Awww that is so wonderful what you did Dollysmamma (((HUGS)))
At the beginning of 2012 I had four cats but as we are long-term fosterers the cats still belong to PARRT. Any vet bills for ongoing health problems are picked up by the charity so all Neil and I actually fork out for are food & litter.....though I do know of some fosterers who get EVERYTHING from PARRT. I won't do that as I just feel the charity's cash could be put to better use...especially as I would have a cat or two in my life anyway! I also pay for worming & flea treatments out of my own pocket even though Linda is always trying to get me to accept them
The cat in my avatar is Lily who was picked up in August 2011 with a broken front leg after being hit by a car. She was handed in to our local vet and was there for a week before Neil & I heard about her from Linda. We immediatey said we'd take her as she needed cage rest and we had more time to look after her than Linda would as she is running the charity virtally single-handed! Lily was a big cat and the first op didn't work so she needed a second. In all her care, operations and medications, would have cost nearly £1000 but as she was a PARRT cat the expense was paid by the charity. Sadly, she didn't learn from her previousd experience with traffic and was hit by a car in May 2012 on the road outside our flat. It absolutely devastated me as she was MY princess - even now, just thinking about her makes the tears well up! She was only a youngster and fit and well as her leg healed up well....it was just sheer bad luck that she sneaked out of the flat and dashed out in front of that car. My neighbour saw it happen and said it was instant so that was some sort of consolation to know she didn't suffer
I hate keeping cats indoors but with my current two having a deadly virus they cannot go out. We are hoping to move house later this year to somewhere with a garden so we can enclose it or build an outdoor enclosure for them.
But....I'm waffling on again.....
I doubt we could afford more than two cats if George & Suzi weren't foster cats and any future health issues are covered by PARRT as I'm not working at the moment. I've heard of some FeLV cats costing their owner's hundreds, if not thousands, in vet bills
Hopefully this will be a few years away yet and I would like to think we could contribute towards those instead of just relying on PARRT.