Pasadena Police Department Receives PETA Award For Saving Stranded Kitten

Cat Freed From Busy Overpass by Kind Officer

For Immediate Release:
July 20, 2015

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Pasadena, Texas – A Compassionate Police Department Award is on its way from PETA to the Pasadena Police Department in recognition of its rescue of a small kitten who was stranded on a highway overpass on Wednesday. After hearing the kitten’s cries, Officer Alberto Galvan drove to the spot where she was stuck between drain openings. Despite an unsuccessful first attempt, he was finally able to free the terrified kitten and provide her with water before taking her to a nearby shelter.

The police department will receive a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan cookies from PETA.

“Thanks to the kindness and determination of Officer Galvan, this kitten’s story has a happy ending,” 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—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 on a leash and a safe, secure harness when outdoors.

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