Corky the cat was a stray cat that was suffering from a rare physical disorder that left his hind legs in a near reverse position. After generous donations, Corky was able to have an operation that corrected the problem. Corky is strengthening his legs and learning to get about just fine!
We collected a series of short videos about Corky the Cradle Cat so you can track his journey.
Ozzi Cat team is proud of CATS Cradle Shelter (USA), all supporters, and medical personnel – love and professionalism do miracles! Thank you all guys! It’s a great lesson of love, hope, and community!
Corky was found by a little boy. 7 months old kitten were dragging himself along a pavement. Born with Bilateral Arthrogryposis of the Tarsus, Corky’s hind legs were developing criss-crossed and backwards. He was brought into a shelter, where he was due to be put down. But Gail Ventzke and Carol Stefonek, co-founders and directors of CATS Cradle Shelter, heard about the brave moggy and were intent on saving his life.
Corky learned to drag himself around on his two front paws at the CATS Cradle shelter, until Gail and Carol found local vet Dr. Dan Burchill of Castleton Veterinary Services, who invented a surgery to bring Corky’s back legs the right way round.
A kitten born with his legs back to front has been given a new lease of life after pioneering surgery that lasted for 5 hours.
This is Corky the Cradle Cat less than 24 hours after his amputation.
Corky is a happy boy, the troublesome leg is gone and it is like a weight has been lifted:
Corky decided to check out his surroundings at the hospital just ONE WEEK after his legs were surgically turned around. Nobody expected to see this until week three:
Corky has now gone to live with Gail, one of the Directors of Cats Cradle Shelter, the facility that rescued him from death and gave him the surgery he needed to correct his deformity.
Ozzi Cat wishes the very best to Corky, the awesome cat!
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