Earthquake Survivor Can’t Believe His Luck: Watch New Video

Pisa the cat’s whole world crumbled during the earthquake in Turkey in February. Rescuer’s backed by PETA’s Global Compassion Fund found him in a dilapidated building that was tilting like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Now Pisa has a new life and a new home over 8,000 miles away in the U.S. with his rescuer, Alex, and his family.

Pisa Is Thriving in His New Home in Virginia

When rescuers arrived in Marash, one of the epicenters of the earthquake, almost everything had been destroyed. Pisa was hiding in a building that was nothing but a shell with missing walls, and the plucky rescue team had to work to coax the terrified cat into a carrier by enticing him with some extremely tasty and aromatic food.

Pisa the cat was rescued from this leaning house

Since Pisa wasn’t microchipped, there was no way to locate his guardians, if they were still alive. The team had Pisa cleared for travel, and he and Alex took off for the United States. According to Alex, Pisa purred throughout the entire flight.

The once rightfully scared and homeless cat who had clung to life in a ruin is now enjoying his new home in Virginia. He spends his time playing with his new canine and human siblings and has even helped rejuvenate his family’s senior cat.

Pisa's new family after being rescued from the wreckage of the Turkey earthquake

How You Can Help Animals After Natural Disasters Like the Turkey Earthquake

Pisa is just one of the hundreds of animals PETA-supported rescuers helped following the earthquakes in Turkey.

To help provide other animals in need around the globe with food, veterinary care, and rehabilitation, please donate to the Global Compassion Fund today:

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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