GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4)– A 10-day old kitten survived severe injuries after he was attacked by a dog. Now that kitten, named “Trooper” has recovered and found a family.
The kitten was found by a Good Samaritan under a porch along with four siblings in March. The litter had been attacked by a dog and only two of the kittens survived. One was severely injured.
The surviving kittens were taken to Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital and then transferred to Foothills Animal Shelter. When they arrived the severely injured kitten needed emergency surgery to his front leg, which was eventually amputated. Veterinarians were unsure whether the kitten would survive.
“His front leg was so damaged that we knew surgery was necessary. Anesthesia for such young animals can be very dangerous, but we knew without the surgery he wouldn’t survive, so we decided to take the chance,” said Dr. Emily Hays, Chief Veterinarian at Foothills Animal Shelter, said in a statement.
Trooper and his sister were placed in a foster home to recover. They were both so young their eyes were barely open and they were learning how to walk. They also needed round-the-clock bottle feedings.
Trooper’s wounds were deep and had to be monitored closely for infection and his bandages changed daily.
After more than two months of specialized care, Trooper fully recovered from his amputation and is now a healthy, rambunctious kitten. His missing leg hasn’t slowed him down at all.
Just one day after being put up for adoption, Trooper was selected by Cindy and Dave who fell in love with the kitten.
Now Trooper spends his days playing with another cat, Phoenix.
“His big brother Phoenix took to him almost immediately. We feel so fortunate that he’s a part of our family and settling in nicely,” said Cindy in a statement.