Congrats to Mittens, Cat of the Year

October 21st, 2011

Mittens has been named the ASPCA Cat of the Year for 2011. She was nursing her kittens in a milk crate when two teenage boys trapped her and doused her with lighter fluid. Then they struck a match.

Visit Baltimore Sun to see an image of Mittens with her kittens.

Not only did Mittens escape, she put out the fire and returned to care for her kittens. The brave cat, who lost her ears, continued to care for her kittens even while recovering from third and fourth-degree burns covering 70 percent of her body. She was also friendly with the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter staff, her caregivers until being placed in a loving home.

Mittens has touched many animals. She helped inspire the 2011 Maryland Congressional Session to pass new laws to protect animals in her home state. Plus, the main tormenter of Mittens pled guilty to felony animal cruelty.

Also honored by ASPCA:

  • Dog of the Year, a Golden Retriever named Ricochet who has raised more than $125,000 for many causes by surfing (in water, not the web)!
  • “Tommy P. Monahan” Kid of the Year, Stevie Nelson, who raised more than $28,000 for the Northeast Nebraska Humane Society after losing his two black Labs.

Mittens, Ricochet, Stevie and other animal advocates will be honored at the ASPCA Humane Awards luncheon on November 17 in New York City.

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