- Betsy Boyd spent $19,000 for a kidney transplant for her 18-year-old cat Stanley
- The part-time professor said she was devastated to learn in November 2016 that Stanley was suffering from renal insufficiency and likely had only months left to live
A writing teacher at the Baltimore University shelled out $19,000 for a life-saving kidney transplant for her 18-year-old cat.
According to UPI, Betsy Boyd, a part-time professor at the University of Baltimore, said she was devastated to learn in November 2016 that her cat, Stanley, was suffering from renal insufficiency and likely had only months left to live.
“Anything could happen. If Stan did pass away sooner rather than later, I’d know I had done what I could for him,” she said; adding that “We’ve already had a few really good weeks. He’s really happy, and that alone is worth the price.”
Boyd is earning $46,000 annually and her husband, Michael Yockel, is a freelance journalist and stay-at-home dad. The couple have 3-year-old twins together.
As part of the deal that came with the surgery, Boyd also had to adopt the kidney donor — a 2-year-old tabby named Jay.
At present, Boyd is already the owner of six cats living in their house but she clearly has a favorite, Stanley.
“Stanley is the only human cat,” she said. “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.”
Now we could understand more why she did what she did!