Kitten born without a paw, now needs leg amputation!

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Kitten born without a paw, now needs leg amputation! (Lieutenant Dan )
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Lieutenant Dan was born without one of his paws. That didn't seem to bother him though until now. Because Lt. Dan tends to drag the remaining limb, it has become infected and the Doctors at Magnolia Veterinary Hospital state that the leg now must be removed.

Problem - The family does not have the funds available to pay for the surgery, but they realize that they must find the funds in order to get their beloved kitten into surgery to not only prevent future infections, but to save his life. 

The estimate for the surgery is $740, but The Community Pet Project is attempting to raise $1200 - knowing from past experiences that not everything goes as smoothly as planned.

So therefore, that is why we are tasking ourselves to create a buffer for any unforeseen complications. And, needless to say, we are asking for your help in generating these funds to get Lt. Dan back up and going. And, with your help, we can do this!

In advance, many thanks from Lt. Dan's Mom & Dad & from The Community Pet Project for any consideration that is shown to this little kitty's care. You are greatly appreciated.


by The Community Pet Project
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For the life of me, I cannot find all the previous posts to account that I have thanked everybody for their generous gifts to Lt. Dan. So, you know what? I'm going to thank you again by naming you below (some of you more than once) - just to be sure that I left no one out: 

Lois Momsen 
Kelly Goode 
Jenni Scogin 
Elizabeth Jenkins 
Denise Bligh 
Lois Momsen 
Kym McNulty
Stacy Wozniak 
JM Lawter 
Karen Murray 
Jordan Doegg 
Lisa Brooks 
Beth Gossett 
Jennifer Beattie 
Michelle McKelvey 
Darlene Georgiades
Lynette Powell 
Sherry Pittman 
Amanda Czartoryski
Christopher Pierce 
Christina Small 
Dale Swisher 
Amanda Stewart 
May Gordon 
Anne Hesse 
Mel Bridges 
Beth Gossett 
Terri Vela 
Stephanie Parris 
Brian Loomis 
Beth Gossett 
Antonio Francis 
Lillian V Bargisen 
Sheneen Young 
Sally Rowe 
Lillian V Bargisen 
Christine Roy 
Jill Boehm
Sally Rowe 
Wanda Wood 
Sally Rowe 
Lois Momsen 
Martha Martinez 
Sally Rowe 
Beth Gossett 
Lois Momsen 
Sally Rowe 
Julie Wooten 
Lois Momsen 
Lois Momsen 

To Recap:

The Community Pet Project was contacted on January 10th by a Mom in distress trying to save this little guy. Thereafter, Lt. Dan's donation page below was immediately created. 

And, it didn't take you Folks long to answer the plea for help - making it possible for Lt. Dan to realize a full life after recovery from illness, infection, amputation, and set backs. 

The donation goal was initially set at $1000. But, it was soon realized that even that amount would not cover Lt. Dan's cost of care. So, the goal was raised to $1200, only to learn that the bill had grown to $1860. 

At $1205, Lois Momsen challenged everybody to give / give more because she was prepared to match up to $200 in donations. How kind! So, the goal was again changed and became $1405. And, people gave and she matched dollar for dollar (and then some). 

In doing so, donations exceeded the $1405 and are now at $1410 (on the donation page) + $431 (from family & friends) for a total of $1841. Really beyond great!

The bad news though (if there truly is any) is that Lt. Dan's recent hospitalization, after the surgery, caused the bill to grow once more. It is now $2419 minus the $1841 raised to leave a balance of $578.

Not to worry though because Lt. Dan's Mom certainly isn't. She believes that her expected tax return will handle it. But, more importantly, she's just thrilled to have her little man at home. And, guess what??? She just reported that he is RUNNING & PLAYING!!!! hahahahahah...Now, that's a happy ending all brought on by you!

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

by The Community Pet Project
Saturday evening, Lt. Dan was taken back to Magnolia Animal Hospital in Anderson because of diarrhea and not eating. On the way there, he had an accident in his carrier, and the diarrhea got into the sutured wound.

He is now hospitalized again and the Team at Magnolia, as of yesterday, had been washing out the wound every 4 hours and applying antibiotics. As of today, however, the area is being flushed every 2 hours because it has developed redness and swelling. 

His diarrhea continues and he has been put on super strong antibiotics. I hope to get another update this afternoon and I will certainly post it. For now, please send out positive thoughts for another recovery for this little guy. 

by The Community Pet Project
I have posted a new picture of Lt. Dan and wow what a difference a day makes! He's standing up on all 3. Yep, shy one leg now. But, he's looking great! His Mom will be taking him home today. But, he must go back to the Doctor tomorrow to get a shot of pain medicine, which is time released. 

As for how Lt. Dan's bills are stacking up. Here's the breakdown:

Currently, his total cost of care stands at $1860. Total amount of donations are $1205 from this page, $431 collected by the family & amounts donated directly to Magnolia Animal Hospital, and matched gifts of $55 (up to $200). That brings a total amount collected of $1691. Subtract that from the $1860 and you get $169 needed. That's pretty darn close.

So, with 9 days left, let's see if we can gather a little over $169 and make it an even $200, just to give us a little buffer. So, on my end, I'm raising the initial $1200 benchmark to $1405. Now, let's all strive to reach it here on Lt. Dan's donation page.

Thanks! - Debbie @ The Community Pet Project. 

by The Community Pet Project
A short time ago today, Lt. Dan's leg was amputated. His Mom said that his surgery went well and that she will keep us all posted.

The surgery was performed at Magnolia Animal Hospital, 2828 E North Ave, Anderson, SC 29625. Phone: (864) 222-2188, where he has been treated all along. 

Please view the most recent pictures taken of Lt. Dan today that I have posted, as he was preparing for surgery. Now, let's all send prayers that he will make a speedy - as we have continued to do over the many hurdles that he has had to get over. 

Thank you all for the role that you have played in making a difference in this little guy's life to date and the life that he will have going forward. You're very special people to do such kind acts. - The Community Pet Project & Lt. Dan's Mom 

by The Community Pet Project

This is a great video that Lt. Dan's Mom put together. Please check it out.

by The Community Pet Project
The Community Pet Project has been working (with the help of the public) to cover the costs of Lt. Dan's medical bills, which have mounted quite a bit. At last glance Lt. Dan had received $1150. But, that is still not enough to cover the actual surgery. 

One nice Donor has reached out and stated that she would match up to $200 for incoming donations. Therefore, the campaign to raise additional funds will continue past the upcoming deadline. And, the actual deadline date will be extended.

Thanks for following Lt. Dan's illness and recovery to date. Now, let's send him into surgery so that we can get this all behind him. Many Thanks!

by The Community Pet Project
Lt. Dan's Mom took him into work yesterday at Magnolia Animal Hospital. An x-ray showed that his lungs are 90% clear now. Very good, but still the Doctor said that he has to be 100% prior to going into surgery to amputate his leg, which will prevent further infections. 

So, for the next week he will receive another round of antibiotics and breathing treatments. Then, he should be ready for surgery. 

The $1100 received through the donation link below, coupled with $340 taken in at Magnolia, will go towards Lt. Dan's current bill of $1154.34. Obviously, if one does the math, that leaves $285.66 - not near enough to cover the cost of what we know the surgery, itself, will be of $740 plus Lt. Dan's after care. 

Of course, Lt. Dan would have NEVER survived to this point without you. His Mom is beyond grateful to you all. Should anyone else care to also help in this little guy's road to wellness, I'm sure that Lt. Dan & his Mom would also appreciate knowing you care also.

Thank You - The Community Pet Project

by The Community Pet Project
Yesterday, Lt. Dan's Mom stated that Lt. Dan continues with his oral antibiotics and breathing treatments through Saturday. Then, on Saturday morning, Lt. Dan will accompany his Mom to work at Magnolia Animal Hospital, where another chest x-ray will be performed.

So, everyone keep their fingers crossed that his lungs are clear and that the surgery can soon be scheduled. Thanks! 

by The Community Pet Project
I just posted 2 pictures of Lt. Dan getting his breathing treatments. His Mom reports:

"He takes them so good, he knows they are gonna make him feel better. But honestly they hype him up after doing them and he runs and plays for hours lol"

by The Community Pet Project
Elisa Black-Taylor created this write-up on Lt. Dan to help with donations. How very kind!

by The Community Pet Project
Lt. Dan is back at home gaining strength. Before being released, his lungs were re-checked and his Mom says that the fluids are slowly going away. At home, he will remain on antibiotics for another week and receive antibiotics in breathing machine. Then, in a week, another x-ray will be preformed.

Right now though, his fever has stayed down and he is eating and drinking well and he is playful. He appears to experience discomfort with the infected leg, but the Doctor at Magnolia Animal Hospital will ease that with pain medications. 

At this point, the Doctor has also decided to delay surgery for possibly up to a month to allow for Lt. Dan's lungs to completely clear so that no complications are experienced while in surgery.

Of course, I'll continue to update you as I learn more. For now, thank you for allowing this little guy to have a chance at a long, long life. - Lt. Dan's Mom & The Community Pet Project

by The Community Pet Project
Lt. Dan's Mom posted yesterday on, the following:

Lt Dan is home, the fluid on lung is slowly going away. He's been a very sick baby. We are gonna do antibiotics for another week, antibiotics in breathing machine and gonna do another X-ray in a week!

His bill right now stands at $1135 so we still need 
community's help raising money for his care we have a long road ahead of us. So please have it in your heart to help me out. I wouldn't be asking for help if I had the money. This baby is a fighter and he is well worth every penny!

Thanks to everyone that has already donated it's helped out a bunch. If you donated and if you will please message me with names and address as I would love to send thank you cards!

Deanna Blakely (Lt. Dan's Mom) can be reached on Facebook at"

by The Community Pet Project
Forgive me for not posting sooner. Yesterday really got away with me. Still, I want to bring you up to date on Lt. Dan's progress.

I spoke with his Mom late yesterday afternoon. She stated that on Wednesday that Lt. Dan's fever never rose above 103.3, which was good because the Doctor never wants it to climb to 104. The even better news is that Lt. Dan's fever was 101 for most of the day yesderday and never exceded 102.5, which is perfectly normal. Yay!!!!!

Lt. Dan remains off of fluids and he is eating and drinking well. The Doctor told his Mom that he wants to give 1 more round of antibiotics and steroids today and then wants Lt. Dan to go home for further recovery for the next 3-4 days.

Thereafter, he will return to Magnolia Animal Hospital for another chest x-ray and if all looks well, his surgery will be scheduled. So, finally, things are looking up and Lt. Dan's Mom couldn't be any happier.

She'll be sending pictures once she gets him settled back in at home. Once I receive them, I'll definitely post them up. For now, thanks so much for caring about this little guy and for following his progress to wellness. Deb @ The Community Pet Project

by The Community Pet Project
I just spoke with the little guy's Mom. She stated that Lt. Dan's fever has not elevated past 103 since being removed from the IV's yesterday. He is also continuing to eat and drink.

Another chest x-ray was taken, but the lungs are still cloudy, with little change. The Vet said that Lt. Dan could possibly have F.I.P. (Feline Infectious Peritonitis), which is incurable. Or, Lt. Dan may just be suffering from a viral infection. Either way, it's too soon to tell and he will remain hospitalized until a diagnosis is determined. 

For now, Lt. Dan's Mom is hopeful that he is fighting a virus. She is now comforted by Lt. Dan's Doctor, who continues to closely monitor this little guy's care.

by The Community Pet Project
Asking everyone to please keep Lt. Dan and his Mom in your prayers and well wishes. I just spoke to her and she's just a crying. Right when this little guy's fever edges down to normal, then it shoots back up - not as high as it has been, but definitely not normal.

The cause behind this... It appears that Lt. Dan eats and drinks on his own when removed from the IV. But, the flip side of removing him from the IV is that his fever goes back up and he stops eating and drinking again. 

However, the decision has been reached to keep him off the IV and wait to see what happens next. The Vet explained to Lt. Dan's Mom that the prognosis is that the kitten's fever will shoot back up and a decision will need to be made on whether to continue care.

I pointed out to the Mom that both she and Lt. Dan are fighters and that this has been a good fight, not one that has to be surrendered today. I also told her that it is my utmost belief that this will, indeed, turn out the way that it was meant to be - whichever way the story unfolds. Really, that's all that can be said at this point. 

But do, please, keep them both close to your heart and in your prayers as we continue this journey alongside of them. I think that will do more good than anything else for the both of them. 

Thank You - Deb @ The Community Pet Project 

by The Community Pet Project
Today's Updates:

Lt. Dan's Mom just called. As of this morning, his fever is down in normal range at 102.5 and Lt. Dan is finally eating and drinking on his own. Further tests have ruled out all diseases and parasites.

However, he will remain hospitalized to determine the following:

1. Has his lungs cleared after being given the steroid antibiotics?

2. If so, will his fever return after he is removed from the IV's?

Of course, if his lungs have not cleared, he will remain on IV's. 

If his lungs are clear, the IV's will be removed. If the fever returns, then the Vet will know that the fever is caused by the leg and not the lungs. If that is the case, then Lt. Dan will remain in the hospital to get the fever down before taking him into surgery for his leg amputation.

Of course, I will continue to keep you all informed as the day progresses.

by The Community Pet Project
I just got off the phone with Lt. Dan's Mom. Upfront, the news is not all that good. Lt. Dan has finally been hospitalized after 4 trips to Magnolia Veterinary Hospital. Yes, 4 trips where he was evaluated and put on different medications for the infection that had formed in his nub / leg.

Dr. Eaves has taken over his care today. And, as you can see by the photos that have been uploaded, he is now hospitalized with Steroid Antibiotics in the IV and has been administered pain medication. What you can't see are the results of his x-rays. Both lungs are cloudy and the Vet questions whether this is viral pneumonia. 

So, now we wait. Know that his Mom is with him because she works at this facility for - those who have questioned why another Vet has not evaluated Lt. Dan. As we can all imagine, that would be a tough predicament for anyone to be in. But, I can say that the Mom is very happy that Dr. Eaves, one of the the Owners, is on duty today and she feels strongly in his abilities to both monitor Lt. Dan's progress and to save him.

That said, the bill at Magnolia Animal Hospital stands at over $600 right now. No one knows how long Lt. Dan will be hospitalized, nor what the total bill will end up being. So, anyone wishing to contribute is asked to mail their tax-deductible donation to, The Community Pet Project, 26 Halehaven Dr., Simpsonville, SC, 29681 or here on Lt. Dan's donation page. 

Or, of course, you are welcome to give your donation directly to Magnolia Animal Hospital, 2828 E North Ave, Anderson, SC 29625 / Phone:(864) 222-2188

Many thanks for following this little guy's story and for all the prayers and well wishes. And many, many thanks to those who have given towards his care. - The Community Pet Project

by The Community Pet Project

ox Carolina News did a story on Lt. Dan last night. Thanks Fox!!!!!

The latest updates that The Community Pet Project received late last night was that the Vet caringly took Lt. Dan's Mom to the side and assured her that the money was not the hold up in performing the surgery. It is the fact that this little guy's fever and infection must be brought under control before risking his life in surgery. 

When I learn more, of course, I will post. For now, thank you for giving to help move this little guy closer to living a full, happy life. - Deb @ The Community Pet Project

by The Community Pet Project
The kitten's temperature is 105.6 and he's in pain. The Mom has rushed him to Magnolia Animal Hospital. However, she text to say that the Vet wants the full amount to perform the amputation,  before he will perform the surgery. Not good.



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