The parents of a 2-year-old amputee and cancer survivor have adopted the 3-month-old kitten whose right front leg had to be amputated last week after it apparently was run over by a car, the Riverside County Department of Animal Services reported Wednesday.
Matt and Simone Tipton from Orange County adopted the kitten nicknamed Holly, as they specifically sought an amputee kitten for their daughter, Scarlette, said Animal Services spokesman John Welsh.
Scarlette lost her left arm due to a rare form of cancer that required amputation when she was 10 months old.
Now cancer-free, her parents have looked to aid her recovery with the adoption of an amputee kitten.
When Scarlette’s parents caught word of Holly, found in Perris on the side of the road with a limb shredded to the bone, they immediately sought to adopt her on Christmas Eve.
The family had to wait while Holly recovered from surgery, but the first impressions were positive, Welsh said.
“Owie,” Scarlette remarked when she first saw Holly at the shelter.
“Yes,” Simone Tipton told her daughter. “Yes, an owie. Just like you. But she’s OK–just like you are too.”
After recovering from surgery, Holly can officially be adopted by the Tiptons Wednesday.
For more information about Scarlette, visit the Facebook page started by her parents, titled Smiles for Scarlette here.
— Wire reports