Southern California Hotline: 310-808-5943
Southern California Hotline: 310-808-5943
We receive requests from around the United States to intake cleft palate ruminants. We can not intake all requests due to our organizations limited resources and the extensive expenses involved. If you have a neonatal lamb or kid in need of cleft palate assistance you can reach us at and our team will do our best to assist you if we have the resources and availibiltity.
Our organization works out possible Transport options.
We have driven and flown goats from across the country when flights were donated but guardians transporting their animals to our facility once case is approved is requested and does give your animal a better chance at the program.
If you'd like to donate a private flight for a cleft palate ruminant you can reach us at: Info@vivaglobalrescue.org
Our veterinary team gets to work on a treatment plan and moves forward with treatment, prosthetics if possible, and surgical repair. The cleft palate neonate will receive round the clock specialized care with every resource and medical option made available to them.
Donations can be made by texting: "MIRACLEFUND" to 44-321
Ruminants with severe cleft palate deformities in the US and across the world have nearly a 100% mortality rate due to a lack of developed surgical procedures for the complete cleft palate as well as surgeons and hospitals not willing or able to do the surgery because of its extreme challenges.
Viva Rescues Miracle Fund seeks to change that fate for cleft palate ruminants through feeding and care models, surgical procedures and prosthetic options.
Viva’s medical team has had successful surgical closures of the palate and is working on developing treatment plans and guidelines for cleft palate ruminants to prove that not only are they deserving of the care given to other mammals with cleft palates but what was once thought impossible is actually repairable with the right kind of innovative, out of the box techniques and practices.
Viva's "Miracle fund" is currently the ONLY program in the country actively working on cleft palate innovation in ruminants and the only organization actively intaking cleft palate ruminants into their program.
Viva executive Director Maya Benperlas often reminds folks that “Every procedure, surgery and deformity was once thought of as “untreatable” and impossible to fix until someone didn’t stop trying until they solved the problem. That is what we are trying to do with this program, when we are told it’s not possible to save these babies we keep reminding folks - we are aware this isn’t done, researched or treated even in most universities, but with our dedicated veterinary surgeons, and team we will keep innovating and keep trying for better chances for neonatal ruminants with cleft palates who have literally nowhere else to turn. They deserve the best chance we can give them.”
Miracle was a few days old when we got notice of her story. Within 24 hours we had Miracle on a plane flying 1,000+ miles south to save her life. We had the best veterinarians and surgeons consulting on her case. We attempted everything possible to save her life. Miracles cleft palate repair surgery went extremely well. Her surgeon made a beautiful closure to her palate and we had some real hope...but despite it all...miracle never woke up. She passed in our arms after surgery. Her heart and lungs were too weak. Our hearts were broken but we knew we couldn’t let miracles story be forgotten. We knew that her rescue had the potential to save hundreds of babies like her if only someone would try.
In her honor we created this fund which will raise funds towards saving as many cleft palate babies as possible and inspiring other hospitals across the country and world to attempt surgeries that are usually never considered. These babies need surgery, prosthetics, imaging, transport, and 24/7 medical care...we need a fund to turn to specifically for these babies. Cleft palate surgery in ruminants is under researched and under operated on even though it’s a common surgery in puppies/kittens. The reasons behind this can vary from farm animals not being perceived the same way society sees dogs and cats.. to the fact that many surgeons and hospitals don’t even want to attempt the surgery due to its low chances of success and complex nature. Cleft palate ruminants have a much harder time than puppies/kittens with this condition but we are determined to prove that it is still possible to save their lives. We continue to work diligently with our amazing teams to create a surgery + care protocol that will save cleft palate ruminants and give the best chance to babies like Miracle. We are honored to work with Dr. Rosen, Dr. Anderson and Shiloh vet hospital, if not for our incredible medical team we couldn’t save these babies. We continue to save lives together in memory of miracle.
A donation of any amount will assist us in the lifesaving venture to change the way cleft palate babies are perceived and treated.
Help save lives in seconds by texting "MIRACLEFUND" to 44-321
Ella came to Viva Rescue in early 2022 with a severe cleft palate deformity. She was tube fed diligently by our experienced team for months until she was ready to embark on a journey to cleft palate repair!
Mark The Date! Thursday, March 31, 2022 was a historic day for cleft palate goats and especially for Ella! Her life has been changed forever because of your generosity! The doctors were able to close one inch of her cleft palate, and complete one of the 3-4 surgeries she will need.
Ella will soon undergo her second surgical repair and will continue to heal in the loving arms of Viva Rescue.