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Ella's surgery bills

Update on 9/5: Six weeks after her accident, Ella is now wandering the house and leaping up on beds and bunks and other things that need cat hair on them. She has a limp, which is probably permanent, but she's not letting that stop her. Read the full update here.

Update on 8/1: Ella is doing well! Anne got a second opinion from a surgeon, who said this type of pelvic fracture would heal better without surgery than with surgery. Ella's leg has moved back into the correct alignment, and she's getting feeling back in the leg. Anne is keeping Ella confined to a large dog crate during the day to prevent her from leaping or running and worsening the fracture. It will take four to six weeks for Ella to heal, and she'll need several more vet visits, but if things keep going as they have been, she won't need surgery.

I'll be posting Anne's updates later today. For now, you can read them directly on her Facebook.

The amazing outpouring of support you all have shown Ella enabled Anne to get a second opinion that she otherwise wouldn't have been able to get. She says, "I don't have to go with 'if it was my cat I wouldn't bother.'" It's also covering vet visits, painkillers, and all the other things that an extended injury brings. Anne isn't going to make a final reckoning until Ella is well and truly out of the woods, but right now, it looks like your donations will more than cover the rest of Ella's care.

Thank you all so much. Your generosity on behalf of Miss Ella is wondrous and staggering. As a personal friend of the little grey lady, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

This is Ella.
Ella in the fullness of her dignity

Over the course of many, many months of love and care, my friend Anne took her from this...
Ella hates you all

...to this.
Ella pettings
Ella dawwww kitty

On Thursday night, Ella came home dragging herself by her forelegs. Anne rushed her to the emergency animal hospital. This is Ella's pelvis...
Ella's pelvis

...which is not supposed to look like that.

It will cost $1500 to $4500 to get medical care for Ella's broken pelvis--$1500 to amputate her leg, $4500 to pin the bone and save her leg. Anne just got hit with a ton of bills and doesn't have enough to cover either operation. Please, donate whatever you can to help save Ella's leg. (Or send a check if you don't want to use Wepay. Message me for the name and address.) Every little bit helps.

And if you can't donate, please repost. Friends-of-friends have already been a huge help.

Donations are now more than enough to cover Ella's medical expenses. Thank you all so, so much.

If you want to link to or repost this from any other platform, please do. Thank you to those of you who are getting the word out, and many, many thanks to those who have donated.

Send questions about donations to morgansong, who's handling the fundraising for Anne. She can no longer accept Paypal donations because Paypal is having issues. Crisis averted.

Updates on Ella's condition and photos are in the comments: Sunday evening, Tuesday morning, and Tuesday evening. She's hanging in there. Brave little kitty. We've raised $1,548 $2,178 so far*--and by "us," I mean all of us, those who've donated and those who've spread the word. Thank you all so, so much. The kindness of strangers has been wonderful. The Internet has made the world a smaller place, and sometimes, it's a smaller, better place.

* $1,771.45 from Wepay and $406.16 from Paypal.


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Jul. 22nd, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
Link from wherever you like--Facebook, Dreamwidth, Journalfen, Twitter, Google+, Blogger, anywhere. And thank you.
Jul. 22nd, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
I kicked in a few dollars. I hope the outcome (whichever route must be taken) is good. Please let us know, whatever happens!
Jul. 22nd, 2012 01:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for helping. I'll definitely keep y'all posted.
Jul. 22nd, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
Poor Ella. Hopefully you can go the whole nine yards.

Sent over what I could. Let us know how it goes.
Jul. 22nd, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
The vet thinks it's worth it to try to save Ella's leg, so she's looking for a surgeon who can handle the operation. She'll be contacting Anne Monday morning. :crosses fingers:

Thank you so much for helping.
Jul. 22nd, 2012 07:26 am (UTC)
Is there an email address I can PayPal to? I've never heard of this particular donation collection site before, and after experiences some credit card hassles, I'm hesitant to supply my credit card number to some outfit I've never heard of before.
Jul. 22nd, 2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
I texted your question to Anne and Jenn (the person who's doing the collection). In case they don't get back to me before I have to go, here's Jenn on FB: https://www.facebook.com/jenn.iannaconi

And thank you so much. You're doing an awesome thing.

Edited at 2012-07-22 01:13 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - issendai - Jul. 22nd, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - gerimaple - Jul. 22nd, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - issendai - Jul. 23rd, 2012 01:49 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 22nd, 2012 11:52 am (UTC)
Same here as gerimaple said. Plus I'm not in USA and english is not my language so I wouldn't want to do something wrong...
Jul. 22nd, 2012 01:19 pm (UTC)
I asked Anne and the organizer, Jenn, which email address they prefer for Paypal. In case they don't get back to me in time for me to pass the info on to you, you can also ask Jenn directly: https://www.facebook.com/jenn.iannaconi

Thank you so much for helping to save Ella.
(no subject) - issendai - Jul. 22nd, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 22nd, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the paypal addy. The off-site was a no-go for me as well.
Jul. 23rd, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
You're welcome. And thank YOU.
Jul. 22nd, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the paypal - is there any way we can track how much is being raised on paypal as well?
Jul. 23rd, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for donating. I'll ask Jenn whether she can track that, too. If not, I can post a running update here when she tells me how much has been raised.
(no subject) - kookaburra1701 - Jul. 23rd, 2012 01:55 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 22nd, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
Poor sweet kittie. :(
Jul. 23rd, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
Watching her make biscuits on Anne while Anne skritches her into a trance is one of the most adorable things I've ever seen. Here's hoping she gets well and can do it again.
Jul. 22nd, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
I've just hit paypal, I hope it gets through ok. Poor little mite, good Luck Ella xxxx jess
Jul. 23rd, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. One day more until the vet can (hopefully) get her into surgery... She has meds, but she's been miserable for far too long.
Jul. 22nd, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
Reposted on Facebook, Twitter and LJ. Best of luck. Poor little girl!
Jul. 23rd, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
Thank you for spreading it farther. She's the sweetest cat--and I say this as someone she's kept awake more than one night.
(no subject) - trialia - Jul. 23rd, 2012 02:02 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 22nd, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
Does she definitely need an op? Our cat had a simular thing happen, his pelvis was caved in. But our vet said to give it a while, and make sure he could go to the toilet ok and gave him laxatives. We kept him indoors (which he hated) but eventually the bone re-set itself and he is back to normal. Cats are really good healers.
Jul. 23rd, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
She can't use her hind legs and she's in pain, so yes, she does need an operation. I'm glad your cat survived, but it's a dangerous gamble to let any load-bearing bone set on its own.
(no subject) - theonlymeyouget - Jul. 23rd, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - issendai - Jul. 25th, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 23rd, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
I send some via PayPal. Ella looks like a sister to my boy kitty, Bebop. I hope she heals up.
Jul. 23rd, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for helping.

Aww, Bebop! He's adorable. Does he live up to his name?
(no subject) - luscious_words - Jul. 23rd, 2012 02:10 am (UTC) - Expand
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Jul. 23rd, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
Thanks for the advice! I'll pass it on to Anne. Right now her vet is calling around to find a surgeon who can pin the bone. Here's hoping the surgeon will give her a discount and maybe a payment plan.

And thanks for your kind wishes. {hug} How did your own cat do?
Jul. 23rd, 2012 02:16 am (UTC)
Sent some money through PayPal. I hope she recovers okay!
Jul. 23rd, 2012 03:33 am (UTC)
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