Say hi to Leo, the little orange tabby with a heart as mighty as a lion! Leo’s journey started when he landed in an animal shelter in NC, hoping for a shot at a better life. It wasn’t long before they realized Leo was a special kitty.
“He wasn’t able to get around easily. The foster coordinator at the shelter contacted us, because she knows we work with special needs cases,” shared Sarah Kelly, founder of Murphy’s Law Animal Rescue.
Leo has a condition called Swimmer’s Syndrome, which makes his hind legs splay to the sides, making walking and jumping a bit challenging. But don’t let that fool you—Leo’s spirit is unstoppable.
“He is a mighty spirit and even bigger personality, like a lion, hence his name.”
Leo quickly settled into his foster home, claiming all the beds and toys as his own. Fearless, vivacious, and with plenty to say, Leo became the talkative heartthrob of the household.
With Sarah’s experience in helping kittens like Leo, he started physical therapy and supportive care to correct his hind limbs and improve his mobility.
“Right away, we started with taping his legs and physical therapy exercises,” Sarah shared. And Leo? Well, he took it all in stride, meowing up a storm as if demanding immediate attention for his daily routine.
Leo, the love-bug, craves attention and is always ready for adventures. He purrs and meows until he gets exactly what he wants, proving that determination comes in all sizes.
“He loves snuggling with his foster siblings, too.” Leo is now moving around much easier and even showing off a bit of hopping action during playtime.
After just two weeks of hard work, Leo has become stronger, determined to run and jump like any other kitty. He may be small, but Leo’s personality, determination, and cattitude shine bright, making him a fierce little lion cub. Go, Leo!