Joy the tuxedo cat has been rescued alive by Italian firefighters after spending six days trapped in the rubble of a collapsed house.
The miracle kitty belongs to Daniela Tursini, who kept up a constant vigil in the town of Amatrice, which was all but destroyed by the quake, asking firefighters to help find her girl.
"I beg you, find my cat, she's all I have left. My house has gone, I've lost everything," she told firemen, who have worked tirelessly to excavate the rubble in the hope of finding someone alive.
"We were working with bulldozers to move away the rubble," Andrea, the firefighter who rescued Joy, told the Telegraph. "I went into what was left of the house – there was one room that remained intact."
Gently extricating the exhausted cat, he then gave her to volunteer vets who have set up a tent in the town for the treatment of injured animals.
Rescuers saved 21 other animals in Amitrice on Monday. Watch footage of the rescue here.
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Dozens of cats and animals, and even a pair of turtles, have been rescued in the quake zone but none of them had survived as long as Joy.
If you'd like to be a Homer's Hero and support additional animal-rescue efforts in Italy's quake zone, consider donating to the International Fund for Animal Welfare.