Update: Generous folks foot the full bill for Zack the cat

Our third followup on Zack the cat is (the one with) the charm: We got word this afternoon from Teri Ensley of Furry Faces Foundation that Zack’s entire medical bill is paid. If you’re joining the tale late, Zack found his way into the life of a West Seattleite named Jane; she couldn’t find his previous owner, but she did learn he had been badly hurt and needed expensive surgery. She e-mailed us, at wit’s end, and we put out her call for donations to pay for Zack’s care. Along the way, Furry Faces jumped in to assist, and here’s Teri’s report today:

Hi, West Seattle Community!

Zack is one lucky cat–not only does he have Jane, but our West Seattle Community! Twenty-eight donors paid his entire bill of $1239.00, plus left a positive balance of $32.00 in F3’s Lien Animal Clinic account. Because of each of you, Zack now has a second chance at having a loving forever home with Jane. The remaining balance will be used to help with any medical followup Zack may need. If he doesn’t have followup needs, then it will be used to help another [future] animal companion who needs financial assistance.

There really are no words to describe how grateful, humbled and inspired F3 is feeling. Our Oliver’s Fund helps animal companions, whose humans are on restricted income (going through difficult times, etc.), with unexpected Veterinarian bills, however, alone, Oliver’s Fund did not have even close to enough money to cover the full cost of Zack’s surgery. Thanks to everyone for your generosity.

And please help us thank:

1. Jane—who rescued and adopted Zack

2. Lien Animal Clinic who performed the surgeries and provide pre/post op care

3. West Seattle Animal Hospital (WSAH) for starting Zack’s fund so that word could get out. At the time Zack’s fund was started, Jane did not know where Zack’s surgery would be performed. WSAH was very supportive of the change to Lien Animal Clinic and quick to let donors know that their donations would need to be redirected to Lien Animal Clinic. We know this created duplication of effort for both WSAH and all of the donors, so greatly appreciate your patience and follow through.

4. West Seattle Blog for posting Zack’s need and keeping all of us informed of his status.

Have a lovely weekend. And think about smiling at everyone you see…they just may be one of Zack’s benefactors. ; )


9 Replies to "Update: Generous folks foot the full bill for Zack the cat"

  • JenV January 16, 2009 (6:00 pm)

    …I think I have something in my eye… *sob*
    ….seriously, this is wonderful news. thanks WSB for keeping all of us updated on Zack. and big huge props to everyone involved as well.

  • Babs January 16, 2009 (6:14 pm)

    Woo Hoo! Love love this story and dying for a new Zack picture (don’t tell my two shelter rescued girls I’m a Zack fan!)

  • lenamegan January 16, 2009 (6:23 pm)

    If anyone who didn’t get a chance to donate still wants to help animals in need, Furry Faces, has a program called Oliver’s Fund (see description below).

    1. Oliver’s Fund
    Helps animals whose humans are on restricted income (or lost their job, home, etc), with unexpected Vet bills and
    healthy pet food. The goal is to help animals be able to stay with their humans (and out of shelters) and of course, help
    people keep their animal companions.

    Other/additional donations can certainly be made (and most graciously accepted) to F3. The mailing address is
    3809 46th Ave SW, 98116.

  • JW January 16, 2009 (7:11 pm)

    How cool – glad Zack is on the mend and taken care of. Love Lien – great vets (but miss Dr. King).. We had a lab with serious illness (bone marrow) and Lien turned us on to a GREAT critical care vet (hope WSB’s never need) but Acces (Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services) on Lake City Way is the tops – especially Dr. Wilson (internist). So if you have an animal emergency or ever have the bad fortune to have a critically ill animal they are the BEST… they gave our beloved girl a good 4 months after many months of battling a bone marrow disorder only to succumb to bone cancer.

  • Dan January 16, 2009 (8:40 pm)

    This story of Zack and Jane and the West Seattle community helping out a fellow citizen, (I meant Jane but I guess it’s Zack too), well it just helps me be a little less cynical. And that shot of Zack can’t help but put a smile on your face. Thanks WSB for your coverage.

  • AD January 16, 2009 (9:33 pm)

    So delighted to hear this. :) We live in a compassionate community. Good karma to all those involved. I would donate if I could afford to.

    I too would love to see a new photo of 3-legged Zack! He looks a lot like my boy cat.

  • DM January 16, 2009 (9:45 pm)

    Deep thanks to the folks who helped Jane and Zack!
    Your compassion and generosity make our world a better place. I hope Jane and Zack have a very long and fun life together!

    And yes: more photos please!

  • rnl January 17, 2009 (1:43 pm)

    It would be nice if pet insurance could cover things like this. It gets pretty expensive having a pet.

  • Ms Pam January 18, 2009 (11:01 am)

    It renewed my faith in people, who chose to help a wonderful cat that we never met but who for one reason or another, touched our hearts. I was only able to donate a small amount but it was #’s well spent.

    Cheers to all that helped out. Here is to you Jane!!

    Thank you!!!

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