Late on the night of July 8th, our precious and loving cat Vinnie escaped from the house. He's a silly and adventurous boy and we knew how much he loves to explore, even though he is a doofus who can get into a lot of trouble and shouldn't be trusted in a big dangerous world. After a solid 35 hours of looking, posting online, hanging flyers, etc., we received a call telling us that our cat had gone through a harrowing journey. Falling asleep on an engine block, Vinnie had taken a 25-mile journey in the scorching belly of a truck. When we came to pick him up, Vinnie was dirty and in a total state of shock. Our normally vocal cat barely responded to our attention and care on the way home and was obviously severely dehydrated. From what we could tell he had made it through with only a small burn on his leg! What a miracle!
Later that night, however, poor little Vinnie still wasn't very responsive. We took him to an emergency vet and they discovered that the damage was much more extensive. Vinnie has severe burns all over his lower body. Sedatives, shaving and surgery were needed in order to save his skin and muscles from falling off. Currently we are waiting on an outside surgeon to come in and help our beloved, but the bills are already piling up. Initial estimations for the actual procedure are at a bit over $4000. We are both college-educated young people struggling in service jobs and we need help with this expense.
But Vinnie has been with us for years. He is a comforting presence in our struggles with depression and stress. He wakes us up daily to give him his breakfast. He is vocal and loving and cuddly even to houseguests he's never met before. In short, he's an emblem of what is good in the world and in our lives. Vinny is everything to us and we are devastated by the idea of losing him. Please help in any way you can, even if it is with gestures of love and support. As of writing this plea, we are both struggling to sleep due to the overwhelming worry encompassing us. We need our boy and he needs us. Please.
All money raised here will go towards helping out our boy. Additional funds will go toward his rehabilitation and any other expenses we encounter in raising this profile.