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ADOPT ME (SC): Finnegan - cat & 12 other tripawds
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3 November 2023 - 6:13 am
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No one told creative little Finnegan (aka Scooter) that slick, hard floors are bad for tripawds (see video here)! Contact Feline Lifeline of South Carolina in Simpsonville, SC to meet this think-outside-the-box, fun-loving boy!

Finn (aka Finnegan) is an approximately 1-year-old (as of 7/2022) male tri-pawed kitten. Finn was found as a kitten injured in the road. He had a back fracture at L7 and an injured rear leg. He was paralyzed from the back fracture down and unable to move his rear legs. Finn was too young for surgery so he was allowed to heal naturally. His back healed well and he regained movement in his rear legs. Unfortunately, his right rear leg was full of scar tissue from his injuries and despite physical therapy and surgery, he was unable to regain use of it. His right rear leg was removed as it was hindering his mobility.

Finn has completely healed from his surgery and is mobile and actually quite fast. In fact, his nickname is Scooter because of how easily he gets around - and because he often scoots around! Finn is bold, playful, and very loving. He is not hampered by his disability and is actually quite active.

Finn might have some special needs but he is now ready for his forever home. He will need someone with patience, and who is willing to continue to work with him on therapy so he can walk using his hind leg. For now, he is content to scoot around using his two front legs. Due to atrophy, his rear leg is weak and he has trouble balancing so he gives up and starts to scoot. His fosters work with him every day to try and strengthen his rear leg and he will continue to need this work as he is stubborn and likes to take the easy way out (Finn hates therapy, he'd rather play). Finn can use the litter box but needs a low box so he can get in and out. Finn has been fine with other cats and enjoys playing with him. He was exposed to a younger dog during another foster meet and greet and he held his own; sitting in the hall and giving the dog a piece of his mind and not letting her pass.

Finn is very loving and sits with his foster all day while they work from home. He is a purr bucket and loves people but really loves to play and makes it a game to try and catch him. He likes laser toys, springs, and string toys. Finn has been in foster care for a while letting his injuries heal and regaining his mobility. He is now ready for his forever home and someone willing to take on his challenges, but also be filled with his joy, spirit, and love.

GOOD IN A HOME WITH: Other cats.

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**Cats may be in foster care and not in a Petco store; please contact us prior to your visit to the store if you would like to meet the cat**

Mon - Sat 9am - 9pm, Sun 9am - 7pm

353 Harrison Bridge Rd

Simpsonville, SC 29680


Please apply for adoption by filling out an application at Once your application is reviewed, a volunteer will contact you for an interview and follow-up. If approved, we will schedule a meeting between you and the cat to make sure you both like each other. Thank you for your interest!

Psst! - If Finnegan is taken or isn’t quite for you, perhaps consider his Palmetto State trikitty neighbor Cat-Cat!

There are also some amazing tripups in the area too: Angel, Bingley, Calhoun, Curtis, Emery, Gator, Meadow, Momma Dog, Oso, Skippy, Waylon.


And if these tripawds aren’t near enough or the right fit for you, perhaps share them with someone who is?

To find a better matched tripawd of your own, try this!

Note: With any tripawd, it’s good to ask about the reason for the amputation if it’s unlisted, just to get a clearer picture of the pet’s health and history. “Unknown” isn’t a dealbreaker, but more info can help you as a pet parent make a more informed decision!

Natalie & Juno (aka June)


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3 November 2023 - 5:38 pm
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Finn reminds me of Feta when she first joined us. She is now a bipawd. It's incredible cats do so well with two legs.💝 Thats 3 now i have seen on two doing amazing. 
🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Finn finds his furever home; in his case, at this point, he might do better with no traction ; he slides around so well. He is adroable💝


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3 November 2023 - 6:26 pm
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@Purrkins - Thank you!! That’s such good perspective for his prospective hooman. I totally assumed, much as the foster and rescue seem to, that it’s all about rehabbing that bum leg. But you’re probably right given Feta’s experience. Slick floors it is!

He's such a hoot - and so confident. I’ve really been looking forward to posting him. sp_hearticon2

Natalie & Juno (aka June)

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5 November 2023 - 1:43 pm
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Aww sweet kitty! Yeah someone like Feta's mom is out there, I just know it. And in this case, slick floors might actually be an asset for his mobility. 

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