Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog and Pet Fun > Cat and Pet Forum


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-12-2010, 05:24 AM
Pam111 Pam111 is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 3,845
Default Im not even sure what I'm thinking...kind of just thinking out loud

Is there any type of organization, anything out there that will help someone to pay a pet deposit who can't afford it but wants a kitten/cat?

There is a 20 year old boy on my UC forum who came desperately seeking help from anyone...not for a kitten. Just for someone to talk to. He was considering suicide. His family lives in the same town but doesn't help him. His mother I think is just scared because he has a chronic illness (he was diagnosed with UC at age 10 and before that had back surgeries and issues and almost ended up with a wheelchair). His father was/is abusive and probably doesn't let his mother help him out and calls him stupid and ugly and whatever else.

This kid is actually really good looking but painfully shy and can't get a gf because he is afraid to go out in public and have accidents and things (when UC/Crohns is uncontrolled it can lead to very embarrassing public accidents as you have no control and cant tell you have to go until it's too late. I had many accidents in my car and toward the end, even had to run out of stores to make it into my car when I couldn't find a bathroom. It's very socially isolating). I talked to him on AIM because he wasn't really getting any responses. I ended up letting him call me because I was so worried about him. I don't think he will kill himself. I don't think he was just seeking attention. He has not told really anyone about his disease and wanted to find someone to talk to who would understand what is going on. He just really wants someone to talk to and wasn't finding anyone, and it doesn't help that he lives in a small town in Oregon with no support groups for this disease or anything.

He is on anti-depressants but not currently seeing his counselor because when his disease was in remission he felt ok. He goes back to his GI next week, and I think once he gets the UC under control, he can work on his social shyness more and meet some people. He rents the attic in a house and knows the girls downstairs but is too embarrassed to tell them his medical history (though they know he was just hospitalized and did visit him there, they don't know the real reason or extent or that he will always be sick). He is allowed a pet in his place. The girls have a dog. He said how much he would love to have a kitten to sleep with him at night and be there to talk to. He misses his kitties that live with his mom. He would be able to take care of a kitten's basics but can't afford to pay the pet deposit.

I don't know. I was just wondering if anyone can think of I way this kid could be helped to raise a little money for something like this. I know it's not always best to get an animal when you're going through such tough times yourself, but it seems like it would help him with the loneliness a lot and even help him open up socially a bit more with something else to talk about.

He's getting some money for disability right now and can't work (he was hauling lumber before or something) but that's enough for his food and rent. He is a student but out for the summer and barely made it through last semester before getting really sick again.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-12-2010, 11:45 AM
Buddy'sParents Buddy'sParents is offline
*Finding My Inner Fila*
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 25,374
Default

I don't know of any such program, but perhaps he can pay the pet deposit over a few months instead of needing to pay it all in one lump sum?
__________________
"A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave". - Mohandas Gandhi

Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-12-2010, 11:51 AM
Pam111 Pam111 is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 3,845
Default

I realized I wasn't clear in what type of pet deposit I was talking about, but I think you understood.

It's for the landlord to allow the pet on the rental property. That's a good idea--maybe he can pay it in installments
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-12-2010, 12:23 PM
corgipower's Avatar
corgipower corgipower is offline
Tweleve Enthusiest
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: here
Posts: 8,233
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pam111 View Post
It's for the landlord to allow the pet on the rental property. That's a good idea--maybe he can pay it in installments
He might be able to get the kitten in for free as an emotional support animal. He'd need a doctor's note and the kitten would need to actually be an ESA, but worth looking into by the sounds of it.

But is he going to be able to pay for food and vet care? Will he be able to afford it if there's an illness or injury?
__________________
The slayer of all things happy since 2010
Kibble feeder since 1973

Extreme owner of four herding dogs

puzzles, poetry and so much more ~ Doggy Puzzles created by me
sleep!!!
My dog Votes!
proud member of the MUMS 2009 7th place team CISRA 2009 1st place team SUMS 2009 2nd place team
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-12-2010, 12:34 PM
2pups622's Avatar
2pups622 2pups622 is offline
Soon to Be 4 Pups!!
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: NY
Posts: 1,248
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by corgipower View Post
He might be able to get the kitten in for free as an emotional support animal. He'd need a doctor's note and the kitten would need to actually be an ESA, but worth looking into by the sounds of it.

But is he going to be able to pay for food and vet care? Will he be able to afford it if there's an illness or injury?

Yea this How will he pay for everything else?
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-12-2010, 12:47 PM
Pam111 Pam111 is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 3,845
Default

He can afford the basic day to day litter/food/etc. and will have student loan money when school starts again and would be willing to put emergencies on a card if needed. I know not everyone has ideal financial situations to have pets, but plenty on this board and elsewhere somehow make it work if there's an emergency.

How does a cat get certified for something like that, CP?
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-12-2010, 01:06 PM
corgipower's Avatar
corgipower corgipower is offline
Tweleve Enthusiest
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: here
Posts: 8,233
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pam111 View Post
How does a cat get certified for something like that, CP?
I'm not entirely sure.

Emotional Support Animals | Service Dog Central
http://www.bazelon.org/LinkClick.asp...c%3D&tabid=245
__________________
The slayer of all things happy since 2010
Kibble feeder since 1973

Extreme owner of four herding dogs

puzzles, poetry and so much more ~ Doggy Puzzles created by me
sleep!!!
My dog Votes!
proud member of the MUMS 2009 7th place team CISRA 2009 1st place team SUMS 2009 2nd place team
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-12-2010, 01:55 PM
Buddy'sParents Buddy'sParents is offline
*Finding My Inner Fila*
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 25,374
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pam111 View Post
I realized I wasn't clear in what type of pet deposit I was talking about, but I think you understood.

It's for the landlord to allow the pet on the rental property. That's a good idea--maybe he can pay it in installments
Yes, I understood. Best of luck to him, I hope he can figure something out.
__________________
"A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave". - Mohandas Gandhi

Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-12-2010, 02:08 PM
lizzybeth727's Avatar
lizzybeth727 lizzybeth727 is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 6,403
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pam111 View Post
How does a cat get certified for something like that, CP?
I don't think there is a certification process for ESAs. There is no certification process for Assistance Dogs, so I would imagine the same is true here.

I have a friend who owned an apartment complex, and many of her tenants had ESAs. One had two guinea pigs. One had an iguana. So I highly doubt the animal has to go through a certification process.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06-12-2010, 02:15 PM
Pam111 Pam111 is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 3,845
Default

Thanks for that information! I will definitely pass it on to him
__________________
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:56 AM.


1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site