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ANGEL FUND ANIMAL HEALTH FOUNDATION
Angel Fund Helps Maine Coon
Cat Deal with Kidney Failure
rince, an 18-year-old Maine Coon cat, came into
Delores Johnson's life some 15 years ago when she
wanted to bring a cat into her home after her aging
father had been taken to a care facility.
" I've always had cats, " Delores said. " I didn't think my dad
would be coming back [to the mobile home she had shared with
him]. So I went on petfinder.com and there were these two cats -
Prince and his brother from another mother - a black short-haired
domestic cat. " Both animals were about three years old and were
available because their family was moving to Europe.
" The woman who owned the animals brought them over. They
were both in a carrier and, when she opened it, they ran under the
bed in the closest bedroom. They stayed under the bed for at least
a week, " she said.
" I would try to familiarize myself with them and talk to them.
They had been with their first family from the time they were
six weeks old, " Delores said. " The black cat originally was named
Madonna. The cats were named by the family's daughter, who
thought the black cat was female. When the cats were neutered, the
family learned that Madonna was not female. So they added an 'n'
to his name and he became Mandonna.
Three years ago, Mandonna was afflicted by late-stage kidney
failure and Delores had to put him down.
" Prince was always my scaredy cat, " she said. " He was always
under the bed. He was never the social cat. Mandonna was more the
Alpha cat. he was always the talker. He was the one who would sleep
next to me. He was the one who would eat anything I put in front
of him, whereas Prince would only eat what he wanted to eat. "
Once Mandonna was gone, Prince blossomed, Delores said. " His
personality started to develop and he became more animated. he
came out from under the bed. He's now 'his royal highness' and he
walks through the house and talks and yowls. "
But about three years ago, she said, she noticed that, " from the
middle of his spine to his tail end, Prince was starting to get skinny.
He looked like a weightlifter: the front part of his body was real
big and developed but the back part of his body was skinny. "
She took him to Fairview Pet Hospital in Costa Mesa to see
Dr. Hongwon Kang. (She calls him Dr. K.) The doctor told her
after his examination that Prince was in the early stages of kidney
failure. " I told him I could only do so much [financially] because I
have limited resources. They gave Prince his rabies shot and didn't
charge me. That was nice.
" The plan was that I would bring him in once a week for injections
to keep him hydrated. The bags of hydrating solution were
$65. I was driving there because there was no way I could bring
those bags home and give Prince the shots. But it's a 40-mile
round trip from where I live in Anaheim to the hospital. "
Delores made the trip every week for two years. " It was costing
me $85 a month, since I purchased a bag of the solution every
month and also paid for a $20 flea treatment. Dr. K never charged
me for the injections. We also did blood work periodically and I'd
have to save to pay for
that. " But, she said,
Prince was doing
Dr. Kang wanted to
put Prince on a special
diet, Delores said. " But
Prince said, 'Absolutely
not. I am not eating
that food.' I told the
doctor, he won't eat it
and I am not paying
for food he won't eat.
'That's fine,' Dr. K said.
'He's an old man. We'll
just feed him what he
After two years,
Delores said, Dr. Kang
told her that he'd like
to give Prince the
twice a week. But she
was not receptive to
that idea. " I can't do this anymore, " she said. " I told him that we
should just let nature take its course. "
But that brought new concerns. She knew that she would need
money to put her pet down, eventually. She expected that to cost
about $350. And her application for CareCredit was turned down,
despite the fact that she had other credit cards, including American
Express and Walmart.
She called Fairview Hospital and was told about Angel Fund
and that she should come in and the clinic would help her with an
application. She listed the things she would like to finance, including
bloodwork and an X-ray, because Prince had constipation
occasionally, as well as money for euthansia.
Dr. Kang listed the charges that he expected for treating Prince
on his submission and Delores soon learned that she would receive
a grant. She then resumed her weekly trips to the hospital for
" Dr. K has been wonderful, " Delores said. " I was very fortunate
and thankful that there was an Angel Fund and that my application
was approved. I get Social Security once a month and I don't have
two plugged nickels left to rub together for anything extra. "
Prince's blood work showed that he was doing better, she said.
" As of right now, " she said in a recent interview, " his kidneys seem
to be stabilized. He is doing fine. "
When Dr. K told her that her application had been approved,
she said: " Praise the Lord. I was very, very pleased. It was a wonderful,
wonderful blessing. I'm a born-again Christian and I
believe everything is in God's hands. " P
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