Sad News About Scarlett The Cat

@pyewacket (44036)
United States
December 6, 2008 4:03am CST
This story was probably one of the most endearing, heartwarming stories I had ever heard of. It was about "Scarlett" a calico kitty who had been caught in a fire in Brooklyn, NY back in 1996. She had five kittens who were also trapped in the burning building, but patiently one by one, she rescued them to safety. A fireman happened to see Scarlett and her kittens and rushed them to the North Shore Animal League where they were treated for smoke inhalation....Scarlett had suffered the worst of it, being badly burned almost all over her body. But she healed eventually and was later adopted...here's the original story about her and the kittens Here's an original story about her...there was even a book about her, which I still have http://www.moggies.co.uk/html/scarlett.html Anyway, I was looking up info about this famous kitty and was saddened to find out she had died back in October 24th of this year.. http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2008/10/24/2008-10-24_scarlett_the_cat_that_saved_kittens_from.html Here's an excerpt... [i]Scarlett the cat, a calico hero who drew worldwide acclaim after rescuing her five kittens from a 1996 Brooklyn fire, has passed away. The aging cat - believed to be at least 13 years old - succumbed to multiple illnesses, leaving behind the sad Brooklyn family that adopted her after the blaze. "She was the most precious and loving cat, and in our household, it was all about Scarlett," said her owner, Karen Weller. [/i] {Warning: These are not referral links but to the stories about Scarlett the cat} I don't know why but this made me feel so sad to hear of Scarlett's passing as I had remembered the story of her bravery in rescuing her kittens when the news first came out..
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@ElicBxn (60874)
• United States
8 Dec 08
I'm saddened to hear of Scarlett's passing as well. She was certainly a remarkable cat and I'm so happy she had a loving family where she didn't have to do any more heroic acts the rest of her life.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Dec 08
Hearing of Scarlett's passing really struck a chord with me..almost as if one of my own kitties had passed. She had a nice life though and was loved by her owners
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@ElicBxn (60874)
• United States
13 Dec 08
I so know what you mean. I remember the story so well, I feel like she also might've been one of mine.
• United States
6 Dec 08
aww:( poor scarlett.she is now in the arms of bast. rest in peace,lil' one.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
6 Dec 08
Wonder if she playing with any of our kitties in the Land of Bast?
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• United States
7 Dec 08
i certainly hope so. although if she's with mine,she'd better watch her toys
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
6 Dec 08
awwwww that is o sad but then if she was 13 she did live a full and iventful life right! But I feel for the family that go ther they have now lost a loved one!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
6 Dec 08
Yes the family must feel bad...but they were so great to give her a new life and home
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
7 Dec 08
yes they were! hugs
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• United States
6 Dec 08
AAAWWWW!!! That was so sad to ready, I sorta remember this story back then but not really that was a time frame of things gone really wrong in my life; But what a wonderful cat and such wonderful people who adopted all of them!! that poor Cat, it just breaks my heart seeing her with her burn injuries!! What a brave soul!!!
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• United States
6 Dec 08
Oopss I meant to say READ...SAD TO READ!!! hard to type when you have tears in your eyes again!! You all are killing me today on mylot with the sad animal stories! GGEEZZ!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
6 Dec 08
I just bet the owners of Scarlett are heartbroken but at least they gave her a nice comfortable life...she was one lucky kitty
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@jerzgirl (8013)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
6 Dec 08
I remember that story. Even had my United Way money go to that shelter that year. She was a good mama, very devoted, and apparently just a good cat all around. She lived a much longer life than she might have if not discovered by the fire fighters. Long live her memory!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
6 Dec 08
Glad to see you remembered this story of Scarlett. It just struck a chord with me when I found out she had passed into the Land of Bast. She was such a brave kitty to save her kittens like that endangering her own life
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6 Dec 08
Hi pye, Yes I remember reading your discussion about her. I am sadden too by her passing, the only thing that we have to think about is she is no longer suffering now and she is running round and happy again. Tamara
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
6 Dec 08
Yes she must be in the Land of Bast/Rainbow Bridge now..wonder if she's playing with any of my former kitties?
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@ellie333 (21029)
6 Dec 08
Hi Pyewacket, Just goes to show what a mother will do to save and protect her young. Scarlett was a very brave cat and much loved by her adopted family. It is sad to hear that she has now passed away and I am sure Karen her owner is heartbroken but her memory lives on especially as there has been a book written about her. Huggles. Ellie :D
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
6 Dec 08
Yes, Scarlett turned out to be one famous kitty after that story...I have the book..uh, somewhere...going to have to find it and re-read it
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• Philippines
3 Jan 09
Hello there. Thank you for sharing this story. I love cats (we currently own four as of today), and this story is so touching for me. I feel bad as well, for she already passed away. She has surely brought happiness to everyone who are touched by her story, and her family as well. She might be in God's lap now, touching her tenderly.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
3 Jan 09
Glad to share the story...maybe she's in Rainbow Bridge and happily playing with my own former kitties who are no longer here.
@anniepa (27236)
• United States
11 Dec 08
Thank you so much for sharing this information, Pye! I can't believe it's been that many years ago, I still remember that story as if it just happened. It is sad that Scarlett is no longer with us but she did live a full life. I still remember seeing about the fireman who gave the kittens, or at least one of them, mouth to mouth. Annie
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Dec 08
I know, it seems only like yesterday when I had heard of Scarlett's heroic deed. Wonder what ever happened to that fireman anyway?
8 Dec 08
Awww, that is such a sweet story! It made me shed a tear!! I am a relatively new cat owner, I resuced a cat 5 weeks ago, and had no idea how loving they can be. Millie, my beautiful cat, likes to head-butt me when i am sleeping until i wake up and stroke her! x
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Dec 08
Aww---glad to hear you're a new cat lover now. I have two cats myself....and they rule the house LOL
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
8 Dec 08
Awwww....she was such the good mama to rescue her babies like that. And it also sounds like she lived a very full life, even though it was cut short a bit. Thankyou for sharing this hon.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Dec 08
It was nice she wound up with such a loving and caring family like she had.
• Philippines
8 Dec 08
She was one brave cat.She's a good example to any mother out there.Nowadays,there are mothers who are selfish and aandon their young soetimes ut this is a cat and she didn't do it to her young.Cheers for Scarlett and may she rest in peace.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Dec 08
Yes sometimes we hear of horror stories how a newborn baby is found in the trash cause the mother didn't want the baby. And yet here was a "mere" animal willing to risk her life for her babies.
• United States
8 Dec 08
i remember that story and how it made me cry when i heard of her bravery. to think that a cat would risk her own life to save the lives of her babies was, to me,one of the best human interest stories written in a long time. i am very saddened to hear of her passing. my heart goes out to her addoptive family.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Dec 08
Yes if it made me sad to hear of Scarlett's passing I can only imagine how sad her adoptive family must be feeling
@getnbuy (1315)
• United States
7 Dec 08
I remember Scarlett. Just think of her romping around in cat heaven without any scars or injuries. We all gotta go sometime!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Dec 08
I wonder if she is romping around and playing with my kitties who have passed on
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
7 Dec 08
It is indeed sad. I've heard of her story many times over the years. She was an amazing cat. But, we can be grateful that she had a very happy life and lived to an older age.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Dec 08
Yes she did live a nice long life and glad she was adopted by such a wonderful family..one lucky kitty
@rowantree (1190)
• United States
7 Dec 08
Oh wow. I actually remember that story. I hope she had a good life and it sounds like she did. Rest in peace, Scarlett, you definitely deserve it. We probably will never hear of another cat like her.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
7 Dec 08
She certainly was an amazing kitty and her story touched many peoples hearts.
• United States
7 Dec 08
I remember that story very well. It's nice to know that she went on to live a full life with a family who loved her. She was a special cat, no doubt about it. I will celebrate her memory tonight. Cheers to Scarlett!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
7 Dec 08
She really was a special cat..going to have to find that book I have on her and re-read it