Paddy Paws, an eight-month-old kitten in Carlisle, England was lost in frigid temps for a week, but managed to crawl home despite two broken hind legs.
“We had lost another cat on the main road and when Paddy went I thought we had lost another and had started to think about moving on and telling ourselves we wouldn’t see him again,” the kitty’s owner, Gabrielle Stephenson-Bell — who put up missing posters and searched for her cat.
With Carlisle hit with an arctic blast of cold weather, and Paddy missing for so many days, the family assumed the worst.
Miraculously, Paddy Paws found his way home on Sunday night.
“When he came through the door dragging his back legs behind him it was like seeing him come back from the dead,” a shocked Stephenson-Bell told News & Star.
Paddy was in worse shape than humpty dumpty. A medical exam showed he’d been hit by a car that broke his hind legs, and that he’d spent a week in the cold without food.
He now awaits surgery for his hind legs as his family struggles to afford his veterinary bills, which amount to more than $1,600.
Hopefully, Paddy Paws’ family will be able to afford to give him the care he needs. “It’s going to be a complicated surgery, but because of the fighting spirit he has shown we are desperate not to have him put down,” said Stephenson-Bell.