Cat Who Made 'Miracle' Recovery After Being Hit by Bus Finds New Home

A cat who survived catastrophic injuries after being hit by a bus earlier this year is now looking forward to life in a new forever home.

Staff from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) described Trudie's survival after being struck by the vehicle in Luton, U.K., back on March 14 as nothing short of a "miracle."

The 4-year-old stray suffered major head injuries in the collision and, despite the best efforts of several witnesses on the scene, ran off before receiving medical treatment.

After hearing about what happened, the team of dedicated staff and volunteers at the RSPCA's Southridge Animal Centre, in Hertfordshire, embarked on a concerted campaign to try and track her down, working with Cat Welfare Luton to spread the word.

Posters and flyers were distributed, local veterinarians were contacted, and an appeal for help and information was also issued on social media

Incredibly, some 16 days after the accident, Trudie was spotted, caught and rushed to a local vet to undergo life-saving treatment.

Her jaw, which had been completely smashed in the collision, had to be wired back together while one of her eyes was also removed. By the time she was seen by a vet, Trudie was in a severely weakened state, with injuries leaving her unable to eat.

"It's a miracle that she'd survived with those horrific injuries," Southridge deputy manager Mona Jorgensen said. "She showed that she was a real fighter."

"After her surgery she was fed via a tube for the first week and then, when she came to our cattery, we slowly weaned her back onto normal food and helped her start walking again."

Trudie the Cat has found a home.
Trudie during her recovery from surgery. RSPCA

Christened Trudie in tribute to St. Gertrude, the patron saint of cats, staff spent the next six months nursing the young feline back to full health before the search for a new home began.

"We all spent so much time with Trudie and she had a special place in all of our hearts," Jorgensen said. "After everything we'd been through, we knew we needed to find her the most amazing home."

That search is now over after Dennis Hooper and his partner Shirley Carter came forward to give this incredible tortoiseshell cat a place to call her own.

Hooper learned of Trudie's story through his daughter, who had been desperate to take in the brave cat. When she found she was unable to, her dad decided to take Trudie in with the promise of providing her with "a lovely life."

Trudie the Cat has found a home.
Trudie's new owners Shirley Carter and Dennis Hooper. RSPCA

"My daughter and her fiance weren't suitable for Trudie as they have another cat but we knew we could offer her a lovely, quiet home," he said.

"We're big animal-lovers, particularly cats, and I knew I'd choose an animal who had been through the worst time so I could show them a lovely life."

The couple picked up Trudie last week and she's settling into her new home well.

"She is smashing; she absolutely loves fuss and is a real sweetie," Hooper said. "She is progressing really well. She loves to spend time in the sunny conservatory; she has her own chair, two armchairs and a settee to choose from so she moves around to snooze in different spots!

"She likes to watch the birds in the birdbath and we have a lovely big garden so once she's ready I'm sure she'll enjoy exploring outside.

"When she was rescued she was in such a state and was really emaciated as she'd not eaten for 16 days but now she's getting a bit porky so we're having to cut her food back a bit!"

Trudie the Cat has found a home.
Trudie enjoying life at her new home. RSPCA

"We didn't realize how much of a star she was; she even had people from America making donations to help her and asking for updates."

A popular resident at the Southridge Animal Centre, Hooper recalls emotional scenes when they came to collect Trudie to take her home.

"She'd been with Southridge for a long time and the girls were almost in tears when we went to collect her," he said. "But we've told them to pop in and visit her whenever they like!"

Trudie the Cat has found a home.
Trudie now - the four-year-old has made a great recovery since her ordeal. RSPCA

A heartwarming happy ending, Trudie's story comes just a couple of months after a cat was reunited with its owner after spending over a decade living in a graveyard, having been presumed dead.

Another sweet cat story saw a firefighter adopt a kitten he helped rescue from a storm drain after developing a "very special bond" with the animal.

Trudie the Cat has found a home.
Trudie the Cat - Trudie lost one eye and had her jaw wired back together after being hit by a bus. RSPCA