A loveable handicapped cat is bunking down at the MSPCA-Angell in Boston and staffers are hoping to identify one special adopter to bring him home, the organization announced today.
Ten-month-old “Ivan” was born without radial bones in his front legs and is also missing two toes on each front paw. His left hind leg is also deformed, making it impossible for him to walk normally.
Despite living in the adoption center for two weeks after his previous owner surrendered him, no one has shown interest in the green-eyed charmer.
MSPCA-Angell adoption center manager Alyssa Krieger believes Ivan is just as deserving as any other cat, however. “What Ivan lacks in mobility he more than makes up for in personality,” she said of the cat who loves to be held and petted.
Krieger hopes Ivan’s story will inspire an individual or family to come by the adoption center to meet him in person during open hours. “His physical limitations will always be there—so we’re looking for the adopter who can see through that and give him the second chance he deserves,” said Krieger.
Compounding Ivan’s physical challenges is his tendency to not use the litterbox each and every time. Would-be adopters will need to arrange their home around his needs, which include hard surfaces that can be cleaned easily but also runners and carpets so that he can “army crawl” his way about, as moving across hard surfaces is difficult for him.
Anyone interested in adopted Ivan can contact the MSPCA’s Boston adoption center directly at firstname.lastname@example.org