Date of birth: 2005


    Front Leg - right

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Ryan, who we think was born in 2005, was found on the streets of Tampa in the fall of 2005 by a wonderful lady who runs one of the local rescue groups - a kitty in need of help. His paw was mangled, with bones protruding and rotting flesh. He was skin and bones. She knew he would most likely need his leg amputated, and knowing neither the rescue nor she had the money to pay for it she still knew she needed to help him.

She had to nurse him back to health with antibiotics, fluids, and cleaned up his foot - which included taking him to her vet, and assisting the vet to pull away dead flesh and cut back the protruding bones -- which earned him the nick name "St. Stump." Finally when he was feeling better she was able to take him to the orthopedist to have his amputation - left front leg and shoulder. It's believed that his foot had been caught in something - a car belt or a trap.

I found out about him through a posting on the VAS support group site and adopted in December 2006. Even on the 4 hour trip from Tampa to our home in Miami I could see this was one happy, well adjusted kitty - and very self-assured.

Once I was able to let him meet my other 3 kitties (2 males and 1 female) he fit right in - learned to use the cat door, maneuver steps and jump on the furniture! .He loves to run just ahead of you and then flop over for long belly rubs. As a front leg amputee it is obvious running is smoother and easier than walking - and he does that very well.

He found a real buddy in Nick my other brown male tabby who is about the same age. Ryan is a real instigator who loves to wrestle with Nick, chase fuzzy mice and always stands his ground. His back legs are so strong I am waiting for him to walk upright! I tell everyone he thinks he is "10 Feet Tall and Bulletproof". Being a tripod has in no way diminished his quality or his love of life.



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