Philadelphia Man Is One of PETA’s Top Animal Rescuers of the Year

End-of-Year Honor Goes to Kind Verizon Employee for Saving Cat Stuck on Utility Pole

For Immediate Release:
December 20, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382


PETA is marking the end of 2019 with a first annual roundup of kind people who went out of their way to help animals in dangerous predicaments—and local Verizon employee Maurice German has been named one of PETA’s Top Animal Rescuers for his selfless rescue of a cat who was stuck on top of a utility pole. German was working in the area when neighbors told him that the cat, Princess Momma, had been stuck for 12 hours, so he used his truck’s hydraulic lift to reach her.

“When Maurice German heard that he was in the right place at the right time to save a terrified cat, he didn’t hesitate to spring into action,” says PETA Vice President Tracy Reiman. “All of PETA’s top rescuers are setting an example of the right way to treat animals in the new year and beyond.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—asks everyone to keep an eye out for animals in need and to alert authorities if the situation can’t be easily resolved. Being a hero to animals can be as simple as encouraging a neighbor to take their chained dog indoors, freeing an animal stuck in fishing line or in a discarded container, or adopting an animal companion from a shelter instead of buying one from a breeder or pet store.

Other top rescuers include Tanya Krasuin of Mission, British Columbia, Canada, for freeing a skunk whose head was stuck inside a plastic cup; Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Tolliver of Orange County, Florida, for pulling a puppy out of an abandoned flooded car during Hurricane Dorian and then adopting her; and Chloe Dorsey of Stone Mountain, Georgia, for rescuing a deer who got stuck between the metal bars of a fence—twice. A complete list is available here.

Each of the rescuers will receive an award certificate; a Merry-Mint Cocoa and Mug Gift Set; PETA’s 2020 Rescued Calendar; a reusable, collapsible straw from FinalStraw; and a box of Divine Treasures’ Divine Kingdom vegan chocolates.

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