We received over $2.2k for Midnight’s vet bills – but we’ve managed to save quite a bit.
The good news first – we raised $2,210 for Midnight’s medical care.
For that, we are very thankful – we’ve never been able to raise amounts like this before, and we are grateful that we’ve been able to use this money to get Midnight the treatment that she needs.
Here are the various vet bills that we incurred. In total, we spent $221.90 – just 10% of the total raised.
When we trapped Midnight, we understood that we would need additional funding for her bills if we were to keep her at the hospital and remove her eye. At that point, it had seemed as though removal of eye was an option we had to undertake, and we were willing to do so.
But we were genuinely unable to fork out the $500 to $600 that we estimated we would need – thus we broke our rule of only fundraising after we incurred the cost, and ran an appeal while Midnight was at the vet instead.
We were pleasantly surprised when our appeal went viral. Perhaps it was the social media campaign that we did with Silversky, or our partnership with Cats of Singapore – but we’ve now managed to raise more than the amount.
We also had foster help from Asst Prof Jesse Thompson, which helped lower the cost of the vet bills. Her eye also responded well to the treatment and she seems to have adapted very well to her partial blindness. Enucleation (removal of the eyeball) remains a possible option in the future should her eye inflammation recur persistently or pain and discomfort begin to develop and disturb her.
As such, we have halted further fundraising for vet bills. A total of three cats – Charlie, Robbie and Bobby have gone to the vet after our fundraising campaign. We spent $430.70 in total for these cats as of 1 Dec 2015.
Bobby was found with flu-like symptoms, but was given the all-clear by the vet. He was later found on 4 Dec for flu symptoms, but was also given the all-clear. His medication was preventive.
Robbie was found on 13 Nov with an ulcer on his upper lip, which healed very slowly. He was given medication to be fed when he was in Hall 2 in the first round, and after that did not work, he was fostered at Prof Jesse Thompson’s house, where he continues to believe that he is in the future.
The fostering is estimated to save us around $200.00 in vet bills from hospitalisation costs, though we have yet to confirm if Robbie’s ulcer is an indication of a much more serious problem.
Charlie was found to have multiple ulcers in her inner oral cavity, at the corners of her mouth. As an FIV+ cat, she was prone to illnesses like gum disease, and she had to be hospitalised.
All in all, we spent $652.60 in vet bills since Midnight’s fundraising.
We have emailed donors about this development, because we understand that some might have an emotional attachment to her that motivated them to donate, and it might be unfair to use the money on other cats.
She’s cuter and sweeter than everyone else after all.
If you donated and wish for your money to be returned to us, please contact cmn-fincon@e,ntu.edu.sg with your donation confirmation and records.