Vet Bills and other Debt and Expenses

About Yoshi

Yoshi and his sister Luna are senior cats we adopted just over a month ago. We brought Yoshi to the vet on Thursday, December 26, to deal with a respiratory infection. He seemed to be doing better when we got him home. The next morning he was much worse. Yoshi started having seizures, vomiting, and loss of motor functions, and we got him back to the vet quickly for another treatment of antibiotics and fluids. He's doing better, but still has a ways to go. The vet bills for two days came to over $600. We have reason to suspect the canned food he was given that night (he and his sister usually eat dry food), and we're having the food sent to the lab for testing. Fortunately, Luna has been very healthy, so we've been able to rule out other environmental factors. Through other sources, we've managed to raise over $200, but this has been a difficult year financially, and we're just trying to get through to the next paycheck.

Yoshi died New Year's Eve. We had to have him put down, because he was suffering too much, and continued to have seizures. Necropsy determined he had had a stroke. We don't know why or what caused it.

Update: In the aftermath of trying to pay this and other debt, my car now seems to be breaking down, after having put nearly 100k miles on it. I cannot afford a new car, or even a cheap used car. I have about $17 in the bank currently, and I'm paid monthly. I could probably get a decent used car from my mechanic for $4k. I've increased the campaign amount to reflect my current needs.

About Me

I teach Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown. I specialize in data structures, Java and Python programming. I'm currently very much overextended and underpaid, so I've decided to get back to recording YouTube tutorials and other content generation. I also have a Twitch channel, and I hope to spend some time streaming games, programming, rants, and other stuff people might be interested in watching. I'm a single guy with a house that needs some repairs. I have taken in people who needed sanctuary, and I am the sole provider. Things have been financially challenging. One person living with me is a streamer who was in an abusive situation before she moved here. She now has food, shelter, and medical care, and will be able to get back to streaming when she is ready. She is diagnosed with PTSD and social anxiety, and we adopted Yoshi and Luna so she would not be alone when I go to work. Helping people is what I do. I bought a house so I could provide sanctuary for those who need it, because once upon a time, I was in an abusive situation and I needed sanctuary. For 5 months I had no permanent address, and survived by couch-surfing and cat-sitting. I'm trying to pay it forward as best I can, not because I feel like I owe the universe, but because I believe it to be the right thing to do. Any donations up to the goal will first go to cover Yoshi's vet bills. Anything beyond that would also be very helpful in keeping the home going.


  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 5 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous 
    • $5 
    • 1 mo
  • David Wolfpaw 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo


Stephen Sarma-Weierman 
Munhall, PA
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