Dropped off at the steps of an animal shelter was a tiny kitten unlike anything they had ever seen. The abused, purple kitty was on the brink of death and needed immediate care.
He had been beaten, abused, and dyed a purplish-blue color.
They brought the two-month-old kitten inside and were shocked to see his body covered in scars and bite marks. The San Jose animal shelter decided not to euthanize the kitten they dubbed Smurf and instead contacted Nine Lives Foundation.
Veterinarian Monica Rudiger saw Smurf’s wounds and knew that the kitten had been used as bait to train dogs to fight.
Smurf’s life had been full of fear and pain, but now the journey to recovery would begin.
The poor kitten’s spirit never broke, and that would go a long way in the recovery process. No one knew how long it’d take, but the Nine Lives Foundation was determined to do everything possible to help Smurf heal.