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Help Fix Lucien's Leg

Help Fix Lucien's Leg

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My name is Charlie and I run a protected cat colony of some 20 cats in Ocala, Florida, registered with the local no-kill shelter, Helping Hands. Lucien is a three year old cat that I found in my back yard. Both of his eyes were swollen shut and oozing pus from being scratched by bigger cats. After several weeks of cleaning the eyes and applying antibiotic drops, he has perfect vision in one eye and only a slight scarring in the other eye.

Last week Lucien was hit with a car going way too fast in my residential area. I didn’t see him for five days and, of course, thought the worst. After walking up and down the street calling his name every night, he came hobbling across the street and up into the driveway. He meowed, rubbed my leg and hasn’t left my side since. I took him to the vet the next morning and discovered a fracture of his back right femur. It was broken in three places and the surgery will cost $1500. He also had a 4” degloving injury to his tail but fortunately the tail is neurologically intact.

 Photo: Lucien's x-ray last week


Photo: Lucien's degloved tail

He’s at home with me now and I’m facing some decisions I wished I’d never have to make. I simply cannot afford the surgery and at the same time don’t think I can let him continue with an unstable fracture. My heart is breaking and the knot in my stomach continues to tighten. So I am reaching out to anyone I can think of that might be willing to help out.

I created a “donate” page through PayPal and was originally going to have the donations go directly to the vet. Instead, they will go to my PayPal account, for two main reasons; 1) If I don’t get enough to be able to do the surgery I want to know who made the donations so that I can refund them, and 2) If I do happen to get enough to have the surgery done, I want to be able to pull the button so no further donations can be made. My email address is . I’ve been established with the same PayPal account for well over 20 years.

If you would like to send a check rather than using PayPal, you can send it to:

c/o Charlie Church
PO BOX 2234
Ocala, FL 34478-2234

**please make the check out to Charlie Church as Lucien is not an authorized signee on the account.

If you can find it in your heart to send any amount at all, I (and Lucien) would be forever grateful. And if you can’t send anything, thank you for even taking the time to read this.

Thanks so much,
Charlie & Lucien


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