Santito: Injured Kitten Gets Physical Therapy to Walk Again
Santito is an injured kitten revovering with physical therapy in the care of Los Angeles organization Kitten Rescue, the group that also saved adorable kitten and puppy companions Mango and Milkshake.
Santito was either run over by a car or injured in a similarly devastating manner, and was left with severely damaged hind legs. He managed to drag himself to safety and survived eating dirt for two weeks. He was rescued in September and was found, miraculously, to be healthy aside from his injuries and malnutrition.
Luckily, Santito ended up in the care of Kitten Rescue and was spared from the likely euthanasia that would have befallen him at many shelters. He was described at a ChipIn for his care, “Santito is a lively, curious, active, loving and healthy little gray and white kitten who drags himself around using his front paws, as his back legs are currently semi-paralyzed. He plays and cuddles and purrs, and his back legs try to work, but he can’t quite get them to do his bidding.”
It was not initially known if Santito would ever regain the use of his legs, but within a short time he showed feeling in them and made progress with his physical therapy.
After a visit with the neurologist, his ChipIn was updated, saying ”
Santito still has a long way to go, but his progress is very encouraging to his caregivers. He was recently neutered.
Wil Mendoza made this video that gives Santito’s story in brief.
Wil is running for Santito in the 2013 La Marathon. She created the video for her fundraising appeal.
Santito water therapy, October 18.
Santito therapy at CARe, October 20.
After just 4 visits with California Animal Rehabilitation, Santito is showing significant improvement. He is scheduled to continue therapy through December and the prognosis is that he can be walking again by Christmas. We would love nothing more than to give this precious little kitten a pain-free and fully mobile future. We want to give him his back legs for Christmas.
Tito after neuter, October 27. Tito had a complicated neuter – with one cryptorchid and the other seriously messed up outside his body. But it didn’t stop him from summarily killing his new toy on his return home.
A ChipIn for him seeks to raise funds to Help Santito walk by Christmas.