Everykitty has a friend in Robin, the woman behind the blog Covered in Cat Hair, and who runs a rescue called Kitten Associates. She is responsible for saving many kitties from dying at Georgia kill shelters. With her network of friends and fosters in the area (one of them being Bobbie of Cats~Goats~Quotes), she pulls the kitties, makes sure they are cared for and gets them transported up north to a better life. Robin also has eight of her own cats, not counting the kittens and mom she is currently fostering (several of whom are currently battling URIs), plus gorgeous orange boy MacGruber. Oh yeah, and there’s also her fiancé Sam, who is as big a sucker for kitties as Robin is (he is already smitten by MacGruber). So Robin has a very complicated household at any given time; throw in a cat with a serious illness and things threaten to spiral out of control. Especially when that cat is very special.
Bob Dole is a handsome orange mancat of indeterminate age. He showed up at Robin’s mother’s doorstep sometime in 1998, already full grown and with a front leg injury (not unlike his namesake). Eight years later, Robin took in Bob after her mother died. Bob had not had the best care for most of his life — he went unneutered for years until Robin insisted he be fixed, and he had spent his life eating less-than-nutritious kibble and cheap canned food. By the time he landed at Robin’s, he was FIV+ and not in the best of health. With Robin’s care and a better diet, Bob’s health improved. But after so many years of outdoor living and his FIV+ status, medical issues were bound to show up. The latest problems have Bob fighting for his life.
In December, a cancerous mass was removed from Bob’s liver and he was diagnosed with lymphoma. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy, and it looks like it is helping him. What it is not helping is Robin’s pocketbook. Before she knew it, the bills had added up to thousands of dollars — money she did not have after several rough years of few jobs and slow-paying clients. Not that this mattered — Bob needed help and Robin was not going to give up on him. But it has left her and Sam in a bind.
What I love about the cat blogging community is that we look out for our own, and as Robin has helped so many cats, now she needs some help from us. Reluctantly, and only at the urging of friends, she has added a ChipIn widget to her blog. Since I don’t have anyone I am raising funds for this month, I’ve added Robin’s widget to my righthand sidebar too. This is not a tax-deductable donation — it’s a personal one, to help out one who has helped many. If you are visiting my blog and have a few dollars to spare, do help Robin — and Bob — out. It’s the least we can do. Thanks!