3-Legged cat burned in apartment fire has a new home

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
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PHOENIX -- A cat that had to have a leg amputated after being burned in an apartment fire has found a new home.

Katie Stanford and Austin Aryain adopted Bella Tuesday afternoon at the Arizona Humane Society.

"She just seemed so special," Stanford said. "She's had such a hard situation and I guess that just drew me towards her. She just seemed so perfect to me."

The 4-year-old tortie was rescued from an apartment fire in March. AHS spokeswoman Bretta Nelson said Bella was found sitting on the porch in the aftermath.

"Our emergency animal medical technicians were called in and found her with burns to her paws, she had her whiskers singed off, a little bit of burns on her ears," she said.

That's not all the little animal suffered from, according to Nelson. A piece of plastic had melted on the inside of her hind leg and had to be removed, leaving a severe wound. The wound did not heal properly so veterinarians determined that the leg needed to be amputated.

"Through all of this, she has just remained upbeat, loving, she just wants to be loved on and petted so she's really been resilient," Nelson said.

Bella's owners were unable to keep her after losing everything in the fire so she was put in the Arizona Humane Society's foster program while she healed and learned to live life on three legs.

Stanford and Aryain said they don't have any worries about adopting Bella.

"I think she's going to be like a normal little cat," Stanford said. "She looks like she's already really playful."

The people who have taken care of Bella since the fire said farewell to their furry friend and the happy pair welcomed their courageous new cat.

"She doesn't seem scared," Stanford said. "She seems so brave and I love that."