Once upon a time, there was a frightened and skinny cat named Torresminho, because he raised himself at Noronha Torrezão street, who decided one day to help an SUV driver and change the tire of a moving car.
It didn't work. The driver, mad with the bad service drove away never looking back.
Uncle Andre and Aunt Lili who were passing by rescued what was left of the crying-half-broken kitten and drove quickly to the vet clinic.
Even though we can rebuild him, we have the technology we can't actually afford to pay the surgeries and treatment that he needs. Thats why we need your help to make sure this story has a happy ending.
What Actually Happened
Now in plain half-decent English: We were driving back home when we saw a little kitten lying down resting in the middle of the road. We managed not to hit him and stopped our car to rescue to little clueless cat. Lili, my wife, waved the car behind us that she was going to grab the cat. The car was an SUV that was far enough to stop or dodge our group. They never changed course and hit the 45 days old kitten. The driver never stopped, just drove away.
We picked the bloodied broken cat and drove to Pet & Vet clinic where he is undergoing treatment.
The Initial Crowdfunding Campaign
As soon as we rescued him and placed him under the care of the clinic we started a crowdfunding campaign to help treat him but we were naive in how much it would cost and we asked for way less money than we needed. Our initial campaign is already closed and we got 110% of our target which was close to USD 400. This was enough to pay for the first three days of treatment and the initial exams.
That first campaign got us about USD 400 but by the end of the week we had already spent close to USD 500. The costs started piling up and thats why we're making this page and a new appeal.
The State of Torresminho
After many exams (X Ray, Ultrasound) we learn that Torresminho is OK inside (aka no broken internal organs) but his hips, left femur and front left leg are broken. Basically his left side and hips are a mess.
The first X Rays of Torresminho displays a Cat so broken that would not be willing to move but the reality is a bit different. Torresminho stands up and tries to walk, he loves to play and is in constant look for food and being pet. He purrs at the mere sight of us and one of the mostly friendly cat we've ever seen. Our little needy playful friend looks pretty sharp and we want him to heal completely.
Our whishes to see Torresminho treatment complete means that he needs to undergo surgery to fix his femur, Torresminho will become a hero to all cats because he is going full cyborg with some tiny metal plates. He could even pose as a pro bike racer or something after surgery. If we don't go to surgery, he'll limp, probably not be able to jump and one of his legs will be on an L shape like a Picasso painting. We'd like the Cyborg version better than the Picasso version. Unfortunately the surgery costs about USD 800 and we can't afford it.
Torresminho Needs You!!!
Me and Lili are doing all we can do for Torresminho but we simply don't have enough money. To paint a clear picture into your mind, while I was writing this post, the cable TV guy came here to pick the Sky STB because we're canceling the cable TV to cut costs. If we're cutting cable, imagine how hard it is for us to pay for his treatment.
You can help Torresminho by donating money using the PayPal button below. If you can't contribute in a financial form to help this gorgeous sweet kitten then at least force all your friends and enemies to do it.
PayPal accepts all major credit cards. Help us help Torresminho. He already lost 3 lives by being hit by an SUV and surviving. He needs your help not to lose the few remaining lives he has.
Andre & Lili
PS: Whoever wants an update or see exam results from Torresminho can get them by sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.