Thank you will never be enough for the deed this foundation bestowed upon us, and what they continue to do for the community. Everyday Mowgli is still meowing and swiping at my feet, I have the donors of Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund to thank. They saved his life.
Since the time my twin brother and I came into this world, we haven’t known life without each other or the companionship of pets at our feet and in our home. As we grew up our pets taught us unconditional love and to appreciate the lives of those big and small, furry or scaled, barks as well as meows. Once we left home and our remaining childhood pets had passed on, we lived in a quiet apartment with an unmistakable void. Enter Mowgli The Cat stage left!
It was a warm Summer night in 2018 when my brother arrived home and was greeted with high pitched “meow!” that would soon become a daily piece of conversation with our extraordinarily vocal kitten Mowgli. With the abundance of stray cats in the area and no one coming forward to claim the sweet little fella, we now had a new roommate.
For over two years we have enjoyed Mowgli as the inquisitive and alert cat he has grown into. He displays amazing acrobatics, whether he’s catching flies or playing with his favorite toys. As hard as he plays, he is equally as loving and quick to claim his place in your lap or bat at your feet. He’s become our best friend and life without him is unfathomable.
Our best friend is always hyper, ready to talk, and loves to eat (he will even take food off of your plate if you’re not paying attention!). We became worried after he became lethargic, quiet, and lost all sense of appetite. After some terrifying bouts of nausea, our buddy was refusing to eat or sleep and it became apparent that something was wrong.
We rushed Mowgli to the Bigger Road Veterinary Clinic and after the examination they diagnosed him with a complete urinary obstruction. Mowgli’s temperature had dropped to a terrifying 94 degrees and his kidneys were beginning to fail. The vet was able to insert a catheter to relieve his full bladder but they warned that without overnight care at a 24-hour veterinary facility Mowgli’s prognosis was poor as his UO could likely return. After hearing the costs of what his vet stay would be (upwards of one thousand dollars) and having already spent everything we had on his initial care, our hearts broke.
We felt like we failed our best friend and there was nothing we could do to save him. In a state of helplessness and devastation we now had to contemplate euthanasia. With Covid-19 precautions, we wouldn’t have even been able to be by his side to say goodbye if we put him to sleep.
The vet office called us back once they had stabilized Mowgli and out of the blue mentioned Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund! ERDF offered to cover the entirety of his vet bills for his overnight care which was impossible for us to afford. In an instant, we went from grieving for a family member to having hope that our friend will stay in our lives. Thank you will never be enough for the deed this foundation bestowed upon us, and what they continue to do for the community. Everyday Mowgli is still meowing and swiping at my feet, I have the donors of Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund to thank. They saved his life.