Ru is a 2-year-old Pointer mix in Murphysboro, IL. He has had a tough life starting out at a shelter in Altus, OK where he was close to being gassed. Luckily he was rescued by the wonderful people of St. Francis CARE in Murphysboro and was then adopted by his mommy, a graduate social work student.
On his very first trip to the vet, it was discovered that Ru has a significant heart murmur. An echocardiogram performed in St. Louis confirmed that Ru has severe Pulmonic Stenosis (PS), a congenital heart defect that results in the narrowing of the pulmonic valve. Ru has been lucky so far, but he needs surgery to ensure he lives a long, healthy life! Untreated, it is possible for Ru to die of a sudden death or from congestive heart failure due to a backup of blood into his lungs and abdominal cavity.
If you've ever met Ru, you wouldn't guess he's got anything wrong with him. He loves to play fetch and frisbee at the dog park with his big brother, Remy. But Ru tires easily, gets out of breath, and needs to lay down even after a short walk. His heart is working very hard to keep him going and to push his blood through this very narrow valve. With a surgery called Balloon Valvuloplasty, Ru will be able to resume his normal activity and live a long, healthy life.
The goal for this fundraiser is $3,000. This will cover both the echocardiogram cost (~$450) and the minimum cost of the surgery (~$2,500).
Any additional money collected from this fundraiser will go towards helping other families pay for vet bills/pet surgeries for their rescued pets. I am working on making Root For Ru into an official organization to meet the needs of the community.
Thank you for taking the time to look at this page, and please help if you are able & continue to Root for Ru!