Rena’s Fund for Feline-Friends


Please read on….this fundraiser has been updated in Rena’s memory for her other feline friends in need.

Update: August 20, 2021. It is with extreme sadness that we have to inform that despite no stone left unturned in Rena’s treatment, and the very best of vet care, Rena lost her battle and a decision was reached by the vets and Rena’s foster to humanely euthanize her.

Her initial surgery, scheduled at the Animal Medical Center on July 27, had been postponed as an examination showed that the reversed blood flow in her extra artery (which had been corrected due to the kind efforts of Best Pet Rx’s compounded medicine) was back to its reverse direction. It was suggested by the AMC vet that the medicine dosage be increased and that she be re-examined. On subsequent visits to assess her, her condition hadn’t improved, and worse – fluids had been building up in her body. On a visit on August 17 to drain the fluids and to conduct another echocardiogram, it seemed that this brave cat was fighting a losing battle.

Finally on August 19, 2021, the hard but ethical decision was made that Rena should be euthanized. Due to her very unique, history-making medical case, Dr. Fox at the AMC decided to hold on to her body for research.

We take solace in the fact that this cat at least experienced love and compassion during her short life of a year. Had she been out in the streets, where she’d been initially found suffering terribly as a 3 month-old, she’d have died an agonizing painful death early on vs. the comforts she received in a home where she was loved, cherished and no effort was spared to give her a chance at life.

Expenses for Rena’s treatment since September 2020 were tremendous, several thousands of dollars – and while For Animals spent quite a bit – the vast majority of her treatment expenses was funded by a vested private donor and exceptionally good Smartian (and all-out kind soul/animal lover) who was particularly interested in Rena’s case. We know we will never be able to recover the full amount, but we see it as a step to giving this sweet cat a shot at life, since vet diagnoses had suggested that after all her treatments she would live a normal life.

So, because we still have several cats in need who need varied medical help, including surgeries, we are converting this fundraiser to one in Rena’s memory for her Feline Friends. The funds will be – as they always are – placed for the care of innocent rescue animals.

Thank you so much for your kindness! Any amount helps!

Rena was rescued by For Animals last year when she was 3 months old.  On her vet visit, she was sent to be diagnosed further and her rare case intrigued doctors.

She’s sweet and playful, but she tires easily and has difficulty meowing because of her condition. Without surgery, her prognosis is very poor. But with surgery this beautiful innocent kitty can live a longer, more comfortable life. Won’t you help save her life?

In late July, Rena was scheduled for a life saving surgery at the Animal Medical Center NYC, to treat a rare congenital heart defect – an extra blood vessel between her aorta and pulmonary artery, through which blood flows in the wrong direction. 


She is one of only a handful of cats to have surgery for this condition, so she will be making history! Please send your best wishes for her recovery, and please make a donation to help us defray the ongoing and past costs of Rena’s treatment.  (Please see documents from the Animal Medical Center)


It is A LOT and especially for a small non-profit no-kill rescue as ours. Any amount helps! Rena is counting on you!

“Will you help me live?” – Rena

[UPDATE: July 28 – The AMC after checking on Rena decided to postpone her surgery to a later date and recommended increasing her current med dosage, after which they will check further and then reschedule her surgery. Thank you so much all for your support!

UPDATE: August 10: Rena is scheduled to go to the AMC again on August 17 to drain fluids from her stomach and get another echocardiogram to evaluate her situation.

UPDATE: August 20: Please read the opening paragraph of this page. Rena’s fundraiser is now for her friends.]

Any amount helps! Please feel free to enter a custom amount. Thank you for your support! 

The donation buttons are set through PayPal. After you click “donate now” it will take you to PayPal’s secure site and you’ll have the choice of selecting a credit card option or your PayPal account. There is no transaction fee. Thank you.


Rena’s Fund for Feline-Friends

$1,365 of $5,000 raised
Personal Info

Donation Total: $40.00

Tadd Wamester

January 17, 2022

In honor of Betty White.
Thanks for everything you do Theresa, Rocky and Dolly are relaxing in Kew Gardens!

Hanna Edwards

December 22, 2021

In memory of our sweet/salty/spicy Peanut Tuxi.

Chris Petranis

October 4, 2021

I’m so grateful that Rena had a chance because of the work you guys do. Thank you from the rest of us humans.


August 18, 2021

Ida Adam

August 17, 2021

Valentina D.

August 17, 2021

Feel better Rena !


August 17, 2021


Amanda Singh

August 17, 2021


August 6, 2021

Diane Schank

August 5, 2021

Thank you so much for all you do, not only for cats and other animals, but for humans as well! You help us become more compassionate and caring people.

Susanne Vanderhoef

July 29, 2021

Best Pet Rx

July 27, 2021

All of us at Best Pet Rx are keeping Rena in our thoughts. Thank you to For All Animals, Inc. and everyone involved in her care. We admire and appreciate your compassion and dedications to animals in need.

Kathryn Rose

July 27, 2021

Lisa Madden

July 27, 2021

Thank you for going the extra mile for Rena, she deserves a healthy life.

Jean Bubley

July 27, 2021

Vanille Gavenko

July 27, 2021

Sending you lots of healing energy and love, sweetie!

Sarah Rybicki

July 27, 2021

In memory of Tabitha and Thomas. The heart never stops missing cats beloved.

John Deal

July 27, 2021

In memory of Sophie Stardust.

Option 2

If you’d prefer instead to donate directly to our Giving Fund and already have a PayPal account, please click below:


[Note: For Animals is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.]

If you’ve donated to Rena’s treatment though our PayPal Giving Fund account, please send us an e-mail at  We’d LOVE to send you a personalized thank-you. We truly appreciate your kindness towards these innocents.

Thank you for your kindness! Sadly I crossed over the rainbow bridge and am now asking to help my other feline-friends-in-need in my memory.


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