Jaws the cat- broken jaw

$6,080 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 177 people in 39 months
Erin Rockhill
on behalf of Melissa Nascimento
 HILLSBOROUGH, NJ


Hi everyone!   

I am asking for help so we can fix this poor guy.  

I am advocating for this stray cat we named "Jaws."   He was found in Elizabeth NJ under a good Samaritans car who brought him into our hospital.  
The person who found him didn't know if he had an owner but brought hi in because he was in pretty bad shape.   Before I even opened up the carrier to see if he was potentially friendly or had to be sedated, I smelled an infected mouth, it was a matter of finding out why.  Upon his physical exam, I determined he was very dehydrated, had crusted up nose and eyes.   He also had a pretty banged up face.   The left side of his lower jaw is fractured in I feel 3 places along with a fracture where the right and left lower jaw meet up in the front, causing a malocclusion where he can not close his mouth, he is wanting to but unable to eat, and his lower left canine tooth is poking into his soft palate.   Despite all these injuries, he immediately started purring and rubbing his head when he was being touched.  
I am very suspicious of abuse such as getting his face bashed in with a baseball bat or something along those lines since he also had a bullet on his X-rays in his tail region.  He was at some point someone's cat---  he is a purebred Siamese, neutered male, and very social.   

He has been stabilized and put on antibiotics; IV fluids, pain meds and anti-inflammatories at the hospital.   He needs much more than that; he needs major jaw surgery and all the help he can get.   I referred his case to a dental specialist who is meeting up with him and the Good Samaritan tomorrow afternoon.   I am hoping that he can fix the jaw by wiring it back together or taking the lower left half of the mouth out (mandibulectomy), possibly a feeding tube, cleaning and removing infected/broken teeth and stabilizing him after the surgery.   For a specialist to do the surgery, he quoted me about $1500-4000 just for the repair, depending on the extent of the injuries, how it was repaired and then plus hospitalized stay and medications.   Please help this Good Samaritan out for she did not expect this kind of damage for this little guy.   I did not want him to go to the shelter waiting for an owner for a few reasons.   One, when I called, they told me no one reported a lost Siamese cat, and two, they told me that if he was in any medical pain, that they would not hold him the 7 days and he would be euthanized.   This woman really wants to help him, but is feeling overwhelmed for the incurred costs associated with him needing the surgery and needs you all!!    Share his story and let's get him this surgery he needs to be happy, pain free, and able to eat!!!    Any donation would be appreciated, even if it's sharing his story.
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Here are some pics from Jaw's visit last week!! He looks like a new cat. Dr Lewis did an amazing job on fixing his jaw. Everyone was excited to see him at the hospital. People who donated came in when they heard he was there and asked to see him during his well visit--- We are still accepting donations if anyone is still able to!! I believe he does not have any more follow up appointments with specialist but the few visits he did have costs about 8k. Thanks for thinking of him!!
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Jaws had a complete makeover from when we first saw him. He had his final surgery this past wed to have his wiring removed and his bad teeth taken care of by dr Lewis at North Star vets. He is doing fantastic!! We are still some money shy of the total costs of the procedures for jaws. Any additional donations are more than welcome and are for a great cause. This guy is loving life right now and is so much appreciative of your love and support for his cause. I can not wait to see him when he comes back in for his well visit and vaccines in a few weeks!! Please donate and share!! Thank you!!
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Check out my new and improved look!!!
Jaws is having his second surgery next week! His new mom/rescuer has been sending us frequent updates and pictures and he looks so handsome!! His eyes are open and he's starting to show mom his personality at home- The next surgery was quoted about 2600-3500--- what we have raised will cover his last surgery for sure--- thank you all for your donations and sharing. She is receiving some funds through the vet-I-care grant but we can still help out a little more! Even if it's a $5 donation, a little can add up!! Please keep sharing!! Jaws says thanks everyone for giving him a fighting chance!!
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Check out my new and improved look!!!
Jaws is having his second surgery next week! His new mom/rescuer has been sending us frequent updates and pictures and he looks so handsome!! His eyes are open and he's starting to show mom his personality at home- The next surgery was quoted about 2600-3500--- what we have raised will cover his last surgery for sure--- thank you all for your donations and sharing. She is receiving some funds through the vet-I-care grant but we can still help out a little more! Even if it's a $5 donation, a little can add up!! Please keep sharing!! Thanks!
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Karen Powell
39 months ago
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This was just what I needed this holiday season .. To see that people do care ❤️

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Shelia Love
37 months ago

I think about this baby a lot Any new pictures to share? How is he doing?

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Sharon Reinhardt-Whittlesey
39 months ago

Wouldn't expect anything less of Dr. Erin Rockhill coming to the rescue when a pet needs help. We are forever greatful to you for saving Odin's life and are happy to support ❤️

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Catherine Boo
39 months ago

Jaws gave us our holiday gift-a successful surgery and expectations for a great recovery. He has a long road, yet, but he will make it. The kindness and generosity of those helping him restores my faith in the human race. God has answered my prayers and shown Jaws what love is. And may God bless Dr. Rockhill.

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Raised by 177 people in 39 months
Created December 18, 2015
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David Nazarenko
27 months ago

Happy Holidays!

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Victor Kelly
37 months ago

Good Luck to Jaws!

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Theresa Carey
37 months ago

So great to hear he is recovering, he looks happier too! :)

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Anonymous
38 months ago
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38 months ago
Karen Powell
39 months ago
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This was just what I needed this holiday season .. To see that people do care ❤️

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Shelia Love
37 months ago

I think about this baby a lot Any new pictures to share? How is he doing?

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Sharon Reinhardt-Whittlesey
39 months ago

Wouldn't expect anything less of Dr. Erin Rockhill coming to the rescue when a pet needs help. We are forever greatful to you for saving Odin's life and are happy to support ❤️

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Catherine Boo
39 months ago

Jaws gave us our holiday gift-a successful surgery and expectations for a great recovery. He has a long road, yet, but he will make it. The kindness and generosity of those helping him restores my faith in the human race. God has answered my prayers and shown Jaws what love is. And may God bless Dr. Rockhill.

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