Rescued Kitten And Dog Nurse Each Other Back To Health At Special-Needs Shelter

When a 9-week-old kitten first arrived at Mojo’s Hope, the new arrival’s legs had been deformed by a congenital condition. But the kitten, whose loud vocals and constant purring led rescuers to name her Lady Purrl, wasn’t going to let her disability keep her mingling and playing with the other animals at this Alaskan shelter for special-needs pets.

“She was born with twisted legs but had never been to a vet (until she came to us),” Shannon Basner, the founder of Alaska’s KAAATs, an local advocacy organization, told Love Meow. “This little nugget of adorable fluffiness has tons of charisma, personality and perseverance.”

But of all of the kitten’s new friends, Lady Purrl instantly bonded with Cinder, a kind dog with a special fondness for kittens. Having recently undergone surgery, Cinder was going through a rough patch herself, but the loving husky still found time to carefully groom Lady Purrl and welcome the kitten to her new home.

Before long, Cinder and Lady Purrl were always snuggling, napping, and playing together. The pair’s close friendship also offered each one the strength to overcome their respective health challenges, according to rescuers.

“We truly believe these two have helped each other heal,” said Basner. “They bonded almost immediately and to this day, Lady Purrl still nurses on Cinder, and Cinder is giddy in love.”

Of course, Lady Purrl’s little legs will never fully recover, but the kitten has become a confident cat who knows how to manage her condition. Whenever dinner is ready, Lady Purrl still beats all of the other kittens to the kitchen. Most importantly, this formerly frail girl has grown up to be healthy and strong.

“When Lady Purrl came into our rescue, she was just 1.7 pounds and the vet was unsure about her quality of life,” said Basner. But Lady Purrl’s tale is also one of perseverance, in part because her rescuers, including Cinder, have helped her overcome all the obstacles life has thrown at her.

“These animals let nothing stand in their way,” she said. “They show us all how to set aside what others may think is different and embrace our individual spirits and zest for life.”

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J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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