Chances are, you’ve probably seen Sir Stuffington by now. The Portland, OR foster kitten became world famous in a matter of days after his caregiver posted the photo above at Reddit a week ago. People were drawn to the adorable little one eyed kitten with a crooked bite, other photos followed, then a series with Sir Stuffington dressed as a pirate went viral.
A Sir Stuffington Facebook page gained immediate popularity, and his story has been covered by several news, culture and entertainment sites.
Sir Stuffington’s story goes beyond adorable photos of a kitten in a pirate costume going viral, though. His story is that of a kitten in need who, along with his siblings, was rescued and helped by a shelter and a foster caregiver.
Sir Stuffington is thought to have been attacked by a raccoon. He and his siblings were found on September 13 and were turned in to the shelter as strays.
Multnomah County Animal Services in Troutdale, OR, near Portland, wrote at their website:
“Sir Stuffington is getting famous through Facebook! He came into our shelter on September 13 with two of his siblings who were rescued off the streets. In addition to being filthy, covered with fleas, and suffering from an upper respiratory infection (URI), it was clear he had survived some sort of traumatic injury that caused a disfigured jaw and the loss of one eye. He also has a heart murmur and flea anemia. All three kittens have calicivirus, which is contagious to other cats.
“We got all three of the approximately 6 week old kittens cleaned up and treated their URI’s. Next, we located a loving foster home for the kittens to recuperate in. One of our many foster parent heroes, Blazer Schaffer, volunteered to foster the kittens until they are healthy and at an adoptable weight.
“Well, not only did Blazer provide a loving home, she created a Facebook Page just for Sir Stuffington and has been chronicling her caregiving through regular posts and adorable photos.
“We’d like to thank Blazer for her heroic efforts. Sir Stuffington’s Facebook Page will not only help him and his siblings find homes, it’s also a wonderful example of how people can make a difference and get involved with Portland’s own local shelter- either by volunteering, fostering or donating.
“Once Sir Stuffington is healthy and a bit larger, we are planning to perform extractions of several teeth in order to alleviate any issues the new teeth would cause as a result of his jaw injury. Dolly’s Fund donations will allow us to offer Sir Stuffington the extra medical care he needs to grow into a happy, healthy cat.”
An update from Blazer Schaffer at Facebook Saturday, written in Sir Stuffington’s voice says: “My checkup went great! I no longer have a heart murmur or flea anemia! I have gained 3 oz. and my upper respitory infection is almost gone! It’s the same with my brothers! Only a few ulcers left in the mouth!”
The shelter is not yet accepting adoption applications for Sir Stuffington and his siblings.
You can follow Sir Stuffington, see more photos, and get updates at the Sir Stuffington Facebook page.
A report on the local news:
See all 13 photos posted online from Sir Stuffington’s first photo shoot HERE. Photos by AmyWho Photography. Prints are available for purchase, with proceeds going to Multnomah County Animal Services for Sir Stuffington’s medical care.
Prints of Sir Stuffington pirate photos are also available for purchase HERE. Proceeds go to Multnomah County Animal Services for Sir Stuffington’s medical care & other animals in need.
Photos 9not including those by Amy Who) via Imgur