Couple Hailed ‘Heroes’ As Clip of Cats They’ve Saved From Death Goes Viral

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A heart-warming video of a pair who foster cats marked for euthanasia has gone viral on TikTok. Within the video, which has been viewed 1.2 million times, Alyssa Gommez describes the enterprise as: “Literally what I used to be born to do.”

The video is a series of images of the cats they’ve rescued, including a message reading: “There’s just this guy too 3y. He’s just stressed here. Was a give up resulting from owners financial situation.” Alongside is a picture of a cute tabby.

One other image shows a cat with the message: “Highly Urgent—Wentworth Pound for transport Wednesday seventeenth August 2022. Female—Ginger and white tabby DSH about 2 years old. Very friendly. Chipped on release.”

TikToker Trinity is boundless commented: “Not all heroes wear capes.”

One other user, Alexa-Ray Falcone said: “Yes! What an incredible thing you’re doing! Did any of them get adopted.”

Aly replied: “Yes the 2nd fluffy gal! and a couple of of our current fosters have had applications! The rescue group we’re with save countless cats every week!”

Rescuing and adopting animals is becoming an increasingly more popular strategy to get a pet, with the hashtag #rescuecat attracting over 2.4 billion views on TikTok.

In line with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): “Roughly 6.3 million companion animals enter U.S shelters every 12 months.”

Of those, roughly 3.2 million are cats they usually report that annually roughly 530,000 cats are euthanized.

In a positive shift, the ASPCA reports that: “The variety of dogs and cats euthanized in U.S. shelters annually has declined from roughly 2.6 million in 2011. This decline might be partially explained by a rise in the share of animals adopted and a rise within the variety of stray animals successfully returned to their owners.”

They estimate that 2.1 million cats are adopted annually.

This stock image shows a cat in a cage at a cat shelter. A video of a pair who’ve decided to foster cats marked for euthanasia has gone viral on TikTok.
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In line with the ASPCA’s National Re-homing Survey: “Pet problems are essentially the most common reason that owners re-home their pet, accounting for 47% of re-homed dogs and 42% of re-homed cats. Pet problems were defined as problematic behaviors, aggressive behaviors, grew larger than expected, or health problems owner couldn’t handle.”

User Zoe commented: “The way in which their energy visibly changes between needing help and being comfortable. Joyful babies.”

TikToker Kat wrote: “U guys are real life angels omg thank u for giving them a likelihood.”

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