DESTIN — Miracle the cat has settled in at her new home more than a month after someone threw her off the Marler Bridge into East Pass.

Jordan Smith, a charter boat captain, rescued the cat in July as he was about to take a group fishing.

“I just saw something out of the corner of my eye. I saw some movement. Then I heard splat! Splat! I thought someone threw some trash down,” Smith at the time.

Smith scooped up the cat with a net and a friend later took her to a veterinarian.

Since then, Smith has introduced Miracle to his dog Aspen, a German shepherd-husky mix. The pair are getting along fine, he said.

“The cat follows me around like the dog does. She’s like a little puppy dog.”

Smith and Miracle’s story became famous after he posted a photo of the cat following the rescue on his Facebook page. The post has been shared more than 13,000 times since the incident.

He said he didn't expect to get all the attention for something he thinks is a “no brainer.”

“It definitely has been an experience. I definitely wasn’t expecting all the hype for something that should have done to begin with,” Smith said.

People from across the country have reached out on social media to check on Miracle and sending donations to Smith.

“People from all over the country are sending me stuff,” he said.

Leslie Sullivan, co-owner of Century 21 Blue Marlin in Destin started a collection box for Aspen and Miracle.

“Thank God he was there and had the heart and ability to save her. It touched me,” Sullivan said of the rescue.

Blue Marlin agents and staff have collected food, toys, treats and cat litter that Smith plans to pick up from the office.

“Honestly, I’ve been appreciative,” Smith said.

Smith routinely posts videos and photos of Miracle on Facebook at her new home to let people know she is in a good place.

“Now she’s just another part of the family. It's nice.”

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