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Pet of the Week: Meet Elsa, the cat rescued from Iowa's freezing winter

Elsa (A40680292) is a 3-year-old cat available for adoption at the Cedar Valley Humane Society in southeast Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Elsa (A40680292) is a 3-year-old cat available for adoption at the Cedar Valley Humane Society in southeast Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Elsa is a 3-year-old, spayed, female, black-and-orange tortoise-shell domestic shorthair cat available for adoption at the Cedar Valley Humane Society, 7411 Mount Vernon Road SE.

Elsa was found frozen and clinging to life in late January and was rushed to a veterinarian. Her medical needs required her to be placed into a foster home, where she regained her strength. In addition to working through medication, fluids and frost-bitten ears, her foster socialized Elsa, who otherwise was slow to warm up to people. Elsa also is good with dogs, as long as they are not overwhelmingly in her space.

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