Kickie D'Alfonso's foster home for animals in Austin, Texas, is a place where magical transformations take place. The vet tech specializes in tough cases – sick, injured, abandoned and unwanted animals who would have little chance of survival without D'Alfonso.
It was here that Lai Lai the one-eyed Boxer and Squirtle the injured cat met and became best friends, reports The Dodo. Squirtle was taken in by D'Alfonso after he was found with open wounds all over his body and no skin left on his tail.
Source: Bastrop Animal Rescue
A month later, Lai Lai joined the family with an infected eye that had to be removed, as well as heartworm and multiple infected tick bites.
The Boxer used to hate cats, but her human made the right decision in introducing her to the this white ball of fur. She told The Dodo
Squirtle has changed her. He is an insanely affectionate cat.
D'Alfonso loves caring for pets with no hope, and giving them a second chance at life. She told The Dodo:
They are typically tossed aside and forgotten. Our friends like to say the jankier, less teeth, less hair, etc., the quicker they go to Kickie's house.
Her group of misfits includes six elderly dogs, a rescue pig with knee problems, a Chihuahua who had been abandoned eight times, one cat who'd been thrown out of a moving car and another who was found in a bucket of wet cement.
D'Alfonso is trying to get all these animals adopted into loving homes, and is hoping for Lai Lai and Squirtle to go together.
H/t: The Dodo