An orange tabby named Stockings had the misfortune of being born with backwards hind legs, making it impossible for him to stand or walk. He was brought to the Tree House Humane Society in Chicago when he was just a few weeks old. “He had so much pent up energy! He wanted to run around like other kittens and play,” said the shelter’s Jenny Schlueter.

Shelter officials contacted an an orthopedic veterinarian, who performed three operations to turn the kitten’s legs forward. Now, Stockings can run and play like a regular kitten. “Our goal was to make his feet functional so he could live a happy, pain-free life,” Dr. Steve Neihaus said.

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