On the transfer-only list at the local shelter, little Leia was in full heart failure at just 6 weeks old.
Hearts Alive Village pulled this pup and got her over to Legacy Animal Hospital where she was diagnosed with Pulmonic Stenosis.
She was transported to California for a special heart surgery. It turned out there were not 1, but 3 valves affected plus her pulmonary artery was particularly narrow. The surgery lasted 4 hours and Leia wasn’t strong enough to spay. The cardiologist didn’t know what type of future Leia could expect.
Hearts Alive Village arranged payment for the extensive procedures.
Leia went to live with Amy, a seasoned puppy foster.
Three weeks later, they did a follow-up echo and found a membrane separating her heart chambers. After the blood would travel out to the body and then return to the heart to be reoxygenated, it would hit the membrane and could potentially back up into her system. She was still in right-side heart failure.
The cardiologist didn’t know how long she’d live so Christy and Amy decided to do a bucket list for this little girl. One of her bucket list items? Get a forever family. Foster mama Amy adopted Leia on her first birthday and renamed her String Bean. At a year and a half, String Bean was strong enough to get spayed.
String Bean turns 3 this February. Her heart seems to be functioning properly and she shows no signs of being in right-side heart failure. The vet wants to do a physical exam in a year (no echo required) to make sure she’s still okay.
An affectionate ball of energy, String Bean loves everyone. She is the leader of the pack in her home. She keeps her 3 older brothers and one younger brother in line and has helped mama Amy raise 50+ foster puppies.
This Giving Tuesday, you can help us provide the care that these pets need to have a happy life. Thanks to a generous match from one of our donors, Howard Ash, there has never been a better time to give. All gifts up to $10,000 will be matched, but our goal is to raise $50,000.
Every animal deserves a second chance at a happy story. Hearts Alive Village has already saved more than 4,250 animals and with your help, we can save so many more.
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