Donations to Frank the Kitten more than double the amount requested; his life saved and many other cats helped

On July 1, I asked readers to contribute a few pounds toward saving the life of Frank the Kitten, who had a fatal liver issue that could almost certainly be cured with an operation. In fact, his owners, who could not afford the operation, sadly gave their beloved kitten to Feline Friends London (FFL; our Official Website Charity™) so that they could try to save him—not expecting to get him back again.

I am immensely happy to report, via the head of FFL (a completely volunteer operation, with all donations going to cat rescue), that the appeal raised more than twice the requested amount of £1000, so not only will Frank’s life almost certainly be saved with the operation, but we also have over £1300 pounds left over going to help other rescued kittens and cats.

Thanks so much to every reader who coughed up the dosh. I thank you, Barbara thanks you, Frank’s owners (who will get him back) thank you, other stray cats thank you, and as for Frank the kitten, well, that goes without saying.

Thanks for saving me!

Barbara, FFL’s head, sent me the email below, and, when I asked, gave me permission to post it.

Barbara’s email:

Hello Jerry

I’ve just counted up the donations to our appeal for Frank, the 15 week old cat who was diagnosed with a liver shunt as a kitten. We have received 135 donations at the time of writing, totalling £2312, so more than twice our target.

Thank you so  much for achieving this for Frank and, since we have received far more than the anticipated cost of Frank’s op, for our other cats in need too. I would like to thank those of your subscribers who have donated, for their generosity towards this young cat. I am truly moved. I have also been moved by the genuine and heartfelt gratitude of Frank’s owners, who are clearly overjoyed and relieved that they can get Frank the treatment he needs. They had originally asked us to take in Frank as they couldn’t afford his treatment but nevertheless wanted to save Frank’s life, and didn’t expect we would offer to do an appeal to fund Frank’s treatment and also allow them to keep Frank.

I will send updates on Frank. He wasn’t vaccinated so I asked Olivier, his owner, to start Frank on vaccinations, which he did earlier this week. Frank has been booked in for the second part of his vaccination course on 25 July and the operation to cure his liver shunt will be organised for soon after then. I asked Frank’s owner to get Frank vaccinated due to the risk of cat flu at a charity clinic, where they treat a lot of cats, many of whom are strays and could be cat flu carriers.

The success rate for this type of operation I believe is 90%. Although I know you are an atheist I will be praying for Frank’s op to be a success. When I look at cats and experience how they continue to inspire me day by day, I know only a force for good could have created a being so pure, so captivating and infinitely worthy of love and yet so vulnerable and desperately in need of all the help they can get from us mere humans.

Thank you again. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for all you have done in giving this little cat Frank, a chance and for helping other cats too.

Warm wishes


  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted July 5, 2019 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    A great story, and it continues.

  2. Posted July 5, 2019 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    What a great letter from Barbara. Great job WEIT readers!

  3. Debbie Coplan
    Posted July 5, 2019 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    I am so happy to hear about Frank and some other kitties who will benefit. Great news!

  4. JezGrove
    Posted July 5, 2019 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Wonderful news – I hope little Frank’s operation goes well.

  5. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted July 5, 2019 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Great news

    Good luck to Frank and to his recovery

  6. Posted July 5, 2019 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Yay! 😀

  7. Terry Sheldon
    Posted July 5, 2019 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Great news!! Here’s to a successful surgery and full recovery for little Frank!!

  8. John Conoboy
    Posted July 5, 2019 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I sent FFL a quick note a couple of days ago and she had not yet added up the donations. Nice to know that Frank will get the care he needs.

  9. Dee
    Posted July 5, 2019 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    That is wonderful news! I’m particularly happy that Frank will be able to go back to his staff.

  10. Mark R.
    Posted July 5, 2019 at 11:56 am | Permalink


  11. BJ
    Posted July 5, 2019 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Three cheers for Frank! Three cheers for FFL!

    I will be eagerly awaiting news of his surgery. I really, really hope it goes well.

    “…Frank’s owners (who will get him back) thank you…”

    *ahem* I believe you mean “Frank’s servants” 🙂

  12. Adrienne Sanders
    Posted July 5, 2019 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    How do you contribute to Frank’s care? I’m new to this via phone. Credit cards?

    • Posted July 6, 2019 at 1:02 am | Permalink

      Go to the Feline Friends London page, and there you can find a “donate” page where you donate (in pounds) using a credit card.

  13. Steven in Tokyo
    Posted July 6, 2019 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    Fingers crossed for Frank.

  14. weluvk9s
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    I’m so sorry to hear this.

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