Homeless Cat Knows It Takes Two to Tango

Published by Alisa Mullins.

Have you heard about the new dance craze? Introducing … the calico Tango.

Pretty rescued cat Tango at PETA headquarters

Tango danced her way into our lives after her guardians called PETA to ask for assistance with all the cats they were caring for—nearly a dozen of them. The local shelter wouldn’t help—like increasing numbers of shelters across the country, it limits admission in an effort to boost its “saved rates.” But in their feverish pursuit of ever-higher statistics on a page, these shelters are leaving living, breathing animals like Tango by the wayside.

Extremely alert cat sitting on upholstered chair

Luckily, here in southeastern Virginia, people have another option: the Sam Simon Center, PETA’s shelter in Norfolk. We never turn any animal away for any reason. In addition to taking in Tango, we assisted her family by transporting several kittens to one of our partner shelters, the Norfolk SPCA, and spaying and neutering the cats remaining in the household.

Pretty rescued cat Tango needs a forever home

In her short time here, we’ve already realized that Tango is a cat of many talents.

Tango, a cat rescued by PETA and available for adoption

She’s a master of improvisational dance moves!

Rescued cat Tango grooming herself

She calls this one “The Biscuit Maker.”

Beautiful rescued cat Tango at PETA headquarters

She plays mean air castanets.

Rescued cat Tango stretches out a paw

And she’s a rubber piglet whisperer. (Niiiice piggy.)

Rescued cat Tango plays with toy at PETA headquarters

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You won’t see this Tango on Dancing With the Stars—she has a limited engagement exclusively at the Sam Simon Center. But she’s hoping to book a permanent residency at a venue where she’ll be treated like the dancing queen she is. Are you ready to waltz off with this cat? E-mail us 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