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Minerva - Rear Leg Paralysis - An Autologous Stem Cell Treatment Could Make All The Difference

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BENEFITING: Core Paws, Inc.

ORGANIZER: Core Paws, Inc.

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Core Paws, Inc. wrote -

We are raising money for a special needs cat named Minerva, who is paralyzed in her back legs with limited bladder functionality. Her story is one of triumph in the worst of odds after suffering paralysis at four weeks old due to human abuse, to now hope, that an Autologous Stem Cell Treatment will help her regain bladder functionality and potential use of her legs. Learn more about this amazing cat who has touched the lives of everyone she encounters and help us support the treatment that could improve her life.

Sweet special needs Minerva was found at 4 weeks old, back legs paralyzed on the side of the road due to human abuse. She was taken into Willamette Veterinary Hospital, and this less than 1 pound warrior survived with the love and care of many. Willamette Veterinary Hospital reached out to us at Core Paws, with the hopes of finding Minerva a loving rescue she could be taken in to.

Our partner, Cat's Cradle Rescue, answered our call and took little M in as a foster. They took her in knowing she would be a big financial responsibility and extremely hard-to-place due to not having control of her bladder movements and her back leg paralysis. Cat's Cradle Rescue continually goes out of their way to give this sweet girl the chance she deserves with physical therapy appointments, laser treatments and so much more. Minerva's foster mom, Jan, carries her to and from her litter box multiple times a day and works with her through daily physical therapy.

Minerva is a friendly, adoring cat who touches the lives of those she encounters. She is great with new people, kids and even the four other cats that her foster mom has. In fact, Minerva loves to keep up with them, her special need does not hold her back and she can scoot herself around quite quickly on her front legs. From 4 weeks old to now 1 year old, Minerva just celebrated her 1 year birthday party in September.

There is a chance that Autologous Stem Cell Treatment can help Minerva gain functionality in her bladder and potential use of her legs. Stem cells will be used from Minerva's own fat tissue. These will be isolated and reintroduced directly into the damaged area. The results with this type of treatment in animals with severe arthritis have been remarkable, less is known about the success in other areas (like paralysis and bladder functionality) but the procedure is safe, done in one day and definitely worth trying for this deserving girl. The wonderful team at Viking Veterinary Care are performing this treatment for Minerva.

We understand that nothing is guaranteed, and that it might not work - but what if it does work? Minerva deserves this chance and everyone has so much hope that this will help her. Please join us in helping Minerva with this treatment. Any donations surpassing what we are fundraising for Minerva will go back into our Odie's Fund for Hard-to-Place Homeless Animals. With this fund, we fundraise on behalf of our hardest to adopt animals (like Minerva), to help pay for things such as behavioral consultations, physical therapy and other forms of therapy, medication, surgery and now Autologous Stem Cell treatments. You can make a difference for animals often times overlooked. Donate today and join us in our movement for hard-to-place homeless animals.


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Core Paws, Inc.

Amount Raised



74% Raised of$1,250 Goal

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