Sunderland gran raising almost £5,000 for vital dog operation or see eight week old pup die - petsitterbank

Sunderland gran raising almost £5,000 for vital dog operation or see eight week old pup die

A Sunderland grandmother has been left with the choice of forking out £5,000 for a lifesaving operation for her pup, or seeing the eight week old canine tragically pass away.

Joanne Noble, 46, from Houghton le Spring got Luna the mini Pomeranian for her 11-year-old granddaughter Chloe following the passing of her father, with hopes that it would help her grieve.

And since coming together just over three weeks ago, the pup has brought the family an abundance of joy – creating a beautiful bond in a severely difficult time.

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However, in a tragic turn of events, it has been revealed that the young dog suffers from Patent Ductus Arteriosus – of the most common congenital heart defects in dogs. As a result of the defect, experts believe that the dog may struggle to make it through its first year of life without treatment.

But at a price of £4,800, and without medical insurance to split the bill, Joanne and the family are faced with a tough predicament.

Luna the eight-week-old mini Pomeranian, which needs lifesaving surgery

Speaking to Chronicle Live about Luna, Joanne said: “I lost my nephew nine weeks ago, and then fifteen days later my son-in-law. When my son-in-law died, all of his friends chipped together and got my granddaughter a dog to try to help her grieve.

“She’d been on and on saying that she wanted a dog, she was really depressed and they thought it would help her grieve. So, they’ve gone to just anybody basically and just bought a mini Pomeranian.

“The mother died in birth and she had to have an emergency section – that’s what we were told, and the owner was hand-rearing her.

“At six weeks we got the pup and she needed her injections and things like that so we took her along last Monday, as it had to be eight weeks before she could get them.

“The vets then found that she had a heart murmur which was quite significant they said. So we booked her in the next day – it cost us £500 for more scans and things – and they said that she didn’t have long basically, we needed to get her an operation straight away.

“They transferred us to the Edinburgh Royal vet hospital, so we drove up there yesterday. They wanted to do their own bloods and scans and stuff like that, which cost another £575. We paid that then they asked if they could keep her and operate the next day.

“They needed £2,500 up front, and then another £2,500 on collection. I told them that I haven’t got that type of money and I can’t get that type of money – we’ve had so much to pull out with funerals etc, it’s not possible.”

Joanne also says that she has been in touch with the RSPCA and PDSA, amongst many other charities in hopes of financial aid for her young pup’s operation. However, she has had no such luck as of yet – prompting her to take matters into her own hands and reach out to generous members of the public for selfless donations.

She aims to raise £4,800 for the operation altogether, which will fund an operation that has a 90 per cent success rate to see her dog survive and live a relatively normal life going forward. But the longer Joanne waits to book the operation and see the procedure through, the less likely are the chances of survival.

Joanne added: “We’ve tried everything and this GoFundMe is our last hope. They gave her two weeks and also put her on heart medication.

The GoFundMe Joanne set up for Luna
The GoFundMe Joanne set up for Luna

“I’ve got every single document from the hospital needed to prove everything, and hopefully this medication will allow her to last an extra two weeks – but a maximum of up to four.

“Seeing her play and stuff like that absolutely breaks my heart, we’ve all got so attached to her.

“People are saying ‘how can you get attached after two weeks?’ but you do, she’s like part of our family.

“We’ve had her three weeks and three days, but to be fair the connection was there from day one. We totally fell in love.

“I just can’t watch an animal suffer, I really can’t.”

Joanne’s GoFundMe has received £30 of her £4,800 target since its set-up three days ago – but she hopes to get the ball rolling further to help Luna live a normal life.

She added: “If I can get 5,000 people to donate one pence each – people drop their pennies all day long, you know. Even just one pence helps her further towards getting that operation. Every single penny will help.”

To find out more about Luna’s story, you can visit Joanne’s official GoFundMe page, here.


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