Scarlett - the most famous cat in America, and perhaps in the world. About her heroism, devotion and motherly love to write a book to make a film and it was established in honor of a special award Scarlett Award for Animal Heroism. Since 1996, this award is given to an animal marked in the heroic deeds and self-sacrifice in saving other animals or humans.
March 30, 1996 in an abandoned garage in Brooklyn, New York started the fire. Firefighters arrived at the scene quickly enough, and during one of the fire extinguishing - David Giannelli - noticed a stray cat that repeatedly returned to the fire covered garage, pulling one of his newborn kittens. The cat had already been burnt paws, ears are damaged, scorched face and eyes from the fire bubbled, but only after she pulled out of the fire of the latter, the fifth of his kitten, buried her face into each one to make sure everything is saved, lost consciousness. David Gianelli took the cat with kittens in the veterinary hospital at the League for Animal Welfare North Shore (North Shore Animal League), where the heroic mother once had a course of intensive therapy, placing in an oxygen chamber. It took three months to almost complete rehabilitation Scarlett (the name of the cat was given to the League for Animal Welfare), but preventive treatment required for the rest of the animal life (for example, a special eye cream she had to apply three times a day). One, the weakest of the five surviving kittens died a month after the fire.
The story of the heroic cat soon spread around the world, calls offering assistance came from Japan, the Netherlands and South Africa, the Americans sent in her name Mother's Day cards. In the League for Animal Welfare has received more than 7,000 applications from those wishing to adopt Scarlett and her kittens.
Four kittens in pairs took two families of Long Island, and Scarlett was adopted by Karen Wellen. In his letter to the League of Ms. Karen reported that recently lost her beloved cat in a car accident, has become more compassionate and now wishes to be in the house just an animal that requires constant treatment, care and special conditions.
Scarlett happily lived in the house of Karen for over 10 years. At the end of life - believe that the cat was already more than 13 years - Scarlett suffered from various diseases - kidney failure, heart murmurs, lymphoma and other ailments.
Finally, having received from the League of veterinarians that lifelong Scarlett pet care and treatment paid for it, the verdict that hopes to improve the health not, Karen was forced to make a very difficult decision - the cat had to put to sleep. Every pet owner, faced with a similar situation, he knows what a bitter decision.
Scarlett died at the hands of Karen October 11, 2008.
League established an award named for heroism Scarlett (Scarlett Award for Animal Heroism), intended for animals involved in the rescue of other animals and people.