Meet Pinocchio, an adorable little kitten who has a perfectly imperfect crooked face caused by an abnormality at birth.
The unique thing about Pinocchio is that he seems completely unaware that he is any different, and doesn’t let anything hold him back from living a full life.
Jacqueline Santiago runs the Friends for Life Rescue Network and fell in love with Pinocchio the moment she saw him. She was surprised at how unique he really was when meeting him in real life.
“I couldn’t really make out what was going on with his face until he arrived,” Santiago told The Dodo. “He was very, very sweet upon first meetings,” Santiago said. “[He] purred right away.”
“Pinocchio isn’t the shy type,” she continued. “He’s extremely confident and greets everyone almost immediately.”
“He runs up to anyone who enters the room and climbs up to their shoulder to perch,” she added. “He rubs on you, loves to play, and bounces around. He’s a really happy guy who loves everyone — other people, other cats, and dogs.”
He is only able to eat wet food due to his misaligned jaw and has had some medical issues during his stay at the foster home.
Now Pinocchio is slowly healing, but it is hard to say how his health problems will progress into adulthood.
“During treatment, we don’t accept any apps or inquiries as we don’t yet have the full scope of what his later needs will be,” Santiago said. “We know what his needs are now, but as he grows and changes, those could change as well.”
Hopefully, he will find a forever family that loves him for who he is, and can meet his special needs.