Kitty was officially adopted on April 20! This sweet girl came to us with road rash and a severely fractured leg after being hit by a car. Now she’s healing very well in the arms of her new family who couldn’t love her more. We will continue to cover any and all medical bills related to her injuries, the original reason she was unlikely to make it out of the shelter. You can read her entire story below.
Kitty was brought in to Chicago Animal Care and Control shelter by a good Samaritan. It was suspected she was hit by a car. She had a severely fractured hind leg. One Tail at a Time rescued her the day she came off her stray hold.
She was assessed by OTAT’s medical staff. They found multiple fractures of her left rear leg. Her femur, tibia, and fibula all had unstable breaks meaning that she couldn’t stand on it and if she did, it risked the bones displacing and potentially perforating the skin. They placed a soft bandage to stabilize the leg and planned an emergency amputation to address her pain and minimize
the risk of bone puncturing the skin.
While changing her bandages, they noticed a large portion of her back was crusty under the hair due to road rash. She was started on antibiotics and her amputation surgery was cancelled due to high risk of infection.
Kitty has been in a lovely foster home since the day she was released from her stray hold. Another round of X-rays found bony remodeling and callous present in the femur with mild malalignment, as well as callous formation of tibia and fibula with mild medial malalignment. Meaning the bandages were keeping her bones aligned enough to allow them to knit back together!
An orthopedic assessment revealed all fractures healed well! The orthopedic surgeon does not recommend amputation at this time, but does strongly suggest physical therapy. She’ll start an aggressive 8 week course and reassess after that. We suspect she’ll need a lifetime of this specialized care, and because this is directly related to her initial injury, our foundation will be covering. The goal above represents her immediate medical care as well as the 8-week course of physical therapy.
Kitty has been adopted into a home that loves her, spoils her and treats her like the queen she is.