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Cat's Been To Hell And Back, And STILL Nobody Wants Her

<p> HSI / Washington Animal Rescue League </p>

In a photograph of the Yulin Dog and Cat Meat Festival that became a horrific icon, she's caught in the background shadows of a butchering enclosure, one of the cats next in line to be killed.

Humane Society International

Humane Society International

But she survived.

Peter Li, China Specialist with HSI, with two dogs and two cats he rescued from the slaughterhouse. (Humane Society International)

Peter Li, China Specialist with HSI, with two dogs and two cats he rescued from the slaughterhouse. (Humane Society International)

Yulu, the orange-and-white 4-year-old cat (pictured crouching down next to the pole), was rescued with her friend Huru (the white cat clinging to the bars), in a last-minute miracle effort by Humane Society International (HSI). The two cats were brought to the Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, D.C.

"Great news! The two cats HSI was able to save from a tragic death in a Yulin, China slaughterhouse have now safely made it to the United States," Humane Society International wrote on Facebook back in August. "They will have time to adjust to their new surroundings at Washington Animal Rescue League before finding loving forever homes."

But time passed. And Yulu is still waiting for her new life to begin.

"Yulu was rescued from being butchered during the Yulin Meat Festival in China by Humane Society International," the Washington Animal Rescue League wrote on Facebook this week. "This pretty four-year-old is very sweet but quite timid...not surprising, given the horrors she experienced. She's looking for a special adopter who is willing to give her love, a little space, and time to discover the joy that comes with being a beloved feline companion. Could that be you?"

Washington Animal Rescue League

Washington Animal Rescue League

People who saw the iconic photograph expressed relief that the white cat in the spotlight had been spared from slaughter, but many ached for the ones in the background whom they thought were lost forever.

Yulu has not been lost. She is one of the cats in the background and she's been to hell and back, miraculously saved from the brink of death. But she still can't find a home.Contact the Washington Animal Rescue League now to adopt Yulu into the forever home she sorely needs - and deserves.

Add your name to a petition that says this cruel festival needs to stop. And learn how you can help the Washington Animal Rescue League save animals here.