Written by Alisa Mullins
Pelusa's guardian was frantic. The
little cat had darted up a tree in Patillas, Puerto Rico, after being
frightened by dogs and had been trapped there for nearly a week. Because the
young cat was so high up—about 35 feet—her guardian couldn't get her down on
her own. The cat was clearly too scared to come down herself, so her guardian
appealed to the local fire-and-rescue department for help—but nothing was
Glen Venezio with Animal Concerns Puerto
Rico put pressure on fire-and-rescue officials and persuaded them to act. But
by the time that they finally arrived on the scene, a local 17-year-old boy who
is an expert climber had scaled the tree and managed to carry Pelusa down by
himself after carefully placing her in a sack.
A PETA cruelty caseworker then coordinated
with another local activist to arrange for Pelusa to be taken to a veterinarian
to get a checkup and, after recovering her strength, an all-important spay
surgery. She's now "fixed" and back at home with her grateful
Pelusa's close call serves as a reminder
of why cats are always safest indoors—and why you should never give up when an
animal is in peril. You might have to make several calls before you obtain results,
but don't give up!
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