It comes with a mother.
But when she ran for her life straight into our front yard and through the door, as if all hell broke lose behind her, we couldn’t have known.
As we hide her in one of our laundry cabinets, where she can catch a breath and have the leisure of food and water we provide nearby, we learned that she was probably pregnant, looking at the size of her tummy.
But we thought her pregnancy was a little bit unusual. Her mid section was only bulging when she sits; it swings when she walks.
So we went to the vet. We got her through a few tests, and although we are glad that she is indeed pregnant with live babies, but more so because there was nothing wrong with her except for her Hernia.
We took her home, helped her gain weight, healed her Upper Respiratory Infection, and took her back to the vet. Leaving her hernia untreated will increase the risk of pregnancy complication, and we don’t want to risk the babies, although we have enough at this moment. Really enough.
The surgery extended from thirty minutes to two hours. The vets found not only one Hernia, but at least four, each in different location.
No one had any idea what sort of misfortune befell her, but two hours and more is too long for a cat to stay under anesthesia, so our vet fixed only two of the four Hernias. We would love to keep her babies, however, because there is still some part of her Hernia still left, we opted to remove her pregnancy, effectively spaying her.
During the two weeks in recuperation, she earned her name: Hera. There is no kitten she left dirty, no babies she left unattended, and she even let some of our babies nurse from her. She made sure all her “babies” are present by feeding time, she made sure they have the perfect world cruel people are denying them.
We are determined to give her the best treatments, as best as we can, provide her with good food to recover in the speed lane, and support her with supplements to help her system rebuild what she lost during her sick days as a stray.
But then came FB fiasco to obliterate our finances (and more).
Next week Mama Hera should come back for her second surgery. Hopefully by then, she will be a lot stronger.
There is currently USD 250 in our PayPal right now. We need USD 600 every week to keep our door open for needing cats.
We raised USD 270 in weekly donation today.
We are also glad that we have an opportunity for a matching challenge. Every donation will be doubled, Dollar for Dollar, if made by Sunday, November 17, 2019. If we made the challenge, we will end up with USD 500.
Out of USD 500 we will have, we will take USD 315 000 off the matching challenge and use the rest of the money to give help to other cats in the shelter.
Please help us help Mama Hera get her chance in life.
Most of all, please help us help Mama Hera live to know that everywhere around the world, there are kind and compassionate people who will never fail to deliver.