Hello, good Samaritans,
My name is Michael and I find myself in a difficult spot. My partner and I had been together for nearly 6 years and have lived together for four of those years. Our relationship came to an end recently and I was forced to move back to my home town into my parents’ house with my two cats. There is a great deal of pressure for me to find my own place (from both my parents and my stir-crazy cats who are not able to leave the room in which we are staying), but I have debt across several credit cards due needing to furnish a home office for a new job, as well as some home-repair costs that is contributing to a high-utilization rating on my credit score. On top of that, I am in school full time for business management which I am paying for myself (with the help of a tuition reimbursement program through work which covers about half of the costs).
My credit score, inability to save for a first/last month’s rent deposit for potential apartments due to credit payments, the fact that I do not own my car (so I cannot apply for secured loans to consolidate my debt), and paying for full time college has me facing the reality that I need help.
I truly am not concerned about myself; I care about moving my cats into a full apartment that they can own and roam. In the old house, they were cordoned off to one side of the house by fear of my partner’s dog (who wouldn’t have hurt them, but they were still afraid) and now they are confined to a single room due to my parent’s other pets. I feel terrible and I also have a pit in my stomach when I think that there may be some sort of medical issue with them that I will not be able to cover, or even be able to qualify for something like Care Club or another vet-bill-assisting program due to my recent credit history.
My cats are the picture I have chosen because I need help for them. Sampson (grey and white) was found in a field by a coworker three years ago this month when he was only eight weeks old and took him in when she couldn’t. I found Pazuzu (the little baby tiger) under a dumpster behind my first apartment when she was six months old and took her in on the spot. There is very little I love more than these two kitties and there is even less I wouldn’t do for them. People always say “any amount will help,” but cross their fingers for high-dollar donations. I promise, any amount will help. Be it helping me pay off the credit debt so I can put some money aside for a deposit, or just a few dollars to make sure they have food and fresh litter, it will all help.
I am so grateful to all of you and this site for giving me hope in this situation. I look forward to any and all communications I receive here!