Rocket Cat Medical Fund

$2,582 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 31 people in 1 month
Created June 11, 2019
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Hey there, my name is Paula. My partner and I rescue special needs cats in Northern California and find them homes when possible. We are working with a group of people to start our own rescue, Rocket Cat Rescue. We've previously worked with other established rescues and have been helping cats with medical injuries out of pocket while working towards our nonprofit status. We're about halfway done with the process, but really need some help paying off our outstanding veterinarian bills to be able to really get going. We've had some very expensive cases this year, which I'll outline below.

Chewbacca (our cover cat above) was pulled from a Sacramento shelter where they'd deemed him aggressive. He'd been found in a feral colony unneutered and malnourished, but is certainly not feral. A very friendly cat, Chewbacca actually has hip dysplasia and was in a lot of pain at the shelter. We also found a bone spur on his front left leg that will need to be addressed at some point. While helping him recover from poor diet and working to manage his hip problems, he suddenly came down very ill and has been hospitalized for the past few days. We're currently actively trying to discover exactly what's wrong with him.
Current bills: $2,020 (Will change tonight)

Maika came to us from a Contra Costa shelter, where a concerned neighbor had brought her in after discovering she wasn't being taken care of. She is a tripod cat (missing left foreleg) with a missing left eye, and has what the veterinarians believe to be chemical burns all over her face. The loss of the leg is old (believed to be from being hit by a car) but the eye issues are ongoing; we're concerned that she may lose the right eye as well, and are doing everything possible to save it. The left eye suffered from a staph infection and had to be re-opened after removal to scrape the infection out. We are still working on the chemical burn as well. Despite everything she's been through she remains one of the happiest little cats we have ever met. She is seeing an eye specialist in LA on Thursday.
Current bills: $1,198

Earl Grey was a bottle baby who came to us at three weeks old and stayed with us longer than planned due to health issues. After many rounds of antibiotics and ear medications for ear problems we couldn't seem to clear, we discovered a three inch long polyp growing from his inner ear. It had destroyed his ear drum and due to the place it was growing from his entire ear canal had to be removed. Once surgery was done he quickly healed and has been healthy since. He's now in a loving forever home with his brother Coffee Bean, but we're still paying off his extensive medical bills.
Current bills: $3,802

Space Ghost is a rescue cat with severe ongoing urinary tract issues. Despite having had a surgery to widen his urethra, he still regularly requires urinalysis and urinary cultures to keep him healthy.
Current bills: $1,092

We've also had dental work done on three other cats, totaling each at:
Ann: $151
Neema: $575 (will require a full mouth extraction in the future)
Bianca: $623

Finally, we have a young cat named Flapjack who has difficulty walking. He came to us in incredibly bad shape from a feral colony, and is the only surviving kitten of his litter. We've gotten him healthy enough that his issues aren't urgent, but we would like to find out if his issues are structural or neurological.

We've made the goal higher than current bills to allow for additional funds for Chewbacca's current emergency (and possible future hip surgery), Maika's eye and nose, and Flapjack's diagnostics.

100% of all funds raised will go towards paying current and future veterinary bills, and the care of special needs cats.

If you aren’t able to help financially but want to help out regardless, please spread the word by posting this GoFundMe campaign to your social media. We greatly appreciate any help we can get!
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Good news!! Chewie has his appetite back!! :D Keep sharing the campaign, thank you for all the support.

Popcorn and Space still aren't doing well but they aren't doing worse so.. small victories! We're going to get Popcorn to a vet tomorrow. We are proud of our silly Chewball.
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Hey guys, unfortunately I have some sad news on the current state of our in need cats.

Unfortunately her health problems suddenly spiraled out of control and no vets anywhere seemed to know what to do. The poor tiny girl had to be put to sleep. She was so ill that she passed on immediately. We are heartbroken that this sweet girl had to go. We did everything we could to save her. She saw specialists in LA, Concord, and even consulted some people at UC Davis. In the end she started to just fall apart. This is just yet again another reminder to never let your cats out unsupervised. All her issues were most likely caused by the car accident she lost her leg in previously, and whatever other trauma had occurred outside since. It's so unfair that a cat so sweet had to go through all of this. We will love you forever, Maika. RIP...

Space Ghost:
Space has yet another urinary tract infection, he isn't doing well. He's had five separate urinary tract infections of varying types (Enterococcus, E. Coli, Staph) so far this year. He's currently fighting one and he's becoming increasingly hard to pill because his stomatitis is flaring up. We can't properly treat the stomatitis at the moment because of the urinary tract infection he currently has (steroids are the ideal treatment) so he's upset about being pilled and in pain.
The veterinarian told us that she feels his best chance at a normal life is to try to find a surgeon skilled enough to go back in (AGAIN) and try to find out what went wrong with his previous surgeries that he's become so incredibly prone to these infections. After the last surgery, the veterinarian he'd been seeing said he didn't think there'd be enough skin left to work with for another surgery. The current vet recommended UC Davis, but unless our fundraiser suddenly starts to do WAY better there's no way we can afford that. Space is only 5 years old and we don't want to lose our fluffy buddy, we love him very much. He's also the mascot cat for the rescue.

Over the last couple weeks... Chewie almost died, and then he rallied again suddenly and has been doing "okay" since. He's been having issues with his liver which was determined to be caused by Hepatitis. (aka Chronic Liver Inflammation) He's on a special diet now and has been acting more normal until today. He keeps getting feverish for some reason. We are doing everything we can to help him and solve what is going on with him.

So we saved another cat!? He literally walked into one of our employees houses. He was very very friendly immediately but also very very thin. He was also unneutered and didn't have his shots or a chip. He was not claimed to be anyone's cat so we got him his shots, neutered, and some tests done to check his health. He had a mild case of fleas, which was an easy solve, and worms. He was given the dewormer last sunday but has become extremely sick since then. We aren't sure if it's a serious reaction to the dewormer or something else yet. He seems like he is much sicker than any cat should be going through the deworming process.

So... We REALLY need your help right now! Please share this with your friends on your social media.

Thank You,
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Raised by 31 people in 1 month
Created June 11, 2019
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