Rescuers took the 6-month-old feline, which they named Joy, to the ASPCA's emergency boarding facility, which was set up post-storm to give people a central place to find lost pets.
But when the facility closed in January, Joy remained unclaimed, so she was taken to the ASPCA's adoption center.
"When she first came to our boarding facility, it was a bit of a running joke that 'Joy' was probably not the most fitting name for her," said Jess Oldham, ASPCA senior administrative director of community outreach. "She was a heartbreakingly frightened cat when she came in and the last thing she was exhibiting was joy."
Oldham fostered Joy for nine months and worked with the frightened feline to help her feel more comfortable around people - and make her more adoptable.
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