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Ava The Cat Finally Gets A Chance For A Pain-Free Life After Struggling For So Long

Ava The Cat Finally Gets A Chance For A Pain-Free Life After Struggling For So Long

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When it comes to our loved ones, including our cherished pets, the lengths we go to ensure their well-being are boundless. This is especially true when faced with enormous veterinary care expenses in the United States. 

This second-grade teacher from Minnesota is a true example of such financial struggle but also of the love and care she provides to her beloved cat Ava.

Despite financial hurdles, she was determined to give Ava, who was suffering from a chronic ailment, a chance at a pain-free and loving life.

very cute kitty
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Ava, an eight-year-old tabby and white cat, has been a loyal companion, bringing joy and comfort to her owner’s life. Her gentle demeanor and affectionate nature have earned her a special place in her owner’s heart. 

However, life has not been easy for Ava. Sadly, Ava has been diagnosed with idiopathic megacolon, a condition that causes severe constipation due to an enlarged and malfunctioning large intestine. For the Love of Alex, a nonprofit organization shared:

“Megacolon is the most common cause of obstipation in cats. Ava’s condition has deteriorated to where she has lost normal nerve function in the large intestine, and Ava has lost the ability to pass feces regularly.”

adorable kitty sitting
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Ava’s owner, already stretched thin financially as a teacher in a low-income Minnesota district, did everything possible to manage the condition. 

With pet insurance covering part of the costs, she invested in a specialized diet, medications, and frequent veterinary visits to relieve Ava’s painful symptoms. 

sweet and clean cat
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Despite all these efforts, Ava’s situation got worse, and surgery became the only viable option to save her from a life of suffering. 

Yet, the financial burden of the surgery seemed impossible, which broke Ava’s owner’s heart and she began to lose hope…

cat laying down
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Faced with the heartbreaking dilemma of either incurring massive debt or losing Ava, her owner’s quest for help led her to For the Love of Alex, Inc., a nonprofit based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. 

This organization, dedicated to providing financial assistance for urgent veterinary care, stepped in to cover the costs of Ava’s life-saving colectomy surgery, even before all the donations were fully raised. As they explained to reassure Ava’s heartbroken owner:

“Most cats do reasonably well after this procedure, with few permanent side effects.”

black and gray cat
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For the Love of Alex, Inc. realized Ava was in a dire state and recognized her owner’s dedication to Ava and her community, so they had to intervene!

They understood that just as Ava deserved a life free from pain, her owner deserved support after her selfless contributions to the lives of young students.

“Ava’s condition is critical, and her mom is financially stretched. She is unable to afford Ava’s much-needed surgery as her care credit account was maxed out due to taking Ava multiple times to the veterinary hospital to temporarily relieve her painful condition. It breaks her heart to see Ava struggling. Ava is only eight years old and this surgery will be life-changing for her!” 

cat in a cage
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Thanks to the swift action and generosity of For the Love of Alex, Inc. Ava underwent her surgery and even though there were some concerns about risks, it was a success!

Ava was ready to begin her recovery and go on a new journey to a better life! The organization shared:

“The surgery went well with no complications. Ava is home resting comfortably; she is confined to a small area for two weeks to limit her ability to jump, climb, or do anything else strenuous.”

cat drinking a water
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During her recovery, Ava had to wear a special ‘Super Suit’ to protect her incision, embarking on a slow but steady path to a pain-free life. 

For the first time in years, Ava and her owner were able to look forward to their future without worrying about health issues and Ava’s now-past condition.

“She looks so cute! Ava will have a check-up in two weeks. We will have more updates on this beautiful girl soon!”

cat with injured leg
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Gratitude poured in from Ava’s supporters, whose donations and encouragement made her recovery possible. 

Thanks to kind people and For the Love of Alex, Ava is now a healthy little feline and her owner couldn’t be happier! The organization expressed its gratitude online:

“Thank you to everyone who donated to Ava’s surgery cost. She will no longer be in pain and have a good quality of life because of your kindness and generosity.”

To continue supporting Ava and other pets in need, you can follow and contribute to For the Love of Alex, Inc. on their social media platforms and YouTube channel

It’s amazing what they do and I hope that by sharing their story and following their example we can inspire more people to do the same!

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