Surgery for Greta the Kitty

After seeing a post on Nextdoor about an injured cat on the road, my wife Caitlin ran out to find her. She got there right before Animal Control did. One of the cat's front legs was dangling limply and bone stuck through her skin. The cat hissed when the Animal Control guy tried to get close, but was quiet as Caitlin approached: she seemed to sense that Caitlin represented safety while getting captured by Animal Control would have likely resulted in euthanasia - Dallas's shelters are already full to the brim with uninjured animals. Caitlin carefully scooped her up and drove her to a vet to be x-rayed. She howled in pain on the exam table while Caitlin cried.

From the post on Nextdoor

On the way to the vet

In pain on the exam table

The verdict: the cat had a broken radius and ulna in her front leg, a shattered femur in her back leg, and a dislocated hip in her other back leg. She had most likely been hit by a car. The exams and x-rays plus a splint were $574.  We called multiple vets to try to find the cheapest surgery option and even considered driving to Austin to a nonprofit vet (unfortunately they couldn't get her in for a month).  The challenge is that the front leg will require surgery by an orthopedic surgeon, rather than a general vet, so it is especially expensive. After pulling as many strings and calling as many contacts as we could cobble together between ourselves and our neighbors, the best quote we received was $1,595 for the front leg orthopedic surgery and $932 for the back leg/hip dislocation surgery.

Her broken back leg

Her broken front leg

Her dislocated hip

We live in a great neighborhood that loves animals and our neighbors immediately started donating to the cat we christened Greta (for Greta Garbo, since people tell actors and actresses to "break a leg" and the kitty had that covered).  Within three days we received $905 in donations, enough to cover what we'd already spent on the exams and x-rays and get us some headway on the surgeries. Our neighbors recommended we set up a GoFundMe to try to raise the remaining $2196 we need for the surgeries.  She is scheduled for the first surgery on Monday, January 29th, and we will pay for it using CareCredit. Any funds we collect here will go toward helping us pay that balance off. 

Greta is not microchipped and we have not been able to find her owner. She has already become a part of our family. She is very sweet and purrs despite being stuck sitting on a litter box in our bathroom unable to move except to change positions (she can't get up to go to the bathroom).

We can't wait for her to get fixed up and appreciate any help you can offer. Every little bit helps, and we are so thankful for the overwhelming generosity we've already experienced. Greta was unlucky to be hit by a car, but she is a very lucky cat to have so many folks sending her love. 

Greta resting at home with her splinted front leg
  • Debbie Morrow
    • $20 
    • 58 mos
  • Jeanne Marie Boyne
    • $100 
    • 59 mos
  • Steve Schack
    • $15 
    • 59 mos
  • Anonymous
    • $15 
    • 59 mos
  • Beth Hilliard
    • $30 
    • 59 mos
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Amelia Potasznik-Kriv
Dallas, TX

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