A kitten with paralyzed back legs could get the help she needs, thanks to her own can-do spirit. Dasha the mermaid kitten has to crawl to get around, but she’s otherwise happy and unfazed by her disability. She was taken in by the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Center in Baltimore, Maryland after her owners brought her in covered in urine. Dasha lost the use of her back legs at the age of four weeks when a door was accidentally slammed closed on her, according to postings on the BARCS Facebook page.
In a video posted on the BARCS’ social media page, Dasha is seen “mermaiding” across the floor to get a chin scratch. The little kitten gets where she needs to go by dragging her lame back legs behind her like a tail. The video has been watched more than 40,000 times after word of Dasha’s appeal went viral, according the a report in the Mirror.
Veterinarians at the hospital say she needs a specially-equipped wheelchair. Her injuries are permanent, but her quality of life could be greatly improved. “Be assured, Dasha is happy,” the Facebook postings report. “She is not suffering. This wonderful baby is loving, affectionate and completely trusting of humans, even after all she’s been through. You can see in the video how she promptly ‘mermaids’ across the floor to get a loving hand to scratch the side of her face.”
The fund has been set up to help cover the cost of the her wheelchair and veterinary care. The staff at BARCS fell in love with the unstoppable kitty. “We are entering this medical journey with Dasha with no way of knowing how much it is ultimately going to cost to give her the best life possible. But, because she’s fought this long, we are prepared to care for her however she needs, and then ultimately—when she is ready—find her the best adopter.”
If you want to help Dasha, click here. BARCS helps hundreds of injured animals and needs funding to pay for services provided by a network of veterinary hospitals in the Baltimore area.