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Sweet kitten, a survivor of the Arkansas tornadoes, cared for by kindergartners

Operation "Mission Kitty"
Operation "Mission Kitty"

Mission Kitty is a collaborated effort between the Pulaski County (Arkansas) Special School District and those in charge of pets found who were misplaced in the April 27 tornadoes. Facebook reported the story May 16.

Mission Kitty, a four week-old kitten, was found alone Monday night in Vilonia during clean-up efforts. He had an infected eye, was dehydrated and starving. This little orphan was only a few days old when the tornadoes rolled through, devastating the Vilonia area.

After a careful rescue and emergency vet care, Mission Kitty was put with a temporary foster home until a foster-to-adopt family could be located.

The person that found Mission Kitty posted to Facebook, asking for some daytime assistance in caring for the kitten.

That's when Oakbrooke Elementary School kindergarten teacher Kristian Laughy reached out to Mission Kittys' temporary foster mom, offering to help out.

For the past two days, Mission Kitty has spent his daytime hours being cared for and loved on by Ms. Laughy’s class. The children have learned all about his needs and the importance of animal rescue.

On Thursday, the little guy had a major breakthrough. He discovered he could meow, and he's been practicing this new talent on anyone who will listen to him. Mission Kitty is also eating on his own now, thanks to all the TLC he's received.

Friday's lesson at Oakbrooke Elementary was "Don't Shop – Adopt." With their help, Mission Kitty has made incredible strides over the past two days. He has become a wee bit spoiled by all of the attention and care.

If you look closely, you can see him in the middle of the group picture, where he proudly sits on the front row, cuddled in one of the student’s arms.

What a great idea, Kristian. You're not only helping care for a Vilonia tornado survivor, you're educating your students at a young age what animal care is really like. Hopefully, your class will take what they've learned and practice those lessons for life.

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