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During a morning bus ride in October 2010, a vet tech at the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley told the story of Velveeta, a kitten born with deformities of her hind legs. She was found in Velva, ND and brought all the way to Golden Valley, in the hope of finding someone to give her a loving home.

I watched the video for her on the Forget-Me-Not Fridays page and fell for the sweet, playful kitten that seemed not to mind at all that she had limited mobility. I then spent a week trying to convince my roommate that we needed to take in a special needs kitten, that we would be able to provide for her and give her the love and attention she needed. She acquiesced and on November 5th, we went to the shelter and met little Velveeta. She took to us almost immediately and we brought her home that day, renaming her Ripley.

Ripley adjusted to her new home and her new sister Ursa quickly, later training the big tomcat Benjamin to act as her pillow.  Her deformities have not kept her from climbing onto and over furniture, scaling the stairs to the second level and chasing the other cats around. Caring for her has been a challenge, with special attention to her hind legs and hygiene, but all in all it has been a rewarding and fulfilling journey for a kitten that had to come so far to find a true home.

Jessica J.

Animal Humane Society locations


4375 Hwy. 55 S.E.
Buffalo, MN 55313
(763) 390-3647

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Coon Rapids

1411 Main St. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
(763) 862-4030

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Golden Valley

845 Meadow Ln. N.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 489-2201

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St. Paul

1115 Beulah Ln.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 645-7387

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9785 Hudson Rd.
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 730-6008

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    (763) 489-2202
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