Lieutenant Commander Dax (or Dax for short) is one tough kitty. She spent the first few months of her life in a severe hoarding situation in Montreal where she scrapped through life alongside around 400 cats and kittens before being rescued and put up for adoption at the Toronto Humane Society in Toronto. That’s where we met her, and from the start this kitty knew she was ours. She drew our attention, batting her paws at my arm, while we were saying hello to a different kitten (who himself got adopted, yay!). When we got a chance to hold her outside her cage, she excitedly crawled all over us, and we knew we had to take her home. She's FIV+, which means she's immunocompromised and prone to upper respiratory colds and other ailments, but she's a scrapper, and we admire her strength.
On Tuesday, many days into what seemed like a long and tough cold, Dax was struggling to breathe, refusing to eat, and hiding in a corner, which is extremely unlike her. We took her to the vet, which started a scary and expensive process involving a $500 exam and set of X-rays, followed by a $3000 set of examinations at the animal hospital as well as surgery, because her breathing became so laboured she needed an emergency intervention. She has since had a polyp removed from her nose and throat, and she's currently resting and breathing much better.
We are doing our best to shoulder the costs, but the money we have been saving for her health does not make a dent in the amount we have spent, and we are both freelancers with limited funds. We are kindly asking for any donation you may be able to give to help us support our beloved cat. She's a sweetheart who loves to play fetch, flop onto her belly, knock things over, open the closet door, and hide in the dresser, and we'd welcome any help in keeping her happy, comfortable, and playful for many years to come.
NOTE: Nicole is a multimedia artist who would be happy to arrange a commission if this is preferable to a donation. You can view some of her work on her instagram page @kneekey_pea .
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