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A Kitten’s Journey

With so many medical bills for my wife’s care this year, this unexpected cost for Zoey is overwhelming. Anything you can do would help.

— James —

When you adopt a new companion into your home, it is a day full of joy, love and often many smiles! 3 months ago, when James and his wife brought home this sweet kitten and named her Zoey, they felt their little family was complete. As a retired senior on disability and his wife experiencing medical issues, having this ball of fluff in their home brought a new sense of happiness and lightness to their lives.

While they expected the joy, they did not expect Zoey to suddenly become ill in late December. They noticed she began vomitting, was lethargic and was not eating normally. Taking her to the veterinarian, they learned that she had high kidney values, low red blood cell and high white blood cell counts. More diagnostics were going to be needed to stabilize Zoey but they had spent more than they anticipated already on the initial tests. That’s when James reached out to Max’s Helping Paws to bridge the gap between their financial hardships and the treatment Zoey needed.

James explained, “My wife has Ankylosing Spondylitis , an autoimmune disease requiring me to be a full time caregiver. This drained our finances to zero prior to Medicare. Since I was an exempt employee for the state I didn’t pay into Social Security and only get a minimal amount from other side work. I get just enough to pay for my Medicare but only a small portion of my wife’s. We didn’t expect Zoey getting sick but want to do right for her.”

At Max’s Helping Paws, we realize that life sometimes give us more challenges than we can conquer at times. Knowing that James and his wife are responsible pet owners trying to do their best by Zoey, we were able to extend the assistance needed for Zoey’s further diagnostics. Once the veterinarian determined what was causing the lethary and vomitting, Zoey was able to receive the medications and treatment needed to begin her recovery. Thanks to this support available through our donors in the community, Zoey is once again a healthy 4 month old kitten with life to live!

About Our Veterinary Partner:

Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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