I have a cat named Mr.
Smeguls that I adopted from a "rescue" in Richland, Wa about 2 years
ago. I say "rescue" because it was a gross table with a bunch of cats
crammed in dirty crates under it. He was matted so heavily that he
couldn't move his legs, his face was raw and bleeding from not having
his eye creases cleaned, he had wet food dried in his chin hair, and
poop dried in his butt hair. It took a few months to get him cleaned up,
but now he's an amazing example of what rescued pets can become!
He's been the most wonderful addition to our home, a wonderfully loving
snuggler for me when I'm home alone a lot. Recently he injured his eye
and got an ulcer, and now he has a corneal sequestration where the ulcer
used to be. I've taken him to the vet and have been informed that my
only options are to take him to an animal eye doctor and pay around
$2000 to get the sequestration removed, or to pay a vet to remove his
beautiful eye (also in the neighborhood of $1500). He's being treated
with antibiotics in his eye 3 times a day and is on pain medication for
the time being...
I'm coming to you to see if there is some way your organization might be
able to help a lovable rescued kitty get his life back. His eye very
obviously bothers him, as when he is toward the end of his pain medicine
for the day he won't open his eye and shys away if you try to touch his
face. He's lost his enthusiasm and won't play with his favorite toy
anymore! The vet that I saw said that,
without treatment as stated above, his eye would eventually rupture and
I would have to either fix it then or put him down... My other option
would be to spare him the pain and put him down now.
Financially, we cannot afford to do this... All our other pets are on
pet insurance, and we figured since he's an indoor-only cat that nothing
would happen to him. Obviously we were WRONG! He is on pet insurance
now, but this injury is pre-existing and won't be covered in any way.
Here's a link to his Facebook album if you'd like to learn more about
this little kitty.
If a thousand people donated just $2, we can save Smegul's eye.