Cat that was hit by a bus in March and recovered like a “miracle” has found her new home.
Four-year-old Trudie suffered severe head injuries when she was hit by a bus in Luton Bedfordshire that ran away before she could be treated.
Staff and volunteers at the RSPCA’s Southridge Animal Center in Hertfordshire were able to track her down 16 days after her accident and she was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment to have her jaw welded and her damaged eye removed.
Southridge Assistant Manager Mona Jorgensen said, “It is a miracle she survived these horrific injuries, especially since she was unable to eat.
“She has shown that she is a real fighter.”
The RSPCA team named the cat Trudie, after St. Gertrude, the patron saint of cats, and nursed her to health for six months before looking for a new home.
Ms. Jorgensen said: “After her operation she was tube fed for the first week and then when she came to our kennel we slowly weaned her back to normal food and helped her to walk again.
“We’ve all spent so much time with Trudie and she had a special place in our hearts.
“After everything we had been through, we knew we had to find the greatest home for her.”
Dennis Hooper and his partner Shirley Carter from South Mimms, Hertfordshire, decided to take the cat in, where it has settled in well.
“We’re big animal lovers, especially cats, and I knew I would choose an animal that had been through the worst of times so I could show them a good life,” he said.
“She is gorgeous; she absolutely loves excitement and is a real sweetheart … she is making really good progress.
“When she was rescued, she was in such a condition and was really emaciated from having eaten for 16 days, but now she’s getting a bit pig-like so we need to cut down on her food!”