara is scheduled to have the surgery shortly, after which she’ll need months of intensive monitoring and rehabilitation.
The good news: With appropriate treatment, Tara has an excellent prognosis for a long and healthy life.
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