What’s a life worth?

Leah is ready for foster care!! I got an email last night. I hope I get to see her again. Maybe if she goes to an adoption event.

A few people — myself included — have wondered about the huge cost to save Leah. It’s a LOT of money and it could do plenty of good work for other cats. I’ve been thinking about it a lot. For ten days she gave everything she had to those four kittens, even while she must have been at best uncomfortable and at worst in great pain. They were healthy and clean, much more than I can say for Leah. Her chances were so slim but she fought and a whole lot of people fought — and cheered — for her.

So was it worth it? I guess that if you believe that life is precious, then all life is precious, and Leah deserved the best chance that we could give her. Where do you draw the line? This cat has a 62% chance of surviving, so we’ll try. That cat has only a 60% chance, so we won’t? Leah’s odds where terrible. The emergency vet was advocating (in the kindest possible manner) euthanasia. TCR said “give her the night, at least”. And she’s shown everyone. She’s now out of danger and heading to her foster home. Fingers crossed she gets the loving forever home she deserves.

Whatever her future holds, she deserves the best chance at that future that we can give her. A chance to give — and receive — love and joy.


About Adventures in Cat Fostering

I am a cat fosterer for Toronto Cat Rescue. I also have two cats of my own, Jonesy, the black and white, and Murphy, the brown tabby, in the photo. Both were adopted from Toronto Cat Rescue.
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2 Responses to What’s a life worth?

  1. Shannon says:

    Former TCR foster here. I’m living in SK at the moment and had to give up fostering for obvious reasons. Found your blog through TCR’s FB page.

    Here’s my take. The lives of sentient beings are priceless. We are all unique beings who’s existence is without a measurable value. I’m going through a couple of health crises with 2 of my own cats. And despite what I just said, I know that even in an ideal world, without a limit to my own resources, I still wouldn’t spend whatever was necessary to keep them alive. Because healthcare decisions aren’t about what’s doing the right thing for me. They’re about doing the right thing for that cat and every one of them is different.

    Rescues are in a difficult spot. For all the money spent on Leah TCR could have rescued and did vet care for several others. But it’s not that simple. Leah’s plight was well publicized and I understand fundraising activities to provide for her care were successful and brought in enough money for her vet bills. So her health didn’t ‘cost’ another cat a second chance. And now a young cat with no pre-existing condition and no long-term effects from this illness can have a chance at a long and happy life with someone who loves her. And no number can be put on that.


    • Heather says:

      “But it’s not that simple.” Exactly. I completely and totally believe in quality of life issues. I’ve faced that a number of times with my own cats and I would never, never make a cat suffer because I couldn’t bear to say goodbye. Leah is young and her issue was critical, rather than chronic, so it was a matter of giving her a chance. One that she took and ran with. 😉


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