Help Ash Heal

Help Ash Heal2021-08-03T10:51:56-04:00
When Alexia and Theo Makrigiannis saw Ash’s story on our website, they were compelled to come meet her. It was love at first sight for both Ash and her new paw-rents. Said Alexia, “Ash is the best! She loves being wherever we are and is so nice to everyone she meets — other dogs, cats, kids — she is so happy to interact with everyone.” One thing Ash doesn’t like is the rain; her parents bought her a raincoat to help, but she would still prefer to stay inside!

Thanks to the generous support of our Help Me Heal Program,  Ash’s heart is now full as she enjoys life in her new home.

Ash has been doing so well on her road to recovery that she is now medically cleared for adoption! We know it won’t be long before she finds herself in the perfect home, and she certainly deserves the best. If you’d like to meet Ash and learn how you could make her a part of your family, contact our Foster Care Team at [email protected].

Ash is doing well as she recovers from her emergency pacemaker surgery. As you can see from her x-ray below, due to her size the unit itself was inserted in her abdomen with the lead wire going up to her heart.

Help Ash Heal

Ash is getting stronger and stronger every day, and now she can even enjoy the great spring weather with a leisurely walk on campus. Thanks to the generous support of our Help Me Heal Program this sweet girl was able to get the lifesaving surgery she needed, and with a little more recovery time she’ll soon be on her way to living her best life possible.

Mending a Broken Heart

This sweet, gentle, six-year-old Lab mix needs much more than our love and affection to heal her. Rescued from possible euthanasia in Louisiana, Ash first suffered the loss of her family who surrendered her, and then we discovered Ash had a life-threatening heart condition. Ash required emergency surgery if she was going to survive.

All of our rescue animals receive a routine medical exam when they first arrive to our campus. It was at that point when Ash’s Image courtesy murmur and low heart rate were detected. An echocardiogram determined the underlying cause. Ash had a complete AV block – an electrical disconnect between the chambers of the heart, putting her at high risk for sudden cardiac arrest and death. An implantable pacemaker can address this issue, and the long-term prognosis in dogs is very positive. Ash had no time to spare.

Working through our veterinary partner Animal Medical Center of New York, we were able to get Ash scheduled immediately for this highly-specialized procedure. The cost of this implant, surgery and emergency treatment is significant. We believe that Ash — affectionate and good-natured even after all she’s been through — is worth all of our efforts, just as we believe every animal’s life is worthy of saving. We are counting on your support so we can keep her heart beating.

Help Ash Heal

Ash came through the emergency surgery successfully, although it proved very challenging. Because Ash is so deep chested and the length of the pacemaker wire limited, the cardiac surgeons needed to gain access to the heart through an abdominal approach. Now this brave girl is healing under the watchful eyes of our dedicated veterinary team at our Pet Health Centers. Here she will be provided with all the follow-up treatment and rehabilitation she requires. We will use all our resources to save Ash and make her heart strong, but we can’t do it alone.

As a member of our Help Me Heal Program, Ash will receive round-the-clock attention to help her along her healing journey. Your donation today tells Ash, and countless other injured and abandoned animals, we won’t give up on them.

We want Ash’s heart to heal so she can have the fresh start she deserves, and finally know love from a caring, new family.

Will you help us mend Ash’s broken heart?

Help Ash Heal