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10. It’s hard to believe, but some people actually throw animals in the garbage. In Istanbul, a 7-year-old girl was passing a closed trash can when she heard a cat crying inside it. It could have been in there for days. The girl opened the can and found a very hurt cat. His face was covered with maggots and mites and his ears and mouth were terribly deformed. But she took the cat home and she and her father, a doctor, spent months bringing the cat back to health. Without the little girl and her father, the cat surely would have died.
9. A cat named Fat Boy was perched atop a 45-foot utility pole in Fesno, California, for nine days until utility workers cut the power to 250 homes to perform a rescue. Crews were able to safely get the black and white…and rather large…cat down and return him to his owner, Andrew Perez. Andrew had called several agencies that declined to help him retrieve his cat before linemen from the Pacific Gas and Electric company took charge and went for Fat Boy.
8. Jean Favini loved her Oasis for Animals cat rescue facility in Washington, but she loved the cats staying there even more. She loved them so much, in fact, that when the building, which was right next to her home, caught fire, she ran inside the burning building several times to rescue her furry friends. A firefighter on the scene helped her, and they managed to retrieve 24 cats from the building. Five others, unfortunately, died in the blaze. Jean is using the incident to raise awareness of the importance of installing fire protection devices.
7. In Louisa, Kentucky, a cat got its head stuck in a plastic pizza rolls bag… looks like Totino’s to me. But a very unlikely “friend” came along and freed the cat from the head bag. It was a dog. The dog came up to the cat and gently nipped at the bag until it cleared the cat’s head. See. Even the worst of enemies can become the best of friends in a time of crisis.
6. George Seliga of Ontario, Canada, died in 2013. But his final wishes for cats to be taken care of in the area will continue indefinitely. Seliga left a large donation for the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA to take care of the felines for a long, long time. Says Marion Emo, who heads that area’s SPCA: “Mr. Seliga’s generous donation will help us to expand quality programs that support the three essential things that pet parents can do for their animal’s well-being: spay or neuter them, give them regular, preventative veterinary care, and have them micro-chipped for a safe return home if lost.”
5. In Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, children go to the animal shelter to read to cats to soothe them…. and they love it. … That’s the kids AND the cats. The program, offered to children in grades 1 through 8, helps them with their reading skills while being a very comforting, rhythmic sound to the cats. A young girl named Cheyanne has a fear of animals, but finds that reading to the cats is comforting to her as well.
4. While construction workers were putting up metal posts at a playground in Colorado City, Arizona, they heard a faint crying.
When they put their ears to one of the poles, they could distinctly hear a cat meowing. After cutting the pole, that found a small cat was buried almost up to its head in dried cement. Someone had done this terribly cruel thing to this cat. But the workers managed to pull the post out and worked hard to chip away at the cement encasing the animal. Finally, the poor little cat was freed and given to someone to take care of it. If you know of anyone who thinks something like this is funny, please try to make them understand the value of life. The video of this great rescue is in our Show More area. And I don’t want to give away the ending… but it’s certainly worth watching.
3. Joe was taking his Mercedes-Benz out for a drive one day when he came upon what appeared to be a group of concerned teens standing on the edge of a bridge. When he stopped to ask them if they were ok, they said they were very concerned about a cat that had gotten itself stranded high in a nearby tree. So Joe climbed the tree and got the cat. Good for Joe! But then Joe dropped the cat into the water below, so he jumped into the water to rescue the cat. Good for Joe! When he reached the bridge, the terrified cat scrambled away from him and right up into the warm engine of Joe’s Mercedes. That’s when Joe did something even more amazing than what he had already done. He took apart his luxury car’s engine piece by piece to retrieve the cat. Great for Joe! His only concern after that was convincing his girlfriend he wanted to keep the cat. I’m hoping … after all he had done to save it… she said yes.
2. In Greenport, New York, a home that had been turned into a cat rescue mission caught fire. During the blaze, firefighters and neighbors worked together to save the cats both inside and running outside of the house. Firefighters used special equipment on several of the cats that were suffering from smoke inhalation. The O2 Fur Life Pet oxygen masks, which are made specifically for pumping oxygen into the lungs of small pets, came in extremely handy on this fire run. In all, 18 cats were saved.
1. A boa constrictor was choking the life out of a kitten when Andres Gonzalez came upon it. He attempted to pry the kitty out of the snake’s tight grip, but that wasn’t doing any good. Then he was able to push open the snake’s mouth, which was holding one of the kitten’s hind legs. After the snake’s head was pulled away, its body went limp, freeing the kitten and allowing it to escape. Andres said the kitten was a little shaken up by the incident, but seemed fine later in the day.
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Hypnothis Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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