Just because your four-legged friend has become three-legged doesn’t mean they’re any less spunky and adorable. In fact, thousands of people are showing off their adorable tripawds (Get it? Tripod. Tripawd.) all over social media.
These 55 cats and dogs will show you that there’s life after major pet surgery and that animals are capable of rebounding and adapting to even the most catastrophic injuries and illnesses.
Lucky for him, his sweet demeanor stuck around and he’s not letting the loss of a leg get in his way.
In fact, his foster family fell so hard for him that they decided to adopt the pup.
When he got stuck in a rat trap, the damage was too severe to save the limb.
But according to his owners, he’s learning to trust people and enjoys snuggles from his rescue family, including his canine bestie, Harry.
Horatio’s main claim to fame is that he can “hear” cheese and comes running whenever someone so much as touches a piece in the fridge.
She was adopted about a month after her surgery in July of 2016 and now lives happily with her brother Cooper in her fur-ever home.
And judging by that happy face, she’s now getting all the love she missed in the first years of her life.
She once lived in a cat cafe but a couple that frequented it decided to bring her home as soon as they moved into a place that accepted pets.
Despite only having 3 paws, she uses them all to walk across her mom and dad in the morning until one of them gets up to feed her.
Now that the rescue dog has kicked cancer’s butt, he enjoys bouncing around…and eating plants.
With no collar and a microchip that hadn’t been updated, he was taken in by the local SPCA and had his leg amputated.
He was in a foster home for over a year since no one wanted to adopt the adorable tripawd, but now he’s happily in a fur-ever home with his new family and accepting ALL the belly rubs.
It turns out the pup had bone cancer and needed to have his leg removed entirely.
But don’t worry, while it took him a while to re-learn his old ways, he’s back to chasing tennis balls and squirrels just like the old days.
Look at him go!
Despite having to have her leg amputated, she earned the name “Chicken” because she still enjoys jumping in front of cars (playing “chicken” with them).
She hasn’t lost that game since her first accident and is now learning to be a service dog (who does not jump in front of cars).
When she snuck out of the house one day, she returned with a badly broken leg. And while her family tried to raise money for her surgery, it was going to cost $5,000 to save the leg vs. $1,500 to amputate it.
Despite having to go through the trauma of having a limb removed, she’s back to her old self.
The rest of her front limb had to be amputated, but she continues to be spoiled and sassy in her permanent home in Southern California.
And from the looks of it, she does not want your pity.
But don’t worry, he doesn’t seem to notice and enjoys all the things his feline 4-legged counterparts do, like belly scratches.
But 10 years later, he was a happy master of high-fives.
And from the looks of it, he’s managed to navigate life (and begging) just fine without a front leg.
At 11 years old, it’s been 2 years since her surgery and she’s clearly back to enjoying long walks on the beach.
And while life hasn’t dealt him the best hand, he seems to be doing just fine with his loving family and comfy bed.
It had cut deep into the bone by that time, requiring amputation.
One month later he was up for adoption and immediately taken in by his loving parents, partly because his mom had had a 3-legged dog as a child.
Now he’s living the high life in Kansas City, Missouri with a feline sister and lots of his favorite snack – peanut butter!
Even though she only has a nub left where her leg used to be, she still uses it to play with her toys.
She now lives with her brother Elwood, also a tripawd, who you’ll see on the next slide.
The formerly malnourished pet was actually thought to have passed away during his surgery, but vets worked hard to get him breathing again.
While he’s down to just 7 lives, he has now adjusted to his new home and enjoys playing with his tripawd sister Alice.
Now he lives happily with his tripawd sister Lucy.
After some love and care, she’s now happy and healthy in her fur-ever home and has a tripawd brother to play with.
After her surgery in April 2019, her foster parents loved her so much they adopted her and she now lives happily in Michigan with her dog and rabbit brothers, both of whom she likes to boss around.
Her tripawd status doesn’t keep her from spending much of her time trying to steal treats.
While that’s all we know, she seems to be getting the hang of this whole tripawd thing and can still enjoy the great outdoors with her fur-ever family.
Frank is another “foster fail,” meaning his foster mom just couldn’t give him up and decided to give him a fur-ever home.
Now he lives with two younger brothers (a cat and a dog) and enjoys climbing trees and licking strawberry ice cream.
He also enjoys trying to hop over the patio fence to go visit his grandma who lives next door.
But never fear, that life is behind her and she’s now happy and playful and living alongside a tripawd cat sister (who you can see in the next slide) in her new home.
Someone heard her cries and took the poor sweetheart to a local vet who discovered she had a broken leg that was badly infected.
Despite having to have her leg amputated, she now loves bounding around with her doggy sister and plays just like a “normal” cat.
Shortly after his new owners adopted him in January of 2018 he had his surgery, but that hasn’t stopped the beautiful Weimaraner from enjoying the great outdoors.
Her German moms saw her on a rescue’s website and paid for the trip for her to come live with them.
She now enjoys playing with her plush sharks and cat sibling.
While we can’t fathom what would cause a human to harm an animal, Oxxo no longer needs to worry about harm coming to him.
His new family keeps him safe and rich in tennis balls, which he loves to chase despite only having 3 legs.
While we don’t know the details, it’s clear his fur-ever family loves him loads since they’ve set up an Instagram page where they love to show him off.
She was actually born with only 3 legs, so she’s never had to adjust to being a tripawd.
Even though she tires easily due to heart and liver problems. she lives a happy life with her sister Maggie.
While we don’t know much more about her background, her first walk on the beach after her surgery took place in Ocean City, Maryland where she clearly had lots of fun.
The vet lined up a home for the sweet cat and arranged to have his front leg amputated at the local teaching hospital.
He now lives as a pampered prince with a brother named Atlas.
Bandit is still getting used to the big city but is doing better every day.
All his family knows about his injury is that he hurt his back leg while living with a breeder and got placed in a kill shelter until he was rescued and got his surgery.
Yay for good people who are animal-lovers!
Even after the amputation, the fluffy cat continued to enjoy chasing flies and even playing with strangers!
The beautiful greyhound lives in Australia where he is plenty active and has to work on gaining some weight.
We don’t know how Hobbs became a tripod but he hardly seems fazed by it.
He’s also quite the pup-fluencer on Instagram, shilling for various doggie products and showing off his active, 3-legged lifestyle.
His leg was already in need of a fix when he was born and needed to be amputated soon after.
Now he’s living the good life with his new parents in Pittsburgh.
But these days he’s living large with 3 legs and a loving family who say he’s “sweet, cuddly, and a complete weirdo!”