URGENT—Please Help: Ernie Needs Surgery to Live

  • Breed: Boxer
  • Name: Ernie
  • Color: White
  • Size: Large
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Young

$4,020.00 raised of $5,500.00

A bystander watched in disbelief as Ernie, thin and deaf, was dumped in an empty field.

Luckily, Collar of Hope was able to save Ernie before he had to fend for himself, which is a good thing as he was already very very thin and deaf, which was discovered after taking him in. Our first priority was to help Ernie put on some weight; our second priority was to get him basic care and neutered. Unfortunately we found out he couldn't be neutered because he has a serious heart condition.

Two visits and six months later, he is now in desperate need of heart surgery. The final cardiologist outcome is pulmonic valvular stenosis, equivocal subaortic stenosis and mild tricuspid valve dysplasia. In common language, this means that Ernie's body has a really hard time pumping blood from his heart to his lungs and to the rest of his body. In humans, this condition often causes shortness of breath, chest pains, fainting; and if it goes untreated, patients can suffer from heart failure and, even, death.

Ernie is a very lovable and soft dog that likes to snuggle, too. He deserves to live a long, happy life. And he can, if he can get the surgery that he needs. Please help him fight for his life by supporting his cause.


  • Ernie has successfully undergone his life saving heart surgery!!!
    His pressure was 90-100 and the goal was to get it down to 45-50.. Result was 49!
    He can live a long and healthy life with this even though it's considered a low grade heart murmur.
    His next steps are to get the stitches removed and exam in 2 weeks, set up his neuter for 2-4 weeks from now and then (hopefully), 1 final visit with his cardiologist!
    Once this is done, after 2 years, he will finally be ready for adoption!
    He was loved by every person he came across and was such a great patient too at the WA State University!

    March 09, 2018

  • On his way back from heart surgery at WSU !!!

    March 09, 2018

  • UPDATE******

    Ernie is scheduled for his heart surgery the first week of March. He and a volunteer will be traveling to Eastern Washington. He will have pre op March 6th surgery the morning of the 7th and recovery the 8th. We are so excited for him. Thank you to all that have helped us make this possible.

    January 17, 2018

  • Ernie still URGENTLY needs your help! If we can't come up with it soon, he could drop dead at any time. He's a great deaf boxer who deserves better than that... 

    December 15, 2017

  • We are still too far on the expense of Ernie's surgery. As he is getting older we can see the affects it is taking on him and his heart. His play time is shorter and definitely NO running in the heat. Please help us reach our goal an see Ernie grow up and grow old.

    June 30, 2017

  • Ernie deserves to have a long living life, he will NOT be able to do so unless he has his surgery. We are not able to get him his surgery until we raise the funds.

    Please help by donating to Ernie & help him live the long happy life he deserves!!!

    April 06, 2017

  • We are still waiting on a 2nd estimate from a vet school for Ernie's surgery. At the moment it appears the operation will be around $3,000 in addition to the $1,000 we have already spent on him. 

    Ernie will have to remain on medication for the rest of his life.

    January 10, 2017