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Ruby was born on December 5th, 2013 with a significant birth defect. She has a cleft lip as well as severe clefts in both her hard and soft palates. As a result, Ruby is not able to eat normally and has to be tube-fed by her foster mom. She is growing and thriving, but she needs surgery to repair her cleft palate so that she can eat and drink normally.

We've consulted with oral surgery specialists at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School and have found an experienced surgeon willing to take her case. He feels Ruby's chances for a successful outcome are very good. He says the ideal time for surgery would be when Ruby is 15 weeks old, so we have scheduled her surgery for March 25, 2014. We have set our fundraising goal at $5500 to cover the cost of the surgery, preoperative tests, and travel expenses. Any funds raised beyond what is required for Ruby's surgery will be used to help other special needs animals with the Utah Animal Advocacy Foundation. UAAF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and your donations are tax-deductible. Our tax ID is 42-1578128.

We have all fallen in love with this beautiful, charming, brave little puppy and hope you'll help us give her the happily-ever-after she deserves. Thank you!

Update: Ruby's surgery was a success!  She has healed well and was recently spayed.  We can't believe she's 6 months old! Go Ruby!

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