Pearl

Poor kitten cannot swallow! She needs surgery urgently.
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  • $1,750.00 Donated
  • $9,000.00 Goal
  • 48 Donors
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About the Campaign

Little Pearl has a condition where her esophagus is scarred,

only allowing liquid through, not food!

Pearl was brought to Pasadena Humane at only 3 weeks old, abandoned by her mother. When she first arrived at the shelter, she was dirty, covered with fleas and suffering from a mild respiratory infection. As she began to grow and wean from formula to solid food, it became clear that there was a major problem. 

Pearl is at Pasadena Humane

Each time she attempted to eat, she would vomit up the food for hours. She started losing weight rapidly, unable to get the proper nutrition to grow. Upon evaluation, Pasadena Humane’s veterinary team found that there was a blockage in her esophagus that was not allowing the food to move into her stomach. 

Pearl has been diagnosed with a condition known as Persistent Aortic Arch. You can read a summary about this condition HERE, and a longer analysis HERE. She has thick bands of scar tissue that are closing off her esophagus and preventing anything other than liquid from passing through. 

Pearl desperately needs surgery to remove the band of scar tissue. This major surgery will be dangerous and expensive, requiring this tiny kitten to be anesthetized and have her chest opened up – the obstruction of her esophagus is very close to her heart. She needs a CT-Scan and the surgery must be done by a specialist outside of the shelter to give her the best chance of recovery. 

Pearl is counting on friends like you. By donating toward her surgery today, you’ll help give her the chance to grow into a healthy, happy cat. All donations are for Pearl and go specifically to Pasadena Humane, in Pasadena California, for her surgery.

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11 comments

  • Milena Albert

    I wish I could save every animal on the planet. But since I can’t, I will do my best to help others who save animals one life at a time.

    November 16, 2021 at 11:01 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    You’ve got this little one!

    November 17, 2021 at 1:35 am Reply

  • Glenn Cameron

    Hopefully this Kitty will be okay after surgery good luck

    November 17, 2021 at 7:42 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    Poor little thing! I have esophageal issues myself, which requires dilation of the esophagus as the food binds at heart height, like Pearl. Hoping and praying she has an uneventful surgery and that she has a quick and full recovery .

    November 17, 2021 at 8:50 am Reply

  • Terry Brown

    We’ve had 8 cats, & we’re fortunate that they generally were healthy, & we were able to pay for any vet bills. However, we recognize that not all animals stay healthy, & not everyone has the money to pay for an expensive operation. Our donation is small, but hopefully others will contribute as well.

    November 17, 2021 at 10:28 am Reply

  • Ellisa Naumann

    Poor baby.

    November 17, 2021 at 12:42 pm Reply

  • Tahitia Ruby

    Poor little kitty. I wish I had more I hope & pray she’s able to get the surgery.

    November 17, 2021 at 4:37 pm Reply

  • Virginia Grandy

    God bless her, and I pray that she recovers quickly.

    November 17, 2021 at 5:58 pm Reply

  • Bonnie Shelley

    We all get by with a little help from our friends.

    November 17, 2021 at 7:22 pm Reply

  • Anne Johanson

    : )

    November 19, 2021 at 1:20 pm Reply

  • Laura Caballero

    Here’s a small contribution hoping Little Pearl can get the surgery she needs ASAP!!

    November 19, 2021 at 2:46 pm Reply