US$575.00raised of $3,000.00 goal goal
I’m gonna sum it up here because I know not everyone has the time to read everything I wrote.
I’m in desperate need of help to get my animals back. I had to go come home, to the US, to deal with some medical issues. I couldn’t ’take them with me, so they are still in Egypt. It takes three months to prepare them to leave and I didn’t have this amount of time to wait. Medically, I’m not well and I have a lot of things I need to deal with before I can go back. I think I can go back in no more than 3 months. I need to have them prepped for flying and get them back to the states where we will all eventually reside together. All of this is very expensive and there’s no way I can do it without help.
These are my pets:
Saeed and Candy
Mango and Little One
I miss them so much and I hate not knowing if they are really ok. Going to sleep at night not knowing if they’re cold or hot or scared or what. It’s killing me. I’ve already lost so many things in my life. I can’t afford to lose them too.
Please donate so I can be sure they are safe, fed, and cared for while I’m away. Please help me get them to the states where we can all be safe together and I can get the medical care I need.
This is an estimate of what I will need:
Food 36 kilo 2400 egp ($133)
Litter 60l 900 Egp ($50)
Vaccines (rabies) 2400 egp ($133)
International health certificates ?
Caregiver 100 every other day 4500 egp ($250)
As of today (7/4/22 18 egp = $1)
Flights approx $1000
Rent 16000 egp ($900)
So here’s a little about my story and why I can not lose these cats. I’ve had enough heartbreak with my animals that was out of my control. I can’t take anymore.
I came to Egypt in 2016 for a ten day vacation. I realized I could find a place to live very cheaply and I could find a job very easily. I was very dumb to think that the weather would stay nice year round. So I made the decision to stay, thinking that the warmer climate would be better for my medical conditions. I have many medical conditions that cause me a lot of pain on a daily basis. The most well known conditions being fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease (herniated, bulging, ruptured, shrinking and evaporated discs), and endometriosis. I thought the warm weather would lessen my pain. I didn’t realize that there’s still seasons here even though I’m in Africa. Naive, I know.
I stayed close to the desert for two years. Finally, I got the job of my dreams next to the sea. I was really missing water as I grew up very close to the coast in the US. I did ok for a couple years but once corona hit my health went down the tubes. They closed everything and I was stuck inside, working online (12 hour days) for 6 months. This was horrible for my condition. I need to be moving, using my muscles. Otherwise I go into a flare up and can barely walk to the bathroom.
So when we finally went back to work full time, I was unable to take the load on my body. I ended up getting injured and having a lot of flare ups, causing me to miss a lot of school. At the end of the school year, last year, my manager and the HR manager told me that I had to be better with my attendance if they were going to hire me back for the most recent school year. So I tried. I swear I tried. But there just always seemed to be something happening that made me unable to take the 9 hours a day, 5 days a week. I could never seem to get through an entire week. So I lost my job. Leaving myself and my cats homeless and moneyless. The school paid for my apartment so needless to say I had to leave. We found a place to stay for a couple months and then I had to come home.
Now let’s go back to when I arrived to talk about another subject. I’m a certified animal care specialist and a certified dog trainer. When I arrived here I was completely shocked by the amount of stray animals everywhere you look.. They survive by eating from the trash, which sadly is all over the streets.
Because I have the knowledge and practice to help these animals, I felt no choice but to do so. The first animal that I found in need was a puppy. She was all alone and screaming. I asked around about her and the people said her mother took off and they hadn’t seen her in many days. So I took her. The vet said she had a bacterial infection in her stomach and she needed meds injected and dispensed daily.
I was living with three other foreigners at the time. Two of which I got along well with. They helped me care for her so I could go to work. One of them was super evil. She left the door open many times trying to get Baby to leave the apartment. We were on the 16th floor. She could have fallen between the slots next to the stairs and fallen 16 flights to her demise. This wonderful roommate then complained to the owner and I was kicked out of the apartment. Well, she gave me a choice that to me didn’t really feel like a choice at all. I was not going to just let the puppy out and hope that god would take care of her, which was recommended by way too many. Maybe God was helping her through me? No one ever thinks of things like that,
So I found an apartment in a very local area about an hour away. This one was part of a villa and all to myself to make whatever decisions I wanted to in regards to animals.
This area had tons of stray animals as well. I found a tiny kitten with an eye infection and a big hole in her side. She weighed about a pound and I found out she was three months old. So I medicated her and cared for her until she was finally healthy.
Another cat used to come looking for her every day. The dogs outside used to fight to get to this other cat. He wouldn’t stop coming so I ended up taking him in.
Gamilla and Habib
I still had Baby at the time and they all loved each other so much.
I left Baby in the garden one morning and someone came and took her. She looked like a jack russel (or parson russel) terrier and I think they thought they could sell her. I looked everywhere, lost my mind, but I couldn’t find her.
So a few weeks later I was sitting at the local cafe and some kids came running to me. There was a puppy who got hit by a car. These kids walked miles with me and this screaming puppy to take us to the local vet. He helped me to medicate her and fix her leg. With a lot of time, money, and effort, eventually she was doing well.
Her pack sat in front of my house for weeks. They would take walks with us every night. The neighbors got annoyed by this and poisoned them all, including the one I had put so much time and effort and into saving. It killed me.
About ten dogs were poisoned. I lost my mind again. Walked around screaming about how the person who did it would go to jail. I was shocked. I guess I shouldn’t have been though.
Within another couple weeks I found another puppy sitting alone at a fruit stand screaming. She screamed the whole way home. I carried her to the vet every day for weeks so he could medicate her. All in time she got much better and grew to an adult escape artist.
I never thought a cat could get pregnant before six months, little did I know it could happen at 4 months. So now I had a pregnant mom and dad and my dog. Peanut kept finding ways out of my yard. I moved three times, built two fences, trying to get her to stay inside. She didn’t want to be a house pet. She ended up getting parvovirus and I stayed awake for two months trying to save her. Thankfully I was able to. But still, she wanted to be free. So I ended up letting her come and go as she pleased. I really had no choice because she always got out.
Eventually my cats had a litter of 4. All healthy. Thank god.
Momma and babies and Daddy with the babies
One day I came home and found Gamilla, the mother cat had been hit by a car. She died. I was heartbroken. Then father cat, Habib, eventually just left and didn’t come back. Then two of the kittens, once they were grown, did the same thing. It was horrible. I walked around looking and calling their names for weeks. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find them. It kills me to not know.
I found three other kittens in this time. All severely diseased. I did everything in my power to save them but was unable. I tried so hard but they were just too sick.
One day my friend walked in and handed me a kitten. He told me that a father a daughter pair had kicked him. So, of course, I took him.
When I moved to the area next to the sea I only had my three cats. One day there was a cat sitting at my school all day long in the smoking area. I felt she had to be sick to have not moved for 9 whole hours, so I took her home. Once we got home she seemed to be perfectly fine. I think maybe she was just dehydrated.
So since then I’ve had the four cats. I stopped letting them roam freely cause I couldn’t survive losing another animal. They’ve all been healthy, thank god, since then.
Now I’m in this situation where I had to come home to take care of my medical issues. It’s too the point that I may have irreparable damage and I’m fighting so hard to avoid that. I have so many doctors appointments and specialists. There’s no way I could work right now. It’s so hard and all I want to do is cuddle with my cats. They’re always there when I need them. But look now, I’m not there for them. I am heartbroken every day. I need my cats!
It takes three months to prep a cat to fly. So I need to find a place for them for three months. During these months I will pay someone to care for them and prep them for travel. I can’t live without them. They have gotten me through so much. It would kill me to lose them after all I’ve been through in Egypt. I need them. They are my support animals. When I don’t feel well they always find a way to make me feel better.
Sadly, the medical care is expensive and most of them don’t understand my conditions anyways. So, I had to come home to fix myself. I hate that I had to leave them but I really had no choice.
So I’m trying to raise money to do all of this. I need to pay the rent of a place to keep them. Pay for their supplies. Pay someone to care for them and pay to prep them to go to the states. And then, of course, I need to pay for their flights.
I’m looking for donations to fund all these things. I’m no longer working and there’s no way I can afford it on my own. It would kill me to think that they are suffering. I feel horrible just thinking about these months where they will be alone and won’t understand why I’ve left them.
I know there’s a lot of other causes out there. I’m just asking for a bit of sympathy so I can go back and find them heathy and alive.They are in Egypt so the cost of things wouldn’t be too much for someone who gets paid in dollars. Any little bit will help.
If you read this whole story, THANK YOU!!
We are still in needUpdate posted by Erin Hardy at 05:05 am
So I came back to Egypt I felt I had no choice because my cats were in need. I had come back from a visit about three months after I got home. I found my cats to be living in horrible conditions. They were infested by fleas and had so. . . . .
MaryUpdate posted by Erin Hardy at 06:55 pm
Thank you so much!
AnnmarieUpdate posted by Erin Hardy at 06:55 pm
Thank you so much!
Rabies- first boosterUpdate posted by Erin Hardy at 04:37 pm
I have paid for all the cats to receive their first rabies shots. Thank you all for your help with this!
EricaUpdate posted by Erin Hardy at 04:35 pm
Thank you Erica!
LeijaUpdate posted by Erin Hardy at 04:34 pm
Thank you Leija!
JamesUpdate posted by Erin Hardy at 04:33 pm
Thank you James!
RabiesUpdate posted by Erin Hardy at 12:34 am
Got prices on the rabies vaccine. Only 600 for the four of them. So 1800 total, plus home visit cost of 150. So approximately 2200
Thank you Bonnie!Update posted by Erin Hardy at 07:47 pm
Thank you so much for your generous donation of 400. We are so gratefu
First real donation!Update posted by Erin Hardy at 12:21 pm
thank you so much Michele!
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