Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day, Scarlett

In honor of Mother's Day, I'd like to reminisce about a mother who's courage knew no boundaries, who went through flames of fire again and again to rescue her children.

In March of 1996, Scarlett was raising her little brood in an abandoned garage believed to be a crack house in Brooklyn. A fire broke out and firefighters arrived to put it out. As they got the fire under control, one firefighter by the name of David Giannelli noticed a calico cat laying outside the building with her young kittens. Fur singed off, paws and ears burnt, eyes blistered shut, the brave calico and had made the trip back into the building five times until she'd gotten out all of her kittens.

Touched by her heroism, the firefighter took her and her little family to the North Shore Animal League in New York. As he carefully placed them in a box to transport them, the courageous calico nudged each kitten to make sure they were all there, then collapsed.

The story of this little kitty's heroism soon spread around the world. The league received over seven thousand offers to adopt Scarlett and her kittens. At the time, I lived in Indiana and placed a call to the League to see how Scarlett was doing. I was told she'd had offers of adoption from as far away as Japan. Sadly, one of the kittens didn't make it, but the remaining four kits were adopted out to forever homes. Scarlett was rewarded for her heroism by being adopted into a family that loved and cossetted her the remainder of her days.

Scarlett died in October 2008.

Her heroism never fails to humble me. Happy Mother's Day, Scarlett.


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anny cook said...

What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it.

anny cook said...

What a wonderful, touching story. Thank you for sharing!

Unknown said...

It proves that bravery is not a human condition

Shelley Munro said...

What a wonderful story, Sandra. I'm glad it had a happy ending and they found good homes.

Sandra Cox said...

Yes, she was very special. She turned into a special needs kitty because of all she'd been through. Had to have skin grafts on her eyelids, etc. Her caregiver talked about what a sweet loving cat she was. She was well loved and cared for.