Tissues at the ready – this story might make you shed a few tears…

First it came to the rescue of one trapped kitty this week, and now Dubai Civil Defence has made the day of another cat-loving resident.

The government organisation surprised fire victim Angelie Agoncillo Mangalindan with a new feline friend after the Etisalat worker tragically lost her beloved pet in a blaze.

While thankfully no families were injured, 26-year-old Mangalindan lost cat Chico in a residential fire in Al Muraqqabat last week.

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But, as part of the UAE’s Year of Giving initiative, the Civil Defence decided to surprise her with a new companion.

Mangalindan was called to the organisation’s offices on Tuesday, where she was presented with a cat closely resembling the one she lost.

And the whole thing was touchingly caught on camera:

“We wanted to make her happy,” Major General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, director-general of DCD, told Gulf News.

“It is part of the Year of Giving to make residents happy. This gesture is the first of its kind [in Dubai].”

The organisation also arranged all of the cat’s documentation for Mangalindan, who’s originally from the Philippines.

“I feel so happy. I was attached to my former cat and the new cat has brought me so much joy,” the sales executive told Gulf News, adding that she’s called her new feline friend Cheeno.

Dubai Civil Defence also made headlines earlier this week after rescuing a kitten that had become stuck behind a three-metre wall in Dubai Marina.

في عملية سريعة جدا ومهنيةعالية، ملفوفة بمشاعر التعاطف والحنان من قبل المنجدين .. . الدفاع المدني بدبي ينقذ قطة رضيعة سقطت في فتحة طولها ٣ امتار خلف جدار رخامي في احدى بنايات المارينا ، يبدو ان امها قد حملتها الى الاعلى هناك لحمايتها..ويخرجها بأمان وبدون اي تكسير للجدار😻 شكرا لكم يا ابطال . بقيادة سعادة اللواء راشد المطروشي . شكر خاص لعضوتنا الدكتورة عليا الشمعة المبلغة والتي تكفلت بالام والرضيعة. @aliazworld . @r.t.almatrooshi . @hhshkmohd @uae_barq @3meed_net @gulfnews @thenationaluae @net_ad💚🇦🇪 @civildefenceuae @dcd997 In a very quick ,highly professional operation,wrapped with compassionate & warm hearted feelings by the rescue guys toward the kitten … Dubai civil defense rescues a kitten that fell in a 3 meter hall behind a marble wall in one of dubai marina towers, apparently her mother took her up the sealing to protect her… They successfully took her out without breaking the wall ! Thank you Heros under leadership of H.E general Rashid Al Matroushi 💚🇦🇪 special thanx to our member dr Alia Al Chamaa who reported to us & also took care of the cats… @aliazworld @civildefenceuae @r.t.almatrooshi . @uae_barq @3meed_net @net_ad @gulfnews @thenationaluae @albayannews . . .#ياني_للرفق_بالحيوان #yanni_animal_welfare #yawdubai #نحن_صوتهم #ارحمهم #الرفق_بالحيوان #الامارات #عطف #إحسان # #اطعام_القطط_الامارات # #adoptdontshop #no2animalcruelty #cats #dubaicats #uaecats # #تبنى_ولاتشتري #لا_للعنف_ضد_الحيوان #قطط #قطط_دبي #قطط_الامارات #انقاذ #رحمة #تطوع #عام_الخير #rescue #rescuecats #help

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After receiving the call for help, DCD were greeted on the scene by the kitten’s worried mother, before figuring out how to free the stuck kitten without damaging the building.

Yanni Animal Welfare described it as a “very quick, highly professional operation, wrapped with compassionate and warm hearted feelings”.

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