A few months ago, I shared the story of Corky, a kitten born with bilateral arthrogryphosis of his rear legs, which left those limbs twisted like a pretzel. Now, four months and several surgeries later, Corky is a normal, active little guy — although he’s now a tripod.
After his initial surgery in March, Corky developed swelling in his rear legs. Follow-up operations to reduce the swelling and save the legs were only partially successful. So instead of walking on all fours, he’s walking on all threes. Nonetheless, the videos posted on Corky’s Facebook page show that he’s moving better on three legs than he did on his “rear pretzels.”
But Corky’s story isn’t just one of triumph over adversity and the love and care of the small army of people at CATS Cradle Shelter who have worked tirelessly to get Corky on his feet again. Corky’s paying it forward by spreading the word to his 15,000-plus Facebook fans about special-needs cats all over the country who are looking for adoptive homes.
Who knew that a tiny, crooked-legged kitten could end up making such a difference in the lives of so many people … and so many cats, too?
Let’s all take a lesson from the little guy and learn from the statement on his official pawtograph: “From an abandoned, crippled kitten to a symbol of hope and compassion, Corky the Cradle Cat proves that you don’t have to be ‘perfect’ to make a difference.”
Check out this video of Corky and his kitty friend playing with the laser toy. The CATS Cradle Shelter’s YouTube page has lots of other sweet Corky videos, which are guaranteed to help you shake the Monday blues.