Girl and Kitten Amputees Find Special Bond

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All photos: Shriner’s Hospital for Children – Twin Cities


It can be difficult, sometimes, to find others who understand you when you may be a bit different, but when those differences are acknowledged and celebrated by those who care and appreciate the value of each and every living thing, amazing things can happen.

When Shriner’s Hospital in the Twin Cities got a call from New Day Pet Rescue about a three-legged kitten who was looking for a forever home with a family who could empathize, staff knew the perfect match immediately.  Enter eight-year old Colleen Tronnes who had been born with one leg smaller than the other. After her amputation, she was able to be involved in many activities that had not been as readily available due to the pain they caused.

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Colleen’s mother, Ellen Tronnes shared with Fox 9, “I love it because she can see herself, you know? That she’s not a huge anomaly.”

“It’s nice to know that this family knows what the cat’s going through,” Abby Meyer of Shriner’s Hospital said. “They know that just because you’re missing a limb doesn’t mean that’s a limitation.”

The kitten, who has yet to get a formal name, is presently being called, “Miracle.”

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