Meet 6-year-old Janeysha.
She was outside playing with her friends when they heard meowing coming from a nearby storm drain. Upon investigating the cries, she and her brother discovered a kitten trapped at the bottom of the drain. They knew the baby cat needed help, so they had their mom call 911.
The fire department came and was able to remove the lid from the drain. However, all the firefighters were too big to climb down into the drain to retrieve the scared little kitty! Janeysha mustered all her bravery and volunteered to be lowered into the drain, where she was able to rescue the helpless kitten and bring her to safety.
Brett J. Fassnacht
The kitten, now named Stormy, was taken to the local SPCA and has already been adopted into a loving forever home. Just look at this cutie!
Tess Skaggs Photography/Lancaster County SPCA
Because of her compassion and bravery, PETA Kids is giving Janeysha a Hero to Animals Award.
Sadly, not every stray cat is as lucky as Stormy was. Every year, 6 to 8 million animals end up in U.S. shelters, and half of them have to be euthanized because there simply aren’t enough good homes for them.
The good news is that you don’t have to wait to see a trapped or injured animal to help. Every shelter needs donations of blankets, towels, food, and—equally important—volunteer time. You can also help animals by volunteering at your local shelter, giving some love to homeless animals, and encouraging everyone you know to spay, neuter, and adopt from animal shelters—never buy a dog or cat from a breeder or pet store.