“Gumby” Arrived at the MSPCA on November 11 from Overcrowded Shelter in Texas
BOSTON, Nov. 27, 2023 – The MSPCA-Angell is seeking very special adopters for a unique 11-week-old kitten named “Gumby” who came to Massachusetts on November 11 from the SPCA of Texas in search of medical treatment and a loving home.
“We’ve never seen a cat quite like this,” said Dr. Rebecca Fellman, MSPCA-Angell lead clinician of community and shelter medicine. “Both of Gumby’s back legs are severely deformed with muscle contracture that limits his joint mobility, but he still manages to get around—often on all fours.”
“We’re working with Angell specialists to explore all pathways to manage his condition, but Gumby’s quite remarkable in that he’s actually doing well, despite the deformities.”
Shelter staff say that Gumby is able to walk and use the litterbox in his current condition.
“At this point, he isn’t developing any sores, and it looks like surgery may not significantly improve his mobility, so it doesn’t make sense to put him through what will be a painful process at this time,” Fellman added.
“Instead, we’re looking for special adopters that can accommodate his needs as he is.”
Wanted: Very Special Adopters!
Shelter staff say that Gumby is very sweet and loving, even playful.
“Gumby acts like a regular kitten,” explained Erin Morey, MSPCA Boston Adoption Center clinic coordinator. “He loves attention and can be a little mischievous. It’s really remarkable how well he’s learned to function with his limb deformities. He doesn’t let anything get him down!”
The MSPCA is looking for adopters who are willing to take on the unique challenges that come with adopting a kitten with Gumby’s medical needs. They should have a close relationship with a veterinarian.
“We would love for Gumby to find his happy home before the holidays,” Morey elaborated. “But given his medical condition, we want to find him the right environment to match his needs.”
“He can’t jump around or climb stairs, and there are times that he will need help getting around. Long term, he might benefit from physical therapy or other forms of assistance, especially since his mobility and needs might change as he grows.”
Those interested in adopting Gumby should submit an inquiry at mspca.org/gumby.
Those who would like to help the MSPCA care for Gumby and other animals in need may donate at mspca.org/donate.