Hi everyone! As you all probably know by now, I’m a huge animal lover, which is why I wanted to take a few minutes out of the usual fashion/beauty/hair routine to share this story with you. Say hi to Little Bear:
Little Bear was born with a deformity that has left his front legs severely crippled. He is missing the radii in both arms, which means that they are bent and do not allow him to walk, run, jump, or play like a normal kitten. He has a hard time getting around and has sores on his elbows from scraping along on the floor. He can’t defend himself, navigate stairs, or do any of the other things normal cats (and we normal cat owners) take for granted.
Surgery to repair Little Bear’s legs is possible, but it’s also very costly: his owner, Allie, has been told that it could run somewhere around $3,000 (and that’s probably a low estimate). She can’t afford that amount out of pocket, so she’s trying to get the word out about Little Bear’s condition and raise money to fund his surgery so he can have a normal, active life.
There are several ways you can help Little Bear! First, you can visit Little Bear on Facebook by clicking here. Like and share his page, status updates, and photos with everyone you know, and don’t stop at Facebook: Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and other social media channels are also awesome for getting the word out.
Second, please vote for Little Bear in the Petco Howloween Make A Scene Photo Contest. The grand prize winner could snag $5,000, which would go a long way toward funding life-changing surgery for Little Bear. To vote for Little Bear, please follow this link to Little Bear’s entry on the Petco contest page. You’ll need to ‘like’ the Petco page in order to vote. Then just click where it says “Vote” in red letters next to Little Bear’s picture. Don’t forget to share Little Bear’s contest entry with your friends so they can vote, too! You can vote every day through October 28, so be sure to bookmark the page so you can vote again every day!
Third, click here to visit Little Bear’s page on ChipIn. (You can also donate directly using the widget in my sidebar.) These donations only benefit Little Bear; they do not benefit me in any way. I know that in this economy many people are pressed for spare cash, but even a few dollars helps, so if you can help at all please do so!
Fourth, click here to check out Little Bear’s wish list on Amazon and pick out a gift for him! There are lots of basic necessities to choose from, including litter and cat food. But there are also some other things that Little Bear especially needs because of his disability, such as kitty gates, baby socks (leg warmers for his sore elbows), and cozy beds.
Check out Little Bear in action down below. What a spunky little guy!
Please share this post with as many people as you can, through whatever social media channels are available to you. Pin it, e-mail it, tweet it, like it, whatever–or do ’em all! The more people see Little Bear’s story, the better chance he has of finding enough donors to fund a life-changing surgery that will allow him to finally walk and play to his heart’s content.
Want to see more of Little Bear’s adorable photos? Click here to view his full photo album on Facebook. Photos and video used in this post are all courtesy of Little Bear’s owner, Allie.