Heartwarming photo of a Russian firefighter holding one of the 300 cats rescued from a burning animal shelter

Russian emergency workers in St. Petersburg performed a heroic rescue on June 14 when they rescued hundreds of cats and several dogs from an animal shelter. Take a look at the heartwarming photo of a Russian firefighter holding one of the 300 cats rescued from the burning shelter.

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Heartwarming photo of kitten and firefighter (Russian Emergency Situations Ministry)

The fire started Friday on St. Petersburg’s Vasilyevsky Island. The Emergencies Ministry said it was their quick response that allowed them to evacuate 300 cats and seven dogs from the shelter. No information is available as to whether any animals were lost in the fire.

The fire was massive and took 37 emergency workers along with 10 engines two-and-a-half hours to extinguish the blaze.

Here is another picture, enlarged and enhanced by Michael at PoC:

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Russian firefighter and rescued cat

Russian firefighter and rescued cat

No information has been made available as to where the cats and dogs are at this time. There’s only one article pertaining to the fire in Google search and it appears the same information is repeated in each article (word for word).

To be able to rescue that many animals is a miracle. You’re all heroes and the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry should be thankful to have you.


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Elisa Black-Taylor

Elisa is an experienced cat caretaker and rescuer. She lives in the US. As well as being a professional photographer, Elisa has been a regular contributor to PoC for nine years. See her Facebook page.

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