Save Goose the Kitten

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Raised by 287 people in 47 months
Goose is an adorable all-black male kitten that was found with his sister in a yard in Philadelphia. They were brought to Philadelphia Animal Control by a kind Samaritan and were placed on the shelter’s urgent rescue list and needed out of the shelter by 6pm or would be euthanized. The shelter noted that Goose has severe ulcerations and damage to his lips, gums, teeth, and mouth, likely from some sort of electrical damage, which were beyond the scope of the veterinary care this high-volume, kill shelter could provide. Our rescue focuses on special needs and medically urgent kittens, and thanks to one of our amazing foster parents who is comfortable with such cases, we were able to pull Goose and his sister from the shelter just in the nick of time. Since entering foster care, Goose has gained weight rapidly, as a kitten should, and is able to eat and drink with no issues. He is missing all of the hard palatal tissue where his teeth should be, but amazingly, some of his incisors have begun to grow back. He has also lost a sizeable amount of palatal bone on the left side of his mouth and his right side is dead and will likely fall out. This will leave him with a hole in his palate in the front part of his upper jaw that will communicate with his nasal cavity. He also continues to lose critical bone mass and that hole in his mouth becomes a tad larger every day. Despite the extensive degree of Goose's injuries, he is making a significant recovery and is a happy, playful kitten. 

To view more photos of Goose's mouth (some are a tad graphic, so be ready!), visit his album:
http://on.fb.me/1mUSjtw

The approximate veterinary cost for Goose is close to $6000.00 and he will need two critical, involved surgeries. The 1st  surgery would be a combination of anesthetized exam + imaging (CT) to get a better idea of the extent of the palatal defect, tissue around the upper lips/canine teeth for planning for the definitive surgery, and extraction of teeth on the upper and lower jaws - mainly incisors/canines +/- some of the upper front premolars in order to have the areas where the flaps needed for the 2nd surgery will be only tissue/no teeth thus allowing larger flaps to cover his palatal defect.

The Philly Kitty Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill, all volunteer organization dedicated to providing refuge, medical care, spay and neuter efforts, and permanent homes for stray & surrendered cats in Philadelphia. The Philly Kitty (TPK), run entirely by donations, operates solely out of a network of foster care homes and our foster volunteers are the backbone of the organization. 

Find out more at:  http://www.thephillykitty.org

All donations are tax deductible by the extent of the law. Thank you for your support!
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Thanks so much for all the support for Goose! We are getting REALLLLLY close to the total goal and are very hopeful that this could be his last surgery.
In case you have not noticed Goose has grown into a full fledged Catbird in the meantime and is no longer a kitten. As such he has continued to grow into his role as guard cat (he drools on all new visitors and immobilizes intruders by sitting on their laps), foster brother to other cats and kittens, and all around super catbird.
Please help us reach this final goal and get Goosey closer to his dream of eating on his own and finally closing up that silly hole in his palate!
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Hi everyone! During our last post we informed everyone that the skin graft was not a success and we had to simply wait until his sinuses had a full chance to heal (which was at least 9 weeks). Thank you for your patience during our Goose waiting period!

In about a week, Goose will meet with his dental specialist to have a check-up and strategy-session. His very kind doctor has reported consulting with many colleagues about his unique situation, so we are excited to get some new ideas and feedback.

Meanwhile, Goose practices his baby bird act daily, which requires hand-feeding and a gratuitous amount of snuggling. Despite recurring sinus infections he is a happy, loving, and silly cat with a fabulous quality of life. He's even appointed himself "Greeter of the Foster House" to which his outgoing personality is perfectly suited.

Thank you, everyone, for your continued support of mister Goose.

Goose, peppered with remnants of lunch!
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Goose Update!

It's been a bumpy ride these past 2.5 weeks after Goose's last surgery. Sometimes the bumps in the road come in the form of holes in your palate...
The skin graft was unfortunately not a success. It is suspected that the existing scar tissue / impaired blood flow hindered the healing process and ultimately caused the new flesh to not adhere and thrive.

Goose's vet team is closely monitoring the situation. While this is not what any of us hoped for, he is happy, loved and comfortable until we come up with Plan B. It likely will incur more expenses, but sometimes that is life and we think Goose is worth it. We'll keep you posted!
Goose in a box
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In case you missed it, here's our clip from Fox Fursday this morning featuring Goose, as well as adoptables Merry, and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew!
http://www.myfoxphilly.com/clip/10996203/fox-fursday-the-philly-kitty-rescue
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John Mucha
42 months ago

How is the little guy doing now?

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Leslie O'Neill
44 months ago

Diane H, yes, Eastern time! We'll post the segment after it airs too :)

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Diane Hysell
44 months ago

Is that 9:15 Eastern time?

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Jason Mazziotti
44 months ago

Yay Goose! We love you little guy!

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Leslie O'Neill
44 months ago

Hi Boo KittyFoo! We have not been officially advertising Goose yet - once he's had his final surgery and we know what his eating condition will be, he will be available. As of right now, no adopter, but we're sure he'll be popular. But don't worry, he'll stay in his awesome foster home until he finds his forever home! Thank you!

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Boo KittyFoo
44 months ago

Where will Goose be going once he is all better? Has this precious darling been adopted yet?

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Jenny Boegner
47 months ago

We got Goose's nomination accepted as the beneficiary for tonight's CatNip Party hosted by Justin, Fire Survivor. Let the partying begin!!

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Karina Sharma
47 months ago

Yes and yes Jenny!! The total teeth to be removed will be determined when they knock him out and do dental xrays (and probably a CT scan to set an idea of the bone) before removing teeth, but all the front teeth, canines and possibly some premolars will be gone.

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Jenny Boegner
47 months ago

Hopefully we can get Justin, Fire Survivor to dedicate tomorrow's Catnip Party to Goose!

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Jenny Boegner
47 months ago

From what I'm reading, I assume Goose will no longer have any front teeth? He has made such an amazing recovery so far.

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$150
crysania kissinger
37 months ago

goose, this is some $ from oliver and Jethro!

$20
Anonymous
38 months ago
TT
$500
Tuxie TheCat
38 months ago
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Here you go, Goose! Time to get better so you can nom nom nom!!!

$50
Anonymous
38 months ago
$100
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38 months ago
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$50
Mario DeAngelis
38 months ago

Almost there!

$5
Barbara Robles
38 months ago

Prayers for Goose kitty

$5
Victoria Buldak
38 months ago

Chessie, Mia & Aggie Buldak We give mew our treat money Goose, we hopez myour surgery goes well and mew will be eatting kibble myourself in no time. Our meowmy sends purrayers too.

John Mucha
42 months ago

How is the little guy doing now?

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Leslie O'Neill
44 months ago

Diane H, yes, Eastern time! We'll post the segment after it airs too :)

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Diane Hysell
44 months ago

Is that 9:15 Eastern time?

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Jason Mazziotti
44 months ago

Yay Goose! We love you little guy!

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Leslie O'Neill
44 months ago

Hi Boo KittyFoo! We have not been officially advertising Goose yet - once he's had his final surgery and we know what his eating condition will be, he will be available. As of right now, no adopter, but we're sure he'll be popular. But don't worry, he'll stay in his awesome foster home until he finds his forever home! Thank you!

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Boo KittyFoo
44 months ago

Where will Goose be going once he is all better? Has this precious darling been adopted yet?

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Jenny Boegner
47 months ago

We got Goose's nomination accepted as the beneficiary for tonight's CatNip Party hosted by Justin, Fire Survivor. Let the partying begin!!

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Karina Sharma
47 months ago

Yes and yes Jenny!! The total teeth to be removed will be determined when they knock him out and do dental xrays (and probably a CT scan to set an idea of the bone) before removing teeth, but all the front teeth, canines and possibly some premolars will be gone.

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Jenny Boegner
47 months ago

Hopefully we can get Justin, Fire Survivor to dedicate tomorrow's Catnip Party to Goose!

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Jenny Boegner
47 months ago

From what I'm reading, I assume Goose will no longer have any front teeth? He has made such an amazing recovery so far.

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