Kitten born without a paw, now needs leg amputation!

For: Lieutenant Dan
Organizer: The Community Pet Project
$1,410
of $1,405 goal
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The Story

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.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 12, 2014 by The Community Pet Project
This is the post from www.facebook.com/thecommunitypetproject: 

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!

Posted on February 10, 2014 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. 

Posted on February 6, 2014 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. 



Posted on February 4, 2014 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 

Posted on January 30, 2014 by The Community Pet Project
http://flipagram.com/f/UQiGlCuotv#sthash.D6TjxYN1.dpuf

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

Posted on January 30, 2014 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!

Posted on January 26, 2014 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

Posted on January 22, 2014 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! 

Posted on January 21, 2014 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"

Posted on January 20, 2014 by The Community Pet Project
Elisa Black-Taylor created this write-up on Lt. Dan to help with donations. How very kind!

http://www.examiner.com/article/lt-dan-sweet-upstate-kitty-needing-paw-operation-is-now-recovering-at-home


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