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22 February 2009 @ 12:54 pm
Help save Stanley.  
Posted by ___intensified in the community kurt_halsey:

"So, I'm not sure if this allowed or not but I thought I would try because I want to see my friend and her loving cat spend more time together.

This is my friend Stanley. He moved in a few years ago with his "brother" Drake, a miniature schnauzer, and his "mom" Elisa. When I met him, he poured out of this little carrier and had to be the biggest cat I'd ever seen. Huge. Bigger than both my dogs put together. He's very svelt now, though. A little less food a lot of careening throught the house and wreaking havoc will do wonders to the figure. Appropriately, his middle name is M. He is a man of mystery and mischief. Just when you think you're at the brink of insanity because the little devil has jumped at you from behind a door and taken a bit of an ankle, he melts your murderous thoughts by attacking his own tail with the same ferocity. He pays fetch like a dog, better than my dogs, really. He loves shoeboxes. He'll squeeze himsely into one, then chew it to bits. He's learned I'm easier to get out of bed than Elisa, so he runs into my room and gives me a fierce ear-cleaning and a tap on the nose to get me moving. And he snuggles with complete abandon and trust.

Stanley went to the vet last week. His new food wasn't agreeing with him, so Elisa just wanted to get him checked out to make sure everything was okay. It's a long explanation, but basically he has kidney stones and due to a bunch of unlucky circumstances he is in kidney failure. The hospital tried medical therapy, but this was unsuccessful. Elisa was given two options; a surgery that is risky but has a good prognosis, or to take him home and make him comfortable.

Remember Drake, Stanley's doggy brother? Last year he was diagnosed wth an aggressive cancer. He lost a leg, but not momentum, and endured chemotherapy week after week patiently. Drake was the only one who wasn't worried about being sick. He loved the vet, and three-legged dogs get more attention, so all the better for him. Drake's little body couldn't keep up with his plucky little spirit and he succumbed to his battle with cancer in October. He was only 10 years old, and he left behind a lot of broken hearts.

Unfortunately his treatments left a lot of bills as well. What are the chances that within months your other furry child would be back at the same hospital you thought you'd seen the last of? Who knew that with so little symptoms, kidney stones could prove to be possibly fatal? And how do you make an impossible choice between a surgery you can't afford and watching someone you love in pain and not do anything? For many people, a cat is just a pet, and can be replaced. There are are situations more dire. I do not dispute this, but Stanley is part of our family and we want to help him in any way we can. So it's been a week of researching charities and scrounging under couch cushions. If this surgery gives him a good chance, it's worth trying. He's only 5 years old, he has a lot more mischief in him.

Please keep Elisa in your thoughts and prayers. It's hard to watch such a good friend go through such a hard year. If you would like to see Stanley's fundraising page, go to wishuponahero.com. I just did a search for Stanley.

Elisa's Page for Stanley

My Page for Stanley

My page includes my paypal account so anything donated there will be given directly to Elisa. Anything helps."

I know that times are tough for everyone right now, but if there's any way you can help Stanley & his mom, Elisa, please donate.
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lamona on February 23rd, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
I would look in your area for organizations that help with situations like yours. There are places if you show lack of financial resources that will donate money in order to help you through this. I would call the ASPCA and ask them if such place exists in your area. You can also try to set up a payment plan with your veterinarian, if you are a good client at your clinic they will be more than happy to work with you. Our clinic used to have clients that donated money to the clinic for the people like yourself and we would give it them as the situation arrises. Good luck to you!
Kristenpixiebelle on February 23rd, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
I really wish I could help. My mother just went through similar problems with expensive vet bills and her cat looks just like Stanley! Just two weeks ago, her cat Zoey had problems that escalated fast and required tons of vet intervention and she passed away regardless. This cost several hundreds of dollars which she was going to pay off a little each month. A week later, her house caught on fire and Baby, the cat that looks like Stanley, was severely burned and required emergency help which also cost several hundreds of dollars. They also lost everything they owned. Some people thought she was so silly to pay so much on her cats since she is rather poor, but as you and I know, cats become true members of the family.

My heart goes out to you. If we were not currently helping out my mother, I would glady donate something. I will keep them in my thoughts and I really hope they can raise the money needed to help Stanley. I almost cried reading this!
Kristenpixiebelle on February 23rd, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
I forgot to mention in my other comment, I recently created a group for this type of thing. It is called In Need of a Good Deed. You are welcome to post your story there, since it is a group meant to help people that need it. needagooddeed.