Olive was brought to Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly), along with her mother and littermates, after being found somewhere in Philadelphia, according to Dixon. However, all of Olive's siblings, who were healthy and without life-threatening birth defects, were soon adopted.
Dixon knew she had to act fast to save this special needs kitten - shelter staff also suspected Olive had a diaphragmatic hernia, according to Dixon, which could impact the cat's ability to breathe, among other serious complications.
"My immediate response to seeing Olive on the urgent list was to contact The Philly Kitty Rescue," she said. "I've worked with them several times before, and I know they have a propensity for saving special needs cats and kittens. Without hesitation, they agreed Olive could join the rescue under my care as foster."