Handicapped kitten can’t find a home: Can you help?

In Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, a ten-month-old tuxedo kitten named Ivan, continues to get passed over whenever potential pet parents arrive at the MSPCA’s Boston shelter. For weeks, the adorable and extremely affectionate handicapped kitten, born with deformed legs, purrs and rubs – yet no one wants to take him home.Ivan the deformed cat cover

Ivan was born without radial bones in his front legs and is missing two toes on each of his front paws. In addition, his hind leg is deformed which makes it impossible for him to walk normally. So how does he get around? Shelter staff call Ivan’s method of moving as the “army crawl,” but have no fear – all of this doesn’t bother Ivan. The cat’s only problem is his difficulty when using his litter box which has discouraged would-be adopters.

“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,” stated MSPCA-Angell adoption center manager Alyssa Krieger.Ivan the deformed cat 2

Sadly, Ivan’s handicap is the reason his former human surrendered him, but the green-eyed purr machine just wants to be loved. Hey – nobody’s perfect, and what Ivan might not have in kitty coordination, he certainly makes up for it with his awesome personality. If interested in meeting Ivan, email adoption@mspca.org for more information.

Photos of handicapped kitten Ivan courtesy of MSPCA Boston.

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22 replies
  1. Nancy Raymond says:

    Come on – there must be some kind person in Jamacia Plain, Mass. who has a huge heart for this tiny little guy. He is adorable and will give someone unconditional love – Ivan has been overlooked for way too long – PLEASE give him his forever home.

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  2. Sherry says:

    Well this is certainly depressing. I shared it and I hope all of my fellow animal activists out there do the same. Maybe the exposure can find this little guy his purfect family:)

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  3. Deanne Ruff says:

    If he can be transported to Columbus Ohio I will add him to my family IMMEDIATELY!! I have 3 personal and 3 fosters and I have 2 tuxedos I could have 3!! And help him with anything he needs help with!! Physical limitations does not mean anything to us!!

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    • Sherry says:

      All you guys are great. I hope someone from here does reach them about actually adopting and god bless if so for opening your home and also bless Janice for offering to transport. So nice to see kindness and love outpouring for animals.

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  4. linda says:

    OMG. I vowed not to adopt anymore cats and dogs, however, this pulls at my heart strings. I live in MA. I’m going to have to email them.

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  5. Kathleen Drude DVM says:

    Every one of my kids is handicapped in one way or another! Ivan needs to be in a home where it’s going to be easy to get around! As far as litter box issues just get one that cleans itself automatically! Having little 4 legged handicap kids is wonderful! Each one has special traits that make them unforgettable! I know there is someone in that area that can give Ivan the forever home he deserves!!

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  6. Carrie Gobernatz says:

    Just got a call from the shelter and Ivan has several people that want to adopt him and they are working on all the applications to see who will be the one to get Ivan !! That’s GREAT NEWS 🙂

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    • linda says:

      I got an email response from them. I was hoping to adopt Ivan, but, after reading the email I had to think twice. They stated that Ivan will need surgery in the future and it would be every costly. I had to decide that it would be unfair to my other 3 cats and 1 dog that any vet expenses should be applied to them. Also they want a local adoption. My roommate may be considering to adopt lovely Ivan.

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