Hello there! Do you remember me? Or better: do you remember Attila's story? I posted on this board about a month ago, telling the story of a cat named Attila, who suffered from a rare and dangerous disease caused by a fungus, asking for help and information about a possible therapy to save him. Well, we have great news: we found the right therapy and Attila may be getting better! We had big help from a researched from the University of Sidney, who suggested the right therapy and we started it 3 weeks ago. This includes very very expensive drugs, Noxafil and Ambisome. Both are not available in Italy and are incredibily expensive, but we magaed to buy them abraod and many generous people donated what they could to make it possible... and so, here we are. Attila is right now in Milan, being examined by his team of veterinarians and in a cuople of days we should have all tests results, to confirm that the fungus is really getting weaker and that the therapy is working. We will continue this therapy until the fugus is totally gone and Attila will be safe and healthy again! The therapy has saved him from going completely blind, in fact only 2 months ago we believed that he would have lost his left eye, too, and that would have left him blind. Instead today we can say (but not too loud...!) that his eye is not in danger any more... The road is still long and hard, above all because the therapy is just too expensive for his family to bear it, but we made it this far... we're not going to give up now! Attila is not "just a cat", as many say scornfully when they hear what we are doing to save his life: Attila is a wonderful creature who is teaching us all what the power of love and the desider to live can do... Please, visit his website to know more about his story, to see his pics and if you wish, you can leave a message for him and his family on his guestbook. Also, there is a small poster that can be printed and given around to let more people know about this disease and that it can be cured, and we are accepting donations through paypal, in case someone is so kind and generous to help us... a small drop may be insignificant to you, but many drops make an ocean and can really help us save his life!
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***Edited By: lpn169 on 4/8/2008 12:57:51 PM*** Reason: Removed link due to requesting cash donations from forum members
I wasnt around then so I dont know the story. Does anyone else? Is this a horrible scam to get money or is it real? I thought you couldnt like ask for money on here but if its true then ok but whos to say its not a scam?
According to Attila's website, new medicine he needs costs about $300 USD a dose, and a dose lasts 3 weeks. This is in addition to the $1500 doses of noxafil he requires. This doesn't include the travel and exportation costs, and the apparently numerous CAT scans this animal is having.
I'm not opposed to helping animals but at the same time, I firmly believe my donations would be better served going to my local humane society, where I can verify personally that the money is being used to care fro the dogs/cats. I'd rather donate money to the local humane society than to random website that lists the incredibly sappy blog of a cat that may or may not exist, and lives 3000 miles away.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
I agree. Iwent to the web site and it was a long sappy story over and over which true indeed is ssad but may not be true. I too would rather donate to a local shelter. There are 3 in my area but I only choose to donate to one which is a true non-kill shelter.
When she originally posted about Atilla a while back, she was just looking for information. Whatever his illness is, it was once treated successfully at some United States University and she lives in Italy so they were hoping for somebody who could direct them to the doctors for some advice on treatment. Hopefully, this current post was just a misunderstanding on her part that she isn't allowed to solicit for money here.
Hello, I'm sorry, if my post isn't allowed to be on this board I ask the moderators to delete it. I don't want to be mistaken for ... I don0t even know the word in English... someone who goes around asking for money with a heartbreaking story and then runs away with the money! Attila is real, I can give you phone numbers of the doctors who are curing him, of the researcher at the University of Sidney - her name is Vanessa Barrs, just google it and email her asking if she's really giving advise to an animal hospital in Milan for a cat named Attila who has invasive aspergillosis, you'll ahve the proof this story is absolutely real! Anyway, I was just looking for help and I thought it may be good to let his story be known by cat lovers everywhere, because I have leant that in most countries this disease is not as rare as it is in Italy and that usually cats are not cured, because the therapy is too expensive, because doctors don't know much about it... I wanted to let people know that there is a cure, and that it's not easy or cheap but that cats (or dogs or people... this disease can affect any living creature with a very low immunitary system) can be cured and recover. Anyway, I know you just can't trust anyone's story, of course you can't come to Turin and see Attila with your own eyes and check that he is real... I cannot persuade you and I don't want to do it, I just came here and told Attila's story. If I broke a rule of this board, talking about donations, please accept my apologies and feel free to delete that part or the whole message if you prefer, I didn't mean to do something wrong. And of course, I do understand that most people prefer to help local shelters because they can see where their money goes and what it's for. I don't blame anyone for that. But please, don't think that I'm here to steal or something like that, because I'm definitely not, believe me. Marta