Mila the Miracle Kitty – One Year Later!

Friends, it’s been almost one year since I did those posts on Mila, the barely-alive kitty who my friends and I rescued from a local shelter.  The Militant (great friend and rescue partner on this excursion) received a fantastic update today from Mila’s guardians, so I just wanted to relay the great news.

For those of you who missed the posts last year, here’s the quick overview:

I was at a local LA shelter with my friends the Militant and Parker, rescuing a bunch of “death row” dogs who were due to be put down any day.  (See link to their story at the bottom.)  The shelter was just about to close, when two women and a young girl came walking in with a shoebox that had what appeared to be a dead kitten.

Mila, as we first saw her, barely alive…

They said this kitty had pulled herself out from underneath their house where she had been trapped for at least three days, with no momma or siblings anywhere to be found.  So these good folks washed the blood off of her (from all of the flea bites!) and – not knowing that they would basically be handing her over to her execution – brought her to the shelter. (Shelters are just not equipped to deal with this level of medical trauma, so they will usually euthanize animals in this condition.)

We intercepted, and then quickly set up shop over at the Militant’s house.  The next 24 hours were touch-and-go.  We had to bathe her, give her flea meds, massage her to keep the blood flowing, and keep her between a heating pad and blanket, since she was so cold. And since she was so malnourished and dehydrated, we had to syringe feed her and give her subcutaneous fluids… even though she hated every minute of it.  She had such a will to live, though, that within 24 hours, we knew she was gonna make it.

This short video details everything.  Scope it real quick:

Mila’s New Life

As a result of the Militant’s tireless efforts in finding Mila a perfect forever home – which included live adoptions, postings at and her very own YouTube video – potential adopters went nuts for this little kitty.  (So ironic, given her initial condition.) The Militant eventually placed Mila with what has turned out to be the perfect family.

Mila today – wow!  Can you believe this is the same kitty we first saw in that shoebox?

These days, we understand from her papa guardian that Mila is quite the princess in her new home, with somewhat of an independence streak in her by day.  (No surprise there.)  By night, though, she becomes an affectionate “cuddle monster.”  She adores – and is adored by – her big brother and sister cats, and she could not have found cooler human guardians to have invited her into their family.  Basically, all is perfect!

To anyone who deals with animal advocacy, animal rights, animal rescue… you know how often you can potentially feel anger, depression, extreme frustration, and hopelessness.  And then there’s the dark side of it all!  Seriously, it’s rough, and we seldom are privy to the full, quantifiable results of our efforts.  So when a story like this comes along, I think we all have to take it in, to savor it, to fully assimilate it… and remember the powerful karmic ripples that are set in motion with every act of compassion and sacrifice that you offer… even if those ripples remain unknown to you.

Until the next one,


Click here for Mila’s original entry.

Click here for the entry about “The Lucky 13” dog rescue mentioned in this post.

About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of nine books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford. Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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8 Responses to Mila the Miracle Kitty – One Year Later!

  1. Tracey H. says:

    That seriously reminds me of my own adopted “kids” who are currently in the other room. I worked at a no kill animal shelter while I was in school and subsequently came home with my older cat Tigger because he was so attached to me, and I to him. That was 17 years ago and he’s still as feisty as he was way back then. My younger one was adopted in Sugarland, TX from a family who took in their neighbors abandoned and pregnant cat. Tigger needed some company as he was so dependent on me that he started losing his fur when I was gone for more than 8 hours at work due to anxiety. In came Trystan who endured her own “every 30 minutes” treatment when she almost lost her eyesight. Today, although she’s partially blind she’s a very well balanced kitty with the only major side effect being that she still hasn’t grasped that at the age of 15 her tail is physically attached and not something trying to sneak up and attack her.

    Thank you soo much for sharing Mila’s story…..what an insanely beautiful kitty with a very blessed amount of angels in her life.

  2. suci says:

    good efforts…she looks happy and healthy.
    I have 4 cats, 2 are pregnant…i feel little bit worry if i have to take care another 8 kitties ( maybe ), but for sure i will love them all and take good care of them. They such lovely animal.

  3. Lisamarie says:

    Thanks SO much for the update on Mila and for checking to see how she was doing-I wondered about her! 🙂

  4. Despina says:

    She is so beautiful I was wondering what happened to her.

  5. heather says:

    This past weekend my most recent foster litter all went home. Fortunately, they all came in relatively healthy, but I’ve had flea-infested, half-starved, dehydrated, anemic kittens. The shelter I foster for is no-kill, and sometimes that means hauling bottle babies to work to feed every hour, giving subcutaneous fluids, the works. Not all of them have survived, but the great majority have. It’s sickening that so many shelters can’t take the 24-72 hours it takes to turn a kitten around enough to give him/her a chance. What’s even worse is when some VETS recommend euthanizing pets who can pull through with enough concentrated effort & the will to live.
    It’s always wonderful to hear a success story. What a beautiful kitty she grew up to be. Thanks so much for the update!

  6. Amy H says:

    Reminds me of the kitten left in a box in my library last fall. He was sick and smelly, and I knew he was mine with his first pathetic meow. He’s healthy and beautiful and precocious now, and we are so blessed he came into our lives. I just wish we could care for more of them. Keep up your good work, and thank you for sharing your story.

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