When animal rescuer Valia Orfanidou saw a cardboard box on the street, she thought it was just that – a box. But when she peeked inside, she saw something that was impossible to ignore.

Seeking refuge inside the box was a lonely, tiny kitten. Orfanidou just happened to be in the right place at the right time, and knew she had to help this kitten, otherwise she would die out there.

She brought her home and began bottle-feeding her until she was able to eat food.

She cared for the kitten for three months and watched her grow from a tiny, helpless little thing to a strong, active and playful cat.

Usually, tuxedo cats (black and white) are the number one cats left behind, but this little kitty was different. She had overcome so much in her short life and Orfanidou knew she deserved a loving forever home.

Luckily, she was adopted, and wound up flying to her new home in Germany. She is now one-year-old and is doing great in her new home. She has animal friends, a big backyard where she rolls around, plays and naps in the sun.

Watch her journey in the video below: