Afghan Cat Changes Soldier's Life

“I’d lost hope in myself. I’d lost faith. Then all of a sudden this cat came over and it was like ‘Hey, you are you.'”

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When Staff Sergeant Jesse Knotts saw a stray cat in the Maiwand District of Afghanistan who reminded him of his life back home in Oregon City, he felt like he needed to rescue him.

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"He was showing some signs that people weren’t taking very good care of him,” Knotts said.

With the help of an interpreter who risked his life to ferry the cat halfway across Afghanistan through dangerous Taliban checkpoints over the course of several weeks, he was able to get Koshka to Kabul.