Louis, radiant and beautiful, appeared on the back steps of our second-floor apartment last year. He cautiously allowed us to feed him. He kept returning, and on March 14th, he became ours. Since then, he has become the most loyal, loving, protective companion we could ever have; he foregoes sleep and food to “protect” us. We try to give him the best food, security, warmth, and especially all the cuddles, scritches, and affection, to make up for what he lacked his first two years of life in the wilderness.
Louis is our best friend, our family, and Alexander’s Emotional Support Animal. Nessie’s research exacerbates constant anxiety; Alexander has chronic post traumatic stress (PTSD). Louis, through his love for life, resilience, determination, humor, and companionship, has brought healing to our lives and made us so much happier and joyful.
In early February, Louis suddenly became deathly ill. Had we not brought him to the ER in time, he would have died from renal failure. From the onset of symptoms, he's had two ER visits, three additional doctors, four urinary blockages, and four catheterizations on his phallus. At the hospital, he ripped out his catheter, twice, requiring overnight at-home catheterizations, while coned, inside a too-small crate, without sedation(!), while bleeding from his urethra. We made the decision for him to have the life-saving surgery called perineal urethrostomy (PU), a 90% success rate, preventing urinary blockages in the future. Prescription medication did almost nothing to ease his discomfort, both during the catheterizations and for the first few days post-op. Throughout his catheterizations and his 14-day at-home recovery, he has needed vigilant care and supervision 24/7. Many times we have reached the end of our exhaustion and despair limits, completely at a loss at each setback, our hearts breaking at his suffering and emotional distress.
We survive on very little, for now. We have no cash or credit cards to pay for his treatment, but Alexander somehow qualified for several emergency loans. Due to our credit history and low-income status, the terms are punitive, and even the minimum monthly payments are far more than we can afford. This month's due dates are fast approaching (and will continue for 24 months). All donations will go toward his hospital bills, surgery, prescriptions, and any further follow-up treatment he will need. Every bit helps.
We want to thank you for taking the time to read our plea, spreading the word, and donating. We’re just really overwhelmed. At the time of this post, Louis is 11 grueling days post-op. Please share this GoFundMe anywhere and everywhere you can. Friends, we cannot thank you enough.
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