When Stockings, a kitten born with hind legs that were turned inward and twisted like a pretzel, showed up at a no-kill shelter, veterinarians knew they had a problem.
“He had to drag his whole behind, and we knew that was going to be a really difficult way to live,” said Jenny Schlueter, development director of Chicago’s Tree House Humane Society.
The shelter brought in veterinary orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Neihaus, who decided that Stockings should undergo a series of surgeries to cut the tendons of his back legs so they could be extended and properly aligned.
After a series of operations, Stockings is slowly recovering and found a good home with a veterinarian technician. Although Stockings will never walk as well as a regular cat, he can still get around and his future looks much brighter than before.