Stockings had a rough start at life. The orange tabby was born with a severe birth defect that left him unable to stand or walk.
He was only a few weeks old when he was brought in to Chicago's Tree House Humane Society. Despite his handicap, Stockings just wanted to run and play like any other kitten!
His first surgery was in October of 2014; this would be the first of multiple procedures to correct his tendons and the direction of his feet.
Stockings' right leg didn't respond well to surgery at first. He would go on to have two more operations. “We went forward with surgery knowing we could never make him normal,” said Dr. Steve Neihaus. “Our goal was to make his feet functional so he could live a happy, pain-free life.”
He was a little wobbly at first, but soon enough Stockings was was walking and running on his own. His foster mom, one of the vet techs at the Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center, decided to adopt him officially.
Stockings is one of thousands of kittens rescued, treated, and homed by the wonderful people of Tree House Humane in Chicago. Homer's mom is proud to serve on their advisory board!
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