Cat Beats Death Twice – and Gets Another Happy Ending
The tuxedoed female, who made headlines in October after she survived two euthanization attempts at the West Valley City animal shelter in Utah, has found a place to call home – for good.
The cat's former foster mother, Janita Coombs, a volunteer with the Community Animal Welfare Society (CAWS), tells PEOPLE that Andrea was adopted by a local woman Dec. 10 and immediately gained two furry siblings: "handsome" orange tabby cats named Jake and Leo.
"She is getting a lot of love and attention," Coombs says. "Her favorite spot is on the recliner where she can jump down for loves and then back up to view the room."
It's a far cry from where Andrea was just a few months ago. She was sentenced to death in a carbonmonoxide gas chamber after she'd been up for adoption for more than 30 days. Miraculously, she somehow survived the procedure. Shelter workers tried a second time to euthanize the cat, and placed her in a cooler afterward, but she was later found alive.
"They heard meows coming from the bag she was in," city spokesman Aaron Crim told PEOPLE in October."They opened the bag and there she was – a little bit confused and frightened, and still alive."
The incident prompted outrage from animal advocates who say lethal injection is a more humane way to euthanize unwanted animals.
Despite her ordeal, it sounds like 2012 will be Andrea's best yet. Says Coombs, "She has been doing very well."