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Help raise funds to help Hyper T cats get the life saving surgery or treatment they need!

My name is Melissa, and I live in Wisconsin. I started taking in hard to home and special needs cats in 95. I have since homed 6 cats, and given them a loving environment. All of the cats that I care for have some type of food allergy or need special food. Between food, and litter alone I spend $60 a month. Their needs are increasing and I am having trouble with being able to give them the proper care they need.

I currently have one male cat Smokie who is 9.5 years old. He is going through tests now for Hyperthyroidism. I have depleted my veterinary fund on many vet visits to try and figure out what was wrong. If tests are inconclusive, then more vet visits and test are necessary which I have no more money to do so.

I currently can only work 3.5 hours a day due to back problems. Because of the economy it's hard to find a job that I can do within my limits. I've checked into disability even partial and SSI (Supplemental Social Security Income), and I do not qualify for either. I recently was in the hospital to have my gallbladder removed. Those bills are mounting. I have tried other places that help people who can't afford veterinary care. Most places only award $100-$200. They don't have the money to help every cat and only accept the most dire of cases. My cats do not qualify under those conditions.

I'm trying right now to raise veterinary funds for Smokie (and other cats with Hyper T), so that he (they) can get the veterinary care he (they) need(s).The vet suggested only three options. 1. Medication - which a small amount of cats don't tolerate well. Plus cats on the medication live a lot less longer. The better of the two methods are : 1. Surgery which costs around $900, and 2. Radio Active Iodine Shot treatment. That entails him to be in a specialty clinic where he gets the injection. He'd have to stay there a week to two weeks until he's safe to return home. The costs for that are around $1,200 +. Both of those treatments would cure him, meaning no medication. In the long run those are the best treatment, and most economical for me. Being my situation, I do not have the money for the best treatments, and am even wondering how I will be able to afford the medication he will need.

I am asking from the bottom of my heart for donations so that I will have the necessary funds for him (and others) to be taken to the vet for more tests , or have the treatment options that would best benefit him (them) in the long run. Without help,I fear many more cats will die from a disease that can be cured.

In my short life 34 years old, I have dealt with so much loss already, I really do not want to have to deal with more loss that could be prevented. I took care of my mother in high school when she was diagnosed with liphnode cancer which spread to her lungs. I had to watch her wither away and suffer. She passed away in 95. My father was diagnosed with cancer in his mouth in 2000 which spread to his lungs. He passed away in 2001. After that, I took care of my only remaining family member, my grandmother. She had cancer which thankfully didn't spread. She passed away in 2006 from dementia and complications from it. I have no family left any longer, and no one to help me.

The cats that I have rescued, I truly believe they were the ones that rescued me. They gave me joy in a time of heartache and pain. They gave me the strength to push on through the hard times. So, that's why I'm doing everything I can to help them in their time of need.

Any funds received over the amount for Smokies surgery will go to help other Hyper T positive cats receive the surgery or radioactive iodine treatment that will cure them. I am not only raising money for myself, but for all Hyper T cats.

Please spread the word. We need all the help we can get!
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