Fund for Tatiana's Emergency Hospital Bill
Organized by: Chloe Quakenbush
Fund for Tatiana's Hospital Bill
As some of you know, a little over three weeks ago my cat Tati was mauled and later died from injuries inflicted by a stray dog I had rescued. In addition to the shock and loss of our beautiful cat, I am now faced with paying a monster vet hospital bill. While we made every effort to be prudent, Tati’s surgery and hospitalization rang up over $1,900.00 in medical expenses. We have made a Crowd Rise page to help raise funds. Thank you in advance for any help you or someone you may know can offer. No amount is too small, and I truly appreciate it.
Here is what happened: About three weeks ago my boyfriend and I were heading home from a road trip, and noticed a collarless dog rifling through some garbage at a lone gas station in rural Texas. As it was close to midnight and the dog seemed both hungry and friendly, I was worried that it was lost. As most of you know, I am passionate about the wellbeing of animals. (I recently volunteered as the Entertainment Coordinator for the Best Friends Animal Society event in Austin called "Strut Your Mutt," which is a fundraiser to save animals from homelessness.) I did what my heart told me to do, and took the dog home for the night with the hope of discovering who its owner was the next day. I kept the stray in the bedroom and all seemed well. I made a point to keep the dog separated from my own rescued pets, our sweetie cat Tatiana, and my pup, Ollie.
The following morning I prepared to bring the dog to a shelter to see if it had a microchip. As I opened the bedroom door, the otherwise calm stray dog caught sight of our Tatiana, and viciously attacked her without warning. In an instant our dear cat was bitten and severely wounded. Initially our Vet was optimistic and thought that with surgery, little Tati would heal and survive her injuries. Unfortunately, after a painful and rough night home, my kitty stopped eating and drinking and had to be hospitalized.
Further testing revealed that Tati’s injuries were more extensive than the initial x-rays had shown, including a dislocated tail and broken pelvis. Nonetheless, the hospital doctors were hopeful that given Tati’s young age and previous excellent health she could recuperate. Tati quickly deteriorated, however, and soon it was obvious that she was having difficulty breathing. After less than two days in intensive care, Tati went into cardiac arrest and had to be put to sleep.
Everyone pretty much thinks they have the cutest and sweetest pets (and kids, for that matter). But those who had the opportunity to meet Tatiana always commented on how beautiful, friendly and special she was.
In the spirit of all rescued animals, (as Tati also was) will you kindly SHARE THIS POST in any way you like –a fave animal shelter/rescue site, your Facebook page, etc. Being only a little over a year out of college, I really need help with this bill.
And- In case you were wondering, the only good to come out of this twist- of-fate story is that I found the owner of the stray dog, and they were happily reunited. Again, thanks in advance for any assistance you or someone you may know can offer. All donations are much appreciated.