Leo's Eye Surgery - Precious Pays it Forward

Help Leo get adopted by subsidizing his surgery.

Precious would like to help Leo, a cat who's in a trial adoption at a potential forever home.

The much-loved Leo has been battling eye issues since C.A.R.E. received him. He has inturned eyelids, or entropion, which means his eyelids rub against his eyeballs, causing irritation.

Now the condition has become so bad that Leo will need surgery. We are looking to raise $2000 to help offset Leo's medical costs and help him be comfortable. 


In 1992, a man named Andrew walked into C.A.R.E., met a cat he named Zucchini and were best friends for over 19 years. After Zucchini passed, Andrew started the Zucchini's Gift fund in order to subsidize adoption fees for C.A.R.E. cats who were harder to place because of age or health.

Fast-forward to 2012, when Catherine Feuerstein met C.A.R.E. cat Mimi. Mimi was an older cat, and fractious in the shelter environment. Catherine decided to take a leap of faith and adopt her. Even though they were only together four years, it is time Catherine wouldn’t trade for anything. Mimi served as proof adopters should consider taking in older kitties, as they are wonderful beings, deserving of love.

After Mimi crossed the Rainbow Bridge, Catherine trial-adopted Precious, a six- year-old girl who had lived as a single cat for most of her life. Unfortunately, Precious and resident cat Abby were not meant to be roommates, so Precious came back to C.A.R.E. Remembering back to the Zucchini's Gift fund, Catherine decided to pay it forward and subsidize Precious’ adoption fee, calling it the Mimi Fund. What a great way to honor Mimi, Zucchini and Precious.

Precious has now been adopted into a single-cat household, is loved and doing well. And—Precious’ adopter continued Zucchini’s legacy and has ‘paid it forward’ by contributing toward the adoption fee of two more C.A.R.E. kitties, Ramona and Mendel. Ramona and Mendel have been adopted, so now it's Leo's turn! 

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About the Organization

Community Animal Rescue Effort - C.A.R.E.

Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.™) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization with a mission to serve the communities of Chicago's North Shore by fostering and supporting healthy, positive relationships between people and companion animals. C.A.R.E. rehomes companion pets into safe, healthy, lifelong homes; serves as an educational and counseling resource; and works to reduce pet overpopulation.