In The News: Homeless pit bull needs heart surgery

K9 Kindness Rescue serves the state of Iowa, Illinois and parts of the state of Missouri and Wisconsin with a goal of saving lives and making happy tails. Here’s a mention in the news!

via QC Online:

BETTENDORF — Elsa needs a home, but first she needs life-saving surgery.

K9 Kindness Rescue Inc. is hoping the community will help Elsa — an 18-month-old pit bull terrier mix — have a long and happy life.

“I do not know why Elsa was brought to us, but she was,” said Debra Fraker, K9 Kindness Rescue president and founder. “She has a job to do. There is someone out there who needs Elsa.”

Elsa’s owners surrendered the dog to K9 Kindness about two months ago. Elsa’s foster parents, Heather and John James, of Bettendorf, took the dog to the vet for a checkup and discovered Elsa has a significant heart murmur.

On Nov. 18, the Iowa Veterinary Referral Center in Des Moines diagnosed Elsa with valvular pulmonic stenosis, a congenital heart disease that, if left untreated, can cause heart failure.

On Dec. 16, Elsa is scheduled to have a balloon procedure at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. Most animals that undergo the procedure go on to live a normal life, Ms. Fraker said.

The procedure costs $3,400, and the university has offered K9 Kindness a 20 percent discount. Half of the money is due the day of the surgery; the rest must be paid within 30 days.

Ms. Fraker said the nonprofit group has been fundraising all year but does not have enough to cover the cost of the surgery and still have money available for emergencies.

In the past year, seven of the dogs the group rescued tested positive for heart worm and two required emergency C-sections. K9 Kindness paid for all the medical treatment.

“We have put a lot of money into what we believe in,” Ms. Fraker said. She said people have asked her why anyone would spend so much money to save “just a dog.”

“We have lots of stories about how these ‘just dogs’ have made a difference in the lives of others,” she said.

To raise money for Elsa’s procedure, K9 Kindness is contributing all sales from its online store, RescueShop, to the dog’s care.

The full article can be read here.

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