Help Oliver Walk Again

$1,585 of $1,440 goal

Raised by 33 people in 19 months
Anne Hefley  BURBANK, CA
On Friday, July 10, 2015 my beautiful, sweet Maine Coon cat Oliver demostrated some alarming symptoms. His back legs were slack and he wasn't able to stand. I took him to the emergency vet, and $1300 later, I learned two things; it wasn't a blood clot, and it wasn't a spinal injury. They recommended that he see a neurologist, as it might have something to do with his spinal cord.  They recommended an MRI, which might reveal that he needs surgery. This will put his medical costs into the thousands. My campaign is conservative, but I have to start somewhere.

Here's the kicker. The company that I worked for ceased operations the week before, leaving me currently unemployed. Yeah.

I want to do all I can for this sweet, sentient being who has already been through so much. I rescued him from a hoarder in 2008. Because of his owner's negligence, he required surgery, and I maxed out every credit card to save him. Way before "Go Fund Me," or other online campaigns, I asked the Web for help and put up a paypal button, and the Web, (mostly my wonderful friends and blog readers) came to his aid. That inspiring story is here:  http://annecentral.blogspot.com/2008/08/im-sure-you-might-have-noticed-donate.html 

I told Oliver, "I've got you, as long as you're willing." So, I'm asking for help again. I don't know his prognosis, and can't promise a happy ending. But what I can promise, is to do everything that I can to try to get one.

Thank you so much. Even sharing helps. 

With sincere gratitude,
Anne and Oliver
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Posted by Anne Hefley
19 months ago
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Great news! Oliver just got back from the vet, who said that he will probably keep improving with meds and care. She also prescribed a bi-weekly shot of Adequan which will help any damaged joints. As a result of this awesome news, I've once again, lowered the goal. The odd amount is because a donor gave me $60 in person, so I am subtracting that from the total on here.

Thank you all so much for your generous donations. To have raised so much in so little time, I'm just beyond. You have helped this wonderful cat, who so many have grown to know and love through my blog, Flickr, and Facebook, get back on the road to being his old self.

Case in point, I came back to see Oliver in front of a fan, looking just marvelous with his movie style wind blowing his mane. Oliver always knows how to position himself to for maximum fabulousness.

Thank you all!
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19 months ago
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UPDATE. Oliver has shown improvement! I've kept him quarantined in the bathroom, per the vet's instructions so that he doesn't try to climb anything and rests. I had some window shutters in the house, which enable me to keep the door open while still making sure he doesn't get out or Ronan (my other cat) gets in. Yet, he's not shut in a tiny room and cut off from us.

He's still wobbly and weak in his hind quarters, but is able to use his back legs much more effectively. I'm really hoping that this means it was an injury that will continue to improve. Because of this, I've lowered the campaign goal to reflect the anticipated costs of emergency vet bills. He's going to my vet tomorrow, so I will post another update once we get back. To all of you, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for helping this dear, sweet soul get better.
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$1,585 of $1,440 goal

Raised by 33 people in 19 months
Created July 12, 2015
$50
Anonymous
17 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$50
Anonymous
18 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$50
Rudy Rumohr
18 months ago

Meant to donate earlier...but now I get to put you over your goal!

$100
Anonymous
19 months ago
JG
$50
Joanne Garcia
19 months ago

In honor of my beloved cat Lucy, whom I lost last year I am making this donation in her name with hope and love so Oliver can get better.

$20
Rob Carr
19 months ago

From the Parrots: Holmes, Cirrus, Chauncey, Peanut and Dancer.

$50
Anonymous
19 months ago
DC
$100
Duke Cat
19 months ago

Warner cats stick together!

TG
$20
Trish Gallatin
19 months ago

I have a Maine Coon also I hope you figure out what happened and that's it's reversible *zen hugs for you and a wuffle for him*

HC
$25
Heather Cox
19 months ago

Love you, Oliver and Anne! Wishing you both the best!

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