02 November 2011

Cat survives gas chamber at Utah animal shelter twice

It might just be true that cats do have nine lives, and if that’s so, Andrea will be around for many years to come.

After full-grown Andrea was spotted as a stray in early October by the Salt Lake City animal control, she was sentenced to death by gas chamber at Utah’s West Valley City animal shelter. After the staff’s first attempt to euthanize Andrea, she proved she was determined to live, not once, but two different time.

Shortly after the first attempt to put Andrea in the gas chamber, the staff tried again. They thought they’d succeeded so they checked Andrea’s vitals and put her in a plastic bag and then into a cooler. About forty-five minutes later, the shelter staff was in for a huge surprise.

The staff heard Andrea’s cries, and then realized there would not be a third attempt. City spokesman Aaron Crim told PEOPLE magazine, “They heard meows coming from the bag she was in. They opened the bag and there she was – a little bit confused and frightened, and still alive." Andrew had made it perfectly clear that she wanted to live.

Andrew now resides with her current foster, Janita Coombs, volunteer with the Community Animal Welfare Society (CAWS).

This special cat is meant to live, and after being spayed, will be adopted and enjoy her next seven lives with a loving and caring volunteer of the CAWS staff.

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Alexandra is highly passionate about animals and animal rights, and wants to raise awareness of the cruelty that many animals suffer in the best way she knows how, and this is by written word. She is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, with a degree in Professional Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.

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