Nevada Humane Society’s 12 Saves of Christmas was introduced several years ago. It received an overwhelmingly positive response, letters of appreciation, and more, all of which came unexpectedly to us. We see day in and day out the difference we make in the lives of thousands of animals but we didn’t realize we weren’t fully communicating those lifesaving efforts to you – our biggest fans. Thus, the 12 Saves of Christmas was created. Now, every holiday season, we find ourselves receiving messages asking when our 12 Saves of Christmas begins. Without further ado, we present to you the 12 Saves of Christmas of 2016.
12 Saves of Christmas #6: Bam Bam the Kitten
Bam Bam arrived at Nevada Humane Society in September, with his mom and three other kittens. Mom looked great. The kittens were all tiny, about a pound in size, but Bam Bam was different. He was half their size, and had what appeared to be misshapen back legs. We knew he would need a special foster home, so we sent him and his siblings to an experienced foster family who could take the time to look after him and keep us posted on his development. At this time, we weren’t sure what to expect.
Over time, the foster family observed Bam Bam and his siblings. While they all looked and behaved like normal, healthy kittens, Bam Bam still did not. He was still smaller than the others, and his back legs, which we had hoped would begin to straighten out with physical therapy and massage, did not. Bam Bam was diagnosed with Twisted Leg Syndrome.
Believe it or not, we have seen this several times before. Sometimes the condition is mild, other times, more serious. It’s a birth defect where the muscles and tendons don’t develop properly. It can happen due to poor positioning of the fetus or crowding of fetuses. As the kittens grow, if the kitten is cramped, the tendons and ligaments become short and inflexible from remaining in one position.
Our foster family worked to try and help Bam Bam, but didn’t see a big result. The good news? Bam Bam was still able to get around, nurse on mom, play with his siblings, and use a litter box. His quality of life was turning out to be just fine.
Bam Bam and his family came back to Nevada Humane Society to be spayed and neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. All of them were adopted quickly… all of them except Bam Bam. His looks tended to make people shy away. Whether they felt sad for him, nervous about his future, or worried they would not be able to care for him, he was overlooked time and time again.
We set up a special photo shoot to show our little guy off. He was stunning, actually, and had a gentle, kind, affectionate personality. He wasn’t letting his legs slow him down. Though he was definitely different, we knew he would make a family very happy and would win anyone over with his charm.
We splashed Bam Bam’s handsome face all over social media and talked him up to anyone who would listen. Many times with special cases like this we have to look at the overall quality of life. Bam Bam’s was good, and we weren’t going to let him down. He deserved a home.
A few days after all of his publicity, a sweet man came in. He wanted to find out more about Bam Bam. We told him everything we knew, spent time with the two of them in a visiting room, and talked to him about Bam Bam’s future. Thing were starting to look up.
Once he understood the condition, and saw Bam Bam’s adorable personality, as well as witnessed him zooming around with toys, a decision was made. Bam Bam was going home.
We pride ourselves on lifesaving, on believing all lives are precious. We know not everyone is going to look perfect, or have perfect health, or even the perfect personality, but we are there for them all. We are not here to judge. We are here to be their voice and give them the love and family they deserve. You allow us to do that. Your support lets us care for and find homes for pets just like Bam Bam. As he experiences his first holiday, we have no doubt he’s more grateful than ever. Thank you for giving us, and him, that opportunity.