Fury the kitten was delivered in a box to the Humane Society of the Black Hills in South Dakota back in October of last year.
As soon as Katie Ynostroza, an adoption adviser at the organization, took a peek inside the package, she knew something was amiss. The gray-and-white kitten winked at Katie, and she vowed to help her out whatever her issues were.
It turns out, Fury’s back legs did not work. At all.
Unfortunately, when she was checked out by the vet, euthanasia was suggested as the most sensible course.
Katie wasn’t having that — and she scooped Fury up and set about saving her.
“Part of me wants to think she was hit by a car,” says Katie when asked to speculate on exactly how Fury turned up at the Humane Society of the Black Hills.
“But with no evidence of trauma, vets think she was born this way. Her mother must have been taking care of her because I can’t believe she would have survived this long! I’m assuming the Good Samaritan saw her on the side of the road, disabled, and brought her to the Humane Society to get her some help.”
The next step in Fury’s rehabilitation was to set up a crowd-sourced fundraiser page for $500 to eventually equip Fury out with a bespoke kitty wheelchair. While waiting on that step of her story, Katie decided to foster Fury at home.
“She is feisty and curious, just like a typical kitten,” she recalls of her first days with Fury. “She has her moments when she can be sweet and enjoy cuddling, but I would consider her a tomboy most of the time.”
Fury also proved to be a determined little mover, with Katie saying that in her early days she managed to “drag herself around very well” while navigating obstacles. This little scamp also managed to attempt a curtain climbing session.
While Fury was getting used to her foster situation, her GoFundMe campaign quickly sailed past its $500 target in barely two days. During that time, Katie helped Fury learn about her mobility issues by putting a towel under her hind legs and holding her up to walk with her.
“Fury really liked that and would just take off walking,” she recalls. “I could barely keep up with her!”
During the wait for her official cat wheelchair, Katie also managed to secure a temporary set of wheels for Fury, crafted by Patrick Erickson, to help her get used to the idea of scooting around.
Then, on December 16 of last year, Fury’s spiffy new wheelchair turned up. Katie decided that Fury was now ready to start courting a forever home and she was put up for full adoption.
“Special needs cats are not broken and should be given a chance to live a normal and comfortable life,” says Katie when asked if Fury has a message for those who’ve been following her story so far.
“We take a lot of care, time, and patience, and in return we will love you forever,” she continues. “Well, unless the food bowl is empty — then you will be temporarily shunned.”
If you’re interested in adopting Fury, please contact the Humane Society of the Black Hills. You can also saunter over to Fury’s little corner of YouTube to check out a series of videos recapping her story.
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