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Stray Cat Donates Kidney, Gets Home

Smokey the cat needed a kidney. The donor cat needed a home.

They both got what they needed, thanks to a veterinarian and a cat-loving couple from Virginia.

Dr. Ross Lirtzman of the Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center agreed to the 4-1/2-hour operation on one condition: that Smokey’s owners adopt the stray.

The donor cat, taken in by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, faced being put to sleep if no one adopted him.

“We want to give them both a chance for having a normal quality life,” Lirtzman said. Orchard Park is one of only four or five animal hospitals in the United States that performs the operation.

Sandy and T. Peyton Carr of Richmond, Va., agreed to the adoption and paid about $5,000 for Smokey’s surgery and hospitalization. Smokey returned home last week.