Local community unites to pay for emergency treatment of kitten rushed to hospital

A kitten who was rushed to a veterinary hospital on Friday can get the treatment it needs thanks to contributions from people in the local Falkirk community.

Owner Hayley Chalmers has taken her pet kitten Rugby to an out-of-hours hospital after struggling to urinate.

She had applied for help from the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals charity, but was told she was not eligible for any help because she was not in a catchment area.

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According to The Daily Record, she was given an initial bill of £400, with costs set to continue to rise for Rugby’s treatment.

Hayley set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to help with unexpected costs and in just one day a goal of £750 was reached.

She said: “On Friday Rugby was struggling to urinate and we had to rush her to Edinburgh Veterinary Hospital.

“We contacted the PDSA and were told we were not eligible for help until we gave our postcode. But we were out of the catchment areas for any PDSA help.

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‘We had to phone out of hours for our vet and that’s how we ended up at PDSA Hospital Edinburgh with a £400 bill – but we weren’t entitled to any help from the part of the PDSA.

“We are now in a situation where she needs further treatment of a CT scan and flushing of her bladder. We have discovered that she has high levels of crystals in her urine which means that she could also have kidney stones.”

Hayley was overwhelmed with help from locals with funds to pay the bill in such a short time.

In a post on Facebook, she said: “We have now raised the funds and I just want to thank everyone for all the help you have given us by sharing or contributing, I am so humbled by all of you, I will always be grateful forever!”

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