I need some guidance. There is a female feral cat in my neighborhood with an eye injury that I want to help. If I trap her and take her to the vet I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to pay for the help she needs. There are pictures of her below and they are not easy to look at.
I'll try to make a long story short. Some background...
She had a litter of 4 kittens 3 years ago in an old shed on my parents property. I trapped the kittens and brought them into my home.
All of the kittens had runny noses and needed repeated trips to the vet. One kitten had seizures that took nearly 9 months to get under control. I spayed and neutered the kittens and got them their shots, etc. I spent over $6,500 on vet bills and kept the kitten with seizures and another male. I found a home for the other two.
I trapped the mother and took her to the PAWS trap and release program to have her spayed, etc. At that time she had something wrong with her eye. It looked kind of pasted shut and you couldn't tell if the eye was infected or completely missing. I was told that the PAWS vet thought the eye was gone and really couldn't do anything (the eye injury was beyond the scope of the trap and release program).
The female still hangs around our neighborhood and has always seemed fine. I see her every day. However, she had been missing for the past 3 weeks and when I saw her today her eye looked much worse.
Because she's grey and won't let me get too close I couldn't see her eye very well. I thought I'd take a picture to get a better view. I coaxed her into an old shed with food and got some pictures. I was shocked to see how much worse her eye is now. Something must have happened to her in the weeks she was away.
I looked at the Sticky thread: "Help with Veterinary Bills!" and followed the links but none of the organizations seem to fit this situation. I'm in South Central Pennsylvania (45 minutes south of Harrisburg).
In addition to the vet bills I explained above, another litter of 4 showed up exactly a year ago. Their mother was hit by a car in front of my house. After paying all of their vet bills and not being able to find them homes I ended up keeping them too. I really can't afford more vet bills at this point.
Anyone have any idea what I do for her? The pictures of her just kill me.