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Scarlett Cat

  • Birth Jul 1995 New York, USA
  • Death 11 Oct 2008 New York, USA
  • Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: unknown
  • Memorial ID 58258520

Scarlett was a former feral cat from Brooklyn New York whose efforts to save her kittens from a fire attracted worldwide media attention and has been related in a number of many non- fiction books.

On March 30.1996, Scarlett was in and abandoned garage allegedly used as a crack house in Brooklyn with five kittens when a fire started. The fire department responded to a call about the fire and quickly extinguished it, when the fire was under control , one of the firefighters on the scene, noticed Scarlett carrying her kittens away from the garage one by one. Scarlett herself had been severely burned in the process. Her eyes were blistered shut , her ears and paws burned and her coat highly singed. The majority of facial hair was found to be burnt away. After saving the kittens, she was seen to touch each kitten with her nose to ensure they were all there and alive, as the blisters on her eyes kept her from being able to see them, and then she collapsed unconscious.

A nice fireman David Giannelli took Scarlett and the kittens to a veterinary clinic at the "North Shore Animal League" in Port Washington New York where Scarlett and her Kittens were treated. The weakest of the kittens a white coated, died of a virus a month after the fire. However, after three months of treatment and recovery Scarlett and her surving Kittens were well enough to be adopted. The story of the feline mother's heroic efforts to save her kittens attracted internatinal media attention and the clinic received approximately 7,000 letters offering to adopt Scarlett and the kittens. Scarlett and her kittens soon found homes.

Scarlett died on Oct 11, 2008 while with her adoptive family in Brooklyn. She required ongoing care as a result of her injuries, and shortly before her death she was diagnosed with a heart murmor, she everntually died of multipe illnesses.

The North Shore Animal League formed an award named the "Scarlett Award For Animal Heroism", in Scarlett's honor. This award is presented to animals the have engaged in heroic acts to benefit others whether humans or animals.


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