The Tripawds Foundation ASAP grant #24 goes to Tripawds member junosmeowma to help pay for tri-kitty Juno’s amputation surgery. Read on for his story, and learn more about the Tripawds Amputation Surgery Assistance Program to see if you qualify for pet amputation financial assistance.
Three Legged Cat Juno’s Story
On July 12, 2019 I had taken Juno as being a lost or stolen kitty. As we live in a rural area, but in a small development, I could only guess the worse had happened to her. We just couldn’t keep her curious spirit in the house.
That evening as my daughter was getting ready to leave the house, Juno came limping up to her, dragging her left back leg. There was no immediate visible damage, so we took her to the emergency vet clinic hoping for the best.
Sadly, after an hour wait and a couple x-rays later it was shown to be busted on the both ends of the femur. The emergency vet basically said we have one of two choices. Euthanize or amputate the leg. We wrapped our little orange kitty back up in her blanket and took her home to weigh my options.
On Monday morning, every vet in town was called and asked for pricing and care. With that information in hand I sat down to make the decision. I had discussed with my daughter over the course of the weekend and decided if we couldn’t afford it, we would do what we had to. I spoke with my cousin in Fort Wayne Indiana who works at the zoo there and asked her opinion on how life would be after surgery and if she thought it would be a good idea. See, I had just spent three thousand dollars to have my vehicle repaired. But I found out Monday morning that the manufacturer would be reimbursing me half the cost, so I knew I could afford the surgery even though it would leave my savings empty still.
Monday afternoon I called one of the cheaper vets and started asking questions. As it turned out the doctor in that office was the one who had seen our little kitty at the emergency clinic. At that point my decision was made to do that surgery with him since he already knew her situation. We scheduled her surgery for later that week, and I talked with my boss about taking the next week off work so I could stay home and make sure she recovered well.
Well we are just about a month past surgery and little miss Juno is spunky as ever. She has had an amazing recovery and has figured out how to use her claws to pull herself up on things (my poor furniture). We are still working on a neat set up for her food and water since my doggies don’t like to stay out of her stuff. I will always be thankful to my vet for taking such good care of her.
I sincerely hope I NEVER ever have to make this decision again; I have only had Juno a short time as I took her in versus having to go to a humane society to be adopted out. I hadn’t really bonded with her prior to surgery and still seems a little ticked at me about it, but she has started to cuddle more and is on her way to full forgiveness I am sure.
~ Leah and Juno (junosmeowma)