Over $5,500 Raised For Cat Attacked By Dog

January 30, 2015

[Updated] A Bermuda family has turned to crowd funding in order to procure surgery and the necessary follow up care for their injured cat, who was recently attacked by a dog, leaving it with a fractured pelvis.

As of the morning of January 30, the GoFundMe campaign has raised $1,665 of the needed $3,500 through 23 donations.

The crowd funding page says, “Whiskers has been an integral part of Sarah’s family in Bermuda since the day her son found him as a three week old kitten.

“Last weekend, horrifyingly, Whiskers was attacked by a dog, but incredibly managed to drag himself home, with a fractured pelvis. Sarah is a single mum, her son has medical issues, and they live paycheck to paycheck.”


“Whiskers desperately needs surgery to fix his pelvis. Whiskers’ medical bills, including surgery and follow up, are estimated to be approximately $3,500 [the bill is already close to $1,000]. Please help with Whiskers’ wish for surgery.

“This campaign is the first for the Bermuda Pet Medical Emergency Fund. Created by Bermudian individuals who have had first hand experience with the anxiety of having to cover large unexpected medical bills for their furbabies.

“Of 345 registered non-profits and charitable organizations in Bermuda, only 4 are animal related, which is less than 1.25%, and none will assist in medical emergencies for domestic pets.”

To visit the GoFundMe for Whiskers, click here.

Update 9.33am: The campaign for Whiskers has now received $4,290 through 49 donations, well exceeding the original $3,500 goal, according to the GoFundMe page.

Update 10.55am: The campaign has now reached a total of $5,050 raised, with donations coming from 61 people, according to the GoFundMe page.

Update 1.51pm: The GoFundMe page has now raised $5,700 and an updated post on it said, “Oh my goodness everyone!!!!! I am blown away..this brought tears of joys to my eyes! I have spoken with Ettrick Animal Hospital this morning and Whiskers is booked in for Monday!!!!!!!!!!! Any funds left over will be set aside as the starter fund for the group to be able to help other Furbabies in need! Thank you again everyone…I will be sure to keep you posted!”

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  1. Boom bye bye says:

    I guess the recession is officially over.

  2. Ladybug says:

    The goal has been reached and is still going! How exciting for Whiskers!! :)

  3. ash says:

    $1500 for a cat?? I need to start my own GOFUNDME account straight to my bank account

  4. Bermudian says:

    So these people can raise $1,665 for their cat but Government cant find funds.. what has this world come to lol.

    • hmmm says:

      What do you mean “these people”. This amount of money is a drop in the ocean in terms of the burden of debt.

      There is no correlation between the two.

    • purrrr says:

      In my next life I would love to come back as a cat. YOU PEOPLE can take care of me since your OBA can’t.

  5. Libby says:

    Thank you Bernews so very much!!! We have reached the target and Whiskers is booked for surgery on Monday…any additional funds will be set aside as a starter fund to help others in need.

  6. seriously!!!! says:

    are you serious!!! $1600 raised for a cat but yet you have people out here thats starving and no place to stay but people are raisng all this money for a damm cat!!! bermuda really does have some serious issues!!!!

    • donna says:

      Get a life

    • hmmm says:

      How much money has been and continues to be raised to feed those hungry and donated to charities that cater for this …….Millions over time.

      Bermuda has some serious issues and your moral compass is one of them. If you can come up with your nonsense, then what else are you capable of. SMDH

      • wtfive says:

        I can agree with you.. seriously its about cat please a animal that is over populating in Bermuda I cant call it all

    • Anna says:

      Where is your compassion towards a helpless animal?? In my opinion the owner of the dog should be taking responsibility for this but he/she is just as much as cold hearted A*** as you! This has nothing to do with money the government needs! That is apples and oranges. This is about helping out a family who have the simple wish of getting a poor animal its much needed surgery. Who are you to judge that?? This is what is wrong with Bermuda…not Government debt….PEOPLE LIKE YOU! Waiting for handouts all the time. Go live in a socialist country then and see what kind of handouts you get!

  7. P says:

    You can not be upset at this woman….if i want to donate my money to help her cat then so be it!! whose to say i dont donate anywhere else, and i can do what i please with MYYYY money….if your worried about starving families why dont you start a fund.

  8. Actually... says:

    this is what the private sector does with it’s money… lol

    • hmmm says:

      Why do you assume it’s private sector people????


      • Actually... says:

        you must be one of the few making $200,000 and voted to keep the furlough day

    • stunned... says:

      they probably work for it. nuff said.

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      the private sector and “IT’s” money..??? more like private sector and “THEIR” money… seems as though some of you think that EVERYONE’s money is also YOUR money…and if I spend money, it should be spent on YOU..? cha!!… i couldn’t help you if i tried because your going in the opposite direction….lol

  9. Triangle Drifter says:

    There is a big difference between Government money & personal money. An animal is totally dependent on humans for care. Humans are responsible for their own fortunes & misfortunes. There are many who would much rather donate to an organisation like the SPCA than an organisation that deals with self inflicted human misfortunes.

  10. Really says:

    So how about the cat isn’t allowed to roam and be attacked by a dog in the first place.

    • hmmm says:

      What are you a sicko Nazi?????

      How about stop birds flying, stop dogs barking, stop humans thinking.

      Sheesh, it’s amazing how many SICK people there are in Bermuda.

  11. Juice says:

    No disrespect to the family for creating the fund, they value their pets life and will do what they can to save him. But i do have to wonder if those same donors would have made a donation if the family where asking for themselves. They are living paycheck to paycheck, would people have donated so readily if mum needed surgery? Just wondering.

    • stunned... says:


    • enough says:

      I am sure they would because the type of people who care about animals also care about their fellow human beings, and It seems I have seen hundres of thousands raised for medical expenses in the past.

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      not enough citizens to support even minor surgery performed by a medical school graduate…those are the organizations that need thousands of people sitting in their yard…protesting the absurd costs of what they call HealthCare…ya’ll blaming and feuding with the WRONG people but until you wake up and SEE…your future is looking pretty grim…believe it or not.

  12. Ha!! says:

    Maybe the Government should set up a GoFundMe. :)

  13. Boston Baked Bean says:

    So now the total is up to almost $5,000 and will probably rise. Some people obviously have their priorities WAY screwed up. I’ve had lots of animals all my life — cats and dogs — and some have unfortunately had to be put to sleep. It happens. Get over it. Go to the SPCA and get a new pet. This is simply ridiculous.

    • enough says:

      I guess you would put a sick child to sleep also and go to the orphanage and get another one.

      • Thought Provoked says:

        A child and a pet are 2 totally different things he woman is living paycheck to paycheck and her child HAS medical problems himself…..does that not show where their priorities lie??

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Must admit, a line should be drawn somewhere. We love our pets but there is a limit of how much to spend for each of us.

      Sorry cat, but if it is going to be more than a certain amount & your health puts the family finances in jeopardy in any way, you are going to be replaced.

  14. Felix says:

    Some folks like myself prefer our little friends to humans and will help them first. Humans have more than enough support systems in place, look at what was squandered by our previous administration which could have helped those who are now out of work with no where to live. How much went to help needy animals? I will always help animals; it’s my money and my choice!

  15. Ann says:

    Government workers are our biggest charity, and in my opinion they are well funded, and very ungrateful! People like to do things for people that are worthy of it. Good luck Whiskers!

  16. stunned... says:

    …with all that transpired this week with social and economic issues that affect the Island, i am trying very hard not to be ‘catty’ about this article. to each’s own.

  17. Jr Smith says:

    What breed of dog did the damage? I am assuming it wasn’t a pit bull, if it was the breed would’ve been demonised by now. Happy for the cat. No matter what, no species deserves to suffer.

    • stunned... says:

      jeesh, that’s what does do: all breeds bite cats.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Don’t know. The cat is not saying anything & the dog has not turned itself in either.

      Maybe the cat will plot its own revenge.

  18. Unbelievable says:

    Pet medical bills are quite expensive. In fact they can be very expensive. I wish Whiskers and his family well.

    • Pet Lover says:

      Our cat also required emergency surgery and treatment recently and the bill was in the amount of $1,200. We didn’t have a “fund”, but we are working with the hospital and have managed a plan which will allow us to pay a small amount every month and maintain ourselves..sometimes things just have a way of working their way out with faith and prayer…

  19. High road says:

    You Go Whiskers!!!!

  20. Robin Dixon says:

    Lucky us. We have the best vet! Dr. Greenlaw saves animals daily – pro bono

  21. Wow.... says:

    But umm… its a cat….

    • Beav says:

      If u go to Switzerland, u can get euthenized too! I’d crowd fund to help pay for your ticket.

  22. mixitup says:

    I recall a week or so back a young lady struggling financially spilled her guts in the paper. The vitriolic, kick me while im down comments by 80% of some of you same posters speaks volumes and quite frankly was disgusting. Now look at you all. Go Wiskers! Right on Wiskers! National Holiday for Wiskers!! SMDH

  23. Billy Reed says:

    I donated to this worthy cause as did a lot of very nice people. Funny how all you nasty,negative people are brave enough to hide here but will not leave a negative comment on Facebook with your real identities. Cowards, all of you. We don’t care what you spend your cash on, so why is it your business what we spend ours on?! Nothing nice to say, then how about you just say nothing.

    • Bye bye says:

      Did you donate to the single mother that can’t afford to feed her children as well?

  24. O'Brien says:

    Very revealing commentary here. Nobody ever complains about Bermuda’s churches fleecing their hard-working parishioners every week so the island’s pastors can drive flash cars around, but people can get uppity about a helpless pet? Interesting.

    Oh and get well soon, cat.

  25. peter n says:

    Good for you sarah…hope your kittie gets better….and for all you nameless bernews cowards with nasty *** to say…i have some free advice for you…”go **** yourselves and get a life” nasty,negative,uneducated and stupid bermudians…

    • mixitup says:

      Peter N Say’s
      “for all you nameless bernews cowards with nasty *** to say…i have some free advice for you…”go **** yourselves and get a life” nasty,negative,uneducated and stupid bermudians…”

      So who’s nasty, negative, uneducated?

      I bet you didn’t defend the struggling mom in the paper last week like that did you? What a loser!

    • Billy Reed says:

      Excellent and I agree with you peter n

    • Billy says:

      Hey peter are you included with us in the nameless bernews coward list? You didn’t leave your full name either!

    • GRIZZ says:

      WOW! I wasn’t going to comment until I saw nasty, negative, uneducated and stupid Bermudians!! Peter I wish you would put your last name….maaaaan you walking on a shaky tightrope!

  26. SMH says:

    For a cat really??????? wowwww

  27. Father have mercy says:

    @Enough, please do not assume that because people help a cat they will equally help a human.

    I have seen first hand how people will walk up to a homeless man on the street and feed his dog, bring blankets and bedding for his dog and offer him nothing.
    That is just sick, IMO.
    How can the life of an animal be worth more than that of a human, it just goes to truly show the moral compass of many in today’s society.

    Let me also add that I am not against animals but she stated that she is a single parent and her son has medical issues, duh that is a no brainer, where are people’s priorities.

    When my son asked for a dog it was out of the question, why would I want to add another mouth to feed when I am already struggling with the ones I currently have. You know what years later he got himself a dog and after 4 years had to give him up because he could not afford to maintain him.

    After four years that dog was like a member of our family and the separation was really bad, why go through all that unnecessary heartache.

    Anywho, the point is she needs the help, any animal instinctly will fend for itself they are born to do so but we in our ignorance feel that they have to have us lame humans to depend on, nonsense.

    Dressing them up, buying them clothes in the name of fashion and saying they are cold and putting them in prams, absolute nutters.

    Lord have mercy

  28. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    let’s kill 2 birds with one stone here now…NO pun intended…this should work quite well…those that oppose giving for the cat can GIVE to the CHILD, now that we all know his situation, and the cat is already taken care of…BANG! case closed everyone happy.

  29. Charlly X says:

    This is Crazy !! Give the woman and her child a new pussy cat ! What quality of life will whiskers have with broken parts ! Total waste of time and money to fix her when there are hundreds of strays that would love to have a home !!
    How many live does a cat really have lol smh !!

  30. SheIsMe says:

    When a cat can raise more money then human beings with real struggles in our society… That’s a problem. Wow little whiskers must really be a contribution to our environment! Pun INTENDED

  31. Um Jus Sayin says:

    I am a cat lover, and have paid expenses for medical purposes for my various pets, but I am in a position to do so. However, I disagree with the fact that she is living paycheck to paycheck, with a sickly child, and has brought another mouth to feed into the equation, and now has incurred medical expenses for said pet. If I was in her position, I would forgo getting this cat fixed, and get a new one, for alot less, and focus on having money available for her sick son. I do understand how pets offer theraputic healing for sick persons, but spending this much seems a bit irrational if not in the position to do so. I wish her all the best, but check your priorities.

    • James Rego says:

      Who are you to advise this family on what to do with Whiskers. You strike me as a person who see precious pets as an object to dispose of when the mood moves. They are not objects, they are precious, very precious to this lady, her child and me. I have helped both the human animal and our little friends, and I will continue to do so in the future. This lady hasn’t had to use money needed for her child because there are 71 others here who were more than happy to help this family and I for one would do it again because I can. It’s my choice and money and based on some of the nameless bloggers here, if I knew who you were and found you were in a needy situation bought on by your selfish nature, you wouldn’t get a red cent from me.

  32. Bermuda123 says:

    There is a saying that the way people care for the helpless in society is the most telling thing about them.

    People generally are not helpless and can change/influence their own circumstances. An animal cannot.

    The vitriol on this page makes me ashamed of our society.

  33. Oh,I see now says:

    Reading the above comments I can see that still waters run deep in this little island of ours and we for the most part have just learned to coexist.i don’t believe the attitude has changed much I think it has just gone underground for the sake of political correctness.

  34. Bye bye says:

    People have more compassion for a cat than the human race. What about the girl with 3 children crying for help. Guess if she put her cat was starving she might have got support.

  35. JCS says:

    I’m amazed at the mindless, nasty comments from people regarding this cat. The bottom line is that this cat belonged to a child with medical issues whose mother was unable to afford the medical attention the animal needed. I can only assume that most of these heartless people have never had a pet. I grew up with cats and dogs as pets and loved everyone of them as if they were family. So I can understand the heartbreak this child must have been feeling knowing he/she might lose their precious pet. I donated to this cat and I also donate to anyone in our community that requires help. So don’t assume that the people that helped this cat would not also help their fellow Bermudians. This sort of vicious vitriol is totally unnecessary.

  36. Jenny says:

    I started a gofundme account to raise money for my mission trip to Haiti. If anyone wants to be kind to donate the link is http://www.gofundme.com/care4theorphans

  37. Zario says:

    While I am a pet lover, and have had to pay about $1000 to have a dog attended to, if I couldn’t afford a vet bill of that size, it would have to be euthanised. I had to have the same dog euthanised a several years later after he was attacked by another pack of dogs.