5 Special Needs Animal Accounts That Will Brighten Your Day

It's no secret that pets require constant care and attention. However, those born with a disability or those that have been a victim of trauma need extra love and care to live full, happy and healthy lives.

Though it can be heartbreaking to see animals struggle with health conditions, watching them find happy homes and beat the odds can be such a joy!

To celebrate these unique, furry friends, we've rounded up a small list of special needs animal accounts that we believe will brighten up any animal lover's day.

Morty the Misfit

Morty, short for Mr. Mortimer, is a special needs dog with one missing eye and "wobbly legs." Those who follow his TikTok and Instagram pages can watch him prance through his home to the beat of classic songs.

In one viral TikTok, which has more than 25 million views, Morty is seen strutting down the hall to Harry Belafonte's "Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)." It's hard not to smile when watching Morty dance through the house.

Grandpa the Kitten

Grandpa the kitten is a sweet special needs kitten that looks, well, somewhat like an old man! According to Bored Panda, Grandpa was born with a cleft palate and twisted hind legs.

When his previous owner brought him to the vet, the doctor expressed that Grandpa had a slim chance of surviving due to his conditions. So, the vet recommended euthanasia. Though his previous owners didn't have the means to support the cat, they didn't want to give up either.

When Stephanie Medrano, a foster parent with Stray Cat Alliance, heard about his condition, she agreed to foster him. Soon enough she fell in love with him and now Grandpa belongs to her! His grumpy face is sure to make you laugh.

Super Scooty

Scooty was a six-month-old stray living in Mexico when she was hit by a car. As a result of the accident, she was paralyzed. According to a post found on Scooty's Instagram page, vets thought she'd never walk again; however, her new mom nursed her back to health and Scooty beat the odds!

She can now be found running, walking and playing. She uses a wheelchair to get around, though she also loves to scoot around on her butt. Scooty also has two siblings, Wyatt and Choco, who make frequent appearances on her Instagram page. These happy pups are sure to brighten anyone's day.

Smush the Cat

Smush was just a kitten when she was found and turned into the University of Florida vet school. Battling an upper respiratory infection as well as a bad case of ringworm, Smush wouldn't eat and was at risk of being euthanized.

Thankfully, a vet student took her home to treat her, which required regular syringe feeding and baths. When she no longer required constant care, she was passed over to a foster family and then later adopted. She can now eat on her own and is ringworm-free!

Princess Lilo

Princess Lilo was paralyzed from IVDD in 2012. In a series of Instagram stories, her owner explained that the onset was very "sudden." The two had returned home from a walk when her owner noticed that Princess Lilo didn't want to climb the stairs to the house. When she picked Princess Lilo up to help her, the dog screamed with pain, leading her owner to discover that the dog's hind legs had gone "lifeless." Within three hours, Lilo was in surgery.

According to her owner, IVDD is common amongst dachshunds, which is why she's created a special highlight on her page with information about IVDD, what it is, the signs to look for, as well as her own experience dealing with IVDD. Princess Lilo is happy, healthy, wears a diaper and travels in a wheelchair!

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We've rounded up 5 special needs animal accounts that are sure to brighten your day. Liukov/iStock