As his siblings began to grow and heal, Yuko’s foster mom noticed that there was something different about him. His breathing and heart rate didn’t seem normal, and even after taking lots of naps, he was still always tired and easily fatigued. She arranged for him to see a vet, who discovered that little Yuko had a birth defect in his heart. Without surgery, the puppy was unlikely to survive to adulthood.
Unfortunately, the surgery Yuko would need to fix his birth defect was incredibly expensive, but his rescue family wasn’t ready to give up on him. His foster family started a GoFundMe campaign, and in no time at all, they raised the $5,000 needed to help Yuko.