Some cats and kittens are born with a disability, and some may have faced trauma or an accident that leads to an injury or amputation. APA has several cats and kittens who have lame legs, cerebellar hypoplasia, amputated legs, tail injuries, vision/hearing impairment, etc. We really do have some amazing kitties and when you read about how these somewhat minor issues could have ended their lives, you’ll understand why APA! steps up to rescue them.
You might not see these babies as often because they tend to stay in foster care until their medical conditions are stabilized and become manageable for adopters. Foster parents of special need cats are nothing short of life savers. We are already gearing up and boosting our foster program as we anticipate a year of kittens, kittens, and more kittens. We are especially recruiting so our kitties with special needs can quickly and easily find a foster. If you are adept to caring for special kitties, work from home, or merely want to make an immediate impact, sign up here to become a foster today!
Trooper is one special kitten in need of a foster home, or better yet a forever home! He came to APA alone, covered in fleas, and very sick. After medical treatment and some TLC, he managed to overcome it all (hence his name!). Trooper is an extremely sweet 7 month old cat who makes the cutest grunts when you pet him. He is very friendly and playful, loves human companionship and gets along with other cats. In fact, he seeks love and attention. He has been around dogs and mainly just seems curious. Trooper has trouble using the litterbox, that is his one and only flaw. His meals are on a tight schedule so bathroom breaks are predictable, and this makes everything absolutely manageable. When it comes to playtime, Trooper loves anything with strings, wands, fishing rods, and he can roll around and chase. Another kitty to chase is fun for him, too! Trooper totally deserves his name and needs that special someone who could love him forever the way he is.
In nearly any other shelter setting, kitties like Trooper would have been euthanized. However, fosters and adopters within the Austin community step up, open their door, and save these beautiful cats with amazing personalities.