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Special friendship forms between three-legged cat and young girl

Posted at 11:12 PM, Nov 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-13 15:22:03-05

Five-year-old Leah Parnitzke walked into Ten Lives Club Saturday morning excited to leave with her new best friend: "Nemo"... or as she calls him, "Goldfish".

"The best part is... I'm so excite!" Leah exclaimed.

Goldfish and Leah quickly developed a unique bond, and a special connection.

"Nemo had his leg amputated, and Leah also was missing an arm, so they were a good match," said Stephanie Stamoolis, who works for Ten Lives Club, the non-profit cat adoption site.

Just one month ago, Goldfish was one of two cats run over by separate cars, and brought to Ten Lives Club.

"Nemo had his front leg broken really badly, and needed to be amputated," Stamoolis said.

After meeting, Leah knew that cat was the one she was taking home.

"I'll play with him and the mousies," Leah said.

"Immediately, Nemo and Leah were very attached and it was very apparent that they loved each other," said Stamoolis. 

Leah and her family drove over an hour from Randolph, to take the kitten home. A happy ending for Goldfish, Leah, and Ten Lives Club, who helped over 1,600 cats last year.

"Anytime a cat leaves here and is adopted, we are ecstatic," said Stamoolis. "This was obviously a very special case, so we were all super happy that they found each other."