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AGAINST ALL ODDS: Louie

$4,700 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 146 people in 20 months
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Created July 18, 2017

***So ALL donations sent to Little Louie can be TAX DEDUCTIBLE, we are running the campaign through a FL not for Profit: CAT KIDS RESCUE INC.***

AGAINST ALL ODDS: LOUIE

Please help us save this sweet purebred Sphynx cat. His shocking story can still have a happy ending with your support, but we need help right away.

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Louie was imprisoned in an illegal breeder’s kitten mill where he was kept caged, in deplorable conditions, and used as a stud because of his spectacular natural beauty. He was badly neglected and became sick but no medical care was given. He suffered horrible sores all over, due to being forced to sit in his own waste for so long, and an eye infection from fecal bacteria all around him. Finally, when the abusive breeder didn’t need his ‘services’ any longer, Louie was thrown out like garbage, left to fend for himself on the hot pavements of Florida in July. Terrified, he looked for water and food but found none, and became sunburned, emaciated, dehydrated, and terribly weak. He had no shelter, no shade, and no strength left to fight for life, so at only 2 years old, he just lay down to die. 

Miraculously, a good samaritan found his limp body, and rushed to help. A vet team did the best they could to save him. He was just 4 lbs, skeletal, barely responsive, in shock, with blood encrusted tail and allover burns from hot pavement. His prognosis was poor, but they began to stabilize him with IV fluids, and then tried to find a specialist in Sphynx cats to foster and help rehabilitate him if he survived the day.

That’s where we came in.

Our foster for Louie is a Sphynx specialist with years of experience and the specific knowledge of the breed to give exactly the care Louie needs. He is now in a quiet home with four other Sphynx cats who have accepted him as the newest patient, and Louie is responding to them and to his new foster. Despite his fragile condition, Louie is still a gentle, sweet, affectionate boy. Apparently he doesn’t hold a grudge against humans, because he is a lap cat who purrs and ‘talks’ and enjoys company. Most of all, Louie shows incredible gratitude for daily warm baths, soft blankets, air conditioning, generous servings of food, and fresh cool clean water to drink. He seems to know that he is in a safe place now, for the first time in his life.
**Update: He's actually at our Vet Hospital receiving 24hr care and IV fluids, he needed more care than our home environment could provide him**

Yet the road back to health is not a straight one for Louie. He is deathly ill. His medical bills are extremely high and will continue to climb as we work to get him rehydrated, to treat his anemia, sores and burns and infections, and to attempt to counteract the organ damage he suffered from starvation and dehydration. The injury from neglect and abuse may be too great to overcome, and he may not survive, but nevertheless, he deserves all the care we can give. The costs from daily vet appointments are multiplying quickly, and we need your help to continue his care.

Please support our GoFundMe campaign for Louie. We are so desperate to save him. Please help us. 

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Please keep Little Louie in your prayers.
Thank you and God bless!

Whitney & Sally

PS. I named him Little Louis "Louie" Zamperini.
Louis Zamperini, was an Olympic runner who as an airman during World War II, crashed into the Pacific, was listed as dead, and then spent 47 days adrift in a life raft before being captured by the Japanese and enduring a harsh imprisonment as a POW.

Louie's story, as written in UNBROKEN, is a remarkable story of survival against all odds, just like I hope this Little Louie's will be ❤️

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Looks a little better here, because his cute little face is clean, but he is severely dehydrated, barely moving and we were headed to the vet.

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I'm so sorry to be writing this update, however Louie passed today. We exhausted every test possible trying to diagnose him with something we could cure, however they all came back negative, so the only diagnoses left was lymphoma. After a hard fought battle on all fronts, we decided it was best, to let little Louie pass peacefully today. We are all heartbroken.
This is the second Sphynx I've lost to lymphoma, and it's the hardest, because they don't give up their fight to live, but their bodies give out.

We haven't finished going through the finances and paying his bills, however if there is any money left, which I don't believe there will be, we will put it towards our local cat rescue and update everyone then.

I can't thank everyone enough for helping us fight to save Louie and I'm so sorry I don't have a better report.
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Louie, is still fighting, but not yet stable.
Thank you to everyone for your donations, shares, and prayers.
Will update again, when I have more to report. ❤️ Whitney
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**FYI: We are increasing Louie's GOAL to $4,500.00. We have already exceeded $3000.00 in vet bills alone which included, Labs, Meds, IV fluids, care, etc. Now that we have him with a GI specialist and think we have a Diagnoses, we know he will need another 2/3 days of intensive care therapy.

Please, donate to help save Louie and/or share Louie's story.

*For those that never got to the end of his story, I Named him Louie after the great, Louis Zamperini.
-- Louie's story, as written in UNBROKEN, is a remarkable true tail of survival against all odds, just like I hope Little Louie's will be!
Louie was an Olympic runner who as an airman during World War II, crashed into the Pacific, was listed as dead, but actually spent 47 days adrift in a life raft before being captured by the Japanese and enduring a harsh and long imprisonment as a POW. (He was skin and bones, just like Little Louie ... But he survived) ❤️
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UPDATE: LOUIE IS IN DESPERATE NEED
We need urgent support to save Louie. His medical bills are surging past $3000 now, but we can’t give up! His life is precious. Louie is currently on IV support at a veterinary specialist but in critical condition. We’re doing everything we can to help him and need help to continue his treatment before it is too late. Please help us save this gentle boy.

**We are also taking steps to transition him to a raw diet --Thank you to everyone that's reached out with food advice, we've read them ALL :), And special thanks to our new friend and region Sphynx expert, Tina, for her "Blue Ridge Beef" raw food donation! She's also a Distributer for anyone in the Tampa, St Pete, Sarasota area looking to transition to Raw food**
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