Saving Edgar

Jun 11, 2017

It hasn’t been an easy road for Edgar. For two weeks after he was born, he was “on the streets.” No food bowl, no warm bed to sleep in at night, no safety from the elements and predators, no cuddles, no kisses.

Luckily, he was brought to the Pasadena Humane Society and after 6 weeks of care and fostering, Edgar was adopted. Bravo, end of story. One would’ve hoped. Unfortunately, during a routine exam before his neuter surgery, veterinarians found “a significant heart murmur most closely associated with Patent Duct Arteriosus (PDA), a congenital heart defect.”

Upon hearing about Edgar’s serious heart condition and the fact that surgery to fix the issue could cost between $4,000 and $6,000, his potential owners bowed out of the adoption.

The Humane Society writes: “When corrective surgery is performed by a veterinary cardiologist, the vast majority of kittens make a full recovery, and within weeks the classic symptoms of respiratory distress, coughing, and exercise intolerance resolve. Without surgery, the survival rate for kittens with PDA is less than 50% in the first year.”

“We are doing the absolute best we can for Edgar,” says Julie Bank, President/CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. “Despite his heart defect, this little boy has so much love to give.”

The Pasadena Humane Society has started the Miracle Fund to provide injured, abused, and underage animals with a second chance at life.

Edgar is scheduled to see a veterinary cardiologist this week. Could you spare a few bucks and help save Edgar?

To support Edgar and animals like him, please consider making a donation here. From $1 to $10,000, all donations are greatly needed and wholeheartedly appreciated.


Photo credit: Walt Mancini, Pasadena Star News.






Allison (A414274), American Bulldog/Boxer; 1 year, 10 months old; spayed female.


Thanks to PHS for the text below and its Free Adoption Days:

Looking to add a new furry friend to your family? The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA will hold its 4th Annual “Free Adoption Day” on June 22. Adoption fees for all available animals— including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, pocket pets and reptiles—will be sponsored thanks to a donation by Carol Ann Kirby. The shelter, located at 361 S. Raymond Ave in Pasadena, will be open for adoptions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As the shelter fills to capacity during the warmer months, it is important to find new homes for pets as quickly as possible. This is especially true before 4th of July, when dogs, cats and other animals are easily frightened by the loud booms and bursts of fireworks and may run away. The shelter hopes to free up as much kennel as possible to prepare for the increased number of stray and lost pets arriving around the 4th of July.

All dog and cat adoptions include the spay or neuter surgery, a microchip and a set of vaccines. New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.

The event is open to residents of any city looking to adopt a pet. Regular adoption process applies. To expedite the adoption process, print an adoption application in advance on our website. View all animals at the shelter at

Red-eared Slider turtle (A418045), 8 months old.


Female cream tabby rabbit (A418496).





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