This is one of our most unbelievable rescues to-date.
On August 18th, 2012 Tenth Life received a deeply concerning call: a woman in north St. Louis found a four-week-old kitten in the middle of the sidewalk, completely immobile. She brought him inside to help him and scan for injuries, but couldn’t find anything immediately visible. She fed and observed the kitten, who just laid on his side, unable to stand or move his legs. She assumed he had broken his legs and/or paws.
When we picked Lincoln up from the woman’s home, our hearts sank, seeing that this poor kitten was essentially quadriplegic. Never ones to give up hope, we had little the tiny, motionless kitten examined, fearing the worst. Our vets felt his was a spinal or neurological injury, and they were unsure what impact, if any, physical therapy would have for his condition.
We (The foster parents) took this news as a challenge, and we are performing physical therapy with little Lincoln 6 times a day, pumping his little legs, stretching them out, and supporting him as he learns to walk again.
A video from late September shows the kitten’s progress after a little over a month of therapy and loving care:
Lincoln is entered in a contest where he hopes to win a cash prize for Tenth Life, the organization that helped him, along with many other special needs kitties.
He says: Oh what a VERY long way I have come from the broken tiny kitten in this picture [below] thanks to the chance I was given by Tenth Life. I think I’m the luckiest kitten in the world and hope to help Tenth Life help other kitties by winning $5,500 in Petfinder’s Luckiest Pet Contest. Please take a moment to vote, share this link, and ask your friends to vote daily so my wish of helping other kitties through Tenth Life can come true!
Click on the link, Search for Lincoln, click the magnifying glass, choose Lincoln (the Cat) from St. Louis, MO and vote.