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Woman rescues and rehabs more than 100 animals

Scarlet rescued a baby kitten with an eye infection from a local shelter. (Image: WTVC)

From puppies to possums, a woman from Fort Oglethorpe has rescued hundreds of injured animals from the wild and nursed them back to health.

Newschannel 9's Jessica Harthorn surprised her in this week's Pay It Forward, as she was getting ready to find some kittens a forever home.

Since she was a little girl, Scarlet Altom says she's had an obsession for rescuing animals.

Over the years, she tells us she's brought home birds, raccoons, squirrels, even a fox, rehabilitating them with her own money.

These guys rule the roost at their new home in Fort Oglethorpe, now strong and healthy, but five years ago it was a much different story.

Janet Cobb says her friend Scarlet Altom found them as puppies running around Highway 27, abandoned in the rain.

"She picks them up on the road and makes sure they get pet care and works with two to three different animal rescues," said Janet.

But rescuing puppies is only one layer of the litter. Over the years, Scarlet has bottle fed dozens of lost kittens, even baby possums.

At one point, she took injured baby birds to work, feeding them under her desk.

So tonight, Janet staged a surprise visit to Scarlet's home, telling her she was bringing some treats for the kitten she recently rescued.

"You just do so much, and on behalf of Newschannel 9 and the McMahan Law Firm, we want to Pay It Forward," surprised Janet.

"You are so sweet!" said Scarlet.

"These are the treats for your kittens. 1, 2, 3, 4, $500. I love you!" said Janet.

"You are so kind. Oh my God!" said Scarlet.

Scarlet then went inside to show us her latest rescue, a kitten with an eye infection that needed immediate medical attention.

"I do it because they don't have a voice, and people are so mean," said Scarlet.

Scarlet tells us rescuing animals from the wild is second nature for her, and it looks like the rest of her family is excited to welcome the cute addition to their home.

Do you know someone who is a voice for others? Nominate them here.

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