At Fort Leavenworth Veterinary Treatment Facility in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the vets are used to caring for cats and dogs—the living kind, that is. But now they’re opening their doors to the stuffed variety as well.
The clinic invited kids to bring in their hurt stuffed dogs, cats, bears, and any other animals in need of a little TLC, and the vets performed surgery to nurse the little guys back to health.
“We had about a dozen stuffed animal patients,” staff member Lynelle told The Dodo. “We had an amputated arm reattached. We even had an organ donation—of eyes. We sewed new buttons on the eyes of a panda bear.”
They dubbed it the “Stuffed Animal Clinic,” and it doesn’t just benefit the stuffed patients and their worried owners—it also gave the veterinarians a way to practice before they performed surgery on living, breathing animals.
“It let our technicians practice their surgical skills,” Lynelle explained. “They used actual surgical stitches and proper stitching techniques to do it.”
After the toys finished surgery, they stayed the afternoon to recover with the vets before they were sent home with a certificate of health from the doctor.
“We enjoyed it and the kids enjoyed it too,” Lynelle said, “and the animals got repaired.”
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