Oceanside Firefighters Receive PETA Award for Rescuing Cat Trapped in Storm Drain

First Responders Reunite Missing Cat With His Guardian Just in Time for Mother's Day

For Immediate Release:
May 15, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

Oceanside, N.Y. – A Compassionate Fire Department Award is on its way from PETA to the Oceanside Fire Department in recognition of its rescue of Roscoe the cat, who had reportedly been missing for two weeks until he was finally heard meowing from the bottom of an Oceanside storm drain on Mother’s Day. A firefighter climbed down into the 12-foot-deep drain, scooped Roscoe up, and quickly reunited him with his guardian, who was so relieved that she burst into tears. “Considering that’s all I said I wanted for Mother’s Day, it was the perfect gift,” she said.

“Thanks to the Oceanside Fire Department’s kindness and determination, this cat’s frightening journey ended with a loving reunion and a happy Mother’s Day,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA encourages caring people everywhere to take this story as inspiration to come to the aid of animals in need.”

PETA is sending the fire department a framed certificate, a box of delicious vegan chocolates, and a copy of The Engine 2 Diet—a Texas firefighter’s 28-day plan for staying in prime firefighting shape through plant-based meals.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—also reminds all cat guardians that the safest place for their companions is indoors. Cats who are allowed to roam outdoors may catch diseases such as feline AIDS, be hit by cars, or even be hurt by cruel people. All animal companions, including cats, can and should be escorted outdoors on a leash and a safe, secure harness.

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