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Busted Billy Gets A Second Chance

Busted Billy Gets A Second Chance

Why we need your help

Gables Dogs & Cats Home are appealing for help to fund the specialist care needed for an old, battered and broken cat. Busted Billy arrived at Gables after spending many lonely years fending for himself in the wild. He was initially thought to be around 9 years old, but due to the horrendous state of his teeth and poor body condition the charity believes he is closer to 14 years old.
Years of surviving alone on the moors left Busted Billy emaciated and covered in fleas, with a matted and greasy coat. Despite receiving food from well-meaning residents in the area, his health has sadly been neglected. After a veterinary examination he was found to have bad teeth (including fractured canines), conjunctivitis and tatty, filthy ears. He is also suffering from muscle wastage (atrophy) all over his body and head, leaving him weak and lethargic. If that wasn’t enough for this poor old boy, he has been diagnosed with diabetes, meaning he will need daily insulin injections for the rest of his life. It is estimated it will cost Gables £1000 for his ongoing care and treatment.
While many may have given up on a cat this age with so many health issues, as a genuine non-euthanasia charity Gables believes that he deserves a chance at a happy life. Despite the difficult past that Busted Billy has had and the lifetime of medical care that he requires, he has an incredible zest for life and is very affectionate towards everyone he meets. He even enjoyed a good pamper session of a warm bath and a pedicure for his ingrown claws. 
Ruth Rickard, Deputy Manager says: “Busted Billy is a very sweet, affectionate cat and it’s amazing to see how much he trusts humans considering his past.  Many people believe they are doing enough for stray and abandoned animals by offering the odd piece of food, but in cases such as Busted Billy’s, sometimes so much more is needed. We couldn’t turn this poor old boy away despite the difficulties we are facing ourselves.”
Even though the charity is struggling financially due to the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, they are determined to help Busted Billy begin to regain his strength and start the search for his forever home. 

It is with great sadness that we have to report that our beloved Busted Billy has passed away. Despite our best efforts and one to one 24 hour care, he suddenly went downhill and lost his fight for life. Our vets did everything they could to try and save him and made sure he was comfortable throughout. We are all devastated as he was doing so well. In the short time we had the privilege of caring for him he made a real impact on our staff as he was a lovely sweet and affectionate cat.

We would like to thank everyone who donated towards his care. Your support enabled us to give him the very best care, diet and specialist veterinary care he needed. If you would still like to donate in his memory your donation and those of the amazing caring people who have donated so far, will now help to support the other elderly and vulnerable animals we care for every day.

Thank you so much for caring and we hope you will join us in remembering this very special cat.

We are appealing for help to fund the specialist care needed for an old, battered and broken cat. Busted Billy arrived with us after spending many lonely years fending for himself in the wild. He was initially thought to be around 9 years old, but due to the horrendous state of his teeth and poor body condition we believe he is closer to 14 years old.

Busted Billy with Ruth
Years of surviving alone on the moors has left Busted Billy emaciated and covered in fleas, with a matted and greasy coat. Despite receiving food from well-meaning residents in the area, his health has sadly been neglected. After a veterinary examination he was found to have bad teeth (including fractured canines), conjunctivitis and tatty, filthy ears. He is also suffering from muscle wastage (atrophy) all over his body and head, leaving him weak and lethargic. If that wasn’t enough for this poor old boy, he has been diagnosed with diabetes, meaning he will need daily insulin injections for the rest of his life. It is estimated it will cost us £2000 for his ongoing care and treatment.

Busted Billy cuddling into Laura
While many may have given up on a cat this age with so many health issues, as a genuine non-euthanasia charity we believe that he deserves a chance at a happy life. Despite the difficult past that Busted Billy has had and the lifetime of medical care that he requires, he has an incredible zest for life and is very affectionate towards everyone he meets. He even enjoyed a good pamper session of a warm bath and a pedicure for his ingrown claws. 

Busted Billy having his nails clipped Busted Billy during bathtime
Ruth Rickard, our Deputy Manager says: “Busted Billy is a very sweet, affectionate cat and it’s amazing to see how much he trusts humans considering his past.  Many people believe they are doing enough for stray and abandoned animals by offering the odd piece of food, but in cases such as Busted Billy’s, sometimes so much more is needed. We couldn’t turn this poor old boy away despite the difficulties we are facing ourselves.”


Even though we are struggling financially due to the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, we are determined to help Busted Billy begin to regain his strength and start the search for his forever home. 

13,496.66

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13496.66
2000.00
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Jul 20, 2020

Ian & mags

So sad you lost your battle Billy, our donation will help to ease the struggles of many more like you .

10.00
(plus 2.50 giftaid)

Jul 19, 2020

kittykat

had to help this little cutie get a second chance at life and to hopefully find his forever home

10.00
(plus 2.50 giftaid)

Jul 18, 2020

Anonymous

10.00
(plus 2.50 giftaid)

Jul 17, 2020

Brenda

Make him better.

10.00
(plus 2.50 giftaid)

Jul 17, 2020

Anonymous

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Jul 17, 2020

Anonymous

5.00
(plus 1.25 giftaid)

Jul 16, 2020

Anonymous

100.00
(plus 25.00 giftaid)

Jul 16, 2020

Anonymous

I love all animals,especially cats, I have two rescue cats myself

20.00

Jul 16, 2020

Anonymous

20.00

Jul 16, 2020

Chris Fellman

Please help him!

20.00

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Total raised so far

13,496.66

Total plus Gift Aid 14,680.97

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Raised offline 7,309.00

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