Phoenix Man Receives PETA Award for Rescuing Cat Trapped on Highway

Recovering Animal Is Adopted by Rescuer

For Immediate Release:
May 28, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

Phoenix – A Compassionate Action Award is on its way to Richard Christianson, who immediately leapt into action after spotting a cat stranded on a median in the center of Black Canyon Highway. After calling authorities and fearing that a response might come too late, he drove to the other side of the freeway and was able to whisk the terrified and badly injured cat—wrapped securely in his shirt—to safety. Christianson rushed the cat—now named Freeway—to a local animal shelter, where he made a full recovery and has since found a loving forever home with his rescuer.

“Thanks to Christianson’s kindness and determination, this cat’s terrifying ordeal did not end in tragedy,” 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 Christianson a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan cookies.

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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