Kitten left in freezer for dead finds new home, adjusting well

7:36 AM, Jan 21, 2013   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, FL - One of the kittens who was put in a freezer in December and left for dead now has a new home. Andrew Parks adopted 11-week old Tuffy about a week and a half ago.

"Just like winning the lottery. He was so perfect when he got home. It's like he was already home before he got home," said Parks.

Tuffy was among four kittens found in a man's freezer along the 7500 block of 46th Avenue North in December. Three survived. 49-year-old Rodney Blanchard was charged with animal cruelty.

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After seeing the story of Tuffy and his siblings, Parks was touched and felt a special connection to this little guy. He had just lost his cat of 16 years, who as a kitten, looked exactly like Tuffy.

"The fact that I was looking for a kitten, the fact that he looked like mine. The fact that these kittens were needing a good home and I know I can provide it for them, all those things led up to me going through the process," said Parks.

But he knew the little ones were wanted, and wasn't sure if he would be picked to adopt one. So, Parks was thrilled to learn he was chosen for the one who pulled on his heart strings - Tuffy.

"It's a wonderful feeling. I don't know how to explain it," said Parks.

It's been about a week and half and Tuffy is adjusting just fine, in spite of all he went through.

"He could've been very scared. He could've been very shy. He wasn't. He was right out here with everybody. He was very playful. He's just so sweet too," said Parks.

Named for his resiliency, the little one is bouncing back after a rough start.

"I picked a winner. I picked the perfect cat for me," said Parks.

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