Woman adopts dog with life-threatening heart condition—she had a secret reason

January 3, 2018 5:00 pm Last Updated: January 4, 2018 9:06 am

On October 4th an adorable pooch named Bruno arrived at the Spokane Humane Society in Spokane, Washington. After a checkup, it was discovered that Bruno had heart problems.

In order to survive he’d need surgery.

Bruno arrived at the humane society in need of heart surgery.

Not too long after Bruno arrived at the humane society after a long trip from Texas, he underwent an examination. The humane society’s veterinarian diagnosed Bruno with a “severe heart murmur,” according to ABC. Further evaluation revealed he had PDA, which is when there is abnormal blood flow between two of the major arteries that are connected to the heart.

The good news was that the condition was treatable—however it involved expensive surgery, costing between $3000 and $4000.

Thanks to donations made by the humane society’s supporters, Bruno was able to receive his surgery.

Many people donated to help pay for Bruno’s life-saving surgery. One of those people was Sue Blankenship.

Blankenship heard about Bruno through a friend and immediately felt a connection to the dog. In 1954, she had the same surgery that Bruno was scheduled to receive.

Knowing how the surgery helped her, she wanted to give Bruno the same opportunity she received over 60 years ago. According to the Spokane Humane Society she rallied her family to raise funds to help pay for the dog’s surgery.

Shortly after his surgery, Bruno found his forever home.

On December 13th, Bruno had his heart surgery and it was a success.

Two weeks after his surgery he was cleared for adoption and it didn’t take long for the lucky pup to find a very special forever home.

Donating to Bruno’s fund for surgery wasn’t enough for Blankenship—she wanted to give the dog a loving home.

Upon hearing Bruno had been cleared for adoption Blankenship happily adopted him.

Now, the two, who benefited from the same heart surgery, will get to spend the rest of their lives together.