Lifestyle Pets Soldier Seeking Help for Stray Mother Cat She Nursed Back to Health Named Sergeant Whiskers Sergeant Kelsey is trying to relocate Sergeant Whiskers and her kittens to the U.S. after the cat family provided comfort to her and her fellow soldiers By Naledi Ushe Naledi Ushe Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 22, 2021 02:15 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Guardians of Rescue An active-duty soldier is raising funds to relocate a stray cat that provided her comfort during a tour in the Middle East. Sergeant Kelsey reached out to New York-based nonprofit Guardians of Rescue for help relocating the cat named Sergeant Whiskers to the U.S., the rescue shared in a statement on Wednesday. The soldier came across Sergeant Whiskers six weeks into her tour. The cat was malnourished, had wounds on her eyes and nose, a broken tail, and limited water access in 126-degree weather, per Guardians of Rescue. Guardians of Rescue Kentucky Shelter Finds Emaciated Puppy Left in Taped Box With 'Help Me' Written on the Side After Sergeant Kelsey helped nurse the cat back to health and gained her trust, Sergeant Whiskers led the soldier to her two nursing age kittens, who the mother cat had hidden near the base. Guardians of Rescue Sergeant Whiskers and her kittens provided the soldier and her comrades comfort amid harsh conditions, thus Sergeant Kelsey's decision to get the animals to the U.S. where they can enjoy the safety of a home and loving family. Sergeant Kelsey's friend has already volunteered to be a caregiver, according to Guardians of Rescue. "We are honored to help relocate these pets back to the soldiers' home states, so they can live with their families," president and co-founder of Guardians of Rescue, Robert Misseri, said in a statement. "But it's something that we can't do alone. We have to have the support from the public in order to help make a mission like this be successful." Guardians of Rescue Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Sergeant Kelsey, along with Guardians of Rescue, is asking for monetary donations that will assist with "medical care, airfare, fees, and more" for the cat family's trip to the U.S., Misseri explained. Guardians of Rescue "We want to provide the support to our soldiers, and we will do everything we can to help their wish come true. We appreciate any donations to help get Sgt. Whiskers and her babies to safety," the Guardians of Rescue president added.