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Vicky T - IMOM

Walter - Cat In Acute Renal Failure

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Sent in money for Walter yesterday and have decided to forgo my usual cappuccino and overpriced lunch to send more in for him in just a bit. He's a truly lovely cat with awesome people. I hope so badly for him to get the transplant he needs to live a long, happy life.

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News: $915 raised for Walter! $2205 more is needed!

Thank you for your donations in support of Walter and his transplant! I LOVE updating you guys and giving you NEWS! Thanks for keeping the momentum going.

For those of you just arriving:

To donate:

http://imom.org/donate_to_a_pin.htm

Melissa/IMOM

Edited by Melissa IMOM

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We are nearly at $1,000.00...let's work really hard and get to $1,500.00.....we can work in increments of $500.00...that way we have step by step goals...and we need to meet this first one in a couple of hours...I know we can do it...

Walter's family is working HARD to make his surgery happen...and we certainly can give them just a little help...can't we?

I just shared his story on my facebook page...can you all do the same and ask your animal loving friends to share and cross post also?

Don't be intimidated...this is such a wonderful story...the donor shelter cat has a loving home to come home to...Walter has his surgery and goes home to his Momma and Dad and Mickey...what a wonderful outcome...and all it takes is just a couple of minutes of our time to keep this story "FRONT AND CENTER".....Judy

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News:

$955 raised for Walter!

$2165 more is needed!

Quick update! Thank you everyone!

Melissa/IMOM

Edited by Melissa IMOM

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Hi, everyone!

Just taking a moment away from posting to check in. It's really, really nice to come to this page and see all of the encouragement. Sometimes I have to read or hear some things from people that is pretty dispiriting.

I think it's pretty clear from the videos & pictures how loving Walter is. He's smart, too.

Mickey and Walter would always eat whenever food was in front of them. That comes from living on the streets, I'm told. Survival instinct.

However, once we all started living together, if food fell outside of the bowl, Mickey wouldn't touch it. He would only eat out of the bowl. Food on the floor, in your hand, or anywhere were all fair game for Walter, though.

Apparently Walter figured out Mickey's finickiness. One day we were feeding the boys, somewhat side-by-side, and Walter's fat face was buried in his bowl, covering it up completely. We watched as he reached over with his right paw to knock food out of Mickey's dish, never lifting his face from his own bowl to stop eating or look.

And since Mickey wouldn't eat it, the pellets would wait on the floor for Walter to get to them after he finished his own bowl.

Not exactly a nice thing for Walter to do, but we laughed so hard when we saw it! From then on we've had to feed them on opposite sides of the room.

Some people watching the video may be curious as to what the burn is on Mickey's back. Well, we don't know, and we can never be allowed to know. All we know is that he was used as evidence in a court case, and he did not like to be touched by humans for a long time. We were told that the hair may never grow back. However, with a lot of patience & love, Mickey is a loving, little lap cat, with almost complete regrowth back there.

Back to Walter. I got a statement from his mother last night. It's a little disjointed because she was dictating it & I just grabbed my favorite parts.

Hi, my name is Ronit, and Walter is one of the great loves of my life. I love him more than words can say. If I could give him one of my kidneys, I would.

He is my baby, and I love him as much as I love any person in my life.

Walter is very special, and has enchanted every human he's ever come across. Even though his kidneys are failing, he has a very big heart.

He's perfect in every way, and deserves everything we can give him and more.

Likes/Hobbies/Interests:Making biscuits on your head, going to the park, jumping into empty beer boxes fresh from the store, taking one solid piece of cardboard and turning it into many pieces of cardboard & scattering them on the ground artfully ("Performance Art"!), chasing bugs and suspicious-looking lint...

Milo & Otis is his favorite movie, and he is alsoa fan of Homeward Bound & The Big Lebowski (when they yell "Walter!").

He loves his brother Mickey Lickey, and they clean each other every day.

He has a very adventurous spirit. There is no hiding place that Walter won't explore.

He loves the hamper. He loves to crawl into dirty laundry. When we get home we need to get footage of him diving into the hamper.

I like how at Tufts he went from cage to cage, yelling at the dogs, making his speeches like he used to from the top of the TV.

He has super-soft fur. He loves people, and he really likes dogs. He's also really good with kids. He could be a therapy cat.

I'll check in later. Again, we cannot thank you enough for all of your efforts.

When the time comes, I will be sure to let you guys know when Walter goes in for surgery, so that we can all send a lot of positive energy to him and to the hands & hearts of the veterinarians.

Keep the love coming. It makes a huge difference!

- James

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He's helping. ;-)

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Not a very clear picture, but you get the idea. What a lurker!

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"Making biscuits on your head!!!" Love it, the best kitties do that! :) lol Sweet! Love the stories of him and Mickey.

Melissa/IMOM

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GUESS WHAT!:::

NEWS: WE ARE AT $1000 raised for Walter!!! $2120 more to go!

For those of you just arriving:

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To donate:

http://imom.org/donate_to_a_pin.htm

Melissa/IMOM

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YAY RAH!!!!!

Now...did you all read what Walter's Momma, Ronit wrote? If you didn't you MUST....It's the sweetest post ever...you can see why they are doing what they are...and to be part of this special PIN is something...

Are we twittering, posting on facebook and sharing and cross posting??? We have to help...plain and simple...

I am going to copy and paste what Ronit wrote...I LOVED it...Again...you can just read the love in each and every word.....

Walter's Momma say.....

"Hi, my name is Ronit, and Walter is one of the great loves of my life. I love him more than words can say. If I could give him one of my kidneys, I would.

He is my baby, and I love him as much as I love any person in my life.

Walter is very special, and has enchanted every human he's ever come across. Even though his kidneys are failing, he has a very big heart.

He's perfect in every way, and deserves everything we can give him and more.

Likes/Hobbies/Interests:Making biscuits on your head, going to the park, jumping into empty beer boxes fresh from the store, taking one solid piece of cardboard and turning it into many pieces of cardboard & scattering them on the ground artfully ("Performance Art"!), chasing bugs and suspicious-looking lint...

Milo & Otis is his favorite movie, and he is alsoa fan of Homeward Bound & The Big Lebowski (when they yell "Walter!").

He loves his brother Mickey Lickey, and they clean each other every day.

He has a very adventurous spirit. There is no hiding place that Walter won't explore.

He loves the hamper. He loves to crawl into dirty laundry. When we get home we need to get footage of him diving into the hamper.

I like how at Tufts he went from cage to cage, yelling at the dogs, making his speeches like he used to from the top of the TV.

He has super-soft fur. He loves people, and he really likes dogs. He's also really good with kids. He could be a therapy cat."

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I just wanted to touch base with the IMOM angels...I don't want anyone to think that James isn't posting much today...as in an earlier post he asked if he should be just posting here as he had two other sites that he was using for fund raising for Walter...

I was the one that told him to make sure to post on ALL OF THE SITES...as more is always better...so.....I am sure that is exactly what he is doing...and that takes a lot of time and energy...

I think that Walter's family is doing an amazing job...I wonder if I could do what they have done...something about them has touched me...I hope others feel as I do...Judy

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Hi, everyone -

Yeah, I basically have been posting links for this forum, the IMOM fb page, the Give Forward fundraiser, and the video on some friends & families Facebook walls, as well as the walls of all the cat organizations & humane societies & shelters I could find, including Walter's origin: The Animal Rescue League of Boston.

I did take a short break to call my dad today. It's his birthday. He says he could maybe drive down from SC to Gainesville & visit us, but I'm not counting on much. He's one of those people who doesn't really understand or support me. I think he knows that our minds are made up, though, so he doesn't push too hard.

He loves his own Jack Russells, so he needs to meet Walter. Once he does, he'll melt, too, and be another victim of Sir Walter Sobchek's charm & loving personality. :-D

Speaking of which, how about some testimonials from Walter's previous doctors, nurses, & technicians? I got these weeks ago when I was writing press releases.

"I never met a cat who purred so much! I love Walter and I hope he gets better soon." - Shannon, ICU technician

"Walter is a wonderful patient and his fantastic personality shines through even when in the hospital. We wish him all the best." - Hathaway, 4th year veterinary student

"Walter is the best little cat! He has a wonderful personality and loves human interaction. I really enjoy the time we spend together!" - Tiffany, hemodialysis technician

"Walter is a fabulous man and loves everyone who comes to talk with him. He deserves only the best." - April, ICU technician

"I do think Walter would make an amazing therapy cat." - Dr. Michelle Cook, MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Hospital

"Walter is a great cat with a huge personality. I can see why you love him so much. We all hope he continues to do well." - Diane, hemodialysis technician

I think Walter can feel everyone's love coming his way. He is bright-eyed and hopeful and talkative today.

- James

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Here's an older picture of Walter when he was on hemodialysis. He wasn't feeling too hot, but I like to call this picture "Eyes of a Fighter".

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We know you are very hard at work for Walter. We hope this all pays off and surgery can happen tomorrow. Keep up the great work, and the multitude of postings....Hopefully everyone will come out of the wood work and donate. Even $5.00 will help...... as it all adds up!

To donate:

http://imom.org/donate_to_a_pin.htm

Or you can donate directly via PayPal to paypal@imom.org

Melissa/IMOM

Edited by Melissa IMOM

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James, just wondering on your end of the fund raising is going...are you having good luck?

IMOM has done pretty darn well...in just about 24 hrs. $1,000.00 has been raised...and we'll keep going...believe me...

I LOVE the testimonials from Walter's vets...how perfect was that...he sure is a special boy...and I do hope that your Dad can make it down to meet Walter...Wish I were closer...I'd love to met him myself...Judy

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Provided Walter gets through this, I anticipate plenty of time for anyone at IMOM, or any other donor or human in need/want of some love to visit with Walter.

Speaking of which, I just want to take a moment on the forum to say THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED!!

You guys really are amazing! I will want to take notes from you guys so that later I can be just as efficient in helping you.

Thanks SO much to everyone for the donations, the dedication, and spreading the word on Walter's story.

As for my end, the GiveForward page received a few donations from friends of mine. Today I am spreading the word about IMOM, hopefully doubly showing my gratitude and giving credit to you guys, while at the same time drawing people to Walter's forum and hopefully spreading awareness about your organization.

It's a rush, for sure. Thanks again to all of the donors! I'm team IMOM for life, now. A check is one thing, but the outpouring of love and encouragement and effort is absolutely life-changing.

I never thought I would be looking forward to scooping out a fresh clump of cat litter, but once Walter has his new, healthy kidney, I will be overjoyed, and sending a blessing and much gratitude to all of you.

- James

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James, Walter sounds like a fantastic cat! I am so glad that IMOM is helping you raise funds for his surgery and I am praying that all goes well for him.

I love that you are giving his donor a home, too!

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Dear James-

I wanted to say that I think it is amazing on how far you will go for your Walter! You came to the right place! Many people do not understand what one will do because they only think of them as animals, which is sad, but it is true! I deal with that all the time and have been ridiculed on what I will do for my furry babies and I have lots of them. But, i am immune to their comments! We are all God's creatures! God loves all his creation including the animals. I became a member of IMOM last year after the loss of my special needs precious boy, Kitty Kitty. The angels here are remarkable and it just plain old feels good inside to be able to help others in need of help to help save their babies! But, always remember the love and support and pay forward whenever possible! I have not been able to get on here lately but try to as much as possible but am happy that I am able to give a donation on behalf of Walter from my Angel Kitty Kitty! I wish Walter the best of luck and hope for an awesome recovery for Walter and his/her donor! Oh and HELLO IMOM ANGELS!

Hope and Angel Kitty Kitty

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I will match up to the next $100 in donations. Any takers?

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Lisa...I'll be glad to take your money...ALL $100.00 of it...so.....consider your match MET.....Judy

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Judy, awesome. I am going to donate now. If someone at IMOM wants to verify that for you, yay!

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It has been sent through paypal. Let's please get this money raised for Walter!

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I just paid thru paypal also...so...let's see if someone else feels up to a matching challenge...they are such FUN.....

Lisa...thanks...I was trying to think of a way to find some money for a challenge and you beat me to it...

I think that Walter and his family are just the best...the posts are just amazing...I don't see how anyone can resist this special kitty and his family...Judy

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OK folks, donations have come in so it's time for a

FUND UPDATE

<drum roll>

Walter has $1425 - almost HALF WAY THERE!!!

He still needs $1685 so I'll match the next $100 in donations. Can't let Judy and Lisa have ALL the fun :motimonkey:

So who's going to take my money?

Thanks to all our angels and supporters. We can do this! http://imom.org/donate_to_a_pin.htm

Cindy/IMOM

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$47 into the match.....just $53 needed to get that next $100. Five $10 donations, or ten $5 donations, and one $3....anyone else able to give up Starbucks or lunch out tomorrow?

This family has gone the distance for Walter. Please help us do the same. He just has to have surgery tomorrow.

Thanks, angels!!

Cindy/IMOM

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Cindy, is that a monkey shaking his tail in your post?

My little monkey knows first hand the importance of a functioning kidney, and togethor we will be sending in the remaining $53 for your $100 match for Walter.

What a special kitten!!!!

He has captured so many hearts : )

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