Chip is a sweet 7-month-old kitten rescued back in May this year. In the beginning, everything seemed fine — the kitten was growing normally and was able to get his vaccines. However, a few weeks later, Chip started to become lethargic. He became less active and started eating poorly. After several trips to the vet (and countless rounds of fluids and antibiotics), we learned Chip has Megaesophagus. In this rare condition, an enlarged esophagus causes cats to regurgitate their food. To make Chip eat, we have to force feed him, giving him small portions and holding him upright after each meal.
We have learned there is a surgery that can help Chip, and we have found a program that can give us a grant to afford the surgery. Unfortunately, to qualify for the surgery, we need to administer another round of tests on Chip — these tests are very expensive and out of budget for me — I work as a home attendant and live on a minimal salary while caring for 34 cats (15 in my home, and 19 outside).
Without this vital care, Chip will not be able to survive. This is devastating to us, and we are trying to do everything we can to avoid this. That said, we are asking for any help we can get in order to save Chip and give him a new life. We are hoping to raise $5,000, but anything you can provide would be deeply appreciated