What would you do to save your pet’s life? One family was willing to shell out thousands from their savings to save their cat.
Andre Gonciar and his wife had set aside several thousand dollars in the hopes that eventually they could use it to put a down payment on a house, CBS News reports. But that was before their cat, Oki, got sick.
When the 12-year-old cat was diagnosed with kidney failure, the couple didn’t hesitate to pull $16,000 from their savings to cover the cost of a transplant. Yes, 16 grand for an operation that doctors estimate could give the cat another three years to live, at best. Is it worth it? To pet owners like the Gonciars, that’s not even a question worth answering.
“Well I would tell [people who ask about the cost] to look at their child or their mother and ask themselves the same question,” Andre told CBS News.
Oki’s kidney transplant was performed at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital and that five-figure price tag didn’t include transportation from Buffalo, New York, the cost of hotels or meals, medical tests or follow-up care after the surgery. Andre hopes that the total cost won’t exceed $30,000. But again, how do you put a price on the 12 years the two have had together — ever since Andre found the kitten struggling to survive in a creek in Romania?
The kidney donor for the surgery was a shelter cat named Cherry Garcia, and the Gonciars have agreed to adopt him, too. Hopefully Cherry will have a long, healthy — and less expensive — life ahead of him.