It was apparent when three small kittens were brought to a Los Angeles shelter that they’d just been born hours earlier – and that they’d been abandoned because they were unusual.
Oliver Twist and Curly Sue, Pretzel’s two siblings, were born with twisted limbs and legs, making them appear and move differently from normal kittens. Kitten Rescue, a Los Angeles-based organization, took the kittens in and placed them with Laura Hawthorne to foster.
Hawthorne told The Dodo, “It was a bit of a rollercoaster trip.” “It was a bit overwhelming when I picked them up from the shelter when they were just hours born and witnessed the degree of their abnormalities.”
Curly Sue lost away after 14 weeks because Oliver Twist didn’t make it through the first night. Pretzel, on the other hand, never gave up the battle.
Pretzel has a heart murmur, poor skeletal development, missing bones in her legs, irregular pelvic development, and an underbite, among other medical problems. She couldn’t give a damn about any of it.
“I don’t believe Pretzel is aware of her disability,” Hawthorne added. “She developed her own scooting technique and was able to go where she needed to go.”
Pretzel’s sadness at the loss of her sister, Curly Sue, was understandable, but she overcame it. “At first, she was perplexed and seeking for Curly Sue,” Hawthorne explained, “but we all made a point of spending a lot of time with her.” “There’s never a lack of foster kittens coming and leaving at my place, so she made a lot of close friends throughout her time here.”
Hawthorne believed she’d be a “forever foster” because of Pretzel’s health concerns, but then she received an email that altered everything.
Michelle Harrison fell in love with Pretzel after seeing a video of him on the internet. “While viewing the movie, she was brought to tears and decided right then and then that she would be Pretzel’s permanent mom,” Hawthorne said.
The two met for the first time, and it was love at first sight. Pretzel had lived, flourished, and found herself a permanent family despite all odds. Pretzel was ultimately adopted at the age of eight months.
“It was really difficult to let her go,” Hawthrone recalled, “but I knew she was going to a family where she would be cherished, incredibly cared for, and pampered rotten.”
Harrison had no intention of adopting a special needs cat, but she felt it was meant to be after meeting Pretzel.
When Pretzel initially arrived into her new home, she was quite frightened and timid, which made Harrison even more eager to make Pretzel feel secure and loved. She was able to attain that aim within a short period of time.
“She is the most ardent lover. She’s really kind and caring “In a film chronicling Pretzel’s journey, Harrison remarked.
Pretzel’s trip is chronicled in detail in the following video: