The Twelfth Save of Christmas

During the month of December, we’re sharing 12 stories about animals saved by the CASPCA this year. These stories exemplify our commitment to maintaining the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA as a No Kill community, and they have a happy ending because of the tireless efforts of our staff and the generosity of supporters like you. 


12. Captain Lovin

When the temperature drops, homeless animals have to find creative ways to stay warm. Sometimes these animals, desperate for shelter, place themselves in even greater danger. Poor Captain Lovin, for instance, didn’t know a parked car’s engine was the last place he wanted to hide. When the car’s owner, unaware the kitten was hiding beneath the hood, turned on their vehicle the day before Thanksgiving, this poor boy darted from beneath the car severely injured, with part of his front leg torn off.

The kitten was rushed to Greenbrier Emergency Clinic and then transferred to our clinic, where he was promptly scheduled for surgery. Even while being prepped for the operation to amputate his injured leg, our clinic staff marveled at how happy the kitten was to be with people – despite such a traumatic injury, Captain Lovin loved being in someone’s lap and would purr when lilcapngiven attention.

Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Kristen Scheller and Dr. Anna Sims amputated the rest of the kitten’s leg without issue, and he began his recovery in the home of Jennifer Kilby, a veterinary assistant who wanted to closely monitor this kitten as it learned to navigate the world minus one leg.

To our staff’s delight, Captain Lovin has rebounded quickly. Jennifer reports that though he might be lacking a limb, this tiny kitten isn’t lacking in personality; he’s very playful, loves mouse toys and bouncy balls, and will even groom his people from time to time. Captain Lovin is a talkative cat who purrs and meows when he wants food or attention. He even can tolerate (some) dogs, as long as they are gentle and being supervised.

“He has learned how to use a small scratching post and can even climb it already,” Jennifer says. “He’s getting better at jumping up onto things every day. He’s especially good at it when chasing toys.”

Stay tuned for more about this precocious survivor, who will be available for adoption soon!

This holiday season, please think of the thousands of animals we have saved and the thousands more we have yet to save.heart donate now