A News Consumer — 03 January 2016

A two-year-old cancer survivor with an amputated arm got a special gift this holiday season – a kitten.  But, it was not a regular kitten, it was a kitty who also had an amputated limb.

Matt and Simone Tipton, of Orange County, California, heard about the three-month-old kitten and knew she was a Metro-Adperfect fit for their daughter Scarlette, who had her arm amputated when she was 10 months old.

The little kitten was found bleeding with her paw dangling by two women in Perris, California, on December 17, according to a news release from San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus.

“At first, it looked like its guts were sticking out – that’s how bad it was,” Edith Rios, who was one of the women who found the kitten said. “Her arm was just bones and tissue hanging. It was really, really bad.”

Veterinary team members at the county’s San Jacinto shelter immediately put the kitten on pain medications and antibiotics, and determined the cat would need an amputation. Veterinarian Dr. Leonard Sauer said animal’s prognosis was listed as “poor to grave,” due to the conditions of the kitten at surgery.

The kitten was named Holly by the staff.

Last week, Riverside County Animal Services put out a news release about Holly’s traumatic event and recovery and the story was picked up by several media outlets. The Tiptons got word of the story and drove to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus on Christmas Eve to adopt Holly.

Amputee cat and girlAccording to Riverside County Animal Services Facebook page, when Scarlette first met the 3-month-old, gray-and-white Holly, she told her mother, “owie,” pointing to the kitten’s injury. “Yes,” Ms. Tipton told her daughter. “Yes, an owie. Just like you. But she’s OK – just like you are too.”

To learn more, you can visit Scarlette’s Facebook page here.

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