Cat adopted from ARL after recovering from severe injuries

CUMRU TWP., Pa. - "Hope" is the theme of the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, and fittingly enough, the name of one of its rescued cats.

"Just a really lovely, loving cat," said Alexis Pagoulatos, the ARL's executive director.

Hope had been at the ARL since December, when a Spring Township couple found her wandering on their back porch, scarred with deep, severe wounds.

"She came here and was in really bad shape," Brenda Dunmoyer recalled, "About a week later, she could not eat anymore. That's when we took her to the ARL."

The healing process has been long and strenuous, complete with multiple surgeries and numerous stitches.

"Just been a matter of time, and we've had her in one of our wonderful foster homes," Pagoulatos said.

Seven months later, the cat has found her hope with a new family, right back where she started, at the Dunmoyer's home.

"Feels great now that she's with us and we could rescue her after all that time," Dunmoyer said.

Hope is nearly fully healed, aside from a repeated ear growth issue and a bad hip. Her favorite spot, for now, is the family's laundry basket.

"She's just the sweetest thing," Dunmoyer said, while smiling and cuddling Hope, "Takes her awhile to be comfortable with people, but always been a loving cat."

Dunmoyer is the one who gave Hope her name. It's a reflection of this cat's second chance at life and hope for a better future.

"Because of what she went through, and we had hope they would take care of her, and they did," Dunmoyer said.

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