This brave kitten lost her leg to a vicious dog attack – but that didn’t dampen her spirits

June 12, 2020

At just four months old, poor Mittens was playing in her own backyard when a dog broke through the fence and attacked her.

This left the sweet little kitten with a horrendously mauled paw – too graphic to even show.

Mittens had to endure so much pain in her early months of life.

But, thanks to the generosity of so many kindhearted supporters, the story of Mittens (now named Holly) doesn’t end here.

Compassionate supporters rally to help Holly recover

Unfortunately, Holly’s leg was so badly injured that it was unable to be saved – and to relieve Holly of the dreadful pain she’d been subject to, our vets carefully performed an amputation and put her on a course of pain relief and medication.

Holly still had a road to recovery and needed careful monitoring while she recovered from her surgery. So, we asked for your help to cover the costs of her surgery and rehabilitation. We were just so touched at the response.

Incredibly, the treatment Holly received for the five weeks she spent in our care was entirely funded by donations from generous members of the public.

The feline trooper had recovered from her trauma, and was now ready to begin the rest of her life as a tripawd in a new home where she would be so loved.

‘I knew we would love each other as much as we both needed’

When Danielle stumbled across Holly’s online adoption profile on our website, she instantly knew she was the one for her.

“I loved Holly from the moment I saw her photo and read her bio,” Danielle tells us.

“A love Bug was just what I needed, and I had lots of love to give after my dog passed away last year, so I knew we would love each other as much as we both needed.”

When Danielle brought Holly home and welcomed her into her family forever, it just felt right.

Now, the super affectionate and playful Holly loves spending her days playing wrestling and chasey, and having fun with her favourite ball of foil on string.

At night, she can be found sleeping on Danielle’s bed.

“She is at my side most of the day and night,” Danielle says.

“She’s happy. She purrs a lot and is just the most delightful little girl. I love her to bits.”

Danielle tells us she especially loves it when Holly climbs up her chest and nestles her head in her neck. Too sweet.

And, Holly’s even a great gardener – this cheeky kitty loves digging holes in the backyard and assisting her fur mum when she’s spending time in the garden.

“Below is my favourite photo,” Danielle shares. “Holly is helping me put up a garden arch by ripping up the instructions!”

How… helpful?

‘I’d like to thank everyone who donated to help Holly’

Now that Holly is living her best life with her new fur mum, she’s not the only one who’s better off.

Danielle is just so grateful for Holly’s presence in her life, and has a message for everyone who made it possible by kindly donating to her treatment.

“I’d like to thank everyone who donated to help Holly,” she says.

“She is brave, sweet and funny. She brings so much joy into my life, and she’s changed my life for the better.

“She’s now living large in her sweet way with a secure back garden to play in, lots and lots and LOTS of cuddles, and toys galore!”

Personally, we don’t think Holly couldn’t have had a better ending to her rough beginning.

And it’s all thanks to you.

From the bottom of our hearts, we’re so grateful to all our supporters who made Holly’s new life with Danielle a reality. If you’d like to continue helping animals just like Holly, head over here to see our current emergency appeals.


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