PETA India Rescues Mother Cat and Kitten Trapped in Ventilation Shaft

For Immediate Release:

3 November 2020


Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Deepak Chaudhary; [email protected]

The Animals Went Without Food and Water for Eight Days Before Being Rescued

New Delhi – Last week, after receiving a call from a concerned citizen on its national animal-emergency helpline regarding a crying mother cat and her kitten who had been trapped for eight days in a 15-metre-long building ventilation shaft without food and water, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India sprang into action and rescued both animals in an hour-and-a-half-long mission. The mother cat emerged from the shaft through a window and was then carefully captured by the rescuers, and her kitten was removed from the shaft using a dog-catching net.

The rescue photos and videos are available for download upon request.

Local residents reported that after giving birth to new litters, this mother cat typically relocated her babies to what she considered a safer place, and that this kitten likely fell into the shaft in the process. Neighbours are now looking after the mother and kitten. They’ve started feeding the kitten, and the mother will be sterilised once the kitten stops suckling.

“Through sheer persistence and determination, local residents and our rescue staff helped the mother cat and her kitten escape a dangerous situation that could have led to injury or death,” says PETA India Emergency Response Coordinator Sreekutty B. “PETA India hopes this story inspires the public to keep an eye out for animals in distress and to take action to help them.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. The group’s Emergency Response Team is available around the clock on (0)9820122602.

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