Reuben joined our family just in time for Christmas. Animal control had found him outside in December.

Someone had shot a cat with a .22 and left his back legs paralyzed. The vet working with animal control gave him emergency care and nursed him back to health.

Despite extensive efforts, no home could be found for him. A rescue worker who was part of the network of people trying to find somewhere the cat could live called us to ask if we would consider adopting him.

It was love at first sight.

The surgeon and other specialists we took Reuben to found that the bullet, which remained lodged in his body, had damaged Reuben's spinal cord and advised against attempting to remove it. However, Reuben gets around well, speeding through our home while dragging his back legs behind him.

He quickly made friends with the other special needs dogs and cats. Here are 3 photos of Reuben with some of his pals.

Here's Reuben sharing a wicker couch with Sirius, a dog with a non-infectious immune-mediated encephalitis (granulomatous meningoencephalitis):


a gray cat is lying down next to a white dog

Here he's taking a nap with Maggie, a dog with a spinal injury:

a gray cat is snuggled up to a dachshund


Here he is with Milagro (in the middle), who had a hole in his heart (PDA)--that's Sirius on the right:

a tiny white dog is snuggling between a gray cat and a larger white dog


Please follow this link to the family of special needs dogs and cats who live in our home.


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