Several years ago, Nicole Rienzie was driving with her mom when a black kitten darted in front of her car. She slammed on the brakes, got out and chased after him. She hadn't hit him, but when she found the kitten, she saw that he was in bad shape.
"He was very, very thin, malnourished, covered in bugs and his eyes were so infected he couldn't even see out of them," Rienzie tells The Dodo. "We swooped him up and took him home, cleaned him up, fed him and that's pretty much where it all began."