1. Meet Stockings. He was born with a “severe birth defect that left him unable to stand or walk.” His legs were shaped like a “W.”
2. Despite his backwards legs, he “wanted to run around like other kittens and play.”
4. His first surgery was in early October; this would be the first of multiple procedures to correct his tendons and the direction of his feet.
5. Eventually, he also had surgery on his other leg. At first, “Stockings’ right leg did not respond as well, and he underwent two additional surgeries.”
6. “We went forward with surgery knowing we could never make him normal,” said Dr. Steve Neihaus. “Our goal was to make his feet functional so he could live a happy, pain-free life.”
7. But look at Stockings now! He still wobbles around a bit, but he’s learning how to use his “new” legs quite well.
8. His foster mom, one of the vet techs at the Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center, decided to adopt him officially.
9. “I saw him trying to grab people through the bars of his kennel without a care about his malformed legs, and I knew he was for me,” said Priscilla Cherry.
10. Thanks to the hard work and optimism at Tree House Humane Society, kittens like Stockings are given opportunities for success. Last year, the non-profit placed more than 1,000 cats, a record-breaking year for them.
Consider donating to your local shelters or humane societies. You never know when a kitten like Stockings will need your help!