Kids Help Cat With Lemonade

Two siblings in Utah operate a lemonade stand to raise money for their cat's surgery.

Posted: June 4, 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Patches the cat needs an expensive surgery as a result of a spinal cord injury. To help their parents pay for the estimated $700 in veterinary bills, 10-year-old Aspen Granath and her 8-year-old brother, Skylar, set up a lemonade stand in their Ogden, Utah, neighborhood, The Associated Press reports.

“(I’ll) do this as long as it takes,” Aspen said, explaining that Patches is one of her favorite pets. A hand-drawn sign asks stand customers to “Buy a drink, help my cat.” Aspen and Skylar have been open for business for just a few days, but they say they plan to operate the stand at least four hours a day.

Patches’ recently suffered a spinal cord injury that caused partial paralysis. Patches’ veterinarian recommended amputation of the affected leg to help give the cat a more normal life.

Lemonade stand customers can help the Granath children help their cat by making a small purchase: Bottles of water cost $1, while packets of powdered lemonade or fruit juice cost 25 cents.

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Marian    Sellersville, PA

10/10/2008 4:31:11 PM

This is a cool idea!

Barbara    Austin, TX

7/17/2008 12:38:24 PM

You kids are amazing! I hope your cat gets well in a very short time

Lisa    Atlanta, GA

6/8/2008 5:50:19 PM

If your cat is a family member, you need to save money for potential medical expenses or buy pet insurance.

Lillian    Eugene, OR

6/5/2008 12:23:23 AM

This is such a sweet gesture for the kids to help with the vet bill for their precious kitty. We'd love to read more about this like how much did they earn towards Patches bill and how long will they continue?? This is what we like to read about how family draws close when their pet need medical or just loved.

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