Concerned about being able to afford neither of the options we had left, Joe and I stewed over ideas that night and decided to put together a fundraiser to save Cow’s leg. I found a website called GoFundMe.com, set up an account, and started sharing it with my friends and family hoping that as a community, we might be able to save my poor little Moo. Money started coming in as a trickle, but I was concerned that it wouldn’t be enough, soon enough… I shared her page on every social thing I was a part of online. I even emailed a young lady who posts the most ridiculous pictures of her pit bull on Instagram and asked her if she could share Cow’s page with her audience. She emailed me back and said it would be a pleasure to do so and single-handedly opened the floodgates to Cow’s donation page. I immediately gained hundreds of fans, hundreds of encouraging words, donations in the names of people’s pets, reblog after reblog, share after share, and more. People I didn’t even know were fighting for Cow, asking people to share her donation page or to donate. I was, and still am, in awe of the power of social media.
While we are still in the process of raising money to save Cow’s leg, I can’t help but feel guilty. I know that if we had kept her insurance we would never had been in this situation. I would have waved my hand at the emergency vet and told her to do whatever she needed to do instead of scrutinizing the bill line by line and asking them to remove unnecessary services we couldn’t afford. Today, I could be sitting next to Cow post-surgery and tending to her healing instead of writing to all of you telling you how important pet insurance is. If I could turn back time (and I hummed the Cher song as I wrote that) I would never have cancelled her insurance. I would have raised her deductible as much as possible or tried a different way to afford it… Having pet insurance would literally save her life, because without the wonderful online community that’s banded together to save Cow’s leg, we would be saying goodbye to our sweet little Moo.