Rob Acuña Jr. was returning home after a long day of work. He was driving along an overpass in Houston earlier in the week when he came across a little kitten in trouble.

“I noticed a little bump on the freeway wall that just happened to look like a little face as I drove by,” Acuña said. “I honestly thought I was seeing things since it had been a long day and was so tired.”

But one thought haunted his mind: What if something that was in the bump was alive?

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When he went back for a final look, he saw that his intuition was right after all.

He discovered that the ‘bump’ was actually a kitten.

The event following that discovery is all recorded in this video. Check it out:

That’s how Acuña became this little kitty’s hero.

“The entire time I was in complete disbelief!” Acuña said. “If I had not caught it on camera, I would not believe that it even happened!”

The rescuers suspect that a previous owner had left the kitty there to die. Fortunately, Acuña was there to save the day.

“I knew I only had seconds to react,” he said.

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He took her home, gave her food and a desperately needed bath.

Pepper was her new name.

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“She is doing fantastic!” Acuña said. “After a few days of being able to decompress and relax, she is starting to come out of her shell and really show the world how feisty and precious she is. It is so hard to believe she was ever in that situation to begin with.”

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Pepper was lucky that it was Acuña who found her. He and his family aren’t strangers to rescuing animals. Throughout their history, they have rescued many creatures. Sometimes, they even foster them and find them homes.

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Since the story went viral, many people have queried about Pepper’s adoption. But Acuña is yet to decide what he’s gonna do with her.

“We absolutely love Pepper and know that if we do not keep her, we will find her the best home possible through a rescue,” he said. “What we really want others to know (since I have received thousands of messages asking if someone can adopt her) is that there are so many more strays in need! Just because they do not have a dramatic video to go along with them, does not mean they do not deserve the same love and attention.”

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