Denise Vlahos is describing the moment she saw a cat swimming for her life in the middle of Lake Pleasant in Peoria, Arizona, “by far the craziest and saddest thing.”
Vlahos told Arizona’s 12 News that she was on her boyfriend’s pontoon boat with friends when someone on a wave runner alerted her to the cat swimming in the water. “The woman said my husband is allergic and they cannot keep it. I immediately said, ‘Give it to me; I will take it!’” she recalls. “She was curled up in a ball in the foot part of the wave runner soaking wet, dripping and shivering. The water was quite cold for us, let alone a tiny animal.”
Vlahos owns two cats of her own, and she immediately wrapped the cat in a beach towel to keep her as warm as possible. Then Vlahos and her boyfriend took the cat home and put her in their spare bedroom, where she crawled under the bed. “The cat owners have not come forward yet, but I hope that they do after getting her story out there in the public,” she told PEOPLE in an email. “It is most definitely a miracle she’s survived.”
“She is just so traumatized still,” she says. “I am not sure of her personality other than she has not hissed, scratched, growled, or has done anything to show aggression. Only fear or cowering when I get near her.”
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