“Some people buy flash cars, others flash clothes. But it’s my animals that float my boat,” cat-rescuer Louise told Salon about her work helping animals in Baghdad. A security consultant by day, Louise rescues homeless kitties and tirelessly works to get them to safety in England.
This isn’t the first we’ve heard of homeless animals in Iraq’s capital. In Michigan, we wrote about Mama and Boris, two dogs that were unofficially adopted by Army Sgt. Peter Neesley on a Baghdad base. When Sgt. Neesley was killed on Christmas Day, his family worked with organizations including Best Friends Animal Society, to bring the pooches back to Michigan, a journey of over 7000 miles.
Of the 7,100 animals that were caught in humane traps last year, 5,300 were euthanized. And while it’s probably overly optimistic to think that animal welfare should be a major concern when there are bombings and kidnappings and things that we can count on in the US—electricity, a police presence, fresh groceries—aren’t a given, it’s still sad to think that the four-legged members of society aren’t getting the care they need. The good news is, you can help; visit the Baghdad Cat Rescue’s website to find out how.