Donate to Simba's Surgery Fund
Simba is a sweet, lovable, pudgy, playful, affectionate feline fella who is about 9 years old. Sadly, Simba has a cancerous tumor on his left cheek, near his eye and nostril. Without surgery and treatment, it will continue to grow and ultimately block his breathing and alter his sight. It is not a kind of tumor that easily metastasizes, so that is good news. Simba is seeing a specialist for his tumor and his surgery is scheduled for August 14th. The surgeon will do his very best to remove the entire tumor. In addition to the surgery, Simba will also have treatments after the surgery. We would like to raise $2000 to help with the cost of the surgery. Simba is such a funny, engaging, wonderful cat and he deserves the opportunity to be adopted into a loving and safe home. If you would like to help Simba, we would greatly appreciate donations of any size.
If you'd prefer to send a check, you can mail donations to:
Kingdom Animal Shelter
P.O. Box 462
St Johnsbury, VT 05819
We will update this page with information on how Simba is doing after the surgery, so please come back later and read about his progress.
Simba had the surgery to remove his nerve sheath tumor on Monday, August 14th. He is doing very well after the surgery. He is eating and head-butting in his usual friendly fashion. He will be coming home from the vet on August 16th after being under observation for a couple of days. It is hard to visibly know about the margins of the growth, and whether or not they were able to remove the growth entirely, so a biopsy is being done to help with that determination. We won't know the results of the biopsy for a while...but we are hoping that that marginal tissue will be free of the nerve sheath tumor. We appreciate all your support and assistance for Simba's surgery.
**UPDATE August 22, 2017**
Simba is doing very well in his foster home. He loves to be petted, purrs and rolls over for a belly rub. He even caught a mouse, which he was very proud of! The doctors had to take about a one inch wide section of skin from his shoulder and turn it around onto his face to ensure he would have good blood flow and that the skin wouldn't die. This makes him look a bit like Franken-kitty with all the stitches, but you wouldn't know it from his great disposition. Eventually the fur will grow in, and because the skin came from his back, the fur in that area of his face will be a bit longer than his usual facial fur. But, that won't stop Simba from being a very happy cat who loves to cuddle, and who will soon be looking for the forever home he deserves. If you're interested in seeing how Simba's face looks currently, you can click on the link below. It is a bit graphic, so viewer discretion is advised.
Link to viewer discretion advised picture: Simba Surgery Update
**UPDATE September 26, 2017**
Simba is doing very well recovering from his surgery. Unfortunately, the biopsy showed that the doctors were not able to get all of the cancer and the options that were presented would likely not give him a good quality of life. So, while he is doing very well and is enjoying life, his cancer will return. We greatly appreciate everyone's support of his surgery, and truly wish the result was more optimistic. He is in a great foster home and will be well cared for until the time comes to let him go. Thanks again for your support!