While serving for the United States Army in the Middle East, Sergeant Leona found and rescued two hungry kittens. She found the kittens, Joan and Flo, sitting under a porta-potty, trying to get shade from the extreme heat, according to Paws of War.

Sergeant Leona brought the kittens to her base to care for them. She got them food and water and gave them lots of love as they began to gain more weight and get healthy. She began to bond with the kitties and told Paws of War that Flo is energetic and a “spider-kitty” while Joan is much more laid back.

After the kittens were growing and thriving, Sergeant Leona got orders to move to a new base and was not able to bring her new friends with her. That’s when she reached out to Paws of War.

Paws of War is a nonprofit that helps veterans keep the animals that they rescue and connect with while they are overseas.

“I can’t imagine leaving them behind,” Sergeant Leona said in a statement. “I wish for them to be relocated back to my home so that when I finish my deployment, I can be reunited with them. I’m their mom now and love these little furry babies!”

Paws of War is raising money to cover the relocation costs for Joan and Flo, and eventually, they hope to get the kittens reunited with Sergeant Leona in the United States.

To help Paws of War and donate to Joan and Flo visit Paws of War’s fundraiser.

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