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Scarlett - the most famous cat in America, and perhaps in the world. About her heroism, devotion and motherly love to write a book filmed, and in honor of her special award established Scarlett Award for Animal Heroism.S 1996, this award is given to an animal marked in heroic deeds and self-sacrifice in saving other animals or people.
March 30, 1996 in an abandoned garage in Brooklyn, New York, started the fire. Firefighters arrived at the scene quickly enough, and during the fire extinguishing one - David Giannelli - noticed a stray cat that repeatedly returned to the fire covered garage, pulling one of his newborn kittens. The cat had been burned paws damaged ears scorched face and the fire bubbled eye, but only after she pulled out of the fire of the last, the fifth of his kitten, buried her face into each one to make sure everything is saved, lost consciousness. < br />
David Gianelli took a cat with kittens to the veterinary hospital at the League for Animal Welfare North Shore (North Shore Animal League), where the heroic mother once held intensive care, placing in an oxygen chamber. Three months it took almost a full rehabilitation Scarlett (the name given to a cat Animal Protection League), but the prophylactic treatment of an animal was required to rest of their lives (for example, a special cream for the eyes 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 a heroic cat will 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. The Animal Protection League has received more than 7,000 applications from those wishing to adopt Scarlett and her kitten. Four kittens pairs took two families of Long Island, and Scarlett was adopted by Karen Wellen. In his letter to the League of Ms. Karen she 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 has lived happily in the house of Karen for 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 diseases.
Finally, having received from the League of veterinarians that lifelong Scarlett took care of the animal and its treatment paid for, the verdict that hopes to improve the health not, Karen was forced to take a very difficult decision - the cat had to put to sleep. Every owner of an animal, faced with a similar situation, he knows what a bitter decision. Scarlett died at the hands of Karen October 11, 2008. The League established an award for heroism named Scarlett (Scarlett Award for Animal Heroism), intended for the animals involved in the rescue of other animals and people.