3-Legged Kitten Finds New Home With Amputee Toddler

The instant bond between the two provided some "Christmas magic" for the Southern California family.

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Scarlette Tipton and Doc share a unique, special bond. Via Smiles for Scarlette/Facebook
Scarlette Tipton and Doc share a unique, special bond. Via Smiles for Scarlette/Facebook
Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig

When a severely injured kitten was brought to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus in Riverside County, California, last month, her destiny was uncertain.

The 3-month-old was wrapped in towels, bleeding and had her right front leg partially severed, which veterinarians had to amputate. But, the precious feline is now on the road to a full recovery with a new family — and its youngest member is a perfect match, reports ABC 7 News in Los Angeles.

Two-year-old Scarlette Tipton was born with a rare form of cancer, which reportedly led to her left arm being amputated in October 2014 when she was 10 months old. Her parents, Matt and Simone Tipton, were determined to make the toddler’s own recovery and life a little easier, so finding a special needs pet was a priority.

Holly, now Doc, has been through a lot during her young life. Via Facebook

Holly, now named Doc, has been through a lot during her young life. Via Smiles for Scarlette/Facebook

“We really wanted to get her an animal that she could kind of relate to, something that she can grow-up with and feel like she has a special bond with,” Simone Tipton told ABC 7 of her daughter, who now is cancer free.

When the Tipton’s heard about the kitten with three legs — named Holly by the animal shelter, they drove three hours on Christmas Eve from their Orange County home to visit her. According to the family, there was an instant bond between Scarlette and her new furry sister.

“She [Scarlette] noticed that the cat had staples down its side,” Simone Tipton told ABC 7. “And she points at it says, ‘owies’ … .”

Mom Simone Tipton and Scarlette share play time with their new kitty. Via Facebook

Mom Simone Tipton and Scarlette share play time with their new kitty. Via Smiles for Scarlette/Facebook

“It really touched everyone’s hearts; we had some hope,” Eileen Sanders with the county’s Department of Animal Services said.

The department’s staff is not sure how the kitten was injured, but believe she was either caught in a car engine’s fan belt while seeking warmth or hit by a car.

The Tipton's are all smiles, well almost, with Doc rounding out the family. Via Facebook

The Tipton’s are all smiles, well almost, with Doc rounding out the family. Via Smiles for Scarlette/Facebook

And almost a week later — on Dec. 30, 2015 — the Tiptons were able to take their newest family member to her forever home. They have since renamed her “Doc” after Scarlette’s favorite cartoon, “Doc McStuffins.”

“And also because both the cat and her have had so much interaction with doctors,” Matt Tipton told ABC 7.

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