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later on 4/2/17
I hate asking for help, but I put out a call on facebook for donations for the Rocky Tripod Fund, to go towards the surgery, and we are going to make this happen. Lilia has been more than generous - she will take Rocky to ths surgery, pick him up, and watch over him at her house until I'm home. Eve is going to feed and care for the rest of my crew, but neither she nor I have had a post-op kitty, so having less stress with Rocky is a load off my mind.

4/2/17
I reached out last night to Lilia at BARK (the rescue I foster for) to ask for help/suggestoions. She gave me the name of another vet that isn't as expensive, and she lent me a kennel to keep Rocky confined and not hopping around. And then I talked to Sarah at Community Paws here in Verrado, who also suggested a vet that won't charge as much. Neither vet is open today, but I'm going to call first thing tomorrow. I was going to work tomorrow (I leave on Tuesday morning) but I called out so I can deal with arranging things for Rocky.

4/1/17
I wish this were April Fool's... so yesterday, all the kitties were fine. Today, Rocky couldn't put weight on his right back leg. I made a vet appt but they couldn't get me in until 3pm. So I did all my other errands (cat rescue laundry swap, haircut, pack for PA, drop stuff at Goodwill, return stray cat who spent the night in my bathroom to owner, drop off rescued kittens with potential adopter etc) and then took him to the vet. Broken leg. No idea how he did it, but he has a fractured tibia/fibula. So $600 later, the options were: conservative splinting for six weeks, and then repeat xrays to see if it's healed, surgery to put a plate/pins in the bone, or amputation. The quotes from my vet were over $2,000 for the surgical options. I opted to splint and wait and see.

Well, the splint lasted an hour before he kicked it off. I'm a mess. It would be financially right to euthanize him, but I love him so much. He's really one of my favorites.

| -catherine

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