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To most of us, it’s the “Cone of Shame.” The dreaded accessory when your critter won’t stop biting at an itchy spot, or when those stitches from a neuter are just too interesting to be left alone, or when a paw can’t help but wipe off newly applied eye ointment.

But not for Flower. It was a “Cone of Pride.” She’d gone through so much, and here was proof she made it through.

It all started when the 1-year-old kitty landed at a municipal animal control shelter after she was found badly injured outside. Flower’s leg was broken, and she needed a lot of veterinary care if she was going to enjoy her adolescent years properly: jumping, running, pouncing and turning anything into a toy.

The type of care she needed was beyond the municipal budget’s abilities, but there was a solution for her. Flower could come to the Connecticut Humane Society for pro bono medical care and adoption, thanks to a partnership with local animal control officers.

All the diagnostics and treatment she needed were ready and waiting for her at CHS, thanks to generous donors who make sure a broken leg (or a thyroid condition, or bad teeth, or an infected eye, or any other ailment) aren’t an obstacle on the journey to home. Veterinarians took x-rays of Flower’s leg and saw the injury looked older than everyone initially suspected. The leg needed to be amputated to give Flower the best possible future.

The day after her big surgery, the colorful kitty showed everyone how truly resilient she was. Flower was wearing that Cone of Pride and already purring and kneading her blankets. She even got herself into her litter box for a bathroom break. A few days later, she spent time out and about in the medical department to strengthen her three legs…and then flopped over on a blanket to knead at the air, roll over and purr. She felt safe and happy, and was finally enjoying pain-free days.

This good-mood girl was ready for adoption, and no cone or missing leg would slow her down. And now she has a new place where she can roll over and purr in contentment: her new home.

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