It’s nice to see a top model and general all-round celebrity committed to cat rescue. I am referring to Elena Fernandes, 32, who describes herself as:
…a supermodel, influencer, actress and philanthropist. Born in London to a Peruvian Mother and Indian Father, Elena resides in London and works out of London, Dubai, Mumbai and New York on client assignments.
She is incredibly international and blessed with looks and intelligence. Nice that she is using these attributes to help cats.
She will fly her seven rescue cats to London from Mumbai, India because she’s going to live in London. She has a choice but has chosen London partly because it will be easier for her to look after her cats with her parents’ help.
She told Times of India:
These cats, rescued over a year, were found in a poor state of health and some were injured on the streets. Now, I am happy to take them all with me to my central London home in Bayswater. Since my parents also live there, it will be easier to take care of all my adopted cats.
Their names are Garfield, Murphy, Mischief, Sooty, Sweep, Disney and Patches. They have been labelled the ‘Slumcats Millionaires’.
The Times of India reports that she hates animal cruelty. She said that there is a lot of animal cruelty in India especially of cats and dogs. They are dumped by the roadside by animal haters she said.
Shockingly she also said that some drivers run over the cats and dogs. The don’t slow down or try to avoid them.
Elena used Furry Flyers an international pet relocation agency to help her organise the flight to London of her cats. Vinayak Prabhu of Furry Flyers said:
Elena Fernandes is not just beautiful from the outside, she has a heart that beats with compassion for animals; which is very touching.
Comment: her insight into the treatment of India’s street cats is telling and very sad. It appears that some drivers deliberately drive over them. That particular style of cat cruelty occurs in the West too. I can think of two stories on this site in which cats were targeted by car drivers.
SOME POSTS ON CAT AIR TRAVEL:
Airlines should differentiate between emotional support animals and service animals and ban the former