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My Name is Acorn...

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Update: Acorn received extensive care for several months. His leg is responding very well to his medications, but it still needs to be monitored until he is fully grown to see how his bone develops.

Acorn was recently adopted and he couldn’t be happier in his new home!

Acorn's Story:

I’m only 4 months old, and I am very grateful to be alive. If the Animal League hadn’t rescued me, I may not be here today.

I have a deformity of my front left leg and it may need to be surgically removed. If you look closely, you can see that my left leg is shorter than my right leg and there is a curvature of my elbow. It is most likely that this happened in my mother’s womb. A limb deformity can occur if there is not enough room in the womb or if the umbilical cord wraps around the limb. It is a serious condition, and it needs to be addressed.

The doctors at North Shore Animal League America have been taking x-rays and conducting lots of tests to see how much feeling I have in my leg. They are also observing how I use it. Right now, they think I’m using it mainly for balance, but they’re not positive what will take place as my bones grow. They are checking to see if with intensive treatment, my leg can function normally or if it is completely beyond correction.

A non-functioning limb can be very dangerous and is prone to severe skin ulcers. If the leg isn’t being used, it’s better to remove it. But the good news is that cats adapt great to having only three legs. It doesn’t inhibit our movement at all and we don’t suffer psychological distress from it.

Whether I get surgery or intensive treatment for my leg, I’ll be taken care of. I’m not worried. The Animal League has placed me in their life-saving Help Me Heal Program, where I’m getting all the medical expertise and care I need. There are so many animals in this program getting daily care and special surgeries. I’m in good hands and in good company.

I’m so lucky, because I could never have gotten this level of care anywhere else. Other overcrowded, municipal shelters may not have the time, space or resources to handle my complex condition. Sadly, I probably would have been euthanized.

I am so grateful to all of you for supporting the Help Me Heal Program. Because of your generosity, a little kitten like me, and so many other deserving animals will survive and thrive.

Please continue to give your support to the Help Me Heal Program. On behalf of all the dogs, cats, puppies and kittens here, we have so much to be thankful for – and we have you to thank for it.

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