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Donations Needed for Vet Care


Joe and Delia are terrific activists/rescuers and never hesitate when they are needed (which is often). Please help if you can -- in whatever amount you can.

Detailed below is the story of Stan and the rescuers who are unable to pay his increasing vet bills: 

On January 28th, Joe and Delia received a call from one of Joe’s friends saying that a stray cat had followed him home.

The friend could not take the cat and pleaded with them to allow him to bring the cat over their house. Despite having a basement full of feral cats recovering from their spay/neuter surgeries, (they are involved with  many Trap/Neuter/Return projects for feral cats) Joe managed to dig up a cage and allow his friend to bring the cat over, provided that the friend would take full responsibility for the cat and that he’d be at Joe’s house only temporarily. The friend agreed to these terms.

When Joe’s friend arrived with the cat, the cat was filthy – covered  from shoulders to tail in caked-on feces. Not only did he smell awful from the severe diarrhea, but there was a rotten smell coming from his mouth. Despite this, the cat – now named “Stan” – was happy. Stan arched his back, purred and wanted to rub into everyone and everything. A cage was set up for Stan, and a list of things to do was given to Joe’s friend – everything from posting “Found Cat” flyers to names and numbers of rescue groups and veterinarians in the area. On  his way out, the friend assured them that he’d do some work to find Stan’s home or another place for him to go.
After two days of not hearing from their friend, Joe and Delia brought Stan to the vet to see what was wrong. Stan had an awful case of  worms, was severely dehydrated, had a rotten and abscessed tooth which  was extracted. He tested negative for FIV & FeLV, was given a rabies  shot and was given a good bath. The vet guessed that Stan was about eight years old. He was sent home with some Antirobe for the dental extraction and the hope that the diarrhea would clear up once the antibiotics were out of his system.
After two weeks of not hearing anything at all from this “friend”,  Stan started passing blood in his stool which was still watery  diarrhea. He started having difficulty standing and walking straight  because of his incredible discomfort, and continued with terrible flatulence and watery discharge. Stan then started passing blood in  his urine. The little man still purred though – and seeing Joe and Delia brightened his day. On February 16th Stan was brought back to the vet where he underwent another exam, blood work and x-rays to check for a blockage in his intestinal tract. Stan needed fluids again because the severe diarrhea with blood had not abated.
Stan’s blood work showed no signs of liver or kidney disease and the x-rays showed his intestines to be normal. There was “something” seen  in his stomach though, and the vet suggested that Stan be taken to another hospital for an ultrasound on his abdomen.

Unfortunately for Stan, Joe and Delia are being crushed by vet bills and do not know when they can have the ultrasound done.

The “friend” was never heard from again and totally reneged on his responsibility toward Stan – effectively dumping the poor little man on two rescuers who always have their hands full.

In addition to the vet expenses associated with Stan’s care and all the money poured into feral cat TNR work, Joe and Delia are caring for another rescued cat – Mitzie –  who is costing them $3,000 in care for a hyperthyroid condition that  cannot be treated with medication. Mitzie’s hyperthyroidism needs to be treated with radioactive Iodine-131 – a procedure that will require her to be hospitalized for five days and quarantined upon discharge for another 77 days. The Iodine-131 treatment will cost approximately $2,400 and the previous vet visits for Mitzie were about $600. With Stan’s care approaching $1,000 with no end in sight, there is no way that they can continue to pay the vet bills. One of their house cats is also showing signs of hyperthyroidism, but there is no money left to bring this cat to the vet.
Joe and Delia have helped hundreds of animals since they have been  together – animals as varied as ferrets, feral cats, dogs, chickens, opossums and even lobsters. Never before has vet care been an issue.  Stan and Mitzie’s vet bills are far more than they can handle and they need some help.
Donations earmarked for Stan or Mitzie Miele can be sent to either of the following addresses:

Elaine’s Foundation for Homeless Felines (If a tax receipt is needed)
139 Fern Ave, Lyndhurst, New Jersey 07071
Earmarked for Stan or Mitzie Miele

- Or -

The Oradell Animal Hospital
580 Winters Ave. Paramus, NJ 07652
Earmarked to be applied to the outstanding balance on the account of Joe Miele.

If you have any questions, please contact Joe directly at [email protected] or the Foundation at [email protected]
Thank you
Elaine Chichizola
Update from Joe:
We spent another $800 on Stan today, 2/24. Here is the latest...
We brought him to Oradell for an ultrasound and some other tests,  including a urine test since Stan has a considerable amount of blood  in his urine.

The ultrasound revealed that the renal pelvis of both kidneys was very much enlarged and the lymph nodes in his lower back were also swollen. We were given baytril for the kidney infection and another medication to knock out any worms that the previous wormings (Drontal and Revolution) might have missed (it's not on the bill  because the Dr. did not charge us for it). We were also given  Metronidazole for his diarrhea. Dr. Koenig said that if what we were doing today was going to work, we'd see improvements in Stan's leakage and his stool should start to firm up a bit in a few days to two weeks.

Depending on the results of the urine culture and the maldigestion profile Dr. Koenig will suggest further treatment. We  also put Stan on the Eukanuba prescription diet that is suggested for these kinds of problems (sorry - the name of the food escapes me at  this moment). Dr. Koenig further suggested that if none of today's tests and treatments are able to correct Stan's problems, they might have to check him in for exploratory surgery to biopsy his colon and kidneys to further see what's going on. That may cost another $2,500  - something we absolutely do not have.

When it rains, it pours. If you could forward this plea for help, we would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

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