Help The Autistic Vet Save Lives

£971 of £65k goal

Raised by 15 people in 9 months
Nicola Ferguson  Oxton Ward, ENG
CANCER and AUTISM have stopped me RESCUING ANIMALS, from SAVING LIVES that need to be saved.

I gave up the chance to be a VETERINARIAN for my dying mum, then my dying cats. PLEASE DONATE WHAT YOU CAN SO I CAN FINISH VET SCHOOL AND SAVE COUNTLESS ANIMALS.
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I gave up everything for LOVE. I stayed home to nurse  my mother dying from bowel cancer instead of going to university. I saved 10 years in a job I hated, but used that money to beat cancer again, and pay for radiotherapy for my cats.

If this wasn't bad enough, I have SEVERE AUTISM.

AUTISM means I will never marry, never love my own child, never have friends. But I CAN be an excellent VETERINARIAN: RESCUE HUNDREDS OF LIVES.

PLEASE, PLEASE DONATE JUST £5. That is all. £5. I was asking for £1 originally, but when people tried to give £1 they were told the minimum donation was £5 - please accept my appology.

I have already done 3 years of study towards the degree of Dr.Vet.Med! PLEASE help me FINISH. TOGETHER we can save animals in need, but my ENTIRE FAMILY are DEAD. YOU are all I have to help.

My precious Hope, who died in my arms. R.I.P Hope.
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This is all you really need to know. PLEASE DONATE, not just for me, but also the rescue animals I promise to love & save, and to prove autistic people CAN be wonderful, contributing members of society, just like everyone else. PLEASE PLEASE DONATE NOW.
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Please donate so I can get the help I need to return to veterinary university. £5.
  If each and every one of you reading  this now could donate just £5 (and the wealthier of you donate a little more) instead of thinking 'Somone else will help, I don't need to' then as a team, we could do it together! Take on the disbelievers in the world that think there is no goodness left, that miracles don't happen. Let's join hands and paws and hooves together, let's take them on and let's win!

Resecue Kittens. Pawsome!

Autistic people often have 'special interests' - topics they can engross themselves in totally, and which give them deep fulfilment and pleasure, providing a way to escape the pressures of everyday life which they find so hard.  Veterinary medicine is one of my special interests, as is charity work and animal welfare, which you can read more about on my website. 

The indomitable Agnes who I re-homed.  She came back 5 times before finding the purrfect slave. She has Catt-itude!

A special interest can make an excellent choice of career, both for employer and autistic employee, as in my case. I am an excellent clinician and very good with people on a superficial level, all of which was taken into account when I was awarded  a special 6 month scholorship from my university, for academic and clinical excllence as well as committment to the profession.  I also wrote my thesis 2 years early 'for fun!' on animal welfare and Breed Specific Legislation, for which I was awarded a prize at the annual student's scientific conerence.

One of the rescue cats saying 'hello'. 

Just as important as the donation, PLEASE spread the word anywhere you can think of. I even did an Eminem parody video - who says us autistic people are not creative: 'Fund Yourself' by Crazy Cat Shady (Eminem Parody) 

3rd Year Vet School, Performing a Neurological Exam on a Horse. 

If I have not achieved my target I will return the money donated (less the GoFundMe fees - about 8%) and 100% if I can at all e.g. I win the lottery.  Otherwise I will donate the money to charity if that is ok with you.

My beautiful Holly after her renal scan. 

I am sick of living in a world of negativity. Imagine if we could raise so much money, just by many thousands or even a million(!!!!) people each giving £5 - then I could do extensive charity work while I was studying. Together, we could set up our own little charity in Budapest again, helping all those cats, dogs, rabbits - whatever species we find, which is in desperate need od help. 

As a vet I can give antibiotics & treat the wounds of dogs belonging to the homeless etc. As just a member of the public I can do so little to really help practically.  That is why qualifying is so vitally  important to me - so I can really help the worst off people and their animals.  If we got excess funds, imagine the sanctuary we could build together when I'm a  qualified vet, the work we could do, the lives we could save. Dreams - we have to have them, sometimes it is all we have.


I think my scrubs suit me! Help me wear them every day. Photography by 'Just Graham Photography'

Holly and Poppy - my beauty cats. How I will miss your purrs and head bonks. The fact you are both dying still seems like some sort of bad dream I am trapped in,  that can't possibly be true.


Me with my precious Hope from the shelter. 

So that is all. I can't think of more to say, except a massive thanks to everyone who has donated so far. It breaks my heart that so many people are reading this page (about 100 per day), but no-one is donating. I don't know what I am doing wrong. I keep wondering if it is because I am autistic, and so people don't like me. This is my lifelong problem, and it is silly to be surprised. I feel so worthless and rejected, because more than anything I want to help the animals, in a way I simply can't do as a non veterinarian. Please, please help me to help them. Donate just £5 or more if you can.


Thank you so much for reading. I hope one day together we will have our own little sanctuary together.

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Update 14
Posted by Nicola Ferguson
8 months ago
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I have had to change the minimum from £1 to £5 as I am not allowed to go less htan that. My fault totally for not reading the small print. Please accept my apologies. I thought it strange that I was not allowed to give a £1 reward (of my prizewinning story 'Black & Grey'
Thanks everyone
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Update 13
Posted by Nicola Ferguson
8 months ago
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REWARDS!!!!!
I am updating the rewards I created yesterday to better reflect what I can offer. The campaign does not end until Poppy dies, which is when I also feel there is no point for me to continue unless I have found the fulfillment I so desperately seek. However for now Poppy is happy and full of purr, so she may live until 2017 or even 2018.

Now any money you donate will sit in a savings account. I WILL NOT use it, and if I am unable to return to vet school at the end of the campaign, as I have outlined, it will either be returned to you (minus GoFundMe fees) or go to charity.

On that basis, I do not believe I should be spending money purchasing my own books to send to you! Rewards that involve hard copy books such as 'Disorderly Lives' will ONLY be sent out if the campaign succeeds. This may be in a year or two which is too long to wait, so for now I will send an electronic copy of the promised stories.

'The Nuclear Tourist' is a full length novel of almost 100,000 words, which is currently being edited and should appear on Amazon for sale in September.

'Tom, Tom the Baker's Son' is a short story about a feline with a secret........ It won the prize for 'The Writer's Notebook' best short story competition, under the heading 'Illusion' in September 2015. It appears in the anthology 'Disorderly Lives' which is available either in hard copy or by e-book. There are some outstanding short stories in the anthology and it is certainly well worth a read.

Tom has led a rather exciting life, as you can imagine. Currently I am in the process of writing the sequel of one of his more exciting adventures, which should be ready in the next few weeks. An expert with the mouse, Tom does struggle a little with the keyboard at times (keep this a secret for Tom if you please!)

So, currently 'Tom, Tom the Baker's Son' is the only story ready to be sent out and read RIGHT NOW. However I hope it will whet your appetite and you may consider an additional donation for another story, or even purchasing 'The Nuclear Tourist' when it appears on Amazon. Tom, is thinking that providing world domination proves not too tiring, well that he may write his own anthology of Tom stories and the adventures of other animal friends he has met on his travels.

Thank you so much for everyone's support and those of you who have already donated, I will contact you about how best to get the stories e-mailed to you.
My 1st degree - I was a brunette!
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Update 12
Posted by Nicola Ferguson
8 months ago
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A total of 1103 visits, but clearly not everyone donated £1 as I am well below that. 102 visits yesterday, but almost no donations.

As I said I am autistic. I do not know what I am doing wrong and why people do not donate? Is it because people do not believe me, is it because people do not think I deserve to be a vet and to live a happy, fulfilled life? Due to my autism, I cannot work in an office, and I cannot get a loan or any other means to finish my degree. I want to spend the rest of my life saving animals.

Please comment and tell me what I am doing wrong.
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Update 11
Posted by Nicola Ferguson
8 months ago
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I have just added some rewards. Everyone that has donated so far, will be e-mailed for their mail address if appropriate.

I know not everyone wants a copy of my writing(!) so if you don't please say, otherwise I will assume you do want a copy and I will send/e-mail you the reward as appropriate.
The Silver Reward
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£971 of £65k goal

Raised by 15 people in 9 months
Created July 29, 2016
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Rachel Isaacs
7 months ago
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Rachel Isaacs
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Anonymous
8 months ago
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DL
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Diane Lee
8 months ago
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I know you'll use this for good, whatever the outcome of this campaign. Xxx

FK
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Fouad Khan
8 months ago
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ES
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Eva Szabo
8 months ago
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SP
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Samiya Parvez
8 months ago
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Keep. Going!

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Richard Carter
8 months ago
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Your Hungarian friends have you in their hearts

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anonymus anonymus
9 months ago
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From the hungarian rescued cats. And for the more rescuing in the future. I believe in you!

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Dawn Cottrell
9 months ago
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Good luck Nicola Dawn x

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