Shelley Deserves Better
Organized by: Lain Meador
Shelley's life has been short, but it's also been hard. I can't tell you much about the little torti who wandered into my life just recently because I don't know much. At one time she probably had an owner whom she loved because she's not afraid of people, but it seems that owner didn't feel the same way about her. I'm assuming she was abandoned because of her illness. By some turn of good fortune, she found her way into my yard. Just a slip of a thing, I began setting food and water out for her every day. She's shown me her gratitude by sticking around day and night, meowing at the sight of me, and purring loudly at my touch. She'll crawl into my lap and kneed at me given half the opportunity. She is absolute darling. Unfortunately, she came to me with severe infections in both of her ears. They're bubbled up so badly I don't know how she can even hear. When she shakes her head, I can hear the fluid swishing around inside. It obviously causes her discomfort because she's constantly pawing at them and will cry out in pain at her own touch. If left untreated, the infections will only get worse. She will suffer from a loss of balance, facial paralysis, and deafness. I want desperately to help her, but I'm expecting my first child any day now. My husband and I and the two cats we already own are living on one salary. We can't afford to pay her vet bills. We've contacted every shelter within an hour's drive and they've told us either they can't help her because they're full of cats as it is, or that she'd just be put down because they can't afford her medical bills as it is. I desperately want to help her, but I can't do it alone. Shelley is a sweetheart and she deserves better. Together, we can make that happen for her.