Cats Rescued from Lava Flow

One of the nice things about living where I do is that I do not have to worry about bad weather. The human often teases his friends about this when they complain about how hot or how cold it is. They tell him that he should be quiet or there will be an earthquake and we will fall off into the ocean.

If this does happen, we may find ourselves floating to near where a very unusual cat rescue is taking place. In Hawaii, an active lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has caused problems since last summer. Many humans have lost their homes due to this, and they are not the only ones at risk of losing their homes.

That is why the Pono Animal Way Sanctuary (PAWS) is conducting an ongoing cat rescue. They have saved a number of cats from the lava flows, and their operation to save more continue.

PAWS Volunteers With Adoptable Cats
PAWS Volunteers With Adoptable Cats

So far, the cat rescue operation has put 30 adoptable cats in the PAWS facilities. And there are likely more to come, as the efforts to trap cats in danger from the lava flows, both feral and abandoned, continue.

Sadly, far too many of the cats saved by this cat rescue were abandoned by their humans. One of these cats, who was named Lava Girl, was clearly abandoned because “she was overly friendly and liked humans.”

One of the Adoptable Cats From PAWS Cat Rescue Operation
One of the Adoptable Cats From PAWS Cat Rescue Operation

What is most sad is that some humans are abandoning their cats in a misguided attempt to keep them from being euthanized. This puts the felines in a very difficult situation, as domestic cats lose their hunting skills. “Every animal should have the right to be evaluated for potential adoption. Casting its fate to the wind is the worst fate of all,” said the director of the Hawaii State Humane Society.

This is not right, my furiends. I am glad that PAWS is working to save these felines who were abandoned by irresponsible humans.

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