CRESTVIEW — About a year and a half ago, Karen McCauley found a small, injured kitten near Two Trees Restaurant at the Fort Walton Beach Golf Club.

She was getting into her car after work one day in June 2017 when she saw the tiny creature lying still in the parking lot. The kitten had been hit with a golf club and left to die.

But McCauley wasn’t going to let that happen.

She spent more than a year nursing the kitten — named Ping after the brand of golf clubs — back to health. However, Ping and her other cat don’t get along, so McCauley wants to find Ping a loving home.

“It breaks my heart,” McCauley said. “I guess since all of the time that she was separated my cat thought she was getting special treatment. So when I started trying to let her out ... she wasn’t going to put up with that. Every time she sees her, she tries to attack her.”

McCauley said Ping is a sweet cat who just wants to be held and loved on. She doesn’t deserve to live in fear, so McCauley hopes to find Ping a good home.

McCauley had spent hundreds of dollars making sure the cat got the care she needed. A Go Fund Me page set up for Ping’s medical expenses raised $1,400 in just a couple months.

At first, vets didn’t think Ping would survive. But she went from having three broken ribs, a severe hernia, anemia, missing fur and malnutrition to being a healthy and happy cat.

“She is very affectionate and just wants to be someone’s best friend,” McCauley said. “She loves to sit on your shoulders or chest, investigate all you do, and loves to be picked up and carried.”

If you are interested in adopting Ping, contact Karen McCauley at (850) 830-0411.