My name is Christina, I’m 27 years old, I have been an animal caretaker for about 7 years. I started as a pre vet student at UF but I could not pay for veterinary school and also help my family support our household. But caring for pets is my passion, so I became a veterinary nurse, and I never wanted to step away until earlier this year. I was working at an animal shelter during a very busy time, a hefty kitten season, lots of people surrendering covid puppies, lots of animals born to ignorant owners or irresponsible breeders. I hit my limit after both the foster kittens I was caring for one week took a turn for the worst on the same night, one that I had set up housing for in my closet, the other a baby so tiny he didn’t leave the small carrier. Both died, and my third foster, a kitten I was planning on adopting, became very ill the same day from a recurrent bladder issue. I have seen plenty of sick and dying animals in my years of animal care, but for some reason my three little babies all trying to die on me at once was the final straw. I quit my job at the shelter. It felt amazing but also scary, but I have never had a problem finding a job quickly in the past. I took a job as a work from home veterinary scribe so I could take more time with my own crazy pet, my dog Sora. It felt like such a reward after working directly with so many sick and broken animals and people over the years. I just wanted to spend time with my family and have enough money to feed us, and it looked like I was going to succeed. Just have to make it to the first paycheck.
But of course, it hasn’t worked out that way. I fully regret quitting my job because right after my family found out our landlord is raising our rent, and our car insurance renewal is going to be an extra $600. My credit is stretched thin due to student loans that I’ve never really been able to make a dent in with my income, otherwise I would get a personal loan or cash advance.
With my family’s wages coming in we will have enough to cover the insurance, but not the rent, which is $1600 total, due on the 1st. I am asking for any amount that will get me closer, I am so desperate right now. If there’s any kind of service I can provide, let me know! Attached is a picture of all the money I have until it all goes to insurance on the first 🙃 Oh and to top on all off I live on the coast of Florida so the worst week of my life is getting a visit from Hurricane Ian 💩