Paolo Born with Birth Defect: Journey to New Life


Paolo is a cat that helps children overcome a fear of doctors. He was born with a concave ribcage, and needed lifesaving surgery. Now, he’s almost two years old, loving life and inspiring many with his story.

Paolo was born in the wild with his siblings. They were rescued and brought into a foster home. When this small kitten played, he ran out of breath very quickly. This was due to a concave ribcage, pushing his heart and lungs to the side. Paolo had a surgery to correct this and wore a body cast while his body healed. Along the way, Paolo learned how to trust people in his journey of healing.

Paolo was very lucky to have a wonderful foster home while his ribcage healed.  Marnie Annin, a MEOW Cat Rescue volunteer cared for Paolo for five months. A wonderful, loving family decided to give Paolo a forever home.  Paul and Dawn Lawson first heard about the orange tabby on KOMO news and were immediately interested.  They met Paolo and it was love at first sight.  The Lawson’s now enjoy daily cuddling and ear kisses from Paolo, along with three other MEOW cat alumni.

Paolo has inspired Carolyn Banguero to write a children’s book on his journey – Paolo’s adventure.

Little Paolo

cute ginger kitten wrapped in towel

After the surgery

cute ginger kitten paolo

cute ginger kitten paolo

cute ginger kitten paolo

Paolo today!

cute ginger kitten paolo

A percentage of the net proceeds from Paolo’s Adventures will be graciously donated to MEOW.

Photos courtesy of Carolyn Banguero (Facebook).

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21 Responses to “Paolo Born with Birth Defect: Journey to New Life”

  1. Deb says:

    These stories are wonderful. I am amazed at how many kind-hearted people are actually among us, as I so seldom encounter any in person.

  2. Vix says:

    Yay, another success story! Kind hearted people who do good are out there, do not lose heart, Deb.

  3. Rick says:

    What an extraordinary fella! God bless you!

  4. Shelly Lyon says:

    What a brilliant idea! Way to go, all who helped Paolo.

  5. Val says:

    Bless Paolo!!! Such a brave sweetie!!!

  6. dinah kaman says:

    Im so glad there is still good people out there and that they saved Palo the kitten,he is adorable..ive rescued 5 kittens myself and had them all fixed,and they now live with me..also rescued a puppy that drives me crazy :) he lives with 2 of my dogs and myself.I cant stand for animals to be abandoned,or miss treated..

  7. Blue Wolf says:

    What a precious little boy and thank you to everyone involved in saving his life!

  8. Leanna says:

    I love his “outfits”! God bless Paolo and all those who helped him along the way.

  9. pumbie says:

    A new breathe of life saved. Little beauty tiny heart. Thanks to these who helped him. He’s precious!.

  10. carole says:

    what a wonderful story.what wonderful people to help this poor little soul

  11. katie k says:

    What a brave little kitty and so handsome all grown up. Thanks to everyone for taking such good care of him.

  12. Khadijah Zulkifli says:

    i love the cast they made for Paolo :) creative and beautiful :)

  13. AngeliqueS says:

    Thanks for helping Paolo and all the other cats you’ve rescued. The second picture made me want to hug him.

  14. Fernanda says:

    Paolo is a cutie

  15. Cinda says:

    God Bless all of the people that give these angels a second chance. He looks wonderful and so cute in a cast.

  16. Potato says:

    We can only imagin what wouldn’ve happened if he stayed in the wild.
    Lucky of Paolo, he got the help he needed.

  17. Paolo's Mommy says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for posting this! It truly is the full story of our kitty, Paolo. He is a wonderful guy and we are very blessed to be chosen to be his furever parents. Thank you all for your beautiful comments.

  18. Maremma says:

    Thank you for your compassion and mercy for this wonderful little guy!

  19. indee says:

    tears of joy for Paolo. I love you people for the work you do to save lives and find homes for these precious babies.
    God bless you.

  20. Kate says:

    That surgery wasn’t so expensive – $1000 to save that gorgeous kitten is such a small price to pay! He’s adorable and I’m so glad he’s happy in his forever home :)

  21. Alma says:

    You people are angels, thanks for taking care of this beautiful cat, I would do the same, I love cats!

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