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Lucky Cat Survives Euthanizing Twice

Lucky Cat Survives Euthanizing Twice

Warning: This story is not for the faint of heart – although it does, unbelievably, have a happy ending.

Last fall, a stray black kitty named Andrea, lost her lease on life. She had been at a shelter in Utah for over 30 days without being adopted and consequently she was sent to the shelter gas chambers to be euthanized. When the staff went in to retrieve her, however, she showed signs of life, so they gassed her a second time. Thinking the second attempt “succeeded,” the shelter employee picked up her lifeless body, wrapped it in a plastic bag and deposited her in a cooler.

However, Andrea had only used up two of her nine lives and she was insistent that she still had seven to go. When the staff emptied the cooler at the end of the day Andrea the cat was amazingly still alive – and moving!  She survived two gassing attempts, potential suffocation in a plastic bag and hypothermia!

At this point, the shelter employees wondered about divine intervention and decided this tough-as-nails cat deserved a second chance to find a forever home and she was given to CAWS (Community Animal Welfare Society), a local animal welfare group.

“She’s pretty tough, obviously,” said Janita Coombs, a volunteer with CAWS  who agreed to take care of Andrea. “She’s definitely got some will to live.”

CAWS, which agreed to find a permanent home for Andrea, is seeking information on why the gas chamber failed – and local Utah residents are seeking an end to the use of gas chambers at their city shelters.

Animal welfare activists around the world, in hearing Andrea’s stomach-wrenching story, have called for the end of all Auschwitz-like gassing of animals. Activists who of course prefer that euthanizing be avoided at all costs argue that if it must be done, please use injection as it is painless, faster and less expensive than carbon monoxide. As Jennifer Brown with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals urged, “No animals would have to pay with their lives if everyone would spay, neuter and adopt animals from shelters. Until then, the least we owe those who must be euthanized is a painless, peaceful passing.”

Fortunately for Andrea, the unusually lucky black cat, she has a new lease on life and can leave the entire discussion behind her as she settles into her new home to enjoy her remaining seven lives.

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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8:14PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

I just don't want animals to be euthanized at all.... =( makes me very sad.

9:38AM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Blessed be, Andrea - but I shudder to think of the many many many poor animals who have a similar fate and are still thrown away for dead even though they may still be alive.
Everybody is disgusted about H*tler's gas chambers - but there is no difference than the fact that those for animals are still in use.
Please, Americans, do anything and everything you can to make these horrors history. You helped end them in Germany, now please do the same for your own country.

11:47AM PST on Nov 26, 2012

THIS HAS JUST GOT TO STOP !!!!!!!!!!!!! Do not, for a minute think this is an isolated case as there was an article about a dog (a beagle, I believe) recently who survived this horror too!

4:19PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012


11:14AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

divinely inspired cause

11:52AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

this is so cruel!!!! stop using gas chambers!!!!! stop killing animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

11:52AM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

How many times does this have to happen before we just stop using gas chambers all together. They are ineffective cruel etc.. If it isn't suitable to use this method on human criminals who have committed torturous acts then it is unacceptable for innocent animals who have hurt no one.

8:22AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

I had not idea some states were still using gas chambers...are you kidding me? What happened to the animal cruelty laws? Our Federal Government needs to step up and create animal rights laws that stretch to every state, we can no longer wait for the states to get around to it.

3:07AM PST on Mar 10, 2012

I really can't believe some countries gas animals. Completely inhumane.

I don't think this cat is in any way lucky, though. Cats don't have a concept of their future lives. They don't feel lucky to be alive, they just are alive. So if the cat remembers how it suffered, it doesn't have anything to way it against in the way that we do. And in general I don't really think being gassed twice counts as lucky!

Don't support pet breeders! And don't fall for those adverts claiming they just accidentally let their pet have one litter, please buy one kitten/puppy and they'll use the money to get their pet spayed - treat them all as lying puppy/kitten mill operators because most of them are. The shelters who have to put down animals because they have no resources to take in pets that are more likely to go to a happy home are not the ones at fault. It's the breeders and those who support them, so don't!

3:12PM PST on Feb 25, 2012

It's really a horrible story, no matter the ending. After all, it is a sentient creature, which I believe has memories. Can you imagine living on with those memories. What we do to the innocent...

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