Written by Michelle Kretzer
A longtime PETA supporter in New York is dedicated to rescuing cats from the cruel streets. She has adopted
several cats into her loving home and arranged for dying feral cats, including cats who had been hit by cars or were suffering from terminal
diseases, to be euthanized.
Her most recent rescue resulted from a
trip to the local shopping mall. She saw something moving near a Dumpster, and when
she stopped to investigate, she discovered a sickly looking cat who was walking
through broken glass and trash, desperately searching for scraps of food. The weak
and frail cat's ribs were protruding, her eyes were oozing pus, and she was crawling
The woman called PETA, and while she
retrieved a humane live trap and a can of cat food from her car, we set up an
appointment with a local veterinarian who is always happy to help the supporter
and PETA. Just hours after the sick, starving feline was first spotted, the
animal was mercifully
euthanized, surrounded by caring people.
This determined animal advocate has
saved countless cats from unimaginable suffering simply by always making the time
to help. If you see an animal in need, please never be silent.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
A cat was found in the back of someone's garage, emaciated,
anemic, and suffering in the final stages of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), which attacks cats'
immune systems much like HIV does in humans. Several people in the neighborhood had been feeding her and noticed that she
was eating less and losing weight, but no one had bothered to take her to a
Cruelty Investigations Department gave the cat a merciful release from her suffering, but countless other stray
and feral cats—and even cats who have homes but are allowed to roam outdoors—suffer
agonizing deaths after contracting FIV, feline leukemia virus (FeLV), feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), and other contagious and
diseases are incurable and almost always deadly, and they are easily
transmitted from one cat to another, often through saliva or feces. (Catfights
are the prime mechanism for the transmission of these illnesses.) Infected cats
may not show symptoms for years and may even test negative for the diseases
initially, only to test positive later. If you let your cat roam outdoors, he
or she is at risk of contracting these diseases and contaminating other cats
(including the other felines in your home) before you even know he or she is sick.
protect your cat from these terrible diseases as well as the many other dangers cats face outdoors, such as traffic, cruel
people, poisons, attacks by animals, parasite infestations, and weather
extremes. Keep your cats indoors and allow him or her
out only on a leash and
harness (with you at the other end of it, of course) or into a securely fenced yard
while under your constant watchful eye.
This cat was hit by a car
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if you see a cat hanging around your neighborhood, don't assume that someone
else is taking care of him or her. Instead of leaving the cat to take his or
her chances on the streets, take
the animal to a shelter, where he or she will
have a chance at finding a loving home with people who care enough to keep the
cat safe indoors.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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