Baby Buttons

by Hilary Bentley • Posted in: Foster

img_3125Poor Buttons was dropped off at the shelter after his legs had been shut in a door and he couldn’t walk. By the time he came to APA he was dehydrated with severe diarrhea on top of being unable to move his back legs. After months of medication, Buttons can now only use his front legs and must drag his back legs behind him. Buttons is a very happy kitten but sadly he may never walk again. Also, because his injury was so severe, he doesn’t have complete control of his bladder. He uses his litter box occasionally but he has accidents as well. Buttons is in need of a special home that will be able to care for his needs as he grows.

In spite of his injury, Buttons loves to play, climb and chase his toys around the house. He loves his foster siblings too. He crawls around trying to “sneak” up on the other dogs and cats in the house. He’s not quite as stealth as he thinks he is, but they don’t mind and pretend to be surprised all the same. The game usually ends with wrestling and Buttons crawls off quite convinced he was the champion. Buttons’ lovable character will make him a wonderful companion for someone special. Buttons will be going to physical therapy for the next few weeks. He’s going to be chronicling his experiences on our blog so check back for updates on his progress!

We need to raise $800 for him.  We estimate that his physical therapy is going to cost $600 and a special cart to replace his back legs will cost $200.  Please help us get Buttons the care he needs so he can have a happy and healthy life!

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7 Responses to "Baby Buttons"

  1. Krista Colesays: August 26, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I’m so happy that APA reached the goal for Button’s therapy and cart! Wishing APA and Buttons the very best!

  2. Leesa Bsays: September 18, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I keep going back to see the heart-breaking picture of Buttons looking up … he is so precious. Thank u so much for helping him, and i hope he finds a foster home and that a cart can be adapted for him !

  3. Nicolesays: September 23, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I fostered a manx syndrome kitten for a while and I have some insight into issues that stem from paralysis/nerve damage. If the foster mom will post her email address, I’ll email you some ideas and yahoo groups that might be of assistance. Hope Buttons is recovering a little bit of sensation…

  4. austinpetsalivesays: September 23, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Thank you, Nicole! I’m sending your email address to his foster mom right now so she can contact you.

  5. Jim Alexandersays: December 29, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Your goal has been meet, but what if I would still like to
    help with Buttons care?

  6. austinpetsalivesays: December 30, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Thank you, Jim. You can always donate online: https://www.austinpetsalive.org/donate/donate-now/
    or you could mail in a check to:
    P.O. Box 6247
    Austin, TX 78762

  7. cathysays: April 14, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    where did ya’ll get Buttons cart as we have a paralyzed cact we want to get a cart for.