A rescue cat has gone beyond what was ever expected of her - and all other cats in the world, for that matter - by helping to save her owner, and all their neighbors, from a fire that had broken out in their apartment block.
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Danielle Schafer rescued Kitty 5 years ago.Danielle, who had just graduated from veterinary school at Cornell University a year earlier, stumbled across Kitty as a feral kitten.
Kitty had been heartlessly abandoned along the side of a road.And Danielle originally had no intention to adopt her. “I wasn’t going to keep her," she told The Dodo, “I was going to try to find a good home for her."
But her and Kitty quickly became inseparable.The kitten's big green eyes and loving nature won Danielle over, and she eventually decided that she simply couldn't give her up.
And, fast forward 5 years...Kitty has now become a firm member of Danielle's family.
But recently, Kitty went above and beyond for her family.
via: GettyWhile Danielle was sleeping, a fire broke out in her apartment block in Lansing, New York.
And, while Kitty usually slept beside Danielle...She would never usually wake her up.
So, when Danielle found herself being awoken by the distressed animal...
via: GettyShe knew something serious was happening.
Danielle woke to a terrifying sight.
via: Getty“I saw red flames, smoke, and fire," she recalled, “I just started running back to my bedroom."
However, once she returned to her bedroom...
via: GettyKitty was nowhere to be seen.
Danielle began screaming Kitty's name...
via: GettyBut to no avail. “I was screaming, ‘Kitty! Kitty! Kitty!’ It was blood-curdling screams that probably made her even more scared," Schafer said.
Danielle eventually gave up...
via: GettyAnd began to plan her next escape route. “I was trying to unlock my bedroom windows. They would not open," Schafer said. “The smoke was coming in. I started crying because I could not find my cat."
But miraculously, Danielle managed to escape.
After finding no alternate route out, she simply dashed out of the door into the corridor. “I just ran through the fire and smoke," she said. “I was screaming, 'Help! Help! Help! Help!'"
Luckily, a passerby heard the commotion...
via: GettyAnd quickly ran to Danielle's aid, kicking a hole in her window in an attempt to let some fresh air in.