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She couldn’t refuse: Rescuer heard a cat cry for help over the phone

On Saturday afternoon, animal activist and talented photographer John Hwang, captured a heartbreaking moment in time of a cat in desperate need at the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center in California. So moved by the helpless cat’s plight, John asked for help on his Facebook page:Valentine the cat 2

“… She barely lacked the strength to meow. Parts of her fur were hard, caked with mud and feces. Her eyes were shut with mucus and other fluids. Her past story is not known, but her very difficult life was evident. She placed her head on Elaine’s shoulder. Her paw resting on her arm. A staff worker wrote on her kennel card ‘nice cat.’ That despite everything she has endured she longs most to love…and be loved,” John wrote.

Immediately, advocates began to share the cat’s plight, and so it came to be that Toby Wisneski, founder of Leave No Paws Behind, was called to help. The organization provides hospice care, comfort, love and a safe haven for the terminally ill and the hard core cases; at the time of rescue all animals are immediately transferred to their partner veterinarian.Valentine the cat 2a

“This is heartbreaking. We are going to name him Valentino,” stated Toby. “I just received an SOS from Elaine Seamans asking if we could help this sweet old soul. ( He is being passed by more then likely because he is testing positive for eggs and mites. I heard his little cries for help over the phone and my decision was made!..”

Within an hour, Valentino was safe and had already arrived at the Pet Doctors of Sherman Oaks. His eyes are so badly infected he can’t open them, and his head feels like a helmet because he is so crusty from dirt, dried up feces and urine, yet he is described as sweet and grateful. Already Valentino knows he has been saved. He will need a foster care in the Los Angeles area. Please email info@leavenopawsbehind.com if you can help.

Updates on Valentino’s condition will follow.

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Public’s help wanted identifying cruel cat dragger

Authorities in Los Angeles are asking the public for help identifying the woman caught on camera cruelly dragging a cat on a leash. A witness took photos of the woman cat “dragger” last Friday on Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman in Van Nuys. The cat was dragged at least four blocks.

According to KtlaNews, one witness identified as Shifrah, stopped her car and demanded the woman leave the cat alone and stop dragging him:

I was disgusted and I was horrified,” said Shifrah. “The cord is around his neck, and she’s just pulling him. You know he was trying to get away from her.”

Shifrah then called 911 and continued to follow the woman. The situation soon became more disturbing as another witness got out of her car, also telling the cat dragger to release the animal.

“Another lady got out of her car and she walked up to this woman abusing this cat on a leash and she’s telling her to leave the cat alone,” stated Shifrah. “She ripped the blonde wig off the abuser’s hair. So now they’re kind of arguing; you’re seeing fists flying a little bit. The cat is either dropped or thrown to the ground. The mean lady is saying ‘give me my wig, give me my wig,’ and then she tasered the nice lady. I see flashes of light and she’s tasering the lady, and then that’s when the fight kind of ended.”

The suspect ran away leaving the cat. A good Samaritan brought the injured cat to the East Valley Animal Shelter where she has been dubbed Mischief and is currently receiving treatment.

Anyone with information is asked to call Los Angeles Department of Animal Services at 888-452-7381. Help Mischief find justice. Please share this story; someone knows this woman’s identity.

(Photo of cat dragger from LA Dept of Animal Services)

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‘Our baby girl got her wings’ after man set cat on fire

In a heartbreaking announcement on the Facebook page of the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County in Montgomery County, Indiana, on Sunday evening came the sad news of Phoenix, the rescued cat on fire last week:

Animal Welfare League Of Montgomery County Indiana  It is with a heavy heart and alot of tears I tell you our baby girl got her wings . Fly high Phoenix.”noah-riley

The cat dubbed Phoenix was discovered last week in Crawsfordsville cow-tied with a rope, drenched in gasoline, set on fire and with a firecracker lying on top of her which had not ignited. The sweet female cat had been showing signs of recovering, but her condition quickly took a turn for the worse; even as early as Sunday morning, the updates  still looked optimistic. By the evening however, another post indicated Phoenix had been experiencing breathing problems, and veterinarians feared she had a build up of fluid in her lungs indicating a secondary infection. Less than an hour later, Phoenix died.

The cat on fire was rescued on Wednesday after a retired fireman saw a flame shoot out near the community airport. Phoenix was found in critical condition lying in a mud puddle which authorities stated initially saved her life keeping her skin and fur from burning. The next day the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested Noah Riley, 19, after he stated he had been following the media posts about the cat and wanted to “get the issue resolved.”

Riley faces two counts of animal cruelty. Read the previous story here.

Rest in peace Phoenix. We will all help you find justice.

Photo of cat on fire Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County.

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Pure magic when homeless kitty meets his soul mate with rare disorder

For nearly two years, Lou, a homeless kitty, waited patiently at the Lorca Animal Rescue group in Lorca, Spain, hoping for a second chance. Everyone seemed to love Lou when they met him; the cat loved to cuddle and surely he was handsome enough to attract would be adopters. Sadly, no one seemed to want Lou.Lou the cat meets girl 3

Recently, however all of that changed, and it makes us wonder if “fate” intervened and inexplicably knew Lou’s future happiness was soon to be realized and in so happening would change the life of a youngster. According to the organization’s Facebook page, Isa arrived at the rescue searching for a pet for her 14-year-old daughter, Laura, who suffers from a rare hereditary disorder restricting her neurological and physical development. Isa wanted her daughter to have a therapy companion – someone to love and shower her child with attention. Yes, you already guessed – Lou, the homeless kitty, was the one!

From the moment Lou met Laura, he was smitten. He hugged the child with his paws, rubbed into her arms in only a way a cat can, and snuggled into the softness of  Laura’s neck. In the next moment, Laura smiled and giggled with delight.

 “We didn’t understand why Lou couldn’t find a family, being such a docile and affectionate cat,” Lorca Animal Rescue  wrote on their Facebook page. “Now we understand everything. He was waiting for little Laura; that is the name of this wonderful angel, and her mom Isa. … as they say a picture is worth a thousand words. I ask you to all who follow us aquell@s to share these beautiful images and we can break false myths.
As an adult animal is not adopted or that can’t be affectionate or that children and animals cannot live together, between all we are sure that we will gradually change some minds.” (translation edited to be easier to read)Lou the cat

Many years of love and happiness Lou and Laura. We are excited you have found each other with the help of Isa. Be the voice for those who cannot speak.

(Photos of homeless kitty courtesy of Lorca Animal Rescue)

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Sheriff rescues cat pinned at top of closed garage door

In Donaldsonville, Louisiana, a sheriff’s deputy rescued a cat pinned with the top half of his body in a closed garage door. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office posted the photo of the cat named Bella to their Facebook page drawing gasps from readers and concerned citizens.cat-pinned-on-top-of-garage-door-2

Be not afraid however, because retired Deputy Mike Scott immediately responded to the situation.

“A cat had been stuck between a garage door of a residence and the wall. Never in all my years (34) was I prepared to encounter what I saw upon my arrival,” Deputy Scott posted on Facebook.

Fortunately Deputy Scott has a lot of help from neighbors and friends.

“The neighbors were very helpful as we cautiously removed the upper frame molding that allowed some space for us to remove the cat. With a joint effort with neighbors we were able to remove the cat alive.”

Not long after the amazing rescue, Bella’s owner returned home. He had been buying lumber to repair damage from the recent floods and suspected the cat had been asleep on the garage floor when he left. Miraculously Bella escaped unscathed. How many lives do you think Bella gave up for that situation?

Deputy Mike Scott worked 34 years for the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and retired as a captain over uniform patrol in 2011. After two years of retirement he returned as a part time officer.

“It’s a privilege to be on the streets with these much younger criminal justice professionals,” said Deputy Scott. “I like to be able to assist with taking calls like such so that the younger deputies can stay available for criminal complaints and investigations.”

We’re always glad to honor a few good men Deputy Scott. Thank you for your service.

Photos of cat pinned in garage dog courtesy of Facebook page Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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ER doctor saved the life of a stray cat caught in revolving glass door

One can never be sure how many of his nine lives a fluffy white kitty used on Sunday when he accidentally became caught by the neck in the revolving glass doors of an Istanbul, Turkey hospital, but his fate changed quickly as an ER doctor saved the life of the life of a stray cat.haber-tuck-cat-2

According to the Patitliyo, the curious feline wandered into the Özel Akgün Tem Hospital, and on his way out, the man leaving didn’t notice until the stray became  trapped and cried out in pain. When ER physician Halil Akyürek heard the commotion, he rushed over and was able to free the cat who was already having trouble breathing; Dr. Akyurek immediately began to give him CPR as he massaged the cat’s heart – slowly bringing the cat dubbed Miracle back to life.

Miracle was then administered oxygen while Dr. Akyurek checked with a veterinarian for  the proper dosage of needed medications. (not many of the kind doctor’s patients only weigh eight pounds and meow). The adorable feline quickly recovered.halil-akyurek

Of course the story could have ended there, and the compassionate Dr. Akyurek could have made sure Miracle was transferred to an animal shelter, but there’s more to report – and it’s all good! Checking Dr. Akyurek’s Facebook page, he and Miracle have become a family. And this writer is happy to report Miracle is very partial to sleeping on the good doctor’s bed.

Way to go Doc! We love you for your big heart and your kindness.

(Photos of ER doctor via Petiliyo and Facebook of Dr. Akyurek)

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Teen who threw boiling water on cat sentenced to prison

In Chicago, Illinois an 18-year-old was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday for intentionally tossing boiling water on a cat and then posting the horrific video on social media.leon-teague

According to the Chicago Sun Times, Leon Teague was identified as the culprit in the online video posted on Facebook in February. The disturbing video went viral and showed a pot of boiling water on the stove and Teague calling the cat over to him from where the  pet had been sitting by the window sill. As soon as the cat is videoed approaching Teague, he pours the boiling water . The cat could be heard screaming as the water streamed down his head over the defenseless animal’s body.

The cat named Driver was found a few days later and survived the horrific cruelty. After recuperating at Felines & Canines, Driver has been adopted and is reported to be doing well. On the organization’s Facebook page, words of appreciation were expressed for helping an innocent victim find justice:

“This is a massive win for the animals that sends an unwavering message to the public that animal abuse will NOT be tolerated in our city. Our eternal gratitude and admiration go out to every person who fought passionately to be a voice and push for vindication on the behalf of Driver.”driver-the-cat

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(Photos via Felines & Canines)

27-year-old abandoned Banjo may be oldest living rescue cat

On September 4,  a stray, senior kitty named Banjo was found according to the RSPCA Southall Cattery in West London. Someone abandoned  him, however his microchip dating from 1991 tracing back to Haooddesdon, Hertfordshire reveals his age as perhaps the oldest living rescue cat.banjo-the-cat-2

According to The Sun, Banjo was microchipped when he was two years of age – doing the math, this cat would be 125 in human years or 27 years – just a number mind you! Except for a few teeth missing, the shelter stated Banjois in good health.

Beverly Leavy, the manager of the RSPCA Southall Cattery described him:

“He is such a charming sweet old man; he is eating well and enjoying life in the cattery. He takes everything in his stride and has won all of us over. It’s amazing to think he was born decades ago – we think he must be the oldest rescue cat in the county.”

The organization contacted Banjo’s listed owners, but no one ever responded, but no worries- Banjo already has a waiting line of new homes being offered. And although he really does look to be a much younger cat, his microchip tells all. While no one knows why he was abandoned at this age, his new home promises to be quiet, comfortable and filled with lots of love. Surely, how many of Banjo’s nine lives has he used?

To help this fine organization, donations can be made here.

(Photos via RSPCA Southall Cattery Facebook)