At 17-years-old and suffering from kidney failure, Stanley the cat was on the last of his nine lives. Luckily, his owner decided to gift him a tenth, by shelling out $19,000 for a kidney transplant.
Betsy Boyd earns just $46,000 a year, working as a part-time writing professor, and her husband Michael is a freelance journalist and a stay-at-home dad for their 3-year-old twin boys. They’re not exactly rolling in dough, but when presented with the chance to save their favorite cat’s life in exchange for $19,000, they didn’t hesitate. They even agreed to adopt his donor after the transplant, just so they could have Stanley a little longer.
“Stanley loves me as much as any human being has ever loved me and I love him the same way, I want him around,” Betsy recently told PEOPLE Magazine. “I love all my cats, but Stanley is the only one who acts like a human being trapped in a cat’s body. He’s so vocal and communicative. He maintains eye contact better than any cat I’ve ever known. When I’m at work, he waits at the window or front door for me to come home, just like a dog.”
Betsy Boyd is counting the days to May 28, when Stanley will pass the six-month post-surgical milestone, but she’s confident he’s going to make it.
According to the ASPCA, indoor cats live on average between 13 and 17 years, but this wouldn’t be the first time Stanley beat the odds.