My name is Stephanie and I run a small 501c3 cat rescue in Queens, New York called Meowsquad. In April of 2020 one of our cats was diagnosed with the deadly disease Feline Infectious Peritonitis, or FIP. Up until recently, this disease was 100% fatal and euthanasia was always recommended. Our vet suggested a new experimental treatment that was available. Research showed that it had great results, so we gave it a try. April was the height of COVID-19 in NYC, and I am a funeral director by trade. Everyone was dying around me and here I was given the opportunity to save a life and that’s what I was determined to do. Treatment for FIP is not cheap and changes as the cat progresses. It’s 84 days of medication then an 84-day observation period. Between medication, bloodwork, and testing for our first diagnosed cat, the price tag was upwards of $10,000. In September our cat officially finished treatment and entered her observation phase and by the end of November she was CURED!
Suddenly my own cat Mouse began to show symptoms. Then a rescue cat named MJ. Then others Jerry, Tesla, Hawking, Newton, Ivy, and Sprout. I’m told the chances of so many cats in one location developing FIP are slim. It takes a rare convergence of the law of averages and EXTREMELY bad luck to align this way, but here I am. With a broken heart I say three others passed away from this horrible disease, they just weren’t strong enough.
I am now trying with every ounce of my being to save these others but it’s EXPENSIVE. I don’t know how I can look at any one of these sweet innocent lives and tell them they aren’t worth fighting for. If I’m going to save one, I need to save them all. How do you even begin to decide who wouldn’t be worth saving? This is going to take A LOT of money. This is going to take people spreading the word. This is going to take people who care about the lives of innocent animals. I believe it’s POSSIBLE! I can’t imagine having to decide who lives and who dies. That is quickly where I’m headed without donations. Cost of medication for all the cats being treated is $134 per day. I desperately need the help of as many people as possible! If you can sponsor 1 DAY of treatment that would be absolutely amazing. If you can sponsor PART OF A DAY, that would be absolutely amazing. I will be forever grateful! Together we can save 8 wonderful kitties that have their whole lives ahead of them!!!
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If you are interested in learning about this horrible disease, you can read more about it here: https://pets.webmd.com/cats/cat-fip-feline-infectious-peritonitis
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