Gigi

She needs open heart surgery as her heart valves are failing

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  • $15,000.00 Goal
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About the Campaign

Gigi has heart failure

Specifically Mitral Valve Disease

Seven years ago Lisa adopted Gigi from the animal shelter. Gigi was a young pregnant dog at the shelter, and originally Lisa planned to adopt one of the puppies, but ended up adopting the mom, Gigi, instead!

In April of last year (2023), Gigi got all excited, like normal, when Lisa came home from work, and jumped into her arms, and then fainted. She quickly woke up, and seemed fine, but a few days later she got excited and fainted again. Lisa took her to the ER vet, after a number of days and a lot of money, Gigi was diagnosed with heart failure and given less than six months to live.

Lisa started doing research into Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease (link HERE) and discovered that there are a few doctors who do an open heart procedure to correct it, similar to what is done with humans. But when we say a few, it is literally two. Yes, two doctors. One is in Japan, and one is in London. Generally speaking, though this condition is treated in humans, it is not in dogs.

Gigi got an appointment with a Cardiologist here in the US, and Lisa was doing her research, when just days before the appointment Gigi had another episode, this time very severe. The doctors recommended humane euthanasia, and gave her less than a week to live. But that was months ago. Gigi was in the hospital for a few days, but she made it, to the doctor’s surprise. And everyone at the hospital noted how Gigi was a fighter, always in good spirits, and just would not give up!

She got the cardiologist visit, finally. And got all her info sent to the doctor in London. The procedure is expensive. Lisa has raised some money elsewhere (about $5000 on GoFundMe) and has some money and credit herself, but it is difficult. Gigi has already cost thousands, and the total cost in London is over $20,000. Good news though is that the doctors are giving Gigi a very high prognosis over 90% with the procedure, and it should be corrective for life.

Lisa is dedicated to getting this surgery for Gigi, and all donations here are only paid to the doctor for the heart surgery, and refunded if it does not happen, so you can donate in confidence to Gigi!

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89 comments

  • Sandra Schenk

    Want gigi to have the surgery

    February 12, 2024 at 2:53 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      Thank you so much for your donation you are at wonderful person and very generous!

      February 15, 2024 at 7:30 am Reply

  • Carolyni Jobe

    I’m already over my 2024 budget for rescues etc. The prognosis is good, so… ya gotta.

    February 12, 2024 at 4:31 pm Reply

    • Free Animal Doctor

      Thank you Carolyni! An overbudget donation is the best!! 😀

      February 13, 2024 at 11:43 am Reply

    • Lisa

      You are so very kind and beautiful from wanting to help Gigi!!
      Your support means everything! Bless you

      February 15, 2024 at 7:31 am Reply

  • Lori Ferraris

    Please get her better ❤️

    February 12, 2024 at 6:56 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      Lori Thank you so much for your donation and support you are truly a great person.

      February 15, 2024 at 7:32 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    For Gigi’s heart surgery ❤️

    February 13, 2024 at 9:10 am Reply

    • Lisa

      Thank you so very much for your donation and being so generous and caring , it means everything!!

      February 15, 2024 at 7:32 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    Want Gigi to have a chance at normal life

    February 13, 2024 at 9:57 am Reply

    • Lisa

      You are donation and support is so amazing thank you so much.

      February 15, 2024 at 7:33 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    Prognosis is good and if the mom is willing to do the leg work, I understand the need to help your baby. You have to do all you can or what’s the point. I just wish with so few doctors, that they wouldn’t charge so much. I’ve had dachsies with back problems and I would do whatever I could to help them.

    February 13, 2024 at 10:38 am Reply

    • Lisa

      Thank you so much for your support and kind words. Gigi is gonna get every single thing she needs to survive and get the surgery.
      Thank you for caring and being so wonderful we appreciate you.

      February 15, 2024 at 7:34 am Reply

  • Anna Bellesheim

    Donated. Hoping the wonderful dog lovers will contribute so Gigi can have the surgery.

    February 13, 2024 at 1:58 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      Thank you so Much Anna. The support is amazing and we truly appreciate you and your generous donation. Thank you so much for caring.

      February 15, 2024 at 7:34 am Reply

  • Amber

    I praying that you get the money you need for Gigi!

    February 13, 2024 at 3:42 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      You are such a very nice person. Thank you so much for showing care and wanting to help you are great.

      February 15, 2024 at 7:35 am Reply

  • Smooch Metzger

    From one dog to help another

    February 13, 2024 at 5:03 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      We are so grateful for you!!! Tank you so much again for your extremely generous donation. You are just a very very beautiful soul.

      February 15, 2024 at 7:36 am Reply

  • Beverly Rosas

    Giving I hope you get your surgery and go on to live a full life

    February 13, 2024 at 7:38 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      Thank you so much for helping miss Gigi.
      She is so blessed to have you in her corner and caring about her. You are amazing for wanting to help her. Thank you again!!!

      February 15, 2024 at 7:37 am Reply

  • Tahitia Ruby

    Praying for Gigi

    February 13, 2024 at 8:41 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      You are so very kind and generous. Thank you for helping Gigi, she is so lucky to have you Is rooting for her and praying for her.

      February 15, 2024 at 7:38 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    can’ t help feeling bad for this poor doggie. i hope she gets better.

    February 13, 2024 at 10:45 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      You are so amazing for wanting to help and to care about Gigi.
      We truly appreciate your support and Generous donation!!!

      February 15, 2024 at 7:39 am Reply

  • Terri

    Prayers for you little girl🙏Praying for you to get the funds needed🙏Big hugs Gigi♥️

    February 14, 2024 at 4:35 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      Thank you so much for your generous donation and caring. You’re truly a beautiful person and so kind!!!!

      February 16, 2024 at 11:10 am Reply

  • Grace Ullio

    Prayers for a full & speedy recovery!🙏❤️🙏

    February 14, 2024 at 5:21 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      Grace thank you so very much. We truly appreciate your support and generosity!!!

      February 16, 2024 at 11:11 am Reply

  • Phyllis Herrell

    Dear Gigi, praying for a successful outcome! 🩷

    February 15, 2024 at 1:44 am Reply

    • Lisa

      Phyllis Thank you so much you are such a wonderful person for caring and helping. Thank you for your wonderful donation as well and we appreciate you so much.

      February 15, 2024 at 7:39 am Reply

  • jason stern

    Go Gigi Go

    February 15, 2024 at 7:23 am Reply

    • Lisa

      Jason thank you and your mom so so very much. Your help, support and generosity is unbelievable. We are so grateful for you and Thank you so much for caring about Gigi. She is truly a remarkable creature indeed. The strength of an Ox and the determination to live of something I have never seen ever before. God’s creation!!!!

      February 16, 2024 at 11:13 am Reply

  • jason stern

    From Jason AND his mom

    February 15, 2024 at 7:25 am Reply

    • Lisa

      You and your mom are so beautiful!!! Thank you again From the bottom of our hearts. Words can’t describe how wonderful your support makes us feel.

      February 16, 2024 at 11:14 am Reply

  • Sandra Schenk

    So I can help a little bit for Gigi’s surgery

    February 15, 2024 at 7:27 am Reply

    • Lisa

      Sandra You are so amazing for helping and a beautiful person for carrying so much. Bless you!!!

      February 15, 2024 at 7:40 am Reply

  • Gail Johnston

    Sending small donation to help Gigi. Prayers all goes well

    February 15, 2024 at 9:59 am Reply

    • Lisa

      Gail, Thank you so much for your generous donation and your prayers as we need all of the support. And i’m so glad that you are here for us. Thank you so so much.

      February 16, 2024 at 11:15 am Reply

  • Parissa Safavi Abbassi

    Get well soon Gigi ❤️

    February 15, 2024 at 10:39 am Reply

    • Lisa

      Parissa, Thank you so much for your donation and for caring about Gigi. You are so kind and so generous. We truly appreciate your support it means everything.

      February 16, 2024 at 11:16 am Reply

  • Antoinette Martinez

    Praying Gigi gets well soon

    February 15, 2024 at 2:45 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      Antoinette, We truly appreciate your generous donation and your support. Thank you so so much for really caring about what happens to gigi.

      February 16, 2024 at 11:17 am Reply

  • Sandra Schaller

    Please help this pup ❤️🙏❤️

    February 15, 2024 at 5:07 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      Sandra, You are really truly amazing for helping us. Thank you so much for being so kind and generous.
      It means the world that you care about Gigi.

      February 16, 2024 at 11:18 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    Hope she gets better soon

    February 15, 2024 at 9:29 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      We cannot wait for her to get better. Thank you for your kind words and your amazing donation. We truly appreciate you so so much.

      February 16, 2024 at 11:19 am Reply

  • James Mills

    get well sweetie

    February 16, 2024 at 10:24 am Reply

    • Lisa

      James,
      You are so very kind for helping Gigi.
      She is so amazing and strong she inspires me every single day it’s incredible. We really appreciate you.

      February 16, 2024 at 11:20 am Reply

  • Katica Pajic

    I follow her account on tiktok for sometime and want to help …i have 3 cats and turtle .. wish could do.more..wish her the best

    February 16, 2024 at 11:00 am Reply

    • Lisa

      We are so grateful for you. Thank you again for all of your support in for being here for Gigi.
      If you met her you would fall in Love with her she is so sweet and loving it’s truly a blessing. Words really can’t describe how much it means to us to have so much love for her. We cannot wait to send updates. Bless your beautiful heart.

      February 16, 2024 at 11:21 am Reply

  • Ruby Brayton

    Good luck, Gigi. We are rooting for you!

    February 16, 2024 at 12:55 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      You are so wonderful for caring about Gigi and your awesome donation. We appreciate you so much.

      February 18, 2024 at 12:39 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      Thank you so very much, we really really love that you care so much!!!!

      February 18, 2024 at 12:44 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      Thank you so much for your amazing donation. You’re support makes us stay strong thank you so much.

      February 18, 2024 at 3:12 pm Reply

  • Lorraine Waxman

    Thank you!

    February 16, 2024 at 3:33 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      Thank you Lorraine, you are so kind and generous.

      February 18, 2024 at 12:40 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      Lorraine, Thank YOU for caring and your generosity. I will do everything in my physical and mental power to save her!!!

      February 18, 2024 at 12:45 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      Thank you Lorraine. We have been fighting this together for almost a year. The amount of strength this little beautiful creature has is so inspiring. I love her so much!! Thank you for donating and believing in us!!!

      February 18, 2024 at 3:13 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    I hope you guys reach your goal, I would want the same thing for my puppy!

    February 16, 2024 at 7:14 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      Thank you so much for your generosity and your kindness. I will fly to the moon to save her if I have to. She is amazing.

      February 18, 2024 at 12:46 pm Reply

    • lisa

      Thank you so very much, your amazing for donating and believing in Gigi and giving us so much support!!!

      February 18, 2024 at 3:15 pm Reply

  • Frangelyz Vigo

    I came to know about Gigi’s story through Glitters stories in instagram for who I already donated to too, helping animals in need it’s my goal and what better way to do it than how we said in my island “Aportar un granito de arena” ❤️

    February 16, 2024 at 7:24 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      Thank you for those amazing words and you are a beautiful person.
      Thank you again for your amazing donation and for supporting the wondeful strong Gigi girl.
      Her extreme will to fight and be happy and healthy is something i’ve never seen in my life.

      February 18, 2024 at 12:41 pm Reply

  • Lilie Guerrero

    Praying that this sweet little soul gets the help needed to make a full recovery and live a long and happy life alongside her family. Praying for you Gigi! 🙏🐾💕

    February 16, 2024 at 11:20 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      You are so so very kind and generous.
      Your words of encouragement and your well wishes give us so much hope.
      It has been the fight of a lifetime, the hardest thing both of us have ever done and we are so blessed to have you care so much.

      February 18, 2024 at 12:43 pm Reply

  • Eddie Ico

    You got this GIGI sending healing, strength, and prayers your way! Wishing you love and light and hope you reach your goal!

    February 17, 2024 at 2:41 am Reply

    • Lisa

      Thank you so much for your generous donation and really caring about Gigi and her health. The support is so amazing and touches my heart so much. Gigi fights so hard to live and be happy. She is destined to be here and she will do anything for it as she already does.

      February 19, 2024 at 3:07 pm Reply

  • Sabrina Rivera

    Oreo and Chloe wish you good luck in your surgery and everything will be fine.

    February 17, 2024 at 11:41 am Reply

    • Lisa

      Thank you So much Oreo and Chloe, Gigi loves you for the support and amazing donation. We have gained so much hope and strength from the love of all of you and your words of encouragement and prayers. It is such a blessing all of the love Gigi has now.

      February 19, 2024 at 3:09 pm Reply

  • Julie Harris

    I feel so sad for you -How difficult this must be -I so hope you are able to save sweet Gigi

    February 17, 2024 at 2:54 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      Thank you so much Julie for your support and beautiful generous donation. It is extremely difficult and the hardest thing immediately have ever had to do but somehow we both find this great strength from somewhere and we both fight so hard to be together and be healthy. We can not wait to give Gigi the chance at a life of pure happiness and love.

      February 19, 2024 at 7:54 pm Reply

  • Elaine Tyler

    The love of animals. Want her to have a chance. God Bless and enjoy your new health Gigi💖💯💕🐾🤗

    February 17, 2024 at 4:35 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      Thank you Elaine, the love of animals can not compare to anything in this whole world. It is pure bliss and it feels like such a blessing. We appreciate you so much Elaine!!!!

      February 19, 2024 at 7:56 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    Gigi looks just like my rescue dog , Lucky! I wish her luck and success and a long happy life. 💕💕💕💕

    February 18, 2024 at 4:22 am Reply

    • Lisa

      Thank you so much for your well wishes in your amazing donation. Your lucky must have been an amazing furbaby and GORGEOUS TOO!!!
      Thank you so much again!!!

      February 18, 2024 at 12:49 pm Reply

  • Cindy Gerard

    Gigi and her Mom are fighters. I wish them many more years together❤️

    February 18, 2024 at 11:40 am Reply

    • Lisa

      You are such an amazing person for saying that and also for donating. We fight so hard together I think that is why we are both here. I have never seen any person or animal fight as hard as this beautiful soul. I would like to think she’s fighting for me!! So i’m fighting for her with every single inch of my soul.

      February 18, 2024 at 12:48 pm Reply

  • Joyce Van Horn

    I’m donating because this precious little girl is a fighter and her Momma loves her dearly! She deserves this chances to live a long healthy life!

    February 18, 2024 at 3:00 pm Reply

    • Lisa

      Thank you so much for donating your words of encouragement Are keeping me so strong in this extremely difficult time. I feel like we are both in the fight of our lives. And we will do anything to save one another!!!!
      Thank you so very much!!!

      February 19, 2024 at 3:04 pm Reply

  • Karrica Finch

    Gigi, praying for you

    February 19, 2024 at 8:48 am Reply

    • Lisa

      Your so special and beautiful for donating and caring about Gigi. Thank you so very much ❤️ 💖 ♥️ 💜

      February 19, 2024 at 7:52 pm Reply

  • Beverly Gingell

    Thank you for caring for this little sweetheart. Please keep us advised.

    February 19, 2024 at 3:30 pm Reply

  • Carolyn Jobe

    Maybe some day it’ll be my pup and I might need help. With luck, that will never happen. But this pup does need help, so here we are. Every $1 helps.

    February 20, 2024 at 10:59 am Reply

  • Patricia Leinani Stanton

    For Gigi

    February 21, 2024 at 4:38 am Reply

  • Mari Barnhart

    Can only give $5 today! But come message me on March 1st!!! I’ll give much more!!!

    February 21, 2024 at 11:24 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    Hoping for an uneventful surgery and a full and speedy recovery.

    February 21, 2024 at 3:30 pm Reply

  • Bobbi Collett

    Best wishes for Gigi

    February 22, 2024 at 4:12 pm Reply

  • Margaret Bostic

    Prayers for this precious little dog.

    February 23, 2024 at 4:32 am Reply