Critical Care Fund
GCCR is commited to help needy Cavaliers, regardless of age or illness. Please give what you can to help these precious pups! Every dollar donated to the Critical Care Fund is used for medical expenses. Scroll down to use the online donation form or mail checks to GCCR, PO Box 1421, Aurora, IL 60507.
** UPDATE ** Sydney’s (#761) exam by the cardiology team at OSU Veterinary Hospital went very well. Initial x-rays indicated Sydney had a small PDA, but after reviewing her echocardiogram she was diagnosed with mild pulmonic stenosis. Surgery is not necessary at this time!
Sydney’s heart will need to be monitored throughout her life, like many of our precious Cavaliers with heart disease, but the long term prognosis for mild pulmonic stenosis is good! A potential adopter has been identified, so Sydney may have her forever home very soon – even better news!! Many heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated to the Critical Care Fund. GCCR is blessed to have many kind and compassionate people who care for these Cavaliers. Your support is very much appreciated!
When 9-month-old Cedar (#689) came into rescue in May of 2016, he was diagnosed with a serious cardiac condition called pulmonic stenosis. To correct this condition, surgery was attempted on two occasions, but unfortunately both procedures had to be stopped due to unexpected complications with cardiac arrhythmia. But we knew Cedar was made of stronger stuff and deserved another chance, so GCCR obtained one more opinion from the doctors at Ohio State University. With the financial support of one of our wonderful volunteer families, Cedar had successful surgery at OSU! He has recovered well and is with his forever family as a "foster with intent".
8-month-old Teagon (#737) arrived in October 2016 from a commercial kennel in Pennsylvania. Teagon was diagnosed with a PDA (patent ductus arteriosus), a congenital birth defect where blood is not pumped to the rest of the body as it should, creating a strain on the heart. In mid-November Teagon had surgery to correct her PDA. She's now in her "furever" family living the good life! Teagon’s surgery was $2,780.
8-month-old Keaton (#738) arrived with Teagon, and boy is he a dynamo! You’d never know he, like Polo and Cedar had PS (pulmonic stenosis), a condition that restricts blood flow, causing his heart to overwork. He had surgery to correct his PS in November 2016 at a cost of $2250. Keaton has recovered well and is a "foster with intent" with the same family who is adopting Cedar!
Footnotes about Long Term Fosters:
In early August 2014, Ollie had a 2nd surgery to prevent her hip from popping out -- a result of being run over by a car. Ollie also sustained nerve damage that left her incontinent and a broken tail that was amputated. Despite it all, Ollie is a happy, loving Cavalier and is thriving in foster care. Because of her incontinence, she requires diapers and medicated wipes on an ongoing basis. Here's a video of Ollie just 5 days after her surgery!
Six-year-old Katie (#687) arrived in May 2016, having spent her life in a commercial kennel producing puppies. She was thin, deaf, and extremely fearful. A CT scan in mid-November determined her hearing loss was partially due to PSOM (primary secretory otitis media), also known as glue ear. Her ears were flushed and while we remain hopeful some of her hearing will return after healing, the doctors feel it's unlikely. Additional tests revealed that Katie is also going blind due to retinal atrophy and an echo showed Mitral Valve Disease which is being treated with medications. Due to her significant health issues, Katie is being cared for as a Long Term Foster. $2000 was used from the Critical Care Fund for Katie's exams and procedures.