November 15th, 2022
By Savannah Verdon, Development and Engagement Coordinator
“Carlos was a friendly neighborhood cat that I decided to take in. Every animal deserves love and care and that is what I chose to do. He’s been my best friend for a few years now and truthfully someone I can fall back on in stressful situations. I love my cat. He means the world to me and if he did not, I would not have decided to move forward with an expensive procedure to keep him alive.”
After graduating from college, Anthony was elated to begin the next chapter of his life together with his cat, Carlos. Their bond was incomparable – and unbreakable in the face of crisis.
Eight months into their new adventure, Carlos declined from perfectly healthy to miserably unwell in just three days. He couldn’t use his litter box at all and was beginning to lose strength. As he watched Carlos grow more ill by the day, Anthony was distraught that he may have to choose between paying for veterinary treatment he couldn’t afford or saying goodbye to his best friend. After two long, painful nights, Anthony resolved that he couldn’t just sit there and watch Carlos suffer. He would get the treatment he needed now, and Anthony would find a way to pay for it later.
They went to the veterinary hospital the following morning. Carlos needed to have a catheter placed to drain his blocked bladder, and he would need to stay at the hospital for monitoring. Meanwhile, Anthony turned to the internet to find any possible help for his sweet boy. When he applied for a RedRover Relief Urgent Care grant, he described how “Watching [Carlos’s] health decay for a period of three days [had been] heartbreaking.” He had a plan to put a significant amount of his own money toward the bill, even if it would make money tight for a little while. All he needed was that last bit of assistance.
Anthony’s application for an Urgent Care grant was approved, and he brought Carlos home from the hospital soon after. His recovery was rocky at times, and it worried Anthony to see Carlos vomiting and seemingly ill again. But he quickly improved, and with a new prescription diet to prevent future blockages, Anthony is knocking on wood that his boy will stay healthy for the rest of their time together. More than anything, he is grateful for that last little bit of help and the compassionate people who made it possible:
“Carlos wanted to say thank you for helping save his life! Thank you guys so much again, the assistance really meant the world to me. I am so relieved about it all and just happy my little buddy is doing okay.”
We are so grateful to share Happy Tails like these with kindhearted people like you! Thank you for inspiring hope for families like Anthony and Carlos and for bringing this handsome cat from crisis to care!