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The superhero-style survival of Pukka may be evidence that cats truly do have nine lives. Not only did she survive a three-story fall while pregnant, but she also bounced back to life after intensive care for a ruptured placenta. Her red blood cell count was dangerously low, so she received emergency fluid therapy by our veterinary staff and spent several weeks in foster care. The combination of medical care at the shelter and TLC with her foster family has made all the difference.

Now Pukka lives the life of a normal, curious, rambunctious one-year-old cat. Her wide eyes follow the squirrels, chipmunks and birds while she lounges on the three-season porch. She wrestles with knotted up socks as if they were prey and darts around the house as if she had never suffered life-threatening injuries. She is such a sweetheart that her foster family just couldn’t imagine how anyone could abandon her. They cared for her during her recovery and couldn’t help but fall in love with her. There was just something about her that tugged at their heartstrings. Bet you can guess how this story ends? Pukka will spend her remaining lives (eight of them, at last count) with her foster family, which is now her new adoptive family.

Photography courtesy of Cynthia Lapp.

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