The morning I stumbled upon my now beautiful big black cat, Axel, he was nothing more than a tiny trembling black fur ball blowing down an empty street. I was by no means looking for a new pet, as my last cat was tragically and very unexpectedly taken from me and that was a loss I was still grieving. However, this itty bitty kitty made clear immediately that he was mine and I was his. Period.
Since that windy day almost 4 years ago now, Axel has steadily been my loyal sidekick. Wherever I ride, he rides…no matter what(literally). There’s no doubt i need him more than he needs me. When Axel came into my life, I was at rock bottom. I had no car, no job, an abusive narcissistic boyfriend, severe depression, and no friends/support network. If not for Axel’s companionship, I’d have had no reason to get up and keep going everyday; he was and still is what I live for.
This past winter, Axel developed a horrible cough. Once he’d start, he couldnt stop and it would go on for up to 5 or 10 minutes. During which time he’d only be able to get in a small gasp of air here and there. Although the cough subsided for a month or2, it’s now back with a vengeance. Most nights, his coughing wakes me up at least once and it’s SO painful to listen to when I know what he really needs is to be seen by a vet, but I can’t afford it right now. Even without the cough, he still needs to go to the vet for his next set of shots and yearly check-up (which honestly was supposed to be done 8 months ago, but I didn’t have enough money to make the appointment).
Since I’ve had Axel, I’ve been dedicated to putting my life back together and I can proudly say I’ve come a long way. I got out of my abusive relationship, I got my license back, I got my own vehicle, and as of 2 weeks ago, I finally landed a new job. I had almost $250 set aside for Axel’s yearly checkup, next set of shots, and whatever it would take to cure his respiratory problem. Then surprise surprise my fuel pump went out 5 days ago. Forcing me to spend $60 to tow my vehicle, then $150 on a new fuel pump, and I actually still owe for the cost of labor to put it in.
At this point I’m so damn disheartened, I can’t even put into words. I’m back to square one with no money, plus now an outstanding car bill, and an increasingly unwell (fur)baby Axel. I tried doing research to ease my anxieties. But my research leads to Axel most likely having lung worm, which easily doubles my anxiety level. To the point that I’m losing significant amounts of sleep over it.
I cannot wait any longer, Axel needs to see a vet ASAP. Because I REFUSE to lose him. He is my motivation and my rock and he brought me out of the darkest chapter of my life. Which is why I’m relinquishing what little dignity I may have had left, by asking for your donations now. If you can help by donating anything at all, I will truly be forever grateful! More than words could ever describe..
As I’ve now told him every day since he found me, “I love my baby Axel, I’ll NEVER LET HIM GO!”
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