1A cat with a "lobster claw," and a host of other health problems, finds a loving home
Before he left the shelter, he underwent life-saving surgery. He was born without no sternum, which caused a problem with his intestines going into his chest. Lobstah was still in recovery when his new owners took him home. Despite a tough start in life, the feline has managed to live a relatively normal existence and has since become an internet star. (Source)
2Flipper was to be "disposed of" by his owner, but surgery and a new home changed his fate
3A sad cat close to being euthanised is completely transformed
Staff believed he had been attacked by a big animal, as he had "a crushed spine, several deep lacerations, and a cauliflower ear." He had stopped eating, drinking or even moving, and was scheduled to be euthanised, until a woman at the shelter took pity on the poor kitty and took him in.
Within hours, BenBen was transformed. After sleeping for a few days, “he was instantly full of purrs, smiles, and ‘thank you' cuddles,” his new owner said. “I like to think he knew he was safe and had his forever home at that moment.” (Source)
4A deformed dog whose life was spared at the last minute is now an international celebrity
Meet Picasso, a dog with an out-of-kilter, but loveable, face who is looking for his forever family. He and and his brother Pablo were surrendered when a backyard breeder failed to find buyers for the pair. Luvable, a nonprofit animal shelter in Eugene, Oregon, stepped in a rescued both dogs, who will soon be available to go to a loving home together. But first, Picasso will have dental surgery to correct a painful condition caused by his misaligned snout. (Source)
5A bowlegged dog is flown from Greece to Britain for live-saving surgery
6A puppy with a deformed paw gets his happy ending
That's not all that was wrong with Casper, or his sister, Rowan. PetPromise said, "One of our awesome volunteers drove down to Cincinnati to meet the transport and pick up Casper and Rowan. Upon arrival at their house, she noticed they were completely infested with ticks—we're talking from head to toe, in their ears, embedded under their skin, between their toes—everywhere! She rushed them both straight to our friends at Rascal Animal Hospital where the vets immediately went to work on them. They were treated for the ticks, vaccinated, and given a full exam. Poor Rowan was so infested she had to be completely shaved down!"
Casper now wears a prosthetic foot to help with his balance. Rowan has since been adopted by one of the staff members at Rascal Animal Hospital, and Casper is happy and tick-free with his foster family.
7An injured stork thrives with 3-D braces
Storks are known for their long and slender legs. This bird's left foot was badly deformed, and its right foot was so critically injured, it could no longer stand, nevermind walk, and didn't stand a chance at survival.
Rescuers took the stork into their care and tried several therapy solutions, but none seemed to make any difference. Amputation wasn't an option either, since the bird was unlikely to survive it. Instead, with the help of a company called Mass Portal, it was treated with 3D printed orthoses. Unlike prosthetics, which are used to replace a missing body part, orthoses are designed to fit onto an existing part to increase mobility and strength. (Source)
8A dog forced to live in a too small cage has finally found happiness
Landis came to the rescue dwarfed, emaciated, with a curved spine and his front legs folded. After a bit of physical therapy to ease some of his pain, he was adopted by a family living near Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is now minutes from the beach (sand is great for his legs), has a large fenced in backyard and is receiving hydrotherapy treatments. (Source)
9A dog born without eyes teaches kids to celebrate their differences
Despite his challenges, Noah quickly became a therapy dog for area nursing homes, and now also visits schools to shed light on bullying by spreading his message of acceptance and empathy. (Source)
10The worm-eaten kitten that no one would help finds a forever home
A seven-year-old girl heard her cries among the trash—luckily for the feline, the girl's father was a vet. Together, they brought her to her forever home, nursed her back to health, and gave her the name “Gülümser,” meaning “she who always smiles.” (Source)