Paws for Life Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant

What was the money or product used for?

For a kitten, Lennon, with a severe upper-respiratory infection and a badly ruptured eye. The grant funds were used for treatment of his URI, for surgery to remove the ruptured eye, and to treat the remaining eye.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant has helped us with funding for the emergency medical care that Lennon required for his URI and ruptured eye. We are continuing to fundraise for and keep supporters updated on the multiple surgeries that he will need to help him breathe and lead a more normal life. Funds like this help Paws for Life Rescue to save more lives.

How many pets did this grant help?


Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Sweet little Lennon came into Paws for Life Animal Rescue in October 2018 with a severe upper-respiratory infection and a badly ruptured eye. As he recovered from his enucleation [eye-removal surgery] and was treated for his URI, his foster mom noticed that he continued to struggle to breath. Despite regular steaming treatments to try to open up his airways and antibiotics to treat the URI, he made no progress. Once his URI was gone, he continued to have issues breathing, and as he grew bigger, his foster mom noticed that his chest felt strange and his breathing continued to grow heavier, even as he slept. It became very clear that there was something much worse than a URI going on with our sweet kitten.

While no abnormalities could be found on his x-rays, a CT scan revealed that Lennon had a very deformed sternum that was putting pressure on his heart and lungs, pushing them off to one side and causing his difficulties breathing. In addition to his pectus excavatum, he also had nasal stenosis, a narrowing of his nasal passageway, which caused him to have further trouble breathing and forced him to breathe through his mouth at all times. The older and bigger he gets, the worse his condition would become if left untreated. So the decision was made to give our little fighter every possible chance.

In December 2018, Lennon had the first of several surgeries: a $2,000 ballooning procedure to open up his airways to help him breathe. He handled his surgery like a champ, and is now breathing a bit better. However, this was only the first step. Once he is recovered, he will be moving on to his second surgery to treat his pectus excavatum (the deformity in his chest that causes his sternum to push on his organs).

However, since he is a kitten, this surgery will need to be done in multiple steps over the course of the next several months as he grows. Lennon will need to have his sternum surgically attached to an external cast that will need to be regularly adjusted and tightened so that as he grows, the cast will pull his sternum outward and help stop it from pushing on his lungs and heart. These surgeries are roughly $2,500-3,000, and will hopefully be enough to get him to be able to breathe comfortably.

Lennon is in foster care until his medical treatment, planned over the next few months, has been completed and he is ready for adoption. Therefore, he is not yet posted on Petfinder.