Over the weekend I went to city kitties and photographed the little pirate, Captian Agnes. Agnes was found alone and crying on the street and brought in by a kind soul. She's about six weeks old and was apparantly hit by a car. Her right front leg needs to be amputated, right now she just drags it along when she walks, which has scraped off the skin on her paw and given her an infection.
Please feel free to pass these photos around, repost them in your lj, whatever, and direct people to city kitties if they want to help out. Agnes needs several thousand dollars for all the medical expenses. You can paypal firstname.lastname@example.org. They're also accepting applications for the lucky person who's going to get to give Captian Agnes a home, and the two other pirate kittens who are both going to lose an eye.
When I was photographing her she kept running to me on three legs wanting some attention. She's a total love bug.
She loves to be carried around and she purrs like a little machine, despite her mangled leg.
hello the_autum! welcome. i wondered exactly the same things. after talking to citykitties and the vet who's going to do the surgery (who is awesome by the way) the way i understand her leg is this:
1) it is forever dead, it will never heal. 2) cats don't care about cosmetics so no one will shun her for having three legs. 3) her paw is infected now from her dragging it (the skin scraped off) 4) she will be able to better move and balance and avoid obsticals without it.
so they made the decision to cut it off at the shoulder. everyone has assured me that after an unavoidably painful recovery, she will grow up to be as near completely normal as you can possibly imagine and she'll do just fine with three legs. especially because she'll have three legs and love -- and in some ways, when you think of it, if she didn't have that limp and that horrible wound, someone might not have picked her up and her lot in life might have been to grow up feral, eating out of trash cans and dead in two years after having three litters of kittens.
"oh the little one" is right. i love that little bug.
there is a bright side to this all. thanks for the random comment and the genuine concern.