A note from her adopter:
It has been four years since I became acquainted with Barbara Doty and Lapcats. I had been looking to adopt a tabby cat which led me to the Lapcats website. Lily was to be my first indoor only cat. I had been considering adopting a second cat to keep Lily company. This was also a first for me. When I arrived to meet and bring her home I was told that Lily had been bonded to another cat. It was suggested that it would be wonderful for both cats if I adopted them both together. That was easy! It was the best decision I could have made. I had always believed the myths about cats being aloof and solitary. It turns out that Lily and Oggie absolutely love each other. When they aren't snuggling up to me, they are cuddling and playing with each other. Who knew?
I kept in touch with Barbara over the years when I took the cats to her to get their nails trimmed. But I recently got some devastating news. Lily needed extensive and expensive dental work. This is where everything started to go sideways. The vet had spent a few minutes examining her and the majority of the time explaining how much it would cost to fix her teeth. Which was the least expensive; the wellness plan or the a la carte way? It really didn't matter because there was no way I could have afforded any of it. It was going to cost $800 - $1000. I kept telling the vet over and over that I didn't have that kind of money as she continued to talk over me. She sent me home with six pages of cost estimates.
I started to call around to other vets to get other estimates. It was all about that same. I followed the phone calls with internet searches for organizations that might be able to help low income seniors dealing with this crisis. With no luck there, I cried a lot and considered the possibility of having to surrender my beloved pet. It looked like Lily's dental crisis might be a death sentence.
Then I thought of Barbara. I sent her an email and asked if she knew of any organizations that might be able with these expenses. She emailed back and said that Lapcats would pay for Lily's dental work. I read it twice to make sure I had read it right. My eyes were not deceiving me. This time I cried for joy.
Barbara and Lapcats do much more than connect abandoned and surrendered cats with their new families. In this case they saved my cat's life for the second time.