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Kitten found in Yarnell devastation adopted

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Her little meow melts the heart of everyone she meets -- especially the rescuers who discovered her during the fire.

"One day they were driving along and little Pele was just walking through the streets of Yarnell so sweet and so adorable. They were responding to a house and she was getting under their feet, she was following them around," says Bretta Nelson, Arizona Humane Society.

The Arizona Humane Society responders were actually checking for pets of people staying in the shelter -- but no one seems to be searching for Pele.

"We had all these descriptions of animals and she didn't fit them so technically we weren't looking for her, but she was definitely looking for us because the minute they got out of the truck, she never left their side. So they scooped her up brought her back to our temporary shelter."

She's about two months old, so she loves to play, and when she's in your arms she purrs constantly while giving kisses.

"As a stray cat she's not at all skittish, she actually came to us and we've seen nothing different since then. Such a little lap cat. She's got the beautiful markings. I mean I just think people are going to go crazy over her," says Nelson.

Pele will be available Thursday as the Humane Society kicks off their Project 121 campaign. 121 is the average number of animals the shelter takes in per day. In the summer months the shelters run out of space.

"Keep in mind there are hundred and hundreds just like her that may not have the same exact story but they still have a story and they still need a forever home."

Pele will be available Thursday at the Project 121 kickoff, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Sunnyslope location at 9226 N 13th Ave, Phoenix, AZ.

Online: www.project121.org

Update: Pele was adopted Thursday night by Kathleen Campos. So many people showed up that the Humane Society had to do a lottery.

"I just didn't think I'd be lucky enough to take her home with me. We saw her last night and I talked to my husband, we were kind of debating.. we said no no we shouldn't and then I pulled her up on the internet and I sent the picture to my husband and he said 'so what are you telling me' and I said that I won't be home for dinner tonight!"

Campos added, "There is life out there throughout the tragedy, something as precious as her can come from it."

Pele means the goddess of fire and the family will keep the name.

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