“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
– Hellen Keller
Maddie was rescued on Sept 1st, 2010 from the grounds of Linfield College. She was underweight and close to emaciated, but in otherwise good health. She already had her 6 month teeth so her estimated birth month is March. The original plan was to admit her to the local no-kill animal shelter because my roommate didn’t want to keep her and my future is so uncertain that I didn’t want to, either. When I found out the shelter was full, and being uncertain when they wouldn’t be, I was in tears thinking about figuring out how to give her up. I had gotten attached (despite my best efforts) and found through self-discovery that I need the company of an animal. I needed her as much as she needed me. So, throwing caution to the wind and determined the uncertain future wouldn’t stop me, I decided to keep her. My roommate and I got her spayed and tested, then I started her first rounds of shots a couple weeks later. I bought her boatloads of cat toys (because I would *never* want her to getbored :P), food, flea medicine, litter and box, etc. I was already living paycheck to paycheck, but sacrificing for her was worth it. I cut down on my expenses – buying less food for myself and buying less supplies for my business – and started only buying the necessities. Between her first and second vet visits, about a month apart, she gained almost two pounds.
I came back after the holidays to find I was starting the new year without a roommate (I do want to emphasize here that it was not roommate problems, thank goodness). While I respect the reasons for her decision (who doesn’t want a place of their own?), my financial situation has drastically changed. My budget has doubled (I went from barely operating on $600 a month to now needing $1200); I was barely making ends meet before so now I am at risk for losing my housing and losing Maddie. Maddie is due for another round of shots. I haven’t been able to take her in because I can’t afford them.
Before, I was wanting to save up for a cat furniture tree, but now that seems to be a distant dream. Being an indoor cat, I’m always afraid of her getting bored or not getting enough exercise. I was hoping she could have something to rip up and down and around. Now, my biggest goal is just to make rent so I can keep her.
She means the world to me. I’ve sacrificed a lot to keep her. And I’m ok with that, don’t get me wrong. I’ll sacrifice more – she’s my baby. I’ve been pounding the pavement for jobs and expanding my business. I’m not above trying everything I can. However, I’m not one to ask for help so this has been a big step for me letting you all know what’s going on. I really appreciate the support – it’s hard for me to admit I can’t do everything myself.
I will have several products probably for Project Maddie – Save A Kitty. Right now, I’m working on a Catnip bundle listing. Catnip kitty toys for your special fuzzy companion and a “catnip” candle tin for adults. You can choose Vanilla Mint or Fudge Brownie.
To keep Maddie, I need to pay rent, Comcast bill, electric bill; buy food and her shots. (I’m ok eating less just for her 🙂 )
January Goal: $1000.00
Raised so far: $152.50
Search “Project Maddie” on Etsy. I’m stocking up on inventory and hope to become official in a couple days.
SPECIAL THANKS to the following individuals for their contributions to this cause: