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Start Over Rover gives home to a very special feline
Millions of cats and dogs enter animal shelters every year in the U.S., each of them with a unique story. News 5's Lauren Conley visited Start Over Rover in Hastings Saturday to bring us the story of one very special cat.
Meet Roo - a happy and playful, loving cat.
"He just wants to sit and be petted," said Kathy Hansen. "A lot of cats are very aloof. He's not."
Roo quickly made his way into the hearts of the volunteers at Start Over Rover.
"I think he thinks he's like any other cat."
But he's not. Roo is physically handicapped. As a kitten he climbed into the engine of a car to seek warmth from the cold.
"Someone not knowing he was there started the car and probably the fan belt or something took off a good portion of his front legs," said Rod Hansen.
Roo's legs have healed since the accident.
"A lot of times he'll sit up like a kangaroo and walk on the two back legs," said Kathy.
"That's when you really notice for the first time that the legs are not there," Rod said.
Rod and Kathy Hansen were at the shelter when Roo was brought in a few weeks ago. He was abandoned by his owner. A neighbor brought him over and shared Roo's story.
"His neighbors had moved out of an apartment and he went to check the apartment after a couple weeks and found Roo hiding behind a stove," said Rod.
Roo lost his legs and his home, but he still has his favorite toy - and orange ribbon.
"I visit him everyday when we come in. I just think he's an amazing cat," said Kathy.
"I always wish the dogs and cats down here had voices so we could know exactly what went on," Rod said.
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