So earlier this year, we raised some money to help pay for some of the medical costs of getting two kitty sisters we are fostering -- Goofus and Foxy -- much-needed dental care, as well as getting them spayed. We raised a little more than $1,000 of the $3,000 total cost of their care, which we really appreciated.
Before they went into surgery, Goofus (who you can see at the top here) had her heart checked out because she had a murmur. It turned out she has a genetic heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy but the doctors didn't see it as an impediment to anesthesia. It would eventually lead to problems, they said, but they thought she was healthy enough to have her work done.
Two weeks later, Goofus' heart failed. Her chest filled with fluid, and she was in respiratory distress. We rushed her to the vet, where they were able to drain her chest and, overnight, get her stabilized. Cats with her condition live an average of a year and a half after their first heart failure. Could be months, could be much longer. (The doctor did say that Goofus, who is 6, was doing really well so we're hopeful she has a few good years left to her.)
Saving Goofus cost another $1,700, not including a follow-up visit a few days later and the ongoing cost of the five pills a day she has to take for the rest of her life.
Guys, we're tapped out. We had to put all of that emergency care and other costs on our credit card, to the tune of nearly $2,000, and we're not 100% sure how we're going to pay it off. Some people have asked me privately if they can help, and I didn't want to set up a whole new Indiegogo. But I've set up a Paypal donate button here. Anything would help. Thank you so much.