Community donations allow Annie the kitten to receive heart surgery


Remember Annie, the little kitten who had a rare heart condition? Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department officials say she’s doing well after successful surgery.

“The great news is everything went exactly how it is supposed to. Annie is now expected to have a full and wonderful life, where she would’ve only had few months,” said Dr. Nicole Vigil, veterinarian.

Annie spent three days in Fort Collins, Colorado where vets performed corrective heart surgery. A month ago, Annie’s foster mom was asking for donations to help pay for the surgery.

More than $2,000 was raised, which was more than enough to cover her surgery. This means Annie can also get all of the post-op treatment she needs.

Her next check-up is in two months.

On top of Annie’s successful surgery, Animal Welfare says they received so many donations to help Annie get her surgery, that they’re now starting a fund to help other shelter animals in need. Officials say there was about $1000 left over from what was raised to help Annie.

That is now going towards helping Jeena, a two-year-old Shepard mix, get a cart so she’s able to walk again. She came to the shelter after being hit by a car in October.

Dr. Vigil says her injuries were so extensive, that she lost the use of her hind legs. Volunteers working with Jeena discovered that if she was placed in a cart, she could straighten her legs.

She’s currently using a loaner that is too big for her, so Animal Welfare officials are hoping to raise $400 to get Jeena a custom fitted cart. Officials say it’s an expensive piece of equipment but an organization is willing to give them a deal on the price and the money leftover from Annie’s surgery should help.

Animal Welfare has now started a fund called the “Angel Fund” as a result. “The Angel Fund is going to help animals like Jeena who come in with these special circumstances and need extra help that the shelter can’t provide. We’ll use that money for things like a cart,” said Dr. Vigil.

If you’d like to help, all you have to do is call Kennel Kompadres and ask to donate to the Angel Fund.

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