Dewey was found in 2009 after he'd been injured either by a lawn mower
blade or possibly a car engine. This poor fellow was cut on the head
and back; both ear tips had been amputated, and part of his tongue was gone.However, that is not the end
of it. The woman who found Dewey (her name is Mary) took him to the vet's office for treatment. While there, the vet
said he found a bad tooth, extracted it, noted Dewey’s lacerated tongue, and sent Dewey home with Mary on antibiotics.That night, a terrible tragedy occurred in the house where Dewey was recovering. Mary's son attempted
to murder her.She escaped, called the police, and long story short, there was a SWAT team standoff/shootout
at Mary’s house on Liggett Street in Parma, with poor little Dewey caught in the middle of it.Gunfire
exploding, bullets whizzing, furniture crashing, glass breaking, and total chaos for many hours until Mary’s son committed
suicide. Click here for the news story on this horrid event!!
When the police
finally released Mary’s cats, they released Dewey to his current mom and she took him home. She'd
been looking for a house in Plainfield, Indiana, in order to help her sister care for their elderly parents. She
was in the process of buying her house in Plainfield when she had a mishap of her own.
She was walking out of her garage in
Ohio when she missed that little drop-off from the garage floor to the driveway. She did a face-plant on concrete,
resulting in multiple injuries, including losing teeth as well as a bit of her memory for a while. She
was in physical therapy for some time and is still dealing with some of the long-term effects of some of the injuries. And
she's been left with immense medical bills.Here’s where Dewey comes back in.
Last week. Dewey's mom noticed
that his breath was bad and his gums looked infected so she scheduled a dental for him. She knew he would
need some work, but had no idea how much.Apparently, when that blade lacerated his tongue, it also fractured
his teeth.Many of them had to be extracted and her bill would have been over a thousand dollars.
As she wrote to
us, "I do not have that kind of money.I am thousands of dollars in debt to the hospital (which is
now suing me for the money) for my accident, and am facing having to replace one knee due to injuries I sustained in that
accident.I have no credit and no cash.However, Dewey’s mouth is infected and
he is in pain.He is such a sweet little boy and it is killing me to know he is hurting and I can’t
fix him." Now, tell us how we at Cats Haven could have turned out backs and walked away?
Dewey had his dental this morning
at The Cat Doctor. He lost most of his teeth as well as a lot of abscessed gum tissue, but he's fixed and on the mend. And
what a sweet boy! Despite the pain he was in, he was loving, friendly, cooperative, and absolutely delightful.
So that's why we're
holding this ChipIn. If you'd like to contribute to Dewey's vet bill, you can do so now. Every little bit helps, and with
your donations, Cats Haven can help more furkids like Dewey. Thank you.