Meet Smurf & Wanda: Two Rescue Cats Who Found Each Other And Never Looked Back

Written by: Adri Sandoval
Adri Sandoval is the Special Projects Manager for iHeartDogs and iHeartCats. Her work has deepened her love for animals, fostering a strong passion for rescue and animal advocacy.Read more
| Published on February 15, 2016

This past December, a tiny kitten was found abandoned in a box in San Jose, California. He was hurting, emaciated, and for unknown reasons, dyed blue.

The kitten, who was named Smurf, was taken to the Nine Lives Foundation in Redwood City. They saved him from being euthanized, which was considered due to the extent of his injuries: he only weighed one pound, and had puncture wounds covering his body. It is thought that little Smurf was used as live bait for dogfighting.

Don’t worry, this story gets better! The little blue kitten is now recovering beautifully. And speaking of beautiful, he’s looking less smurf-like every single day. The kitty’s soft, natural grey fur is growing in, making those stunning green eyes stand out even more. See?


Today is 30 days of SMURF!#smurfandwanda #cats #adopt

Posted by Nine Lives Foundation on Thursday, January 28, 2016

Smurf’s purple color is approximately 70% gone! He is becoming a gorgeous grey medium hair fluffy boy! (possibly a tabby! ) – time will tell!

Posted by Nine Lives Foundation on Monday, February 8, 2016


And who’s that black-and-white furball in the background? Smurf’s new best friend, Wanda! She is a blind kitty who found happiness and comfort in the Smurf’s company–and the feeling is mutual.

Good Thursday Morning to everyone! SMURF & WANDA enjoying a quiet moment together – if only you could hear the synchronous purring! #smurfandwanda #cats #adopt #spay

Posted by Nine Lives Foundation on Thursday, February 4, 2016

Happy Groundhog Day from SMURF & WANDA ! Hoping this beautiful image warms your heart on this cold winter day! Look how far they have come, together…..#smurfandwanda #adopt #cats #spay

Posted by Nine Lives Foundation on Tuesday, February 2, 2016


The two sweethearts were in medical foster care and were expected to enter regular foster care in the middle of January, according to an article by Fox KTVU. The story also states that the pair will remain forever friends and will be adopted out together, probably within the next several months.

Until then, Smurf and Wanda are continuing to recover in company and comfort. They’re loving the new life that they’re able to spend together, thanks to the amazing folks at the Nine Lives Foundation!

SMURF & WANDA enjoying their new papoose today – these 2 are very spoiled! Check out Smurf’s GREY fluffy hair coat slowly coming in! One happy healthy boy. Both Smurf and Wanda getting stronger every day….#smurfandwanda #cats #spay #neuter #adopt

Posted by Nine Lives Foundation on Tuesday, January 26, 2016


If you’re a kitty lover living in California, The Nine Lives Foundation has tons of cats who need loving homes, all with their own unique stories. Check out their Facebook page to see who’s up for adoption and get updates on Smurf and Wanda.

Valentine’s Day lovers….SMURF & WANDA together forever! #smurfandwanda #cats #adopt #spay

Posted by Nine Lives Foundation on Sunday, February 14, 2016


(Featured images adapted from the Nine Lives Foundation via Facebook.)