A Good Samaritan brought in a litter of abandoned kittens to Massapequa Pet Vet in Long Island, NY. All of the kittens were quickly adopted to good homes, except for a tiny orange tabby with two paralyzed back legs.
The Good Samaritan put the adorable little kitten into a macaroni and cheese carton, so the staff at the veterinary clinic/wildlife rehabilitation center named him Mac and Cheese. The employees and volunteers at the clinic quickly fell in love with the tabby, and one genius MacGyvered a wheelchair out of Erector set parts.
The contraption worked, and as soon as they fitted Mac into his new wheelchair, the tabby was zooming around the office. Now, a video of the kitten trying out his new wheels has gone viral, and the world is falling in love with this very special cat.
Clinic manager Donna told The Dodo that Mac and Cheese has “30 mommies here,” adding that “Everyone is very loving to him.”
As of Monday, May 9, the video had already racked up 1.4 million views in the five days since it was uploaded by Massapequa Pet Vet. On top of that, the post garnered reactions from 20,112 people, 3,215 comments and 22,883 shares.
Mac’s new doctors say that his legs aren’t broken and can register sensation. They believe that with the right physical therapy, he may be able to walk on his own four feet again.
It’s hardly surprising the post has gone viral, as America is a pet-loving nation. Americans own 70 to 80 million dogs and between 74 and 96 million cats, but shelters still take in countless abandoned and stray animals every year. Fortunately for Mac and his rescued litter mates, they won’t have to spend their lives on the street or in a kill shelter.
The original Facebook post reads:
“Meet Mac….the newest addition to the Pet Vet family. He was brought to us by a Good Samaritan who found him on the streets, abandoned by mom, unable to walk. He does have feeling in his hind end which is a good sign and we hope to rehabilitate, treat and eventually find him a good home. Some of our very dedicated technicians went digging through old toys they had and made him a make-shift wheelchair that allows him to finally run. We love this little guy and can’t wait to see what the future holds for him.”
Image Source: Facebook