Cat loses eye after being hit by car, finds forever home shortly after

PHOENIX (FOX 10) - It's been said that cats have nine lives, and that might be the case for one Valley cat. She survived getting run over, twice. But thanks to a good Samaritan who jumped in to help, the furry feline now has a new home.

You could call Clara's story a miracle.

"If she can survive an accident like that, then she has a purpose for being here," Jordan said.

She's survived quite the ordeal. She was hit by a car not just once - but twice.

"So I was just driving by and I saw her on the road," Clifford said. "And [I] saw her tail flop up and flop back down right before another car ran over her."

That's when good Samaritan Clifford pulled over and took action to save her. "She was breathing really shallow and rapidly," Clifford said.

Clifford was able to rush her to a nearby animal hospital.

"The minute we were able to give her pain medication [and take her to a] trauma hospital, [we] removed the eye and there's no looking back," said Bretta Nelson with the Arizona Humane Society. "She's a completely different cat."

Following weeks of treatment, Clara has a new home and a new lease on life. She's been adopted by Clifford's friend, Jordan.

"The opportunity to bring back the person, the good Samaritan who saved her life and to know that his friend wanted to adopt her - I mean, this is exactly why we work for animal welfare," Nelson said. "It's for moments like this.