This is my cat Artie! I am trying to raise money to bring him to Spain!
Hello everyone! First I would like to tell you a little history on Artie. I found him almost dead on the street in August of 2008. He was 6 months old. At that time he weighed 6 pounds. He had a very severe infection in his intestines and had diarrhea for at least a week that was so bad he required a bath daily. He had a fever for 3-4 days and was in the vet’s hospital for a few days. At this time, I didn’t want another cat, although he was beautiful (I already had 3) and I was fostering for a local shelter.
Here’s a pic of Artie when he was 7 months old.
So, once Artie was healed, he was adopted through the Parkville Animal Shelter. He was in the new house for 5 days and the woman called and said that Artie was acting “funny”. My friend (who is in charge of the shelter I was working with) said he needs to go to the vet right now. Something doesn’t sound right and she said, I don’t have money to take him. So, my friend said take him to the vet or bring him back to the shelter so we can take him to the vet. She brought him back (I happened to be cleaning that night at the shelter) and Artie was just a pile of fur. He was definitely sick. So, we brought him right to the vet. His infection came back and it was bad. So, after a week of strong antibiotics and a lot of care, he was back to his old self and I adopted him myself. I didn’t want to lose him again. By this time, he had fully recovered and weighed 9 pounds at 8 months old! Now he weighs 17 pounds! He is a very big boy!
Here’s Artie with some foster kittens. He was always a great boy with the new comers!
All the kittens in this photo are basically the same age…but Artie looks like an adult! haha
Here’s Artie with his sister, Ashtyn, who has since passed.
Then, I agreed to foster a diabetic, FIV+ cat named Jonathon…and it was love at first sight for those two. They truly loved each other and it was so sad when Jonathon got sick. He lived a happy and healthy, or at least managed illness, for over 2 years in my care.
And this was the last photo of them together. Later that day, we sadly had to euthanize Jonathon. But they were friends till the end. And poor Artie mourned that loss.
Then, I moved to Spain in 2014 and Artie stayed behind. I planned to stay for a year or a year and a half but some events have prevented me from returning to the US. I will need to be in Spain at least another year, possibly more due to health problems I am in treatment for. I work as an English teacher here and we don’t make a lot of money. I am working extra and even working on Saturdays now but I worry that I will not have all of the money I need to get Artie here. I am working as much as possible even though I do not feel well.
I understand that some of you might think-if you want your cat, pay for it. But, the way I figure is that if someone wants to donate $1 or $5 to help out a cat be with his mother, they can do it. It’s their money. So, I have to try.
Artie has had a very rough time in the US in the last year or two. But recently he has had many changes in his little life. He lived with my mother but he fought with her cat. Then he was taken to my aunt’s house where there were problems. Then, he was given to a stranger and attacked for the 3 or 4 days he was there by the resident cat and thankfully the woman called my mom and brought Artie back. Then he went to my grandma’s house and FINALLY he is in a foster home of a friend. This friend has family in Madrid (where I live) and will come here in May or June and will bring Artie with her.
He came to her, defeated, depressed, stressed, scared and very thin.
But now, Artie is doing very well in her home and he is recovering nicely. He has even made a cat friend!
Here is what we need donations for:
Artie needs a passport-this means he needs blood work done to show Spain that he is free of disease, he also needs specific vaccinations. The passport is not free but I don’t know the price. (The major expense here is the vet visit, blood work, vaccinations and getting that certified with the state agricultural office)
We also need to pay for his plane ticket. He also needs a special carrier to fit under the seat of airplane. My friend’s plane ticket will be more expensive because she will have to take a specific flight. Cats (I don’t know about dogs) cannot enter the UK. So, she has to take a direct flight from the US to Madrid, which is more expensive.
So, I estimate all of the tests, vaccinations and passport for Artie will be around $300
His plane ticket is around $300 as well.
And $200 for the carrier and to pay the extra charge that my friend will have to pay for the special flight. (Cats cannot enter the UK so she has to find a direct flight from the US to Madrid, which is more expensive)
If you would like to help Artie get to me, I would be so, so grateful. I cannot travel right now so I can’t go get him. This is my only chance to get my boy. I appreciate any donation! Every $1 adds up!
You can go here to donate! paypal.me/Kristy3181
I very sincerely appreciate donations of any amount! Even $1/1 euro adds up! 🙂
You can also follow Artie’s journey to Spain on his instagram page!
Thank you from me and Artie!
You can go here to donate! paypal.me/Kristy3181