Kitten’s Paw Traumatically Amputated by Trapper T-Rex Trap

A woman in our community noticed a kitten walking around with something attached to its foot. Later, that same woman found a Trapper T-Rex trap containing what was left of the kitten’s paw stuck within the trap’s jaws.

Kitten's Paw Traumatically Amputated by Trapper T-Rex Trap

Trapper T-Rex with what remains of a kitten’s paw in the jaws of the trap.

Kitten's Paw Traumatically Amputated by Trapper T-Rex Trap

Trapper T-Rex with what remains of a kitten’s paw in the jaws of the trap (bones are visible).

The woman spent several days attempting to trap the kitten before she was successful. Upon capturing it, the woman took the kitten straight to the San Jose animal shelter for evaluation and care.

By the time the kitten arrived at the shelter, the veterinary staff had to be very careful handling her as she was very fearful, hissing and posturing in a threatening manner when approached.

The veterinary staff was able to place a towel over the kitten’s head to calm her and pick her up safely to examine her feet.

Kitten's Paw Traumatically Amputated by Trapper T-Rex Trap

The middle digits on the kitten’s right front paw were missing. One of the adjacent nails appeared to be at risk of becoming devitalized. What remained of her paw had miraculously been healing on its own, and she did not appear to have an infection as a result of the traumatic amputation.

Kitten's Paw Traumatically Amputated by Trapper T-Rex Trap

The veterinary team cared for the kitten, unsure of whether the leg could be saved given that the team was not able to determine whether the kitten could use her injured leg.

Fortunately, the woman who found the kitten wanted to adopt the kitten and take over her care once it was known that she was not owned by someone else.

When the kitten left the shelter’s care, her paw was still in the process of healing. The shelter’s veterinary staff met with the woman to discuss the kitten’s condition and what may be in store for the kitten regarding future diagnostics and/or treatment.

Kitten's Paw Traumatically Amputated by Trapper T-Rex Trap

Kitten's Paw Traumatically Amputated by Trapper T-Rex Trap

Kitten's Paw Traumatically Amputated by Trapper T-Rex Trap

This kitten’s story represents one of the less common ways that people can adopt a pet from the San Jose shelter. There are many “special needs” animals with either behavioral or medical issues that need to be addressed before they would be able to go up for adoption, and sometimes the shelter is unable to manage these issues. Fortunately, the San Jose animal shelter enables people to adopt these special needs animals and address the medical or behavioral issues on their own. Given that this program helps free up shelter resources (both staff and finances) to help more animals, the shelter is incredibly appreciative of the special needs adopters who are supporting the shelter’s life-saving efforts within the community.

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