Mishu Grace is suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy. Your kindness and generosity is her only chance at getting the veterinary care she needs to live past age 6.
Mishu Grace is only six years old but facing a severe illness. She has a severe case of dilated cardiomyopathy. She has been hospitalized, and the veterinarian believes that if she can get her on a treatment regime, she has the potential to live anywhere from 3 months to 5 years.
She has racked up about $1,800 in emergency care and testing so far. The veterinarian thought it would be immoral to turn her away because she didn't immediately have the funds. We know that is not the case at so many vet offices, so we like this doctor. She has put the care of the cat before her practice's bottom line.
Mishu's monthly medication could end up costing as much as $150 a month. Also, she would need regular testing and follow-ups. We estimate $3000 a year if the higher treatment is required. This would be for the remainder of her life, or up to a specific point that we determine with the owner.
Mishu's owner is currently undergoing chemotherapy and fighting her own fierce battle. She also lives on a fixed income. The veterinarian has vouched for her being an excellent pet owner and a good person.
Thanks to the immediate support the Facebook post received, Mishu was stabilized and sent home to rest with her mom. She will be following up with the veterinarian next week.
Please donate toward her ongoing care.
Bad news is so hard to share, that I have selfishly put off sharing this news for a week. I just couldn't bring myself to spread more sadness, but I realized today that that isn't fair. Because, like most things, this ending is sad but also full of grace and goodness. Please join me in celebrating Mishu Grace's life.
You all met and chose to help Mishu Grace two months ago when she was literally on death's door. Donors were given a choice to take chance on this cat with a tough prognosis and guarded life-expectancy. You all said, "Please take a chance on Mishu!" And you put your money where your heart is. THANK YOU for that.
While it saddens me to tell you she passed away, I know she would not have had the past two months without your support. Every day with our loved ones is a gift.
Please send your thoughts and prayers to Mishu Grace's mom. She sent us this heartfelt explanation of Mishu's final hours:
It is with great sadness and heartbreak that I must say that Mishu Grace passed on to Rainbow Heaven, yesterday at about 7:00 p.m. at Dr. Saver's office.
Yesterday, her breathing was very labored with asthma-like noise. It was the first time I heard her breathe in that manner. I called Dr. Saver's office and took her in right away. It was Dr. Joseph who kindly and gently told me that I had done all I could for Mishu, they had given her all the medication prescribed for her condition. It was up to me. I knew it was time, as I saw Mishu's body feature and facial expression. Her breathing was so labored, all she could do was hide under the bed, was not eating but drinking water.
I cannot begin to express my grief and sadness; she was my little girl. I will miss her sitting on my tummy watching TV, being by my side while on the computer. Seeing her look out the window and when she saw a bird, she was so happy and curious. I put flowers in front of a window, would sit there for hours looking at them and then taking her naps. I wish there was more I could have done for her. I said goodbye to my precious little girl, I sang her favorite song "You Are My Sunshine" and prayed over her. Thank God for sending me such a wonderful blessing. Thank her for being in my life, for the memories we shared and loving me unconditionally.
I want to Thank you and all the For the Love of Alex supporters. I truly want you to know you were heaven-sent, I could have never had her that extra time with her. Please know that I will support your charity, as soon as I can. I know God will continue to help and support your organization. I will keep you and For the Love of Alex in my daily prayers.
With a Grateful and loving Heart,
Our hearts break for Mishu and her mom. But, we are also so thankful for the extra time on earth Mishu had because of your support. Thank you for your donations and for giving Mishu two more months of life.
Mishu had her first check-up after her major hospitalization. She is doing much better. The veterinarian reports that Mishu's lungs are much more clear, her heart has decreased in size, and her breathing has vastly improved.
Thank you for caring about Mishu and giving her a chance at life.
Mishu does love her veterinarian, who is incredibly kind and patient. But, she was still ready to get out of the office and planted herself firmly in her carrier to tell mom it was time to go. LOL.
For The Love of Alex Inc is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides emergency funding for urgent and lifesaving care of pets of low-income families.