PHS Seeks to Save Kitten With Broken Heart

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PASADENA, Calif. (June 9, 2017) – – A young kitten at the Pasadena Humane Society is in desperate need of major surgery to repair a congenital heart defect. In fact, his survival depends on it. Without immediate action to repair the hole in his heart, the two-month-old tabby faces a near certain death. The Pasadena Humane Society is calling on local animal lovers to help raise funds in support of the costly surgery.

Edgar, as the kitten is called, first came to the Pasadena Humane Society as a two-week-old stray. After six weeks in foster care, he was quickly adopted when he returned to the shelter at two months of age. A routine veterinary exam prior to neuter surgery revealed a significant heart murmur most closely associated with Patent Duct Arteriosus (PDA), a congenital heart defect. His potential new home quickly cancelled the adoption upon learning of Edgar’s costly and serious medical condition.

When corrective surgery is performed by a veterinary cardiologist, the vast majority of kittens make a full recovery, and within weeks the classic symptoms of respiratory distress, coughing and exercise intolerance resolve. Without surgery, the survival rate for kittens with PDA is less than 50% in the first year.

The Pasadena Humane Society is currently seeking a specialist to provide Edgar with the treatment he will need to survive to adulthood. The anticipated cost of the surgery is between $4,000 and $6,000, not including the continued care Edgar will need as he recovers from major surgery.

“We are doing the absolute best we can for Edgar,” says Julie Bank, President/CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. “Despite his heart defect, this little boy has so much love to give.”

The Pasadena Humane Society has started the Miracle Fund to provide injured, abused and underage animals with a second chance at life. Very often, lifesaving veterinary treatment for and quality care for animals like Edgar make all the difference.

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Update: Thanks to your generous support, Edgar visited the veterinary cardiologist last week. The little boy was so brave! He held still for a series of tests, including an EKG pictured here. His heart problem has been confirmed as a PDA, a birth defect affecting the flow of blood through the body. With surgery, we are hopeful Edgar will make a full recovery. He will be scheduled for surgery in the next couple weeks.

6/26: Edgar needs your well wishes. He will be going in for surgery this coming Thursday, 6/29. The cardiac specialist expects the operation will go smoothly, but there is extra risk as Edgar is already in congestive heart failure. If the surgery takes, Edgar will be recuperating in a foster home for about two months. His will have regular check-ins with the vet who will be monitoring his heart condition carefully.  Check back later this week for more updates.

6/30: Edgar had his surgery yesterday. Sadly, it did not go as planned and the surgeon was not able to repair the faulty valve. The next step is to provide him with a more intensive and very risky surgery. We are in conversation with the cardiac specialist to explore this option and see if there are any other safer choices for Edgar. We want to provide him with the best medical care possible with the highest chance of survival. Edgar will be recovering from surgery back at the shelter for the next few days, while we explore our options. Please keep him in your thoughts.


About the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA

The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is a donor-supported, nonprofit organization that provides animal care and services for homeless and owned animals in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The organization is dedicated to promoting humane treatment and compassionate care for all animals. The animals in its care come from 11 animal control contract cities, as well as partner shelters across the Los Angeles area and beyond. The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA also offers lifesaving programs and services to the community that support the human-animal bond and keep pets in homes. To learn more, visit