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#1 Sanges99

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:51 PM

UPDATE: We would like to say thanks to the CAGs who helped out. We've managed to raise nearly $200 just online and around an astonishing $1k altogether, making things much less heart-attack-inducing around here (especially with my job returning to a more manageable schedule and less surprise-hour-cutting state, as well). Mr. Tubbington has been doing great with only one minor incident since the catastrophe occurred about a month ago. Thanks so much to everyone that contributed either their monetary units or just their warmish thoughts.

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This is Earl "Tubby" Tubbington, aka Colonel Tubbs, aka Tub City, aka Tubson.
More pictures of our handsome mushpot behind every spoiler-tag.

I'm not one to beg & plead for help (especially when it comes to money) and I know that depending on the Collective Internet's Mood, asking for money is basically an invitation to be ripped apart, yet here I am anyway, asking strangers for donations.

And here's the link my girlfriend setup, if you just want to immediately get the gist of it: http://www.gofundme.com/7swt1o

The short-version is pretty simple: we just adopted the neighbor's cat a few months ago, and out of the blue we had to rush him to an emergency animal clinic in the middle of the night two weeks ago. Flash-forward, he's doing well now, but with the tests they had to run, follow-up visits, and on top of this his normally scheduled "maintenance" appointments all hit this month, his vet bills are very quickly nearing the $2k mark and meanwhile my hours at work are getting cut more & more.

I'm a fairly prideful guy, and although I never shy away from a little help when offered, I feel that asking for help comes off as manipulative and generally frowned upon, especially in this age of the "Me, Me, oh... and Me" Attitude.


The Long-Version is quite a bit more complicated:
This is a tough decision to really figure out how far down the rabbit hole to go with this. Not enough detail and I'm just another shmuck looking for others to bail him out of a mediocre situation. Too much detail and I'll come off like I'm hanging a big ol' arrow at the end of my block, nailing balloons to the telephone pole on an obnoxiously colored posterboard sign that screams in big permanent marker letters "The pity party's this way! Over here!"

Earl's Backstory: Earl (or as we call him, "Tubby") has had a pretty rough-life, like Lifetime Network-rough; we're his fourth home.
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As for the Vet Bills-side of things:
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Still with me? Here's that link again: (and a bonus cat picture) http://www.gofundme.com/7swt1o

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Then there's the begging for strangers' money part:
To try and keep this as short and less-whiney as possible (I know, too late already--I get that), my Retail job has been hitting me hard ever since January, I went from 30 hours-per-week down to 20--and sometimes 15 hours.

And here comes the whiney, somewhat self-indulgent part... tucked away neatly behind a spoiler-tag:
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If this is "not your bag"--that's fine, I can't honestly fault any of you for that.

I'm just another random guy on the internet that some of you may have seen around the threads. I already know most of you out there are doing all you can to hold your own, but if you have just even a couple dollars to spare it would go a long way on this side of the CAGiverse--and of course I'd be forever grateful to know that someone genuinely cares out there.

Earl, my girlfriend and I thank all of you for taking the time to even click on this thread at all.

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#2 powercreep

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 10:14 PM

Guess I don't really have anything to add and certainly don't have a donation but I can sympathize...a bit.

 

We acquired a new dog (she was a stray) last year and taking her to her first vet visit they said she was all ate up with heart worms.  It would cost like $700 to start curing her and more cost later on.  They asked me when I wanted to schedule her appointment.  My response, "It's a dog; I'm not spending that kind of money".  The lady at the desk was dumbfounded.  Moral of the story, if you're the type that has to spend thousands on a pet because they are sick (I'm not) and you don't have thousands to spend (I don't), maybe a pet isn't in your best interest.

Don't get me wrong....she's a sweet dog and I love her but at the end of the day if we have to go Ol' Yeller on her, I've got a shovel and plenty of back yard.



#3 DestroVega

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 10:32 PM

Yeah I hear that, I know people who spend like $18,000 on their dog after injury and it ended up dying after another year anyway. If I ever decide to get a pet I'll likely get insurance to prevent that sort of thing as long as it's reasonable.

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#4 Fatality

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 10:43 PM

Guess I don't really have anything to add and certainly don't have a donation but I can sympathize...a bit.

 

We acquired a new dog (she was a stray) last year and taking her to her first vet visit they said she was all ate up with heart worms.  It would cost like $700 to start curing her and more cost later on.  They asked me when I wanted to schedule her appointment.  My response, "It's a dog; I'm not spending that kind of money".  The lady at the desk was dumbfounded.  Moral of the story, if you're the type that has to spend thousands on a pet because they are sick (I'm not) and you don't have thousands to spend (I don't), maybe a pet isn't in your best interest.

Don't get me wrong....she's a sweet dog and I love her but at the end of the day if we have to go Ol' Yeller on her, I've got a shovel and plenty of back yard

 

 

Yeah I hear that, I know people who spend like $18,000 on their dog after injury and it ended up dying after another year anyway. If I ever decide to get a pet I'll likely get insurance to prevent that sort of thing as long as it's reasonable.

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#5 DestroVega

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 10:44 PM

^ thanks. I don't want one in any way. My wife won't stop begging for one though.

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#6 Sanges99

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 11:10 PM

Yeah, having pets isn't for everyone. Kids, for that matter, either.


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#7 Dead of Knight

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 11:33 PM

This literally just happened to one of our 4 cats last week.  Wouldn't stop vomiting, tested negative for everything except gastroenteritis which we could have guessed on our own since it's a side effect of the med he takes, lol here's a $500 vet bill.

 

We also took in a 17 year old cat a while back when her owner died and the owner's family couldn't take her in.  She lasted 2.5 months in our care, passed away due to pneumonia from lung cancer.  In those 2.5 months we spent like $2500 on vet bills.  If you really love and care for your pets, they are DAMN EXPENSIVE.  All my sympathy goes to you guys.  You are doing the right thing for the poor kitty.


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#8 Sanges99

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 02:25 AM

This literally just happened to one of our 4 cats last week.  Wouldn't stop vomiting, tested negative for everything except gastroenteritis which we could have guessed on our own since it's a side effect of the med he takes, lol here's a $500 vet bill.
 
We also took in a 17 year old cat a while back when her owner died and the owner's family couldn't take her in.  She lasted 2.5 months in our care, passed away due to pneumonia from lung cancer.  In those 2.5 months we spent like $2500 on vet bills.  If you really love and care for your pets, they are DAMN EXPENSIVE.  All my sympathy goes to you guys.  You are doing the right thing for the poor kitty.


With ours, the vets basically said, "shove a bunch of meds into him, keep an eye on him over the next week, maybe he got into something he shouldn't have" it's like "thanks for the help...I guess?"

That's too bad about the senior you took in, I'm sure she probably appreciated the attention. Now if only more pets lasted longer and some people lasted less.

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#9 Predator Ranger

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 10:00 PM

Wish I could help, but I'm still paying off about $1,400 worth of bills for my mother's cats -- one of which had to be put down (cancer), and the other one now requires twice daily thyroid medication. And since my mother can't be bothered and threatened to take him to a shelter (I, in turn, threatened to send her to Shady Pines), he now lives with me. and so his meds, food, and litter are now entirely my responsibility.

 

I will say that pet insurance is a great thing -- I've had it for my beagle for about 6 years, and for $38 a month, I get free office visits and discounts on everything. Even if it worked out to be the same cost, the benefit of not getting hit with it all at once is quite a relief.


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#10 irideabike

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 10:21 PM

good luck bud.  i told my wife anything over $500 and our dog would just be put down.  thats just the way the world works in my mind.


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#11 Reds303

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 03:35 AM

bump for good cause. Anyone that can put a price on their pet's life is an asshole.



#12 pitfallharry219

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 03:54 AM

It may sound weird, but I think I'd be more likely to donate if the cat was still sick. Knowing that it's well makes me happy, but doesn't make me want to part with my money.



#13 Reds303

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 04:02 AM

It may sound weird, but I think I'd be more likely to donate if the cat was still sick. Knowing that it's well makes me happy, but doesn't make me want to part with my money.

While I agree with you that if the cat needed medical treatment it would be more of a pity party, don't forget the fact that the OP got his cat medical care when he needed regardless of the cost. As a huge animal supporter, I can't stress enough how much the cat benfefited from him getting medical care when the cat needed it instead of waiting for donations to get the cat the care it needed. He may be stuck with a medical bill after the fact, but he didn't shirk on his duties of taking care of that animal when it needed it.



#14 Sanges99

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 04:10 AM

It may sound weird, but I think I'd be more likely to donate if the cat was still sick. Knowing that it's well makes me happy, but doesn't make me want to part with my money.


No sweat, I get it. It's like it would be more of an urgent matter if it was currently happening, like the money would have an instant action that wouldn't be taking place without the intention you've put into it.

All I'm expecting from this thread at this point is more comments from people that "like" their pets as much as they like their furniture/vehicles, anything outside of that is just bonus.

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#15 Sanges99

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 01:42 PM

Updated the OP, thanking the pet lovers out there in CAG world and beyond.

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#16 Dead of Knight

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 05:47 PM

Glad to hear things are going well.


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#17 thepattenfactor

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 10:33 PM

At this point I am not financially fit to be able to donate anything, but I really hope and pray your kitty cat has a speedy recovery and that you are able to take care of the little guy. We recently had a cat tear his ACL and I know how much stress it puts on the family financially and with worrying. We have three cats and I love them more than most people. All the best mate.







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