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Jin-Jing's Tail Tale

$185 of $300 goal

Raised by 6 people in 24 months
Astrid Artistikem Cruz  SAN JUAN, PR

It was July 2013...

When Hubby and I were driving around the municipality of Cataño and, all of a sudden, he stops our car next to an abandoned house, points at something on the sidewalk and tells me "if you catch it, it's yours." My eyes searched for what it was he was pointing and lo and behold, a pair of yellow eyes framed with black stared back at me. It was a kitten. A small, lanky, black cat that didn't even turn away when I reached for her, didn't even protest when I scooped her from the ground. She was extremely thin and frail looking.

Hubby couldn't believe his eyes as I walked back to our car, kitten on tow. He's never been a cat lover but this particular cat had that je ne sais quoi that quickly won his heart over.

And Jin-Jing was her name-o


A funny, playful kitten that wasn't afraid of our dogs. A loving pet that would purr on your lap as much as she would defend herself against anything or anyone that tried to mess with her. At first the idea was to foster her until we found her a forever home but that changed as our time together went on.


She loves dogs and people and running around and eating my characters. Yes, I'm a writer and I had filled a wall with character names (from my Caregiver Series) so I wouldn't get too lost when writing but she would have none of that and started taking down the pieces of paper one by one. That's when I decided her name would be Jin-Jing, a character that's given me lots of headaches during the writing process and that will eventually kill those characters the real life JJ ate. Because she must have eaten them for a reason, right?

Jin-Jing's no ordinary character. She's a badass and so has JJ proven to be. A cat with a mellow heart but street smarts that even I envy. However, this time her street smarts faltered her and after being missing for 5 days, she came home with a badly wounded tail that the vet will now have to amputate.

I cried for my little muse to come back home for 5 straight days and now she's back, alive, but not entirely well. The cost for the amputation is $314 and, frankly, it's money we don't have right now.

Did I mention I've written some books?

Since Hubby retired from his job, I've dedicated myself to writing full-time. This, of course, has taken a toll on our finances and have made our going very tough. After publishing my latest book, The Last Superhero, things have started to turn for the better. Emphasis on started. Which equals to not enough to take on JJ's amputation without serious financial consequences.

This is very hard for me to write, but I need your help to cover JJ's vet bill. I can gift eBooks to everyone who donates, just drop me a line at artistikem@gmail.com and I can provide PDF, ePub or mobi versions of any of The Caregiver books (The Caregiver, Torn, The Beast, Vignettes 1-5 and 6-10), my short story At the Corner of Mars and Neptune, and my sci-fi fantasy romance The Last Superhero. I also have physical copies of The Last Superhero available over at my website if you prefer to purchase one instead of donating through here.

Even through her pain, all JJ wanted this morning was pets and even purred all the way to the vet, headbutting my hand. I know she's in good hands at http://veterinariopr.com/ and, thanks to you, she'll keep on lighting up my days and fueling my writing for many years to come.

Thank you!!


*I have pictures of her wounds but find them too harsh. I will update this with newer pics once we pick her up from the vet.*
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Posted by Astrid Cruz
24 months ago
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JJ's feeling so good today she walked all around the house and even said hi to her brother and sister, MacDuff and Carola ( https://instagram.com/p/ziAw7XxGsn/ for video)!

I have closed the donations because thanks to all who've donated through this page and some real life people that have helped, we've managed to cover JJ's vet bill. We can't thank you enough for your generosity and will forever owe each and everyone of you for this awesome gesture towards our furry little rascal. <3 Kitty kisses for all!
Nope. You're not going anywhere!
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Posted by Astrid Cruz
24 months ago
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Thanks to all you wonderful people that have donated! I can't believe how much love is being sent JJ's way and we'll all be eternally grateful for it!

JJ's doing great. She ate and drank water this morning before my parents came to visit. She took her antibiotics like a champ and even though I think she's in a bit of pain, she's been quiet and eager to receive pets from everyone (even when her face says otherwise, e.g. the picture attached :P).

Thank you all for your love! <3
The site keeps rotating my pics. Sorry.
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Posted by Astrid Cruz
24 months ago
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We just got home with JJ and she's doing fine. The vet couldn't save any of her tail so now she's got a shiny new booty!
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$185 of $300 goal

Raised by 6 people in 24 months
Created February 23, 2015
Astrid Artistikem Cruz  
MC
$10
Maritza Cardona
24 months ago

Get well Jin-Jing! Just...don't be too adventurous next time!

$25
Anonymous
24 months ago
AL
$30
Ana Lopez
24 months ago

Now she has a tale to tell about her missing tail!

PF
$10
Pamela FLores
24 months ago

Stay home cat!

$100
Anonymous
24 months ago
CC
$10
Carmen Cruz
24 months ago

Hoping for a quick recovery!

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