Thrash metal band Slayer rescues freezing homeless kitten

This is an unusual story, but when I read it, I thought it only fitting that one of the most famous metal bands in history be spotlighted on one of the top cat websites in history. It’s a story to warm the heart, and may even change your perception of heavy metal bands.

Slayer band rescue a freezing kitten
Slayer band rescue a freezing kitten

Slayer was scheduled to play a packed show at Old National Centre in Indianapolis on December 4. It was cold and the band guitarist Kerry King was at St. Elmo’s steak house the night before the show enjoying dinner with several members of the road crew. On their way out, Slayer’s assistant tour manager Jess Cortese saw a homeless man on the street. The man offered to see his kitten for a dollar. In an interview with, Manager Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald described the kitten as freezing. Jess rescued the kitty, who slept with her in her bunk on the bus that night.

Another of the runners knew of someone looking to adopt a cat, so the band made arrangements to get the kitten to the person who wanted to adopt. The new owner, Penny Hamilton-Riley, recently wrote on her Facebook wall about her new baby, whom she named Gypsy

“I gave her a bath last night then she slept for five hours on the heating pad. She’s at the vet this morning being treated for fleas and worms.”

The band received a lot of good publicity after saving Gypsy. Gypsy no longer has to live outside hungry and cold, and Penny got a new best friend. Oh, and Slayer possibly got a new campaign mascot, as seen in the photo above. It’s nice to know the band has a soft spot for homeless kittens.

Note: “Thrash metal” is a sub-genre of heavy metal and more extreme.

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How Healthy Is That Kitten or Puppy On the Website?

Cats free to a good home on

Australians are increasingly buying puppies online. This is what we are told by Dr Susan Hazel, Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Dr Hazel lectures at the University’s School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences.

Note: I am referring to individual people who the adopter does not know and not shelter organisations who also advertise online but you know they will have systems and health checks etc.

There are many reputable dog breeders advertising their dogs online but there are bound to be people who are less scrupulous about what they do and what they sell. Many of the dogs may have ongoing health and behavioural problems and/or are bred from poor breeding lines. Even if the sellers are good you still have to visit.

This got me thinking about cats, of course. Gumtree is a well-known and large website where people can advertise whatever they like (almost). I checked out the Australian version of the Gumtree website for “free cat”. I was very pleased to see that there were very few advertisements.

However, when I visited the British version of the website I was surprised to see 5 pages of advertisements.

The classic advertisement line is “kittens free to a good home”. Many cats and kittens advertised in this way will end up in very good homes, where they are lovingly cared for. However, common sense dictates that many will not and below is a list of what might happen to these vulnerable domestic kittens and cats:

Are as far as I’m concerned, it is simply neither viable nor sensible to buy a cat or kitten over the Internet. Adopting a cat is adopting a cat the life of the cat and with that sort of responsibility the start of the process should be absolutely correct. The only way to start off correctly is to do your budget to make sure that you can afford to care for a cat for the next 15 or so years to a good standard and to swat up on cat health and behavior to make sure that the cat your propose to adopt is healthy and socialised. This means visiting the cat and letting him or her choose you. There is a page on the website about selecting a kitten. There is also another big page on this subject. should stop this sort of advertising and follow in the footsteps of who I believe still retain a strict policy on the advertising of animals on their website (but is it good enough? Has it changed?).

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By Ruth aka Kattaddorra

This is a very chilling subject but I feel I must write it as a warning, having seen on Facebook two cats advertised as free to a good home.

NEVER ADVERTISE CATS FREE TO GOOD HOMES — Poster by Ruth aka Kattaddorra

Facebook has millions of members, lots of animal lovers but also lots of animal abusers too. So yesterday when I saw those cats advertised on a Cats Protection page on there, with a photo of the two beautiful five year old cats and underneath, the comment ‘free to a good home’ and people sharing it on their own pages, my blood ran cold!

Cats Protection advised the person to contact their local branch. But what if that branch is full to overflowing as most are? Will this person be content to go on the waiting list? I doubt it as not many people are!

There is no reason given as to why these cats are unwanted even though someone asked. A few comments said good luck and they hoped the cats were rehomed soon, those people are obviously unaware of the danger those cats are in!

A few people, along with myself, do know this and we made comments about not advertising cats free on Facebook because they could be taken by someone not wanting to give them a home but to abuse them.

The main reason why these animal abusers look for free cats (and dogs) is to use them as dog bait, to train their dogs to kill! Many animal lovers internet sites are using this sort of quote from a man with fighting dogs, as a warning:

‘The hardest thing is to get enough dogs and cats to use as bait during training. My source is to check the internet and local newspapers for ads that offer a pet dog or cat for free. My wife dresses up neatly and collects them for me’

The person wanting rid of those two cats wasn’t very happy about us commenting that she was putting her cats in danger, she replied how did we know that a Rescue Shelter wouldn’t rehome them to an animal abuser?

Well, our local Rescue Shelters vet homes very thoroughly before allowing anyone unknown to them to adopt a cat and rightly so and I should think other reputable Rescue Shelters worldwide do too.

If anyone really MUST rehome their cats for a justifiable reason then they should make absolutely sure that wherever they take them or whoever they rehome them to, is a reputable Shelter or a genuine cat loving person and not an animal abuser!

Ruth aka Kattaddorra

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Free Cats

by Elisa Black-Taylor

Free cats. We see these words everywhere these days. People advertise cats on Craigslist and in the freebies section of the newspaper. Not only is this dangerous for the cats, it’s also misleading to those wanting to adopt a cat.

Free cat adverts Craigslist
Free cat adverts Craigslist. This is a screenshot.

For one thing, free cats aren’t really free. They come with a lot of “adoption baggage” and that’s the reason I’ve always suggested people adopt from a shelter or rescue. Your typical free cat will need a vet exam, tests for FIV/FeLV and sometimes heartworms. They will need vaccinations to protect their health. Most likely they will need a spay/neuter. All of this is included when a cat is adopted from a legitimate shelter or rescue.

It’s not safe to adopt a cat out to someone not willing or capable to care for it. You never know who will show up for a free cat. It could go to a wonderful home, or a life of hell may await it.

The reason for this article comes from a story Michael wrote regarding the ASPCA offering up the Caboodle Ranch cats next weekend. I wasn’t aware the event had already been scheduled. I have a hard time keeping up with all of the news in the cat world using just my cell phone for internet. I thought this an important topic and wanted to know if everyone else is as concerned as I am.

For those of you who haven’t heard, the ASPCA will host an adoption event next weekend where the cost of taking home a Caboodle Ranch cat will range from free to $10 per cat. All a person has to do is show up and show an ID. And I guess looking like a normal person instead of an abuser is required.

Update – correction: Please see John’s comment below:

“The adopting agencies are not just handing out cats to anyone with a photo ID. The applicants are being screened and interviewed — more rigorously than usual, given the number of Caboodle Ranch supporters who have threatened to “steal” or “kidnap” the cats, or to adopt them under false pretenses so they can be illegally returned to Craig Grant….”

See a page on ASPCA rehoming events for the Caboodle cats.

My main concern is what an abuser looks like. A lot of you may not know I write a lot on dog abuse. MANY of the abusers are members of the police department where they live. Who could look more normal than a police officer? My point is, judging someone by their appearance and not taking an application to check references or do a home visit is very dangerous for a cat.

A lot of people are concerned the Caboodle Ranch people will adopt some of the cats and take them back to the ranch. I think that’s the most dangerous thing that could happen. Not for the reason most of you would think. We went through a feline distemper (panleuk) scare last summer. If any of the Caboodle cats died of this and were buried on the property, the property is still contaminated. Dry conditions allows distemper to live for a year. Wet conditions, such as rain mixing with soil and cat remains could keep the virus alive for YEARS.

So I caution anyone who wants to adopt out a cat using the freebies as well as those of you who adopt this way. Be very careful what you’re doing. Sometimes a bargain isn’t a bargain and sometimes a nice looking person is a seriously deranged animal torturer. The moral is, acquiring a cat is a serious decision regardless.

How do all of you feel about the ASPCA adoption event next weekend? I’m really worried about who will be taking these cats home.


Associated page: Free Maine Coon Kittens.

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