KUSA – When volunteers first discovered Boots, the kitten was barely two weeks old and her hind feet had been cut off.
She and her sister had been dropped off at a municipal shelter in the middle of the night during the summer of 2013.
Life is Better Rescue, an animal rescue center, took in the kitten. Doctors say that her limb amputations were not from a birth defect since both bones were quite ragged and the exposed nerve endings will cause her pain as she grows.
She now sports blue "house slippers" that were made by OrthoPets in Denver. They help teach her to walk with her back straight, keep her muscles from atrophying and spare her the pain of walking on her stubs.
At OrthoPets, she will continue to receive prosthetic care for her disabilities.
Boots will eventually need surgery to "clean up" the ends of her legs and to help with the permanent fitting of prosthetics.
"She burns bright with the fire of an animal that will not give up to pain or the difficulty of a challenge," said Life is Better Rescue. "And she is surrounded by the love of a foster family that is dedicated to her recovery [and] by a rescue that is determined to see her healed and into a forever home."
Boots is in need of boots for her recovery. If you'd like to help her with recovery by donations, visit https://www.coloradogives.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation&fwID=36645