Welcome to IMOM Community Home

Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to contribute to this site by submitting your own content or replying to existing content. You'll be able to customize your profile, receive reputation points as a reward for submitting content, while also communicating with other members via your own private inbox, plus much more!

This message will be removed once you have signed in.

Kris S

Hurricane Katrina/Chris is ALIVE and moving to N.O. - Part 2

64 posts in this topic

Oh, Chris I am so very sorry.

I don't know if u remember me-Tucker and Justice's mommy (they have been PIN's here for several years--actually Tucker was the PIN when u went thru Katrina).

Your descriptions were so vivid and heartwrenching of u and the kitties experience. My Tuck was going thru so much at the time, and sometimes I wavered in my strength and hope. But in ur despair I found u had incredible courage. Your courage was a lesson that I needed at the time.

I just wanted u to know that u made a difference for me.

I wish I could make a difference for u now. I am so saddened for ur loss of Panda. I remember Panda's ear surgery. I know Panda left on her own terms, and what a comforting way for her to go to The Bridge.

My heart aches for u.

Thank u for all u did for me...

Sadly,

Cindy, Tucker and Justice

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Chris,

Kim sent me an email with the news about Panda. I am so sorry - you two fought the brave fight and I'm so glad you were able to be together for as long as you could. Saying good-bye is so dang hard, though, no matter how much time we are given with our furry ones.

Panda was, indeed, a very special girl.

Kay

Hey Kay,

Thank you so much - and thank you again for your timely donations towards Panda's vet bills. That veterinary care also added on a few months towards' Panda's life.

I know that you had a horrible time when you lost your dear Tabby - also to squamous cell - and my heart went out to you. Like you said, it is never easy to say goodbye, no matter how well that you think that you are prepared.

I keep looking at Panda's bed and talking to her whenever I walk through the bed room - it is still unreal that she is gone - she's been such a constant in my life. But I am also happy that she is free of pain and whole again - and back with her good friend Emerald, who perished during Katrina. And I know that she is waiting for me at that Rainbow Bridge.

Take care and thank you so much again!

Chris

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

. I know Panda left on her own terms, and what a comforting way for her to go to The Bridge.

Of course I remember you - and Tucker! I feel so bad that I have lost touch over the years.......our own time on the IMOM forum bring back such great memories, even though a lot of the circumstances were unhappy ones. The support, caring and love that came through the lines will never be erased. I learned so much about strength and character - from the people who make up this forum, as well as the many pins who have come and gone.

Yes, Panda did leave on her own terms! A few weeks ago, when she started having such pain from her brain tumor, I took her to the vet with the purpose of having her put down - she was so miserable and I could not stand to see her suffering. But once at the vet's office, she would perk up and act completely differently than she had at home - this is when the vet suggested trying the Medicam to see if it would help. And boy did it - overnight whe was a different cat - from just laying around, not eating or doing much of anything - to being able to get up and down off of the bed, making it to the room with the litter box and water/food dishes - and still hissing at the cats who foolishly got in her way - she was still the boss cat til the end. Not bad for a blind cat with an enlarged heart and a brain tumor. My vet and I even discussed this - that Panda was not about to be told when it was time for her to go.

She fought so hard, but in the end, her little body simply gave out. But she did it her way. This photo was taken a couple of days after she started the Medicam:

pbpandalast.jpg

When I was saying goodbye to her this morning, I was really amazed at how silky and shiny her coat still was - yes, a very special girl!

Thank you so much for posting - I always think of you as "Tucker's Mom" and what great care you took of him and your other furbabies.

Chris

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In my haze of grief, I finally remembered that Panda died on the same day as Brooks did last year - and also the day of the "Blessing of the Animals" by St. Francis - October 4th. Perhaps a reason that her passing was so peaceful? At any rate, a great comfort.

As some of you might remember, the cats of the 200 Cat Rescue of New Orleans, were all taken over to the St. Francis Animal Sanctuary in early 2005. I will never forget the peace and tranquility that filled me as I passed through their gates.

“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.”

Thank you all again!

Chris

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In my haze of grief, I finally remembered that Panda died on the same day as Brooks did last year - and also the day of the "Blessing of the Animals" by St. Francis - October 4th. Perhaps a reason that her passing was so peaceful? At any rate, a great comfort.

WOW! Chris, I got goosebumps! It may indeed be one reason Panda' s passing was so peaceful.

I've been thinking of u and Panda a lot the last couple of days. I am glad u realized that Panda died the same day as Brooks-the day of the "Blessing of the Animals". I understand why that would bring u comfort.

I always think of you as "Tucker's Mom" and what great care you took of him and your other furbabies.

Thanks Chris, I appreciate that.

Thankfully Tuck is still going strong (10yo now!). Still has seizures fairly often, and now needs an inhaler for a lung disease--but the angels here have held Tuck in their hearts since 2004, and have always made sure he can get his seizure meds.

My other little guy, Justice, is also an epileptic and a PIN here- the angels hold both boys tightly in their wings, and never let them fall.

I know u fully understand the angel power here at IMOM.

I have to tell u I have met Kay several times--she is a very special angel, and touches people in the heart wherever she goes.

Take care Chris. I hope u can pop in from time to time and let us know how u are doing.

Hugs,

"Tucker's mom" Cindy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

WOW! Chris, I got goosebumps! It may indeed be one reason Panda' s passing was so peaceful.

Thankfully Tuck is still going strong (10yo now!). Still has seizures fairly often, and now needs an inhaler for a lung disease--but the angels here have held Tuck in their hearts since 2004, and have always made sure he can get his seizure meds.

My other little guy, Justice, is also an epileptic and a PIN here- the angels hold both boys tightly in their wings, and never let them fall.

"Tucker's mom" Cindy

So sorry - I did not mean to talk in the past tense! You are such a good Mom! I am just curious if Tucker is on a grain free diet? I'm sorry that I haven't followed his thread - or any others... :unsure: A long time ago, one of the cats, Catina, taught me about the importance of diet - and particularly avoiding gluten - one of the proteins found in wheat and other grains. A few years ago, I found out that I am also gluten-intolerant and by avoiding it (as well as all dairy products) my health has improved greatly. Once again, the cats led me to something that has helped me get better - it started with Oscar, in 2002, who's ringworm that I contracted, led to my round-about diagnosis of Hepatitis C.

There are many articles that link these proteins to seizures and epiliepsy in pets. Sorry if I am telling you something that you already know.. All of my babies are on grain free diets as a kind of preventative nutrition - but again, sorry if I am preaching to the choir. I am so glad that more and more folks are leaning towards healthy diets these days - and finally, there is a much wider selection out there to choose from!

Diet and Canine Epilepsy

Epilepsy Diet

Anyway, I don't think Panda would mind if I hijacked her thread if it might help another creature - I know that she is okay now and I will be too - it will just take a bit more time - she has left a tremendous void in my life and in my heart.

Thanks so much again Cindy for your kind words - and hugs and kisses to Tucker and Justice! Take care,

Chris and the kitties

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Chris. thanks so much for the info abt grain free diets for epi's. I have tried very strict grain free with both boys for a few years. Unfortunately it didn't make a difference. <sigh>

I had not seen the article with the epilepsy diet. I will be taking a close look at it.

It was sweet of u to take the time to post the links--even if it doesn't help the boyz...someone else may be reading, and it may help their baby. So thanks Panda and Chris.

UGH!! I am sorry u are gluten intolerant. My cousin has Celiac disease. If I remember correctly u were having a problem gaining any weight--same as my cousin. Once she got on a gluten free diet the changes were quite amazing with so much of her body. I am glad u found out u are intolerant.

Yes, if we take the time to listen to our furbabies, they can help us immeasurably.

Panda, please keep watch over ur mama.

Stay well.

Hugs,

"Tucker's mom" Cindy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi guys - it's been way too long since I stopped by. But it's good to see some familiar names and faces!

Things have been a struggle these past couple of years - my Mom passed away last August up in Birmingham. I moved to another apartment after finally receiving a HUD grant (after a 4 year waiting list) It is back in Lakeview, actually two blocks from where we lived before Katrina.

Cayenne is now almost 15 - he is doing okay now, but I almost lost him a few months back due to heart issues - he had a bad murmur. Thankfully, he responded to supplements - particularly taurine and at his last check up, the vet could no longer hear a murmur - he has gained back weight and is his handsome self again.

Rosemary, Woody, Mr. Magoo, Tortie Miss all turned 12 this year - Rosemary has been having urinary issues and bladder stones. She had this problem years ago, but also responded to treatment. Now, she needs vet care and is scheduled for a visit. The others need lab work and dentals. Magoo has an extreme flea allergy despite receiving Advantage or similar monthly.

Sky is 8 and doing well. Velvet and Smoke (the two post-katrina rescues) are also ok, they are 6 years old. And there is a new one to the fold - just what I needed! - Voodoo was rescued from City Park where he had been dumped and living for at least a year - I finally caught him, brought him in for a microchip scan and later combo testing prior to trying to place him into a new home. Naturally, he tested positive for FIV. He is a sweet boy who had already been fixed and very tame - he is healthy right now but possible adoption for him is pretty slim.

My own health is stable - they are getting very close to a real cure for Hepatitis C. Meanwhile, I am getting by on the small monthly SS payment, along with selling books online. I also still do occasional catsitting. But it's a feast or famine life - if I can find and sell some good books, then I can get caught up on my bills - but if I don't sell many, then I get behind. I always think that once I can get fully caught up financially, then all of the cats will get the veterinary care that they need and deserve. I get depressed at times thinking that we all survived Katrina to end up living in such poverty. But we are still here and alive and hopefully, things will get better soon.

I am so glad that you are still here - IMOM is the best! And provided a lifeline for the kitties and me during and after Katrina - thank you all so much! Chris and the Katrina miracle cats

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was wondering if and when you would reappear here. Glad most of the Lakeview guys are alive and doing well. I'm here because someone asked me about the Katrina article quite some time ago and I knew it was here so I came on the site to find it for them to read but couldn't locate it. I guess it got deleted. I found it on google by typing in the title of the article. I've been checking in ever since and helping when I can. Wish I could do a lot more. Stay in touch. I might win the lotto. Steve

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Steve! So good to know that you are on here! For those of you who do not know, Steve was the only person who offered his boat so that me and another Lakeview resident could get back into the city to rescue our cats. He will always be a hero to me - the LA Times story can be found here: http://articles.latimes.com/2005/sep/12/nation/na-haves12. Steve, do you ever here from Dave Zucchino?

Yes, every cat that you helped rescue from my house is still here except for poor Brooks, who passed in 2009 from renal failure.

I guess because tomorrow is the official start of the 2013 hurricane season, I get a little antzy - hard to believe that it's been almost 8 years. I still get a little white knuckled at even the mention of a storm anywhere but have managed to stay put for all of the ones that have come by us in the last couple of years. Last year's Isaac (on the exact day of Katrina 8/29) was a bit scary - though "just" a tropical storm, the thing parked over us for 24 hours - I lay in bed and listened to the wind howl for what seemed forever. Also, in the middle of the night, I opened up the back door to find the little feral cat huddled by the back door - and let him in. Next thing I know, it was morning and I woke to find my bedroom window screen ripped open - Rosemary did not like the feral cat and chased him out the window - and followed him outside. You should have seen me crawling underneath the house in 70 mph winds calling for Rosemary, who thankfully came to me. But the worst part was not having any power for 5 days.

I still go back to my old place every day to feed the feral cat over there - but today, as I was pulling out of my driveway, I heard and felt that thumpa-thumpa thump that denoted a flat tire. Spent an hour trying to get the lug nuts off - could not and decided to use the Fix-a-Flat, which promptly exploded in my face. I think that my glasses saved me from any real damage though I fear that I will have a black eye tomorrow. At any rate, the spare finally got on and I was able to go out on my errands.

Well good to know that you are here and thanks for thinking about me -

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow - what an incredible article. I am one who was not aware of this. Very sorry for everything that was lost in Katrina, but it's wonderful to know you saved the Kitties. Steve, what a caring (and adventurous) journey for you. Chriscat, please visit more often - good to get to know you. Be careful of those tires!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No Chris I haven't had any correspondence with David Z. in some time. I occasionally get posts from his face book page. I believe he's in Afghanistan. He spends more time in war zones than he does anywhere else. If there's not a chance he might get blown up for a headline story he's not going to be there. I guess the more dangerous it is the better chance he has of winning another Pulitzer Prize. I'm pretty sure he considered post Katrina New Orleans dangerous or he wouldn't have been there. You know he went in on the first attack into Irag on the ground with just paper and pencil. He's either got nine lives or he's the luckiest SOB on the planet. I believe Rob, the photographer that went in with us, retired recently. He won a Pulitzer Prize as well. You however are an animal rescuer. Those two guys were in good company. Pulitzer Prize, phaaaat ! Steve

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Dawn, nice to meet you too - I tried to respond to just your post but forgot how to do it :<( - and thanks for being a part of this wonderful group!

Hey Steve - yeah, I got the feeling that both Dave and Rob were having the time of their lives in the boat. I remember after getting back to dry land with the cats and unloading them, I was exhausted and trembling. But they were both looking as fresh as daisies - they couldn't wait to get back out there with you - and actually, you looked pretty energetic yourself - wow, what an adventure!

BTW, I haven't seen David M for a long time but he posted on a community animal forum last week - he had gotten a woman to trap several cats in his neighborhood for TNR and one cat that was trapped happened to be a three-legged one - I don't know what the story was there. But he is still on Marshall Foch and at the Dental School - and still rescuing cats too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi, Chris, it's so good to see that u and the kitties are hanging in there. I so wish that life was easier for u guys-u deserve to get a break.

I am glad ur health is at least stable, and it's a joy to hear how the kitties are doing.

Where online do u sell ur books?

Kim hasn't come here for quite some time. I'll have to let her know u posted. I know she always worried abt u too.

My Tucker is still with me, and his little brother (not related) ended up being a severe epileptic too--so both are still PIN's here.

Praying the storms stay away from u!

Hugs,

Cindy, Tucker and Justice

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Cindy! So happy to hear that sweet Tucker is still with you - but sorry that the epilepsy did not get any better. You are such a good Mom - it's a testament to you that your babies are still here!

I hadn't heard from Kim in a long time too but I exchanged a couple of emails with Kay P last year when Isaac hit. They were both so good to me after Katrina - you all were! It was so nice to meet them when they passed through Birmingham on their way to volunteer in New Orleans - they met my Mom who often asked about them. Yes, hopefully, the storms will stay away from us - and from everyone else. Much too nervewracking for sure.

I think that I owe my stable health to my diet and taking Low Dose Naltrexone or LDN - can't remember if I posted about this in the past. But I have been on it since early 2009 and since then, my liver function tests have stayed in the normal range and my viral load has remained extremely low. It helps modulate one's immune system - or actually, helps the immune system work like it is supposed to. I belong to many online support groups where folks around the world are taking it for various health conditions. It is also good for animals as well - there is an online group called LDN for Pets

I think I posted my own blog, Nola Hepper before - once I got back my first labs 3 months after being on the LDN, I felt compelled to spread the word.

Rosemary has an appointment this Tuesday for an exam - thankfully, she has responded to all of the stuff that I have been doing for her - a homeopathic remedy aconite seems to have helped her. She also gets a couple of doses of "Tinkle Tonic" a day as well as a small bit of Stone Free - she also gets slippery elm syrup twice a day. For three days, knock on wood, she has had normal urine stream and no signs of straining. Again, knock on wood - ya know how it goes - as soon as you report that your baby is doing well, they crash again...sigh. At any rate, I will feel better once she gets labs and a probable xray taken. My number one vet is still Dr. Sagrera at Natural Pet Care. She is a regular vet too and has performed miracles on many of my cats in the past - she has met me at 11 PM on a Sunday night in the past when I would have an emergency and she is working with me financially up to a point to help me with the babies. Think I've been going to her since 2003 or so - back when I had Catina, who had previously had diarrhea for two years and every "prescription diet" under the sun, along with steroid shots - and then ended up with diabetes. Dr. Sagrera put her on a raw food diet and overnight, she had the first normal stool in a very long time - that sold me on this vet and how important a grain free/natural diet is for both pets and people.

A friend gave me some Revolution for Mr. Magoo and he seems to have gotten some relief so far - just gave it to him a little while ago - but he was ripping his fur out and not himself. They seem to get a resistance to the flea meds and I have to change from Advantage to another kind every few months. He needs labs too and a dental - I worry that this new flea allergy might be because something else is going on too. But meanwhile, he seems much happier than he has been these last couple of weeks. That's the worst part - to know that your babies are not well and hurting and not be able to help them get to the vet - but I guess most folks on this forum know that feeling.

I sell on Amazon - I go to thrift stores and garage sales and try to find bargains - the link for amazon is here:

http://www.amazon.com/shops/cmbookmaker

Well, just meant to say hello and ended up babbling away - I have just lost all track of time - I turned 60 in January and realized how much time has passed - guess there's a lot of catching up to do. Things will get better for us - seems to work that way - I get behind in the bills and everything builds up (and always the times when someone needs a vet visit!) - and then get a bunch of good books or catsitting jobs that get me back to even. But so good to hear from you, Tucker and Justice - and so happy that IMOM is still here too!

Chris and the kittles

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Chris,

It's so good to hear from you again! I've thought of you and worried when tornados hit Alabama so hard. We'll keep paws and claws crossed that this isn't going to be as bad a hurricane year for you.

Take care,

Cindy/IMOM

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey - good to hear from you too! It's been too long! Yes, I would worry all of the time about my Mom up in Birmingham - she was always a scaredy cat when it came to storms. And in the assisted living where she was, they would move all of them out to the hallways whenever there was a tornado warning - but as time went on, she didn't even worry about it anymore - she said that there were warnings almost daily.

I feel awful for the folks in Tuscaloosa and now, the people in OK and other places - scary stuff. At least with a hurricane you do have some kind of warning - though up until Friday night, Katrina was "supposed" to hit the Florida panhandle - it wasn't until Saturday morning that it changed to New Orleans and the coast - and that was early Monday. But believe me, there is no one more glued to the weather channel than I am this time of year - and things are already starting off with this "system" in the gulf - heading towards florida...

Take care - getting ready to bring Rosemary to vet in a bit - keeping fingers crossed that it will be okay.

Chris and the kitties

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey - good to hear from you too! It's been too long! Yes, I would worry all of the time about my Mom up in Birmingham - she was always a scaredy cat when it came to storms. And in the assisted living where she was, they would move all of them out to the hallways whenever there was a tornado warning - but as time went on, she didn't even worry about it anymore - she said that there were warnings almost daily.

I feel awful for the folks in Tuscaloosa and now, the people in OK and other places - scary stuff. At least with a hurricane you do have some kind of warning - though up until Friday night, Katrina was "supposed" to hit the Florida panhandle - it wasn't until Saturday morning that it changed to New Orleans and the coast - and that was early Monday. But believe me, there is no one more glued to the weather channel than I am this time of year - and things are already starting off with this "system" in the gulf - heading towards florida...

Take care - getting ready to bring Rosemary to vet in a bit - keeping fingers crossed that it will be okay.

Chris and the kitties

Well Rosemary gave Mom quite a scare - after getting her out of her carrier at the vet, she promptly urinated all over the floor and me. The vet said that her urine looked very dilute - which almost sent me into hysterics - I had awful visions of renal failure, fluids and a long haul. However, her labs were not bad - the specific gravity is a bit out of whack but the vet thinks it is because she has a urinary tract infection - also the reason for the dilute looking urine. No diabetes thankfully - and no crystals in urine which I had wrongfully assumed - so we are treating her for a uti. The bill was $207.00 which I could pay half of and the vet let me post-date a check for the balance. Hopefully I can sell a lot of books by then. Anyway, under the circumstances - a somewhat happy result - compared to what I Imagined, dreaded and lost lots of sleep over - she's my baby girl!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh, man, Chris, u must have been so scared until u got the results that showed that Rosemary has a UTI, and nothing worse.

I am envious that u got to meet Kim. Kay (and Judy) have both been to my house several times-but the visits are always way too short. They are fantastic people that are such good friends.

I am glad a friend gave u some Revolution for Mr Magoo, and he is feeling better. I know that's a load off of ur mind.

Thanks for saying it's a testament to me that the boyz are still here...really it's a testament to IMOM. Without IMOM and the incredible angels , I would not have my Tuck and Justice with me. I am so blessed.

Take care of urself Chris, and the wonderful kitties!

hugs!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey kiddo - don't sell yourself short! It is your love and care - along with the IMOM'ers of course - that have kept these babies going - and believe me, they know that they love you and are there for you - they want to be here with you!

Yes, I pretty much did flip out when the vet mentioned the diluted looking urine - but in the same breath, she also said that she did not see any blood - her UTI is pretty mild - although the sample was taken off of the floor. And being holistic, we are trying the remedies first - the aconite is really helping her. And the vet did say that we could do the remedies or just go straight to an antibiotic - which we still might still have to do. It did cross my mind that had I gone to my traditional vet and just bought some clavamox three weeks ago, it might have saved a whole lot of money and ended the problem - but I feel good now as Rosemary did need lab work done - as most of them do.

She thinks that Magoo has hyperesthesia - we are also trying the remedy with that as well - and it seems to be working - hypericum - a couple of doses a day. I am going to be bringing him in when finances permit - he has always has skin issues but not like this - just want to rule out any underlying condition - plus he needs dental care - he's the tabby/siamese guy - one of the babies who survived in the closet for two weeks without food or water!

Thanks for the support - it means a lot! Hugs to sweet Tucker and Justice!

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, things are not going as planned financially. Normally, I can manage the 9 cats (plus two ferals) with the SS monthly check (730.00) along with my book sales ($100.00-$300.00 weekly) as well as occasional cat sitting jobs. However, when any extra expenses come along, then things get beyond tight.

Rosemary's vet visit was the first thing - and I still haven't paid the $107.00 that I owe. Then, Mr. Voodoo, who is allowed outside (he has ripped out every screen window and door in the house!) must have eaten a lizard or who knows what - and spread some kind of salmonella type stuff via the litter boxes. So for a time, I had 6 cats vomiting and with loose stools. Most are better now. Mr. Magoo is still suffering from some condition that has caused his hypersthesia (overall itchiness and pain when touched on his rear end) - I started him on a very miniscule dose of LDN and it at least has stopped him from ripping out his fur.

And of course, my book sales have plummeted - I have made $50.00 in the last two weeks - and no one seems to have the money to travel very much, so no catsitting jobs.

The point of course, is that the cats need help badly. I know that they are not pins here and I do not want to break any rules or step on any toes if I ask for help? What I need is to take care of the current vet bill and some Petco gift cards. The kitties eat the Indigo Moon dry food and the petco brand of Soulistic canned food. Expensive but part of their "preventative nutrition" that has kept them so healthy for many years. Last year, I tried switching to fancy feast canned food and within days, Cayenne, my white Siamese guy, developed a swollen mouth, temperature and was growling in pain. After an emergency vet visit for that, the vet believed that he was allergic to some ingredient of the fancy feast. Another time, he had dug out a used plate from the feral cat's food in the trash and I found him crouched in a corner, with a swollen mouth and temperature. So despite the cost, they really need to be on the same food that they have all eaten for years.

I struggle with depression - those cats and I have been through so much - and they deserve to be cared for properly. I cry when I look at Magoo - he needs vet care so much - or at least a blood draw to find out what is going on with him. It is a horrible, helpless feeling when you cannot help your cats.

I would never ask you guys for help but I do not know what else to do. My remaining out of state family has not been in touch with me since my Mom died last August. They were not happy with me before then as they thought that as the daughter, I should have moved to Alabama to be near to my Mom. So they are not going to help either. We are on our own.

I had gone to about 20 sites online that help poor folks with their animals - 18 said that they were currently out of funds. I did find a couple of places that allowed one to make a fundraising page but of course, no one has donated.

This country is in a recession and the ones who suffer are the animals - people cannot take care of them due to finances and the shelters are full of homeless pets. Just go to Craigslist - every day there are hundreds of pets looking for homes - either via the rescues or the shelters - or much more common - people who can no longer care for them.

Thanks for any help and encouragement - and I am sorry if I am doing wrong to ask for help here...? Who would have imagined that after surviving Katrina - and the 5 poor cats that went for two weeks without food or water - and lived, are now faced with an almost worse fate due to lack of money.

Chris and the miracle survivor cats

Edited by Chriscat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

pbmagoo2.jpg

Magoo has squamous cell carcinoma under his tongue - I had been looking all through his mouth and finally looked under his tongue - a big tumor. I am devastated - this is what happens when you are poor and cannot bring your animal to the vet when they first start acting sick.

I have a call into the vet - I finally used my car insurance money to pay the Rosemary's bill so now, maybe he can get some kind of help - or be put down.

Please can anyone out there help this poor cat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please

Chris

Edited by Chriscat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Chris why cant you apply to IMOM for some help. I would think you would qualify.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Steve - thank you so much for responding! Well, it says that they are not taking any new pins - I was hesitant to even ask for donations via this thread. But after being a part of this community for several years - albeit years ago - I had hoped that some of the folks who remember these cats might be able to help.

I am bringing Magoo in at 1:30 to get my vet's opinion - of course, he needs full labs, biopsy, etc. But this type of cancer has a very gloomy prognosis.........but one step at a time - he is still eating and acting somewhat happy. I am just still in shock - I never expected to find that horrible thing in his mouth - my stomach lurched and I immediately burst into tears - and cried all night. But I will be strong for my boy...

Thanks again Steve!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I know they were not accepting new PINs when Jacki, the founder, was in the hospital recently, but as far as I know there have been new PINs sponsored since then. I think IMON is open for new PINs now. I'm not positive and don't know how to check if what you said about not accepting new applications is in fact the case. we need to double check. Steve

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.