Rescued Cat Puts the ‘Purr’ in Pearl

Published by Alisa Mullins.

A similar situation led to comedic hijinks in a classic Christmas movie. But when a cat named Pearl was left home alone after her guardian, a military veteran, was unexpectedly rushed to the hospital with a serious illness, nobody was laughing—least of all her.Adoptable cat Pearl at PETA offices

Like the bewildered Kevin McCallister in Home Alone, Pearl must have wondered if she had somehow made her guardian disappear. Why else would he have left her all by herself?

Pretty rescued cat Pearl

Pearl didn’t have to fend off a pair of inept burglars, but she did have to contend with food and water bowls that were emptying as quickly as her litter box was filling up.

Adoptable tabby cat Pearl

It was several days before her owner’s elderly mother, who lives far away, realized that Pearl was stranded in an empty house with no one to care for her. Worried sick, she called PETA for help. We immediately dispatched fieldworkers to the man’s Virginia home to feed Pearl and clean her overflowing litterbox.

Adoptable cat Pearl with human friend

Pearl was as happy as a kid at Christmas to see humans for the first time in days and rewarded our fieldworkers with ecstatic purrs and ankle rubs. We were prepared to visit the lonely cat as often as necessary, but then we received word that her guardian was going to be hospitalized indefinitely and would no longer be able to care for her. That’s when his family came to the painful realization that Pearl would need to be adopted by a new family to prevent her from being home alone forever.

Pearl in front of window at PETA headquarters

Now, all Pearl needs is a special someone to give her the Hollywood ending she longs for. Are you ready to make your world her oyster? Grab your shell phone and drop us a line at [email protected].

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind