Update on Elsie
Good news about our foundling kitty Elsie and her surgery! While her leg when x-rayed a month ago was broke as old hell, when the surgeon examined her yesterday, it was determined that the leg had healed on its own, at least enough that she doesn't need the surgery! We're not sure how it happened, but we'll take credit for it nonetheless.
Of course, some of you donated money for the surgery, and you may want it back. I refer to Stray Haven's text here, "If you would like your donation refunded, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 8/26/2016 with the subject line "Elsie - refund" and include information regarding the manner in which your donation was sent. If you wish for your donation to be set aside and used for a future emergency for another cat in need, no contact is required, and we thank you for your generosity" More information can be found here, https://www.facebook.com/StrayHavenSTL/
Thank you again to every who gave so generously, and to everyone else who shared the message.
posted by Gibson Twist @ 17 Aug 2016 03:43 pm -
Elsie Needs Our Help
UPDATE! FUNDING HAS BEEN REACHED AND ELSIE'S SURGERY IS SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 16th! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR HELPING THIS LITTLE SQUIRT!
So here's a story. A couple weeks back, Rori (who is my wife) found a tiny cat in a parking lot downtown. No one was around, no collar, and her leg was hurt. Badly broken. She was very sweet and friendly, clearly not a street-cat, so we brought her home and started calling around.
The first thing we did (well, the first thing was food and water and scratching her head, she was in sore need of it all) was take her to our vet to see if she was chipped. She was, but not registered, which rather defeats the point, so register your animals' chips, okay? The chip said she'd been adopted out from the Humane Society, but since we were not the legal "owners" of the cat, they wouldn't give us any medical info, just two phone numbers for the adopter, both of which turned out to be wrong numbers. Or maybe "wrong" numbers and they just didn't want to admit they dumped an injured cat they probably had a hand in injuring. I don't know.
Anyway, we were able to contact a local group, Stray Haven, who looks out for stray and abandoned kitties. They don't have a central kennel, so we agreed to look after the cat until her leg was mended and she could get adopted. When we took her back to the vet to get her leg (and the rest of her) looked at, we found out how bad her leg was broken.
The upper bone in her back left leg is let's call it snapped in half. It doesn't seem tremendously painful to her, but it's still broke as shit and she can't use it well, can't put weight on it, and has to hurt at least a little. The vet told us first that they would likely have to amputate, and the only other option was expensive-ass surgery. Now, we're not in a position to pay a vet's bill of a cat that isn't even ours, but I know if I had my leg cut off by some weirdos who picked me up off the street without permission, I wouldn't say thank you.
Fortunately, Stray Haven agreed to raise funds to have the little gal's gam fixed up! $2500 is a lot for anyone to pull out of their pocket, but thankfully in the age of the crowdfund, we have the tools to put a $10 or $20 into a hat and get the little bugger walking again.
So we're putting out the hat. This isn't our kitty, even though we like her quite a bit, and her bad luck to be adopted by some piece of shit who might have hurt her but certainly dumped her shouldn't be held against her.
Please take a minute to read a little more about Elsie (our name for her) and give a little if you can, and if you can't (which is understandable) maybe you could take another minute and signal boost through your Tweeties and your Faces Books or what have you.
posted by Gibson Twist @ 01 Aug 2016 02:01 am -
Printing Book Four, Road Notes
Hey, it's the ninth anniversary of Pictures of You, so that means it's time to print another volume of Pictures of You! Keeping with the admittedly predictable format of chronological order, we're getting ready to print BOOK FOUR, ROAD NOTES! We've launched our pre-order funding campaign over on IndieGoGo, where you can pick up your copy of the new book, or all four books, or some original art, or a band shirt straight off the tour!
Don't miss out, grab a copy of Pictures of You Book Four, Road Notes for your shelf!
posted by Gibson Twist @ 04 Feb 2016 10:22 pm -