Ash Truesdale is well known in the Greenville area for her love of cats. Especially kittens. Ash rescues from Greenville County Animal Care Services, a high-kill shelter, where she has saved dozens of cats and kittens from euthanasia. Ash is "mommy" to many kittens who aren't weaned at the time of rescue.
Now Ash needs your help.
There's been an increase in calicivirus type cases in the Greenville area, and Ash had had more than her share of them. She has stayed up at night syringe feeding kittens too weak to even walk, thanks to calicivirus. This is a horrible illness that takes many forms. High fever and sudden death are common with infected cats, as it mimics flu symptoms in humans.
Sam is one of her latest kittens to come down with the illness. He's a cute little black and white snugglebug who came to Ash from Greenville County Animal Care Services. Sam and his littermates were only three weeks old when Ash saved them.
Unfortunately, Sam started running a high fever on October 2, and went to the vet that night. He was diagnosed with coccidia, given an injection to bring the fever down, and prescribed Albon.
Sam's fever refused to break, and ask had to make yet another visit to the vet to save his little life. He was admitted to the vet hospital, where more tests were run. This resulted in determining Sam was suffering from the calicivirus. It also resulted in a bill for $518.
Ash has had to cover that bill with money she didn't have. Now she's broke, and should another kitten become sick, things could turn ugly. Her vet requires payment at the time service is rendered. Ash has not only spent money put aside for vet expenses, she's also spent money she needed to pay regular household bills.
A fund has been set up at You Caring to raise money for Sam's vet bill. No amount is too small. Please donate, or at least share Sam's story with your friends. Ash is a personal friend, and her guidance on the recent cases of calicivirus we experienced with our own cats helped save their lives.
To read more about Ash, and the kittens and cats she has up for adoption, she has a Facebook page here.