Word spread quickly of Elsa's near-death experience, touching the hearts of nearly 3,000 people who called in to adopt her. Since she still needed time to recover completely, a shelter volunteer named Jim Slater took it upon himself to give Elsa full-time foster care in the meantime, but he was soon won over by the furry survivor and decided to keep her forever.
"Elsa's foster parent turned forever parent, Jim, also happens to be our 2014 Volunteer of the Year!," writes the DDFL on Facebook. "We're thrilled for both of them and couldn't imagine a better fairy tale ending."
Tim says everyone at the shelter is thrilled for Elsa, but he's quick to note that, in his experience, things don't always end so well for pets like her. On any given night, says Tim, thousands of animals are cruelly left outside in inhospitable temperatures. And he knows, because he sees it all the time.
"Elsa made the news, but we see stories like her every day that don't make the news. We had thousands of calls for Elsa, but we have dozens of kittens just like her, found in the cold," says Tim.
"We need to educate the public. I'd really like to come to work one day and have them tell me, ‘We don't need you anymore.' But that'll never happen. It all goes back to education. Animals should never be left out in the cold. They deserve the same respect you would give a human."
(Facebook/Dumb Friends League)