Special-needs kitties inspire a special love. And when a Syrian man in Damascus found a wee kitten paralyzed in her back legs, he knew just where she would be loved—and helped—the most.
"Our friend, Mohammad Alsalem, has found this poor paralyzed kitten," the Syrian Association for Rescuing Animals (SARA) wrote on Facebook. "The kitten was completely paralyzed when Mohammad brought her."
Piano the kitten (named for her black-and-white coat) was found outside her rescuer's house, meowing for help and dragging her motionless back legs behind her.
She was quickly brought to SARA, an unofficial network of people working hard to rescue animals in Syria— despite the danger and unrest in the region. Someday, they hope to have a dedicated shelter building to call home for their rescuers. For now, they shelter the animals they rescue in their own homes.
But then—a breakthrough!Piano started moving her legs on her own!
"After about one month she started really to recover," Julie Jaghnoon, of SARA, told The Dodo. "Now she can run, play and jump."
Piano was adopted by a loving family. She even has a new best friend: another rescued cat named Amil.
Piano's story reminds us one of Homer's very favorite special-needs kitty furiends—Lincoln the Formerly Quadriplegic Miracle Kitty, who you should definitely read all about!
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