Oklahoma Woman Receives PETA Award for Rescuing Kitten on Busy Highway

Recovering Animal Is Adopted by Rescuer

For Immediate Release:
October 27, 2015

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Oklahoma City – A Compassionate Action Award is on its way to a northwest Oklahoma resident named Laney, who stopped traffic at a busy intersection to rescue a kitten. After watching the cat—now named Skidmark—fall from a passing car, she rushed to block traffic with her bike. After scooping Skidmark, who had several close calls with cars, off the road, Laney offered her a permanent, loving home with her family.

“Thanks to Laney’s quick thinking, this kitten has a second chance at life,” 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 Laney a framed certificate, a box of delicious vegan cookies, and treats for Skidmark.

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, should be escorted outdoors on a leash and a safe, secure harness.

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