Lily is spending most of her time keeping him company, since he is locked inside a cage now (to keep from injuring himself further).
She posted a few notes on Etsy to update us:

“We spent an hour talking with our vet, Dr. Deb of Innisfail Vet Services, about Sam’s condition ~ she had an extensive consultation with the specialist surgeon in Red Deer, Alberta regarding the operation to move Sam’s pelvis/hips and pin the bones …

The surgeon has decided that we should wait one week before operating on Sam ~ he said that he has weighed up the operation versus the possible complications of the operation and wants to see if there is any chance that the bones will “fuse” themselves in the position that they are in ~ there are pluses and minuses to both situations and now it is a waiting game to see how Sam does.”

The cause of injuries was due to massive force to his rear-end, “causing his whole pelvis area and part of his spine to move forward considerably”. Basically, a dirt-bag kicked him in the butt… HARD.

“[The vets] believe that it was inflicted by someone kicking him, not a vehicle or other animal as there was no external damage, fur loss, bite or puncture wounds to the area ~
Sam is an incredibly friendly boy, trusts everyone and will go to anyone for a pet.
Unfortunately it seems like he trusted or tried to befriend the wrong person this time.”

The wonderful folks of Etsy have really pulled together on behalf of Lily’s cat, Sam. I am blessed to belong to such an amazing group of crafters!

Here is a list of sellers who are actively donating sales profits towards Sammy’s care:

MoLStationery: 65% of all MoL book sales and 75% of all graphics sales.. plus matching donations by 50%

Chicadolly & Faeriegood: 25% of all sales profits this week

GenuineArticle & GenuineArt: 50% of the proceeds from both Etsy shops

Glasscircus: 25% of sales

Aztek721: 50% of any photo sales

Adornyourself: 100% of the purchase price of a mug

Dearange: 100% of the purchase price of Fancy Wearables (as seen on Sammy and Koru)

LittleJumpingBeans: 40% of all the sales from shoes this weekend

WindandHoney: 15% of September’s sales

Deersprite: 10% of all sales (pre-shipping) until the end of September, off the REGULAR price. (If you mention “Sammy” in the message to seller, she will also give you a 10% discount – but Sammy will still get the 10% of the original price.)

Laurart: 15% for each sale. (She will donate an extra 5% if the customer mentions in the note how they’ve helped shed light on this animal in need, via Twitter or blogging.)

Meherio68: 50 % of all sales from now on and until the end of September.

Sybillinart: 50% of the sales of her cat related items.

Asecondtime: profits from the sales of “Dirty Paw Pendant” and “Dirty Bone Pendant”.

LuminousDreamDesigns: profit from the sale of “Bulbous Bertha (Woodland Bird)” prints.

TheBeadedHound: 10% of sales for the rest of the month.

GreyTDogz: proceeds from the sale of Custom Pet Themed Digital Photo Page.

RayneeDeigh: 40% of all sales before shipping.

As well as “The Letter” and “Mr. Darcy” print sales from my Etsy shop, (my two most popular prints ..and Lily’s favorite pieces!)

So many great shops are involved! With Christmas just around the corner, why not start your holiday shopping early… pick up a handcrafted goody for someone special, and help someone in need!

This list may be updated/revised… you can check out this forum thread on Etsy for an current list of participating sellers (and updates from Lily).

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I’ve had two or three cheesy blog ideas floating around in my head, and until one hour ago I was planning to poke innocent fun at IvyLaneDesigns’ recycled grocery box journals.
However, after reading some disturbing news that a friend posted on Facebook, I’m not feeling humorous anymore.

TwoStrayCats owner, Lily, took her beloved cat Sam to the vet today, after injuries he suffered left them wondering if he’d been struck by a car.  After an exam, including X-rays, the doctor came to the conclusion that Sam had been brutally kicked by some vicious, horrible person… the internal damage warrants surgery that will cost well over $1,000.
 
This news comes on the heels of Carolyn’s termination from her substitute teaching position, after having missed too many assignments due to personal illness.  As the co-owner of Bellasana Stables, her income was crucial in managing the farm.  The money she brought in by boarding horses and teaching riding lessons is drying up, as people are no longer to afford such luxuries in these times. Some of her customers are selling their horses at auctions, and Carolyn wonders about the fate of her own. 

Circumstances such as these leave me in a state of hopelessness, and frustration.  I feel a strong desire to help, yet my hands are tied financially… I will, however, donate the profits of these prints (until further notice):

8×10 Photo Print of “The Letter” $10.00 … profits will be donated towards Lily’s vet bills.

8×10 Photo Print of “Mr. Darcy Dominic” $10.00 … profits will go to Lily.

8×10 Print on Premium Matte Photo Paper $10.00 … profits will go towards Bellasana Stables.


8×10 Glossy Photo Giclee $15.00 … profits will go towards Bellasana Stables.

If your tastes lean towards domestic soft-lines… TwoStrayCats has gorgeous
pillows, baby blankets, and stuffed things worth checking out!  She also donates part of her profits to Animal Rescue charities. Purchasing from her shop would be a win/win for many animals, including Sam!

If anyone is interested in volunteering or donating directly to Bellasana Stables, please contact Carolyn.
She will also be hosting a few fundraisers shortly in the Western Maryland/WV Panhandle area… if anyone would like more info on where/when, please message either of us.  I may not get around to updating this blog in time.
Thank you! We appreciate it! 🙂