When kitties come in to a shelter, their history is often unknown, but unfortunately, signs usually indicate a troubling past. So was the case with Milky Way, a precious 6-month old kitten who arrived in the arms of a kind individual from the public at Save-A-Pet in Grayslake at the end of October. Although no one knew for sure what happened to Milky Way, whose rear legs appeared to be paralyzed, it seemed evident he was hit by a car.
Immediately taking the poor kitty in, the shelter gave him the name Milky Way (quite appropriate considering his milk mustache) and rushed him over to Mundelein Animal Hospital. There, MAH staff gave him a thorough examination and kept a close watch on him for a few days, giving him his own cage complete with food, water, and, most importantly, TOYS! Still, vet staff remained unsure whether or not Milky Way would regain use of his back legs and walk again.
On October 29th, Milky Way got to go back to Save-A-Pet, where he was put in a large cage in isolation to continue to recoup. Save-A-Pet President Greg Alloian reported that Milky Way, upon returning to the shelter, had “full function of three of his four legs!” In a private communication with Mr. Alloian, he assured that shelter staff and volunteers “also noticed lately that he is starting to put more weight on his fourth leg, which may mean he will be back to walking on all four legs in the very near future.”
Despite his hardships, Milky Way is your typical, curious kitten who loves to play with any toys you put in front of him, laser lights in particular. He will run and chase for hours, always eager and willing to play with his next human companion that stops by to visit. He is a loving, talkative kitty that constantly wants your attention; he would do great in a home with kids to play with him frequently. Save-A-Pet staff has even tested him with other dogs and cats, and reports that he does not seem to mind either, though he may still be a bit wary of dogs – something that Milky Way could, quite possibly, “with some time, warm up to and realize how cool dogs are, too.”
Milky Way, besides winning over the hearts of shelter staff, was also chosen as mascot for the 2010 Save-A-Pet Holiday Open House flyer, which you can view by clicking here (he might even be wearing an adorable Santa hat). If you are free and in the area on December 4th and/or 5th, make sure to stop by and check out Milky Way and all of his other feline companions looking for a home! The Open House also will include gift baskets, crafts, vendors, raffles, ornaments, and a bake sale – make a day out of the event with your family!
Finally, if you are looking to take Milky Way into your home, or recommend him to family or friends, Save-A-Pet gives the following, positive prognosis for him (in the first person, of course)
I bet you’re wondering what my prognosis is…well it seems that I may be back to normal soon. I’m still trying to get the kinks out of one of my rear legs but I walk and play just fine. It seems like I’m on the road to a near or full recovery thanks to Save-A-Pet, their staff & volunteers, and of course the wonderful vets at Mundelein Animal Hospital.
Milky Way and his feline friends are waiting to meet you! Shelter info is below. To donate to Save-A-Pet, click here.
Save-A-Pet Adoption Center
31664 North Fairfield Road
Grayslake, Il 60030