It was a day of celebration at the Western Arizona Humane Society Lake Havasu City facility Tuesday, as staff said farewell to a cat nicknamed “Lucky” who had been rescued from a sunken boat last month and finally had a place to call home, thanks to one local cat lover.

Bonnie Butterworth and Samantha Dahl hold "Lucky" at the Humane Society. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Bonnie Butterworth and Samantha Dahl hold “Lucky” at the Humane Society. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

“We are always so happy when we see an animal get adopted and leave our facility,” said Patty Gillmore, Executive Director with The Western Arizona Humane Society, we always make sure to make a big deal and we always make a huge announcement about it.”

Bonnie Butterworth, of Lake Havasu City, has two rescue cats of her own, and when she heard about Lucky, she knew she had to adopt her.

"Lucky", now named "Chloe" sits on Samantha Dahl's lap at the Humane Society Tuesday afternoon. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

“Lucky”, now named “Chloe” sits on Samantha Dahl’s lap at the Humane Society Tuesday afternoon. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

“I’ve been rescuing cats since I was a little girl. I knew right away this cat was going to need special care and rehabilitation,” said Butterworth.

“In cases like these, you just don’t know how they will try to adapt again into the world.”

Lucky was rescued late July from a sunken boat in the waters of Lake Havasu. When rescue teams recovered the vessel, the cat was found in a ski Locker which many boats use to store ski equipment and gear.

“When the boat was pulled up, we opened the ski locker door and out jumped the cat,” said Jim Xavier, who owns Chong Marine, and was involved in the rescue.

Bonnie opens the cage in the bathroom for "Chloe" to get used to her home with two other cats. "Chloe" instantly cozied up to Bonnie and ventured throughout the home within minutes. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Bonnie opens the cage in the bathroom for “Chloe” to get used to her home with two other cats. “Chloe” instantly cozied up to Bonnie and ventured throughout the home within minutes. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

The cat had been trapped inside for two hours, one hour under water and another hour as it was being pulled back up to the surface. And no one knew that a cat was on the boat.

Animal control later transported Lucky to the Humane Society in Lake Havasu City where she received care and vaccinations before she could be adopted.

“Lucky is still a little bit shaken and nervous after her ordeal,” said Gillmore.

Lucky, now named Chloe eats her food right away after being let out into her new home. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Lucky, now named Chloe eats her food right away after being let out into her new home. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

“We are just thrilled she will be going home with Bonnie. She’s been through so much and we have no doubt she will be in great hands with Ms. Butterworth.”

Not only did Lucky get a new forever home, she has a new name. She is now “Chloe Sinker Butterworth.”

For more information on the Western Arizona Humane Society, visit www.westernarizonahumane.org, or call 928-855-5083.


5 Responses to “Rescued Cat from Sunken Boat Gets Forever Home”

  1. Avatar Bonnie Butterworth says:

    For those wondering about her middle name “Sinker”, when Jim Xavier and his crew found her, they named her Sinker. Had Jim decided to leave the recovery of this boat until morning, it’s doubtful Chloe would have survived the night underwater. Lucky just didn’t seem like the right name for such a gorgeous girl. And oddly enough, she’s already responding to Chloe, which leads me to believe her real [and unknown] name may have been similar sounding.

    For those out there who were interested in adopting her, there are still many beautiful babies at WAHS who really, really want a furever home. I urge you to consider heading on down to see Patty, Melinda, Brandi, Samantha and the girls and checking out the other babies there. Kitties in shelters usually can’t show you their true personalities; they’re just too scared and stressed out. But I guarantee you, when THEY chose YOU, you’ll know you belong to them.

  2. […] “We are just thrilled she will be going home with Bonnie (Butterworth). She’s been through so much and we have no doubt she will be in great hands with Ms. Butterworth,” Patty Gillmore of The Western Arizona Humane Society said. (RiverScene) […]

  3. […] “We are just thrilled she will be going home with Bonnie (Butterworth). She’s been through so much and we have no doubt she will be in great hands with Ms. Butterworth,” Patty Gillmore of The Western Arizona Humane Society said. (RiverScene) […]

  4. Avatar Mimi Schmaltz says:

    Who owned the boat?

    • Avatar Robert Havasu Starkey says:

      I would think whoever owned the boat, would have wanted their cat. 🙁 To bad they didn’t rescue it.

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