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The Definition Of Cat Lady Doesn't Have To Be Bad: A Peruvian Nurse Cares For 175 Sick Cats From Her Apartment — And Here's Why

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a peruvian nurse cares for 175 sick cats and she does it out of the kindness of her heart

Such an amazing service by an amazing woman.

A 45-year-old nurse from Lima, Peru, named Maria Torero makes her money during the day caring for sick humans. But with the help of donations and her own money, she spends her nights taking care of terminally ill cats.

And not one or two sick kitties, but 175 of them! At least that was the number at last count.

She does this for no other reason than she believes the animals need love and care throughout the last remaining years of their life, and she feels like no one else is going to adopt an adult cat with feline leukemia - something every single one of the cats she gives a home to has.

Many have asked Maria why she doesn't give shelter to healthy cats instead, and she responded by saying:

"That's not my role. I'm a nurse. My duty is to the cats that nobody cares about. People don't adopt adult cats, especially if they are terminally ill."

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, feline leukemia can not be transmitted to humans or other species, but can be contagious for cats through "direct contact, mutual grooming and the sharing of litter boxes, food and water bowls."

Which is why Maria scours the streets for stray cats and has them tested for feline leukemia. If they have it, which most of the adult strays do, she brings them home to give them a comfortable life.

And she only takes in adult cats - never a kitten! She said:

"Bringing a kitten here is condemning it to death."

Through donations and her own money that she works for, she believes she spends about $1,785 a month on these cats and treats them with a lot of medicine. Although she cannot afford to put the dying cats down, and so they always pass away naturally, Maria knows what her purpose and duty is to these pussy cats. She said:

"My best gift of love and respect I give them in life."

And it seems she gives them a lot of love as they all have their own names and some even have little shirts that they wear. They're spread out around the house, and Maria's 3 children all play with them and help their momma take care of them!

It's a way for Maria to give these sick cats the proper send-off that they deserve. Such an inspiring and amazing lady.

[Image via AP Images.]

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6 comments to “The Definition Of Cat Lady Doesn't Have To Be Bad: A Peruvian Nurse Cares For 175 Sick Cats From Her Apartment — And Here's Why”

  1. 1

    this brings tears my eyes. I have taken in two stray kitties Ive seen lurking around my neighborhood desperate for food and a warm place to be. Ive seen people shooing them and chasing them off their property like their lives dont matter. they are helpless creatures who did not put themselves in that position.

  2. bonnye says – reply to this


    how do I find out where to send money???

  3. Sharon says – reply to this


    Bless her! We need to know how to donate to help her.

  4. Emm says – reply to this


    Wow. What a compassionate lady. That is A LOT of cats to care for. I'm glad she has children too, to keep her company and help her. She is right though, it's difficult for adult cats here in the U.S. to get adopted. Add in a terminal illness, FeLV and the cat has a much smaller chance of being adopted.
    :( I only adopt adult cats. Supposedly about one in 10 people will adopt an adult cat instead of a kitten.

  5. Emm says – reply to this


    Re: Emm – I meant it's difficult in the U.S. and in Peru (she is in Peru, right?) I think it would be even more difficult for a cat to be adopted since it seems like there are more free roaming cats to choose from, if one wanted a cat.

  6. Emm says – reply to this


    Re: Aurora Vaughn – If you are in the US, you can call the police on people who shoot cats, especially if it's in a city. It's illegal in most to shoot a firearm and most areas have animal abuse laws now too.