Didn't we have a cat like this on PT??
I think someone on here has / had a cat with the front leg deformity, which results in the cat walking on the 'elbows,' or knees, but I don't recall for sure.
I feel badly for this cat as she has been cared for very well for 13 years and suddenly found herself outside in the cold with no food. At least someone reported her and the shelter people are very good in that town. (It is right next door to my city.)
Do you know Rose?
BY TED NESI SUN CHRONICLE STAFF
Friday, January 25, 2008 6:32 AM EST
SEEKONK - Do you know this cat?
That's the question being asked by Amanda Rietheimer, an animal control officer in Seekonk, ever since her assistant, Vicki Barnard, rescued an extremely unique orange, black and white calico cat. "Rose" is the name they've given to the 12- or 13-year-old feline, and what makes her so unique is her physical condition: Rose is severely disabled, and has been since birth, Rietheimer said.
The cat's front legs are permanently deformed, so she walks on the inside of her knees. She has only half a tail. Her head is partially deformed, too.
Although the physical defects cause Rose no pain, they do make it difficult for her to get around.
A resident on Arcade Avenue saw Rose in his back yard on a cold day recently, and called the Seekonk Animal Shelter, thinking she was dead.
But when Barnard arrived, she found Rose alive - and, despite her infirmities, a friendly and spirited cat who loves people.
"Out of all the animals in the shelter, she probably has one of the best personalities," Rietheimer said. "She does everything a cat should do."
Rietheimer said there is no way a cat as disabled as Rose could have survived for a dozen years without someone taking good care of her, and that has added even more mystery to where the cat came from.
The staff at the animal shelter, located next to town hall, are now hoping Rose's owner will contact them so they can be reunited. Failing that, Rose will be put up for adoption, preferably in a home with no other pets, "so she can be treated like a queen," Rietheimer said.
For more information, visit www.petfinder.com/shelters/MA32.html or call 508-336-6663.