Rocket Cat Medical Fund

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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Paula Whitney 
Concord, CA
Mandy Draeger 
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Raised $200 from 1 donation
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