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Please help save Walter Sobchek by helping to fund his surgery!

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This fundraiser is to supplement veterinary bills during the untimely illness for Walter Sobchek, a wonderful Bostonian cat unlike any other.

Walter was adopted from The Animal Rescue League of Boston on January 6th, 2009, at which time he was about two years old.

During his mandatory neuter surgery before leaving the ARL, Walter had an outbreak of conjunctivitis as a reaction to his anesthesia. This developed into heavy ulceration of his left eye, to which local doctors gave him little to no chance of retaining his eye at all. Due to the brilliant dedication of Dr. Biros at MSPCA Angell, Walter not only retained his eye but went on to retain almost complete use of his eye.

Walter's wonderful disposition and love for people has made him the hit of the hospital whenever he visits for his regular appointments, quickly & easily fastening his name and spirit into the hearts and minds of all who've met him. He has even been considered for pet therapy for humans, and we hope he will have a chance to give back to the human community in the same way his friends have so selflessly helped this gentle soul from the streets of Boston.

Now, Walter is faced with another long shot. On Tuesday February 7th, 2012, Walter went into Angell Animal Medical Hospital for vomiting, later to be diagnosed with kidney failure. After much effort with diuretics, Walter still wasn't able to produce urine. The costly process of Hemodialysis (the closest facility administering it being the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Grafton), was mentioned, and Walter's regular doctors at Angell lauded Walter as "an ideal candidate due to his being a very large cat and his love for people."

After a few days of Hemodialysis, Walter is still not producing urine. Penn State is on call to perform a kidney transplant. This process is even more costly, and in the end the donor cat will need adoption by us, Walter's family. We will gladly give the donor the best life possible in exchange for saving the life of our child. Whoever Walter's sister or brother may be, we will welcome her or him into our loving family.

It is very sad that so few programs are in place to help animals avoid being euthanized due to a simple lack in funding, not to mention the shortage on insurance coverage for animals.

Walter's parents have both been supporters & advocates for many animal rights programs, such as PinUps for Pit Bulls, The Milo Foundation, the ARL, and others, promoting and participating in various fundraisers. Once this whole ordeal is over, all donors will receive a promise from Walter & his family that we will all continue to fervently support animal rescue & care in whatever way we can for the rest of our lives.

Donors are more than welcome to contact us after Walter's recovery for a visit. Walter loves people & enjoys making friends! Please keep an eye on his YouTube page (http://www.youtube.com/user/SirWalterSobchek) for old videos of this gentle giant.

Thank you so much for your support.

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