Woman Spends $19000 on Kidney Transplant for 17-Year-Old Cat, Adopts Donor Feline


Stanley the cat was on the last of his nine lives — at 17 years old, he was in end-stage kidney failure and the veterinarian said the only way to save the black-and-white feline was a kidney transplant, if he even qualified for the surgery. Another condition: Stanley’s owner would be required to adopt the donor cat as well. Though Betsy Boyd earns just $46,000 annually as a part-time writing professor, she didn’t hesitate to pay about $19,000 in transplant-related costs, even as friends tried talking her out of spending money they said could have gone toward college savings for her 3-year-old twins, Texas and Miner. “Stanley loves me as much as any human being has ever loved me and I love him the same way,” she tells PEOPLE. “I want him around.” Stanley underwent the procedure in November and is now back home in Baltimore, along with Jay, a formerly homeless 2-year-old cat who served as the kidney donor. “Stan is thriving and I’m relieved that this pet, who means at least as much to me as my siblings, still has a pulse,” Boyd says. Woman Spends $19000 on Kidney Transplant for 17-Year-Old Cat, Adopts Donor Feline

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