Once upon a time, a gray and white tabby named Chinderella came to Northeast Animal Shelter from one of our partners in Georgia. She was friendly, happy, and sweet as can be.

 At first glance, Chinderella appears no different than other cats… until you look closely at her face. Then you notice the skin and fur on Chinderella’s chin is detached and the bone is exposed, despite the originating shelter’s best efforts to repair it. An exam by NEAS’ medical staff revealed that the same blunt force that caused the jaw injury – probably an impact with a car – also fractured all of her teeth.

Although Chinderella’s skin could not be reattached, she still needed dental surgery to remove all her teeth. Due to the delicate way that cats’ teeth are affixed, it was important that Chinderella get the best possible care. So we sent her to the MSPCA-Angell, whose dentistry staff has the experience and technical expertise for full mouth extractions. 

Despite her discomfort, Chinderella’s sweet disposition never changed and she couldn’t get enough attention from our staff! If her petting sessions were halted, she would lean in and meow for more, never failing to vocalize her appreciation with deep-throated purrs.

Despite her quirky appearance, Chinderella’s affectionate nature caught the attention of an adopter and before too long, her greatest wish came true. Chinderella found a home with someone who will adore her forever – and who doesn’t love a fairytale with a happy ending?