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Andrea's Message

Save More Andreas. Andrea miraculously got another chance at life after surviving the gas chamber. Her message includes simple steps that can spare others from what she endured.


Andrea’s Message:
A – Adopt from a rescue group or shelter
N – Neuter and Spay your pets
D – Don’t Forget her friends she left behind
R – Rally to ban the use of gas chambers
E – End Euthanasia of healthy, adoptable pets
A – Accommodate for your pet during life events


Sweet Andrea sat at the municipal shelter, up for adoption, but nobody saved her and took her home to love and care for. As the shelter needed to make room for yet more cats, Andrea had to go. She was placed into the gas chamber to be killed but survived the terrible horror of the ordeal. She was gassed again, placed into a black plastic bag, then put into a freezer. A shelter staffer later opened the freezer door to find the alive yet distressed cat fighting for her life … still. The shelter staff took pity on her and handed her over to a local rescue group, CAWS. Andrea’s story received widespread international attention and touched hearts. She recovered while in foster care and has been adopted.

Andrea is like millions in that nobody wanted her and she was sent to die. She is one of the very few who get another chance at life, though, and has a happy ending to her story. As she lives out her days, she is also a sweet ambassador, helping to remind us of how we can cherish the lives of animals and do our own small part to save them from terrible fates.

Thanks very much to Andrea, and to CAWS, for fighting the good fight and allowing us to share Andrea’s message.

Andrea was, of course, the cat who survived the euthanasia process at the West Valley City, Utah municipal animal shelter. The WVC city council decided at a public hearing last week that the gas chamber would remain in operation. Another meeting is scheduled for this upcoming week, when the mayor and councilors will hear evidence that Andrea was not the only animal to have survived the chamber and have been put down again.

For more, see our Index of Andrea stories.


You can visit CAWS (Community Animal welfare Society), of Clearfield, Utah, at their website and at their wonderful Facebook page. They are actively engaged in saving animals and finding homes for them.

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    January 9, 2012 11:23 amPosted 3 years ago
    Nancy Robison

    dont give up on your cat for not going poo in the box. some cats like a box for pooing and some like for everything. poor cat was abused enough. please dont give up on him. he needs you more than ever.

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      January 9, 2012 11:57 amPosted 3 years ago
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      Nancy, I don’t know if you’re talking about my cat or not. He is one that doesn’t use the box for his poop. I do have a 2nd box, but he doesn’t use that one often, and then just for pee. I don’t plan on giving up on him. If it’s my cat you wrote about, I’ve had him for 4 years. He’s had enough trouble with having 6 homes. As I said, there is no way I’m going to make him go through all that again. He’s safe.

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    January 9, 2012 5:09 pmPosted 3 years ago

    Is there a list of all the gas-chamber shelters in the USA? I would love to know if my local shelter is using one, but am afraid to call and ask.

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