Save Beerus aka Bentleigh
Last week, I was notified that a cat was in need of a home that was equipped to handle a Sphinx cat. The last owner only had him for 2 weeks before he was picked up yesterday by Jamie Fincher, a veterinary technician. The owner prior to her only had him for 3 weeks . Before that, there was a breeder, but she moved to Oklahoma. We are trying to find out who she is, and are following some leads, but it's not likely she will be helpful.
These photos show his current condition. He has bruising all over his body, dry eyes, a possible malignancy, severe lethargy, diabetes, dehydration and other ailments. They are detailed on the attached veternarian paperwork. Also attached are photos of Beerus, veterinary services done, and an estimate of care.
When Jamie picked up Beerus, she recognized signs he needed immediate care, and took him to the emergency vet clinic. She was not prepared for this kind of expense. She was expecting a stressed from moving cat, not a very ill one.
Despite the pain Beerus is under, he remains affectionate, calm, and well behaved. Beerus took every needle, poke and prodding with complete patience. Never even threatened to scratch the staff.
If you can spare even a dollar, it all counts. Every penny will go to Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists towards Beerus' s care.
As it turns out, his breeder is a very reputable breeder of Sphinx cats and is well known and respected. As soon as she saw his photos, she remembered him. He was originally named Bentleigh, and is 7 years old. He was the son of the breeder's original sire and dam. He was retired and adopted out after a year and a half of being with LilNudists. During the time with them, he was very well taken care of, spoiled, pampered and loved. He is a father, grandfather or great grandfather of many of the Sphinx cats to come out of LilNudists. They are the breeders we all dream about in rescue, those that do it for the love of a breed, and make sure their needs and wants are fulfilled. April, his breeder, loved Bentleigh, and remembers him as such an affectionate, loving little guy. A special little one, for sure. He has over 330 descendants! She sent Jamie so many photos of him in his younger, healthier years. The people that have owned him have not shown him the kindness he so deserves.
He almost died because of neglect and ignorance. This all could have easily been prevented, had they cared enough to research the breed or just take him to a vet. Its too late to change his past, but all of us have come together to change his future. I am so proud to be a part of saving him, and am so grateful to this tribe of like minded, kind hearted people that have stepped up to show him we aren't all bad.
Medical update-Because of the wonderful care at GCVS, Beerus is now well enough to be discharged from ICU! His insulin treatments have been stopped, and his diabetes seems to now be under control. After days of intravenous fluids, he is now well hydrated and his dry eyes are resolving. The bruising is thought to be vasculitis, secondary to pancreatitus and should resolve with further care and time. He has renal disease, but hopefully with the great care he's receiving, he won't have to be on a renal diet in the future. They saved his life, and are making it possible for him to have many more years of healthy, happy living.
But, the vet bill has grown exponentially, and we really need help. Please keep sharing his story, and spread the word! This is such a beautiful, special breed, and the owners are proving to be just as incredible.
Jamie, Beerus, and I are so grateful to each and every one of yall. Now let's hit the $4000 mark and show the world the power of a tribe united. I'm tired of hearing that he should be put down, or that it is "just a cat." He is the reason so many people have beloved Sphinx cats of their own. He has inspired Jamie and I, and so many people with his strength and ability to love, despite the neglect he has suffered at the hands of his past caretakers. He will have a full recovery, and we will show everyone that every single life is precious, and he is worth every penny.
I created a photo bucket link that is public with his kitten and young adult photos, along with photos of the updated invoice. If you click the link, it will bring you immediately to the photos, you don't have to be a member. Please look at them, even if just to see how stunning he is in his full, healthy glory.
Also included is his detailed list of procedures done (3 pages worth), and the current total. As we all know, estimates mean nothing in the veterinary world. He needed extensive, emergency care and was basically on life support. The bill has doubled from what we originally thought it would be. I had no choice but to increase the needed amount.
Don't forget, everyone that has donated will be entered into a raffle for a surprise gift worth at least $200.
I am so touched by the outpouring of love for this little naked dude, and will forever be grateful.
Here is the link, please just copy and paste. With gofundme, only one photo is allowed per update, and yall would be missing out on so many adorable photos of sweet Beerus/Bentleigh.
Thank you to all have donated so far!! We reached the $500 mark in under 24 hours! That is incredible! If it wasn't for the donations received so far, Beerus wouldn't have been able to get the necessary treatments. Please keep sharing, and please keep donating!!
Jamie did a photo shoot with Beerus today. His strength, character, devotion and resolve to survive is evident. Unfortunately, I can only add one photo per update, but I will continue to add photos to the original campaign description, and to my Facebook page.
Thank you, friends! Save Beerus!
Today, Beerus is going into ultrasound. We have to figure out what is going on internally before his care proceeds to the next step. I am raising the goal to $2000. The ultrasound will add to the bill significantly, but it is necessary.