When their cat was hit by a car, a couple was upset, so they spent their wedding money to pay for the vet bill.
Michelle Blakeley and Mike Walker, both from Rhyl in Denbighshire, Wales, have already depleted their resources to pay for Matisse’s emergency care and expect to incur additional expenses.
The couple, who are both 31 and recently engaged, claim they “don’t mind” if their wedding plans are put on hold because their beloved pet is “part of the family.”
Matisse, who is seven months old, is facing a leg amputation and surgery to fuse his pelvis to his spine, and his family says they will go to any length to assure his recovery.
Michelle told MailOnline about the moment her daughter Rebecca discovered Matisse last Sunday: “He’d dragged himself off the road and she found himself on the front door.”
“It was raining, so he was drenched, and he was in such a bad mood.’ On Sunday, we took him to the emergency vet. He was given an intravenous drip as well as a large dose of painkillers. I couldn’t sleep for the entire night and be in tears.”
Michelle and Mike, who had planned to marry in the next year or two, didn’t hesitate to use their money to cover the treatment costs.
“We didn’t think about it,” Michelle explained. “We just pulled the cash out because, at the end of the day, I’m saving his life and he’s a family member.”
“We’ve both had our accounts wiped clean, so we’re having to borrow money right now.” We’re taking out a loan since they won’t accept monthly payments.
“We don’t have anything left now; we’ve exhausted everything we have and are attempting to enlist the assistance of family members.’ I realize it’s a substantial sum of money.”
“As long as Matisse is happy and he’s alive and fighting fit, I don’t mind at the end of the day,” Michelle said when asked if she had any reservations about postponing their wedding.
“It’s not about us; it’s about him and his happiness.” We have no choice but to quit the wedding, there is nothing we can do.”
Michelle and Mike are presently raising funds to help Matisse pay for his treatment.