Published: Oct 06, 2013 9:47 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 06, 2013 9:56 AM EDT

Fort Myers, FL -- Each year thousands of animals are euthanized in Florida. The Animal Refuge Center, also known as ARC, in North Fort Myers is working to lower those numbers and has been helping those who can't help themselves for more than 20 years. ARC is a non-profit organization that strives to provide shelter and healthcare to all animals in need.  Each year, ARC places about 500 pets with loving families, but some have special needs like Li'l Lily.

Lily was born without radial bones in her forelegs. She walks on her elbows but is beginning to walk on her hind legs. She will not be eligible for surgery until she's full grown, but if Lily stays small, she may be able to avoid the $10,000 surgery, a procedure only made possible through generous donations. Another kitten, Petie, had a successful amputation of one of his rear legs this past Thursday. Petie was found lifeless, tangled in a fishing net, and his rear leg couldn't be saved.

You can meet Lily at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater's performance of CATS this Friday, October 11th. For just $1 you have the opportunity to purchase a paw print and help Lily, Petie and the other animals at ARC in need of healthcare. The paw prints will be hung in the lobby and available for purchase from opening night through the last performance of CATS on November 23rd. By the way more than 50 performances of cats will run in October and November, so there are plenty of opportunities to see some of the best work of Andrew Lloyd Webber and help ARC! For Broadway Palm Dinner Theater tickets, call 239-278-4422.

If you can't make CATS but would like to help, visit or the "Phoenix and ARC" page on Facebook. There you can read stories of survival, donate, or learn how to volunteer your time.