Not too long ago, Lai Lai was an unwanted old boxer with a bum eye, who didn't get along with cats.
That was before she came to Kickie D'Alfonso's magical, transformational home in Austin, Texas, as a foster. That was before she met fellow foster Squirtle the cat, who had a rough background of his own, and an inability to take no for an answer.
"Squirtle has changed her," D'Alfonso tells The Dodo. "He is an insanely affectionate cat."