An abandoned garage caught fire in Brooklyn and one firefighter witnessed something that touched his hearts and the hearts of people all over the world. He saw a cat perform an act of heroism that would leave most human beings trembling in their boots.
When the fire department responded to the emergency, they got the fire under control and the flames extinguished. Once things were under control, one of the firefighters saw a cat carrying her kittens away one by one from the area of the fire.
The mama cat was badly burned. Her paws, coat, and ears, and her eyes were singed shut. That didn’t stop her, however. After she had all of her babies in a safe location, she was seen touching every one of them with her nose to make sure they were alive. Then, she passed out.
David Gianelli, the fireman, was so touched after witnessing all of this that he took the family of mama cat and kittens to The North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, New York. One of the kittens died, but the rest of them recovered within a few months and were fit enough to be adopted. The mama cat, now named Scarlett, recovered, too.
So many people from all over the world responded that the shelter had people begging to adopt these precious kittens. They received about 7,000 letters from people. Having so many good homes to choose from, the clinic was able to give the kittens up for adoption in pairs.