On 9 Mar, 12:30, "Lesley via CatKB.com" <[email protected]
> sheelagh wrote:
> >Ours is called the PDSA, or the RSPCA & also the Blue cross hospitals
> >None of them would turn away a sick animal, but you do have to sign an
> >agreement to promise to pay for the assistance they provide for you..
> Obviously we are not talking about the same PDSA. We have a local one and it
> only deals with animals belonging to people on benefits and even then proving
> you are on benefits can be a problem. When our Fugazi became ill suddenly we
> were both temporarily on benefits and tried to get an appointment only to be
> told that we had to get a letter from the benefit office or a copy of our
> giro cheque (Difficult we were being paid direct to our bank accounts) to
> prove we were on benefits before they would even see her. Dave managed to get
> them to agree that they would see her tomorrow afternoon so he could go in
> the morning and try to get the letter but if he turned up with cat and no
> letter, the receptionist said they would not see her.
Hi Lesley, great to hear from you again, & I do hope that all is going
well with you both now that Dave is home again?
Unfortunately, we are talking about the same PDSA
(Peoples dispensary for sick animals for those of you who may not be
familiar with them)
We were also on benefits @ the time and didn't live near any of the
places that I have mentioned to you all.
I was so worried @ the time because Paul was out of work with a broken
back & we were receiving income support & had 5 very young mouths and
feet to feed and shod too, & I had No Possible way of paying for
expensive treatment, even though I knew that the cat was desperate to
I was ringing my wings like a headless chicken, thinking about how
desperately I had let her down, & drowning in guilt was getting me no
where fast! In the end, I did the rounds of all of the charities that
I thought might be able to lend a hand in that situation.
In the end, this is what happend
I rang PDSA and told them about our circumstances, & they advised me
to take her to my regular vet, & tell her that we had a financial
problem. But, I was also told to ask her to call the PDSA to confirm
that as long as we were entitled to benefits, that they would pay
either a third of the bill, or up to £160-whichever was the greater
I also rang the RSPCA, who told me the rather the same thing, but they
could only help me to a limit of £60
I also tried the Cat Protection league, who offered me no financial
help at all.
And the blue Cross did offer to see her, but I had to get her to one
of their nearest hospitals, which happened @ that time to be over 70
miles away (in London). It was an impossibility @ that time, because I
couldn't drive, & Paul couldn't walk, much less drive us there-
I have since learnt to drive because I don't ever want to feel so
helpless as I did that day.....
> To be fair, as she got worse, we decided this was one of the emergencies for
> which we keep credit cards and rushed her to a private vet where she was sent
> over the Bridge (it was cancer) so Dave called the PDSA the next morning to
> cancel the appointment and the receptionist he got then was pretty horrified
> and said he should have just brought her in and refused to leave until she
> was seen.
Hardly inspiring & dreadful to hear about, I have to admit!!!
This was exactly what we had to do in the end.
A few years back, I think you will remember that if you were on income
support, everyone used to have a book of regular tokens to cash @ the
Post Office on a weekly basis if you were in receipt of benefit for
long term reasons (over 6 months!)
At the time, I was able to take my income support book in and show the
private regular vet that I was indeed entitled to benefit (welfare), &
on the strength of that, she agreed to treat our cat, as long as I got
it done immediately.
She filled her section out on the form, then all I had to do was fill
our bit in, then send it straight back to them.
I believe the vet received payment in 5 working days for the PDSA to
pay up, & only 2 days for the RSPCA to pay too.
I had to meet the rest of the bill myself, & sign an agreement to
promise to pay the rest of the bill on a weekly basis, or pay the rest
back in a lump sum if we happened to have a windfall.
The bill was over £500 @ that time, so it was enormous amount of cash
to find, but we got there in the end, & I thanked both charities, as
well as the vet who was kind enough to do the surgery on the strength
of our promise of payment too.
It was Shelby that needed to be seen @ the time, & she had a mass
removed under her right hind leg.(a dark tortie moggie)
We got a further year to share with her, & I don't regret a moment of
the hardship or worry that we went through.
I knew when it was time to take her back, & we said our goodbyes to
her after being told that it was back again, & that even aggressive
treatment, she was in pain & it was time to allow her to go to sleep
The only other way to qualify on the spot, is to take your housing
or council tax exemption letter of entitlement
Like you, I learned this one the hard way, & now I almost frame the
damned thing on a yearly basis in case anyone asks to see it for
> Another friend who was out of work, had to hold onto his cheque from Thursday
> until Monday thus being unable to buy food for himself as his local branch of
> the PDSA refused to treat his dog until he brought the actual cheque and not
> a photocopy
I think & feel that was terribly wrong of them to say this.... & I
can't understand why they didn't give either of you the same advice,
which was "Don't take no for an answer- Sit down & wait until someone
does take you seriously".....!!!!!
Under the circumstance, Personally I would have & still would complain
if this happened fairly recently?
I have to say that I am astounded to hear that it went so pear shaped
for you, & sympathise with you.
It is becoming harder & harder to get financial aid in the Country
(UK), with regard to pet health. I believe that the reason for this is
because there are too many people milking the system, who are not
entitled to the precious little funds that they do have to go round.
If this incident taught me anything, it was that Pet insurance Is
essential if you happen to be owned by a cat or any other animal.
I know that a lot of people might say that they can ill afford it if
they are on benefits, & I do understand that argument.
However, I also feel that if you are a truely responsible cat- slave,
then you will go without something to afford that that extra £8 per
I understand better than most how difficult it is to find that extra
money, but learnt from my mistake & that horrendous bill.
Most vets assume that you must have private insurance, which is
But having gone through the same thing as you describe, I guess that
it is up to us to ensure that we cover these problems in advance, or
we have to face the consequences, however dreadful they are;o(
> As regards the original poster- Fugazi's sister Isis had some sort of seizure
> when she was 15, she started staggering, twitching and did not seem to know
> where she was. Our vet said she's occasionally seen "One off" seizures in
> older cats and her advice after ruling out any obvious cause was to wait and
> see. If she'd had another one then the vet would have considered anti-
> convulsant medication but she felt the side effects of that might outweigh
> the benefits if it really was a one-off.
> Isis lived another almost 2 years and never had anything like that again
> Slave of the Fabulous Furballs
I am very much hoping for a similar outcome too for the OP.
It is wonderful to see you around again as I have missed your posts
Best wishes to both you , Dave & the Furrballs too of course