Her heart valves are sticking together. A completely correctable procedure, she can have a normal and healthy life with one procedure.

93% Funded
  • $7,410.00 Donated
  • $8,000.00 Goal
  • 152 Donors
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About the Campaign

The sweetest rescue dog,

Chilli has a heart problem!

She was a stray, hiding out at an vacant house in south Los Angeles, when James, out for a morning jog saw her. Talking with neighbors he found out that Chilli had been hanging around the house after it had been sold. No one had moved in yet, and the house was empty. A neighbor was bringing food and water over, but he could not take her.

She’s a happy, silly girl with a big (bad) heart!

UPDATE 5/21/2004: A 20% discount has been negotiated with the vet, the procedure is now $8000 down from $9900!!!

James and Samantha managed get Chilli to trust them, and they walked her to their home. Once safe and a little be relaxed they got her to the vet. She’s around two years old, had scratches, and what looked like some bruises, and she had recently had puppies. They and the neighbor searched the property and all around for puppies, but never found them. Of course we cannot know for sure, but it would be common that someone kept the puppies for sale and abandoned the mother.

Though it was expected that Chilli had been “dumped”, they did post lost dog flyers on the street and online, and got the rescue Ace of Hearts involved as well. Sam and James agreed to foster Chilli until a new home could be found and took her back to the vet for a second exam and to get her spayed. At this visit the doctor noticed a heart murmur, and recommended and EKG to determine what it was specifically. That led to a visit to the cardiologist and the discovery that Chilli actually had Pulmonic Stenosis. The short version: her heart valves are thickened and stuck together.

Guarding the door?

The great news is the cardiologist gives Chilli an excellent prognosis, to live a long and normal and healthy life with a procedure called “balloon valvuplasty”! In short, they run a ballon up into her heart and expand it, “unsticking” the valve. The doctor says that Chilli is a perfect candidate for this procedure and wants to do it right away. Now the bad news: It’s over $9000. Hearts aren’t cheap.

There is more good news though: Chilli has a lot of support! Sam and James are dedicated to getting her the money she needs. Ace of Hearts is a well established and highly regarded rescue organization that is helping. And there is you! The community of dog lovers who believe that abandoned dogs deserve the best too. If Chilli gets her heart procedure, then she can also be spayed, and Ace of Hearts will find her the perfect forever home. Your donation is specifically for Chilli, and paid only to VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital for her heart procedure. A copy of the estimate is below, please click/tap on it to enlarge:


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  • Anna Bellesheim

    Hope everyone helps so Chilli can have the surgery she needs.

    April 16, 2024 at 12:14 pm Reply

  • Donna Shaver

    good of u to help

    April 17, 2024 at 10:32 am Reply

  • Sherry Freedman

    For Chilli. Because.

    April 17, 2024 at 12:40 pm Reply

  • Michele Mason

    Great to see this lovely dig being cared for so well.

    April 17, 2024 at 3:11 pm Reply

  • Lauren Gibbons

    Sweet Chilli! I hope you get the support r finds a loving forever home.

    April 18, 2024 at 9:01 pm Reply

  • Marc Berg

    Who loves you pretty baby

    April 19, 2024 at 7:18 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    Donating $20 for Chill ❤️

    April 19, 2024 at 9:18 pm Reply

  • Melissa Monroe

    Thank you for helping Chili!

    April 21, 2024 at 3:52 pm Reply

  • Carrie Topiel

    Love you Chilli <3 <3 <3

    May 2, 2024 at 9:55 am Reply

  • Jessica Egan

    Well you three are just the sweetest and I’m so touched by your love and dedication to Chili 🥹♥️ sending so much love!

    May 3, 2024 at 6:36 am Reply

  • Rony Norcia

    She looks like my pittie, Snickers. Good luck, Chilli!

    May 4, 2024 at 12:59 pm Reply

  • Amparo Latimer

    Please give my donation that was initially for Pop to go to Chili.

    May 4, 2024 at 10:24 pm Reply

  • Jaci, Ryan, and Milo

    She is so beautiful and we hope she gets all the care, love, and attention she needs.

    May 5, 2024 at 3:58 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    She’s so beautiful, we love her

    May 5, 2024 at 4:00 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    Donation made on the behalf of The American Pit Bull Foundation

    May 6, 2024 at 7:01 pm Reply

  • Beverley Huppert

    Stay strong Chili. Sending you prayers and love, b

    May 8, 2024 at 8:09 pm Reply

  • Anna

    Hoping for a swift recovery for this adorable pup!

    May 10, 2024 at 12:17 pm Reply

    • Free Animal Doctor

      Thank you for your very generous donation to Chilli

      May 10, 2024 at 12:46 pm Reply

  • Catherine Hammers

    Best wishes little guy

    May 11, 2024 at 11:45 am Reply

  • Teri Zakrian

    I just love animals, especially dogs. I wish I could give more. I try to give every time I see you on Facebook

    May 11, 2024 at 4:03 pm Reply


    Hoping Chilli will start a new wonderful journey. He deserves a family that won’t let him down. Thank you fosters for helping !!

    May 11, 2024 at 7:30 pm Reply

  • ying leung

    Wish her Good luck

    May 12, 2024 at 10:55 am Reply

  • Diane Buchanan

    She deserves a chance at a normal healthy life❣️

    May 13, 2024 at 9:35 am Reply

  • Sari

    A tiny donation but a ton of the very bestest wishes to James & Samantha for taking this girl in, which turned out to be the greatest thing that could have happened to her! Thanks to Ace of Hearts as well. Chili, you lucky girl – – your life must already be beyond anything you’ve known before, but soon you’ll be feeling tippety top!

    May 13, 2024 at 9:52 am Reply

  • sari mcconnell

    A tiny donation but a ton of the very bestest wishes to James & Samantha for taking this girl in, which turned out to be the greatest thing that could have happened to her! Thanks to Ace of Hearts as well. Chili, you lucky girl – – your life must already be beyond anything you’ve known before, but soon you’ll be feeling tippety top!

    May 13, 2024 at 9:55 am Reply

  • Gloria Rascon

    We are all praying for you beautiful Chilli!❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏

    May 21, 2024 at 12:52 pm Reply

  • Natalie Kasday

    Such a sweetie ..

    May 21, 2024 at 1:49 pm Reply

  • Debbie Anderson

    Hoping that Chilli has a successful surgery, and has a happy and healthy future with a loving forever family. Hugs to you pretty girl❤️

    May 21, 2024 at 3:03 pm Reply

  • Cheryl Clark

    Hoping for a miracle, sweet Chilli!

    May 21, 2024 at 3:57 pm Reply

  • Cheryl Clark

    I love animals and I hope and pray for s miracle for this sweet fur baby.

    May 21, 2024 at 4:02 pm Reply

  • Julie Harris

    Hoping Chilli will have best outcome !!!

    May 21, 2024 at 4:32 pm Reply

  • Anna Bellesheim

    Hoping Chili gets the surgery she needs.nn

    May 21, 2024 at 7:17 pm Reply

  • Marlene Licitra

    Bless this dog.And the Doctor

    May 22, 2024 at 12:10 am Reply

  • Dana Haveson

    Get better soon Chili!!

    May 22, 2024 at 12:12 pm Reply

  • Stephanie Archibald

    Lots of love to Chilli from Scotland xxx

    May 23, 2024 at 7:12 am Reply

    • Free Animal Doctor

      Fabulous! Love to see the widespread attention she is getting! Just got news, the cardiologist has scheduled her for July.

      May 23, 2024 at 1:01 pm Reply

  • Pamela Todd

    For Chilli

    May 23, 2024 at 5:21 pm Reply