Lifestyle Pets Cat Survives 6 Days Caught in the Rubble of Italy Earthquake Joy the cat survived the 6.4 magnitude earthquake and the aftershocks that destroyed her home By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Updated on August 31, 2016 03:13 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Earthquake cat The death toll of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that recently hit central Italy has risen to the hundreds, but one little cat persevered. According to The Independent, a pet kitty named Joy was stuck in the rubble left by the natural disaster for over six days before she was found by rescuers. Joy’s owner, Daniela of Amatrice, Italy, was unable to find the feline when she was fleeing her home in the midst of the quake. Daniela made the tough decision to save herself and come back for Joy. The owner’s rescue attempts were stalled due to after shocks that caused her home and much of Amatrice to crumble. After six days of separation from Joy, Daniela feared the worse. Thankfully, a professional rescue team, who knew to look for the pet, spotted the frightened feline while clearing rubble with a bulldozer. The cat was quickly corralled, secured and given water. Italy’s animal protection agency, ENPA, who examined the cat on site said the furry survivor was dehydrated when she was found, but is expected to make a full recovery. Daniela, who lost her home in the earthquake, has been reunited with one of her most valuable possessions.