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Surgery for Cassidy

$290 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 7 people in 30 months
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Faith Fails   SHARON, CT
Cassidy is 3 years old and was found by a rescue organization as a small kitten.  She had repeated sinus infections, and was constantly treated for them.  Her foster Mom had cancer, but Cassidy always kept her foster Mom going - sadly, her foster Mom passed away a year ago.  Cassidy went into another foster home and continued to have problems breathing. 
      It was found that she had a polyp, the size of a nickel in her throat and sinus cavity.  This polyp had grown since she was a kitten (Caassidy is now 4), and it was about to block Cassidy's airway completely - causing death.  Cassidy needed surgery right away.  The surgery was risky and very traumatic - but it was her only hope. I agreed to help raise the funds for this surgery - and the vet was good enough to do the surgery for Cassidy, as this could not wait. After meeting Cassidy and visiting her at the vets, I decided to foster Cassidy since she will be on several medications and will require special care and attention. She may need to stay with me permanently.  
     Cassidy has had a very hard time in recovery - she just recently had a feeding tube inserted, and her sinuses are draining massive amounts of mucus - as they were never able to drain properly since she was a kitten.  The photos are taken way before her surgery - and I will post current photos of her at the vet hospital as soon as I can (a current photo is now posted).  Cassidy has such a strong spirit and is such a fighter.  It was touch and go for a while, and she almost left us during the surgery - but she pulled through.  She again had to go under anesthesia for a feeding tube to be inserted (it was too diffuclt for her to eat after the polyp surgery) - and she made it through the feeding tube procedure too. 
    There is extensive inflammation throughout her nasal passages and her throat - both due to the polyp that was there, and the trauma of the surgery.  She had the surgery on February 11th - and is still at the vet's as of February 23rd. 
     She has finally rounded a corner we think, and she is showing marked improvment.  She needs round the clock nursing care right now and is on several medications.  We are not sure how much longer she will be at the vets, but we are hoping she can go home in another week. 
      Her bills already total close to $4,500.00.  This is an expensive bill and the rescue organizations involved in her foster care simply do not have the funds to cover this bill. We need help for Cassidy.  She is a very loving and friendly cat - even at her most diffiuclt time after the surgery, when we went to visit her in her cage, she purred and tried to get up. Her spirit and will to live is amazing. 
      There are so many homeless cats out on their own that need so much help.  Cassidy was very lucky to find people who wanted to try and get her help and I am very lucky to have the chance to give her a home once she is able to leave the vets. 
    We all feel that her foster Mom, Lucy, is somehow helping Cassidy on this road to recovery and to a new home. Lucy loved Cassidy dearly, and Cassidy would sleep on Lucy's pillow right next to her head every night.  Lucy did not even mind the sneezing of "kitty bugars" onto her head as Cassidy slept :-) 
We know that Lucy would want us to do everything we can for Cassidy.
   If anyone needs more information or would like to verify things with the vet who is caring for her, please email me.  Thank you so much for anything you can give to help Cassidy.  She deserves a chance for a happy and healthy life.
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Update 12
23 months ago
Hi Everyone,
Things have been busy - but Cassidy is doing GREAT! She weighs 7.5 pounds now! She was even healthy enough to be spayed three weeks ago - we were very nervous about her going under anesthesia again, but she did very good and had no problems at all!
Her original surgery bill is still quite high - we really do need help on that - she lived with a foster Mom who had passed away and the rescue that Cassidy came from at the time of her surgery did not have the funds for her surgery and the vet was nice enough to let us try and raise funds for the cost - the polyp surgery really did save Cassidy's life - she did not have much time left without it.
You can still send donations directly to Sand Road Animal Hospital and their phone number is 860-364-5223 if you would like to call them. Or, you can donate through gofund.
Times are hard for everyone but any amount will help. Thank You.
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Update 11
27 months ago
Hi Everyone,

Cassidy did pretty good at her last vet visit. They are putting her on a new medication. She still has some sinus discharge and some congestion. But, her weight is up t0 6 and 1/2 pounds! She is eating well and enjoying life. Her eye is still paralyzed and the vet said her lungs are still sounding a bit loud - but overall, the vet was amazed at how she is doing. A few new pictures are attached. Thank you all again - we still need donations. Please see my last post - you can send them directly to her vet. Thank you!
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Update 10
27 months ago
Hi Everyone,
Sorry it has been so ling since a post - things are busy! Cassidy is doing very well. I will post some new photos soon. She has a follow up visit at the vet's today. Cassidy has been on some Chinese herbs that the vet prescribed and we will see how the herbs have been working at her visit today. Her eye that is paralyzed seems to have some movement - so I hope to see if the vet thinks it has improved as well.

Donations are still slowly coming in for her vet bill - but we could still use more help. The balance for her surgery is now at $2,300.00. Another thank you to all who have donated. You can also send your donations directly to her vet:

Sand Road Animal Hospital
136 Sand Road
Falls Village, CT 06031
ATTN: Cassidy's Surgery

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Update 9
28 months ago
Hi Everyone - thank so much for the recent donations. We also received a donation by mail - we would like to thank Ray and Pat Grigos for their generous donation of $200.00 for Cassidy.

Cassidy is doing very well and has more energy now. She as been going upstairs now and has also playfully chased Elvis - her foster brother, around the house - but he enjoys it! She still get short of breath if she plays too much, and still has some loud breathing and mucus discharge. but, she continues to improve each day. She LOVES to eat.

She will be having another follow up with the vet soon. Her eye still remains paralyzed - we are hoping this might improve over time.

Enjoy the photos - she is a very sweet cat with such a happy little soul. Thank you again to everyone who has helped her.

Stay tuned for continuing updates.....
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$290 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 7 people in 30 months
Created February 23, 2014
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Faith Fails     SHARON, CT
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29 months ago

What wonderful news that Cassidy is doing better!

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