Adopter Wanted: Loveable Special Needs Cat Seeks New Home

MSPCA-Angell Pulling Out All Stops for Handicapped Cat Who’s Been in Adopter Center for Two Weeks with Zero Inquiries

BOSTON, March 1, 2017– A loveable handicapped cat is bunking down at the MSPCA-Angell in Boston and staffers are hoping to identify one special adopter to bring him home, the organization announced today.

Ten-month-old “Ivan” was born without radial bones in his front legs and is also missing two toes on each front paw.  His left hind leg is also deformed, making it impossible for him to walk normally.

Despite living in the adoption center for two weeks after his previous owner surrendered him, no one has shown interest in the green-eyed charmer.

MSPCA-Angell adoption center manager Alyssa Krieger believes Ivan is just as deserving as any other cat, however.  “What Ivan lacks in mobility he more than makes up for in personality,” she said of the cat who loves to be held and petted.

Krieger hopes Ivan’s story will inspire an individual or family to come by the adoption center to meet him in person during open hours. “His physical limitations will always be there—so we’re looking for the adopter who can see through that and give him the second chance he deserves,” said Krieger.

Rare Deformity

Compounding Ivan’s physical challenges is his tendency to not use the litterbox each and every time.  Would-be adopters will need to arrange their home around his needs, which include hard surfaces that can be cleaned easily but also runners and carpets so that he can “army crawl” his way about, as moving across hard surfaces is difficult for him.

Anyone interested in adopted Ivan can contact the MSPCA’s Boston adoption center directly at


The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit





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