Rescuers Refuse To Give Up On The Kitten Who Was Hit In A Taco Bell Parking Lot

Written by: Adri Sandoval
Adri Sandoval is the Special Projects Manager for iHeartDogs and iHeartCats. Her work has deepened her love for animals, fostering a strong passion for rescue and animal advocacy.Read more
| Published on July 20, 2017

Hit by a truck in a Taco Bell parking lot, an eight-week-old kitten named Purrito is lucky to be alive. The tiny long-haired kitten was injured and in tremendous amounts of pain when he was brought into the Fond du Lac Humane Society in Wisconsin. It was obvious his leg was broken, and veterinarians worked tirelessly to save his life.


Originally called “Stray #441,” it didn’t take long for the internet to decide on a more suitable name for the rough-looking kitten. Newly-named Purrito has already stolen hearts across the country. His rescuers said on Facebook,

“Tell me you could look into these big eyes—and end his life?!?! Yeah, well, me neither!”

Little Purrito’s back leg is broken so severely that it can’t be saved. The bone is shattered, and if left to heal on its own, it would grow to be deformed and useless. The leg needs to be amputated if Purrito wants a chance at life, but the surgery will be expensive.


No one is willing to give up on the injured kitten, and the shelter has started a campaign to help pay for the necessary amputation. It’ll take over $1,000 to save the kitten’s life, but support has already started to pour in. Individual cat lovers and Taco Bell franchises have come together to give Purrito a fighting chance.

Purrito is currently on medication, and his surgery is scheduled for this week. He is still in pain, but the staff at Fond du Lac Humane Society are doing everything they can to keep him safe and comfortable.

Consider donating to help pay for Purrito’s surgery and give him a new life. Once he recovers, the little kitten will also be looking for the perfect family. Fill out an application for the chance to welcome him into your home.

Featured Image Source: Facebook/Fond du Lac Humane Society