Susan L. had her world turned upside down when she lost her mother to COVID-19. Then her beloved cat, Boots, started not feeling well and the playful and energetic nine-month-old kitten was listless, not eating, and barely drinking.

Susan was terrified at the sudden onset of the symptoms in her sick cat, Boots. She was already struggling financially with her mother’s funeral and other expenses. She didn’t know how she could get Boots the veterinary care he needed, “I had no money at this point. I didn’t know what I was going to do,” Susan said. “I love my cats so much, they’re my companions and my family. I couldn’t stand seeing Boots in pain.”

Alley Cat Allies was there to help. We’ve given an emergency grant to the Humane Society of Louisiana (HSLA) to protect cats and kittens throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is Keeping Families TogetherTM by providing critical resources for animals to the many people across the nation who need a helping hand.

So when Susan called HSLA, desperate for help for Boots, she received a swift response.

Thanks to the emergency grant from Alley Cat Allies, an HSLA volunteer immediately transported Boots to an emergency veterinary clinic. There, Boots received lifesaving emergency veterinary care —all funded by Alley Cat Allies.

That care came at just the right moment, and it saved Boots’ life.

Now, Susan says, Boots has recovered and is back to his usual, mischievous self. She is incredibly relieved that her cat is safe. And when she has the means, Susan plans to give back.

“I’m going to donate what I can when I can, because another person might need that to save their cat’s life someday,” Susan explains. “I can’t tell you how grateful I am that I had that help for Boots when he needed it most. I want to pay it forward.”

Learn more about Alley Cat Allies’ COVID-19 emergency response and find the latest information to protect cats and kittens at alleycat.org/Coronavirus.