A brave two-year-old girl fighting a rare form of cancer loves cats – and her family looked for six months to find the perfect feline addition for their family. Scarlette Tipton of Orange County, California had her left arm amputated and just adopted a kitten who also recently lost a limb, KTLA News reported last night. The Smiles For Scarlette Facebook page posted today: “We are so enjoying some snuggle time with our precious new addition! She is an adventurer!
The Tipton Family saw the kitten’s story on KTLA News and knew that the little gray-and-white cat was the right fit for their family. The Tiptons had been searching specifically for a kitten who had also had an amputation. After traveling to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, the family adopted the little kitten, now dubbed “Doc,” who will surely be the best possible medicine for the Tiptons.
On Dec. 30, Riverside County Animal Services sent out a press release stating, “A special-needs, super survivor kitten is getting adopted today by a family that knows all about survival. Matt and Simone Tipton, an Orange County couple, have two children, including a 2-year-old daughter who was born with a rare form of cancer that ultimately led to an amputation.”
Scarlette was only 10 months old in Oct. 2014 when her left arm was removed and she’s currently cancer-free. As part of her ongoing recovery journey, her parents were searching for a kitten for her – but they were looking for a kitten who had also had an amputation.
The press release stated: “Enter Holly, the amazing survivor of a traumatic injury earlier this month. Who knows exactly what caused Holly’s severe injury. Holly was possibly caught up in a fan belt of a car engine.”
Two kind women saw the kitten bleeding in some shrubs and rushed her to Riverside County’s San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus on Dec. 17, where she received emergency care, including an amputation. The Tipton Family heard about the kitten on Christmas Eve. When little Scarlette first met the three-month-old kitten, she said to her mother, “Owie,” and pointed to the kitten’s surgical staples.
When Scarlette first met Doc, she was excited – and then she noticed that Doc had something in common with her. The little kitten still had staples on the side of her body where her arm once was. “She noticed that Doc had staples and said ‘owies,’” stated Scarlette’s mom, Simone Tipton. “I let her know that she had owies just like her, and she placed her hand on her side and just nodded.” The Smiles For Scarlette Facebook page posted today:
The more I see her personality bloom, the more she reminds me of Scarlette. She doesn’t let her limitation stop her at all! She jumps on the couch, the bed, the cat tree. She plays so passionately.”
Learn more about the Riverside County Department of Animal Services here. Please join Seattle Pets Examiner in sending much love and support to Scarlette, Doc, and their family. According to the Smiles For Scarlette Facebook page, this brave little girl will be returning to the doctor on Jan. 19 for scans. The page stated today: “Please start praying those will remain cancer free!! Thank you!”
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