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Three-Legged Kitten Adopts Little Girl With Amputated Left Arm

Both 'Doc' and two-year-old Scarlette are survivors. Now, they're also the best of friends.


The bond between a young child and their furry friend is a powerful one. Both vulnerable to the world, the young animal is usually a teacher of playfulness and unconditional love, and the child an adventure buddy and cuddle companion. That combination can make the bleakest of situations seem alright, which is likely why a three-legged kitten named Doc found its way to a little girl who had an amputation of her own.

2-year-old Scarlette is one brave little girl. She hasn’t been in this world long, but she’s been battling a rare form of cancer that resulted in her left arm being amputated.

Credit: Smiles For Scarlette

Credit: Smiles For Scarlette

Because she lights up every time she sees a cat, her family decided to find a friend she could grow up with – one that’s like her.

“We wanted a little kitten to have her grow up with, so she has something that’s just like her,” her mother, Simone Tipton, told Love Meow.

The family spent half a year seeking out a three-legged kitten to join their family and, just before Christmas, finally found her!

Credit: Smiles For Scarlette

Credit: Smiles For Scarlette

While watching the local news, Scarlette’s parents saw a story about a little three-month-old kitten that just had an amputation. Right away, they were sure it was the one. They drove two hours to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, where the two-year-old quickly bonded with the survivor kitten named ‘Doc’.

Credit: Smiles For Scarlette

Credit: Smiles For Scarlette

“Scarlette was really excited, she absolutely loves cats. She did notice that Doc had staples on her side and said ‘owies’. I let her know that she had owies just like her, and she placed her hand on her side and just nodded,” Tipton said. “She recognizes that the cat has similar struggles as she does.”

You can learn more by visiting Smiles For Scarlettea campaign to help fund Scarlette’s medical care.

Credit: Smiles For Scarlette

Credit: Smiles For Scarlette

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