Help Vinny's Burns!

For: Vinny the cat
Grand Rapids, MI
Organizer: Jon Garcia
Help Vinny's Burns! (Vinny the cat)
$2,187
of $4,000 goal.
Raised by 78 donors
54% Complete

The Story

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.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 30, 2017

Posted on September 30, 2017

Hi everyone, we have raised 50% of the goal thanks to your generosity. Please share this fundraiser with your family and friends to help us reach our goal.


Posted on August 4, 2017

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Posted on August 4, 2017

Vinnie had new stitches this week. He has to wear a cute little shirt so he doesn't remove his cone and he hates it, but otherwise he's doing great. He really wants to get at those stitches but this is hopefully the last step in his recovery.

Thank you for your continued support and love. We've been truly touched by the care shown to Vinnie. Please continue to share the fundraiser wherever you can. We could not have cared for our kitten love without you.


Posted on July 27, 2017

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Posted on July 27, 2017

Vinnie is on a different bandage now with fewer stitches. He may have a slight infection as his foot has swollen a bit, but overall the wounds continue to improve. More care is needed, of course, and we will continue to update as more changes happen.

I've been taking more shifts to raise money, but tonight I have the night off to sit with this boy so he can nap and hang out with his collar off. Thank you so much for your support! Please continue to share this page so that we can focus on giving Vinnie all the care and love possible.

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