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Former Siouxlander flies across the country for rescued cat

This is the second rescued cat Gail Bancroft has adopted from Siouxland. This is the second rescued cat Gail Bancroft has adopted from Siouxland.

You may have a special place in your heart for animals. You might even have adopted a one in need from a shelter, but would you fly across country for it?

Cindy Rarrat remembers seeing this little cat, brought to animal control in late December. It had been frozen to a garbage can.

"When he first came in, it was severely emaciated, thin, dehydrated and it was taking its last gasps of air," said Rarrat, owner/operator of the Siouxland Animal Shelter & Rescue.

After volunteer Kylie Butler treated him with a heating pad, and gave him some food. That cat, now called Rocky Balboa, started to show signs of life.

"About three hours after I did everything, he actually came back to life as wild as can be. He wouldn't even let me touch him," said Butler.

With a slight case of frostbite, and some other minor physical ailments, Rocky continues to fight back.

Enter Gail Bancroft, a former Siouxlander, who now lives in Bethesda, Md. She says she's always had a special place in her heart, and her home, for animals like Rocky.

"He's a cat who's in need. He probably needs a little bit of rehabilitation. That's what we like to do," said Bancroft.

Last year, she adopted a cat named Jonas, who was frozen to a manhole cover in Sioux City and lost a leg. He, too, was nursed back to health and went home with her to Maryland.

"When you rehabilitate an animal, they're so grateful and they're so loving, and they give more back than they take," said Bancroft.

For now, Rocky loves the Pine-Sol box that's inside of his cage. He's still working to build up some strength in his legs, before he can run around full time. In due time, Bancroft says, Rocky will be running and playing all over her house, just like Jonas.

"He'll be by himself in a room with a kitty box and food and everything for a period of time and then, he'll be integrated in with the other cats," said Gail.

Just a little bit of adjustment, for a cat in need getting a new lease on life.

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