Our first story features a combination that is hard to beat: cats and firemen who love cats. DNAInfo reports that when Carlow, the five-month-old kitten of a firehouse on Manhattan’s Upper Eastside, went missing after firefighters went out on a emergency call, the frantic crew launched one of the year’s biggest rescue missions, searching for their beloved pet. Thankfully, Carlow was returned after three days. “A woman from around the block stopped in and said she saw a flyer and had our cat,” firefighter David Guilford told DNAinfo via email. “I’m so glad he’s back.” Read the full story on DNAInfo.
I love Chris Colfer on Glee, and I loved him even more when I heard that he adopted an 8-year-old cat earlier this week. “I adopted a cat today from the West Valley Animal Shelter!” the Glee star tweeted on Wednesday. “His name is Brian, he’s 8 years old and 20 pounds!” PeoplePets reports that Colfer didn’t have to interact long with Brian before deciding to give him a forever home. Colfer urged his Twitter followers to consider the shelter as an option for finding pets. “It was heartbreaking to see so many sweet animals needing homes,” he wrote. “Please think about rescuing!” Read the full story on PeoplePets.
Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the day when the Japanese government blocked access to a 20-mile radius around the Fukushima nuclear reactor which was damaged after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, contaminating the surrounding area and forcing residents to evacuate immediately. Countless animals were left behind in the zone. Japan Cat Network is the only rescue group that has access to the zone, and their volunteers continue to rescue and feed as many of the animals as they can. The group will be holding memorial services in Fukushima and Tokyo to mark the anniversary. They also invite people around the world to share a moment of silence for the animals, both those who lost their lives, and those still struggling to live. Japan Cat Network’s rescue efforts continue, and I encourage you to read the story of how they helped one woman whose husband was lost in the tsunami.
Have a great weekend!
Photo sources: photo of Carlow from DNAInfo, photo of Chris Colfer and Brian from PeoplePets.com, photo of Eggu from Earthquake Pets