A resident of the U.S. town of Fountain Hills went for a routine morning walk with her husky named Koda. As she walked past the local animal shelter, she became interested in a small bag that was lying on a bench nearby.
According to the owner, Koda usually doesn’t pay attention to foreign objects, but for some reason, she rushed to the bag.
“She made a beeline to our donation bench,” Teryn Jones, events and marketing coordinator at Fearless Kitty Rescue, told The Dodo. “On our donation bench was a cooler that was zipped up, with no holes, and then wrapped up in a garbage bag. Koda wouldn’t leave it. She was like, ‘There’s something in there. I want in there! Mom, look!”
She opened the bag and saw the cat’s face peeking out. Apparently, someone decided to leave the cat at the shelter that way, but in fact, they could have hurt the animal – the bag had already started to heat up in the sun. The dog smelled the cat just in time.
“She’s so sweet and very nervous and shy,” Jones said. “But she loves being pet — she purrs and rolls around on her belly. The resilience of her, in going through, what she went through is really amazing. In the Danish culture, the name Juliane means ‘Fearless,’” Fearless Kitty Rescue wrote on Facebook. “And Fearless she is!”
The girl immediately called one of the volunteers, and after a while, the cat was taken to the shelter. She was named Juliane and the shelter staff took care of her.
So far the cat is very shy and timid after all she has been through, but she is learning to trust people. The shelter staff loves her and shows it in every way they can. After she recovers, they will find permanent owners for Juliana.
“She’s very sweet and very clean — so she’s your ideal cat,” Jones said. “She sits and does her own thing, she doesn’t make a mess … She’s just very dainty.”