Army Sergeant Ash has been deployed in the Middle East and received some upsetting family news, which was made even harder by the fact that she is away from her family and friends. However, her roommate works for the vet on their base and told Sgt. Ash they had rescued a severely ill week-old kitten who was in need of some extra medical attention and care.

Ash was ready to help and took the kitten in to monitor her and nurse her back to health. Since then, Rona and Sgt. Ash have become fast friends and true companions as Rona has been there for the soldier during this difficult, uncertain time in her deployment.

photo courtesy of Guardians of Rescue

“[She] put the cat’s box on her night stand so she could watch her through the night. Twice she almost lost her. But she kept fighting, and with Ash’s loving care, she made it. She named her cat Rona,” a statement from the Guardians of Rescue notes.

Sgt. Ash is due to head home to the United States soon, but may not be able to bring Rona home with her! Guardians of Rescue has stepped in and started a fundraiser in an effort to help Sgt. Ash bring Rona home and to make sure the kitten has a safe and loving forever home.

According to the fundraiser page, “Sgt. Ash is doing everything she can to make Rona a permanent part of her family. Terrifyingly, the vet said that once Sgt. Ash left her deployment, that Rona would be put back in the wild to fend for herself.”

photo courtesy of Guardians of Rescue

Rona will have to go through various health screenings and the complicated process of international pet travel, which is a process the Guardians of Rescue organization has experience in.

“We saved each other and we belong together. I’m grateful for their help, as well as to everyone who donates to help make it possible,” Sgt. Ash. said in a statement.

photo courtesy of Guardians of Rescue

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