Stray Cat Shot Through Nose With Arrow Recovers, Has New Home

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TEMPLE (October 8, 2012)--The stray cat that was shot in the head with an arrow last week is now eating on her own and has been adopted by a local woman.

An employee of Styles and Files in Temple found "Arrow Kitty" in the salon parking lot last week.

Someone had shot an arrow through her nose and shoulder.

The employee told Dr. Keith Gudgel, a veterinarian down the street from the salon, and the cat has been in the vet's care ever since.

Dr. Gudgel took the cat under his care and performed surgeries to fix Arrow Kitty's tongue, throat and shoulder.

Gudgel said finding the cat a perfect home is very important to her well-being.

"Heaven forbid you don't want it to go back out and be subject to another incident like this or even an automobile accident or something of this nature," said Dr. Gudgel.

Of the several local hopefuls who put their names on the adoption list, Debbie Gorden is now the cat's new owner.

"I knew there was a lot of people that wanted her, and a lot of people would give her a good home, but I decided 'I'm going to come everyday to visit her and if they chose me, they chose me,'" said Gorden.

Gorden knows the recovery process won't be easy.

"With the trauma that occurred, I think that's really going to scar her emotionally, so I'm going to take it really slow with her," Gorden added.

Gudgel said this isn't the end of their relationship.

Arrow Kitty, now named Aria by her new owner, will visit the veterinary hospital once in a while.

Temple Police still do not know who shot the cat.