catsbeaversandducks:

Nurse Gives 175 Terminally Ill Cats A Loving Home

LIMA, Peru (AP) — At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats — 175 of them at last count.
The 45-year-old nurse has turned her two-story, eight-room apartment into a hospice for cats with feline leukemia, scattering it with scores of feeding dishes and at least two dozen boxes litter boxes.
Some have suggested she shelter healthy cats instead. “That’s not my role,” she told The Associated Press. “I’m a nurse. My duty is to the cats that nobody cares about.”
She said that “people don’t adopt adult cats, especially if they are terminally ill.”
For five years, Torero has ministered to animals as they slowly succumb to the common, fatal retrovirus, which is not contagious to humans or other species. It usually is transmitted through direct contact, mutual grooming and the sharing of litter boxes, food and water bowls, according to the website of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
She finds the cats in Lima’s streets and markets and has them tested for leukemia. Nearly all of the street cats turn out to have the disease, as well as fleas, parasites and malnutrition. She takes in only adult cats to avoid spreading the disease to new generations.
"Bringing a kitten here is condemning it to death," she said.
Torero names the cats — Fellini, Peppa, Dolly, Misterio among them — and dresses many in small shirts. “Each one has a distinct personality,” she said.
She said she doses out medicine, sterilizes the animals and treats them for parasites every two months. Her arms bear the scratches of cats that resist the injections.
She estimated she spends about $1,785 a month to care for the cats, half of that from donations and the other half from her job as a private nurse.
Her three children, ages 16, 14, and 6, share the apartment and often play or cuddle with the cats, many of which sleep in plastic organizer bins and sprawl across seemingly every chair and shelf.
The cat boxes and heavy use of deodorants don’t quite mask the odor of urine, but Torero said her neighbors haven’t complained.
Cats with leukemia can survive for several years, though their lifespan is usually much shorter than that of an unaffected cat. They eventually die naturally; Torero hasn’t the resources to have them put down. There are no special ceremonies.
"My best gift of love and respect I give them in life," she said.

Photos by ©La Casita Gatuna - Via The Huffington Post

(Reblogged from decembercat)

majestic-beard:

movie where the deep and soulful white boy protagonist finally finds true love with his manic pixie dream girl to a kinks soundtrack but actually she’s a violent sociopath who seduces deep and soulful white boys with her diverse, trendy interests and keeps them all in a basement for bloodsport, forcing these spaghetti-armed “creative professionals”in thick-rimmed glasses to fight each other to the death for her amusement while she listens to ke$ha and eats taco bell

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these are fabulous questions

  • (Pick a destination on this European road trip- or more, if you like it)
  • Amsterdam: Do people think you are a complete "alien"?
  • Athens: Are you a perfectionist?
  • Belgrade: Tell me about the nicknames people give you.
  • Berlin: How often can you get everything you really want?
  • Bratislava: Tell me about the book of your life.
  • Brussels: Do you use many different languages in a same sentence?
  • Bucharest: Have you ever put someone in the Friend Zone?
  • Budapest: Have you ever been put in the Friend Zone?
  • Copenhagen: Have you ever kissed or been kissed by a complete stranger?
  • Dublin: Have you ever drunk to forget something and/or someone?
  • Helsinki: Imagine you have to choose between love and your greatest goal in life. What would be your choice?
  • Kiev: Have you ever felt hurt by words that cut your heart more than a knife could ever do?
  • Lisbon: Have you ever felt you were - absolutely - born in the wrong country?
  • Ljubljana: Have you ever been mistaken by someone else?
  • London: More sense or more sensibility?
  • Luxembourg: Have you ever deeply regretted something you done (and I really mean DEEPLY)?
  • Madrid: Which talents you don't have and you really would love to have?
  • Moscow: Are you able you sleep well every night?
  • Nicosia: How often do you fall into a state of procrastination?
  • Oslo: What would give you absolute peace of mind?
  • Paris: Are you afraid of falling in love (in general or for a specific person)?
  • Podgorica: Would you die for what you believe?
  • Prague: Are you a jealous person?
  • Reykjavik: If you had to choose a country in the World to live forever and ever, which one it would be?
  • Riga: Would you take and publish a selfie if someone asked you to?
  • Rome: Have you ever experienced undeniable and true love in any form?
  • Sarajevo: How far would you go for the ones you love?
  • Skopje: What was the sweetest thing anyone called you?
  • Sofia: Have you ever been a victim of any form of prejudice?
  • Stockholm: Have you ever felt that you were an inspiration for someone else?
  • Tallinn: What was the strangest rumour you heard about yourself?
  • Tirana: Do you consider yourself a sexy person?
  • Valletta: Have you ever had a car or bike accident?
  • Vienna: Choose a song to define your life and explain it.
  • Vilnius: Would you change your nationality if you had the chance?
  • Warsaw: Have you ever suffered a depression?
  • Zagreb: Have you ever gave your heart to someone who did not deserve it at all?
  • Zurich: How important is money in your life?
  • NOWHERE FAST: Don´t ask me absolutely anything. Tell – tell me what you think about the person that owns this Tumblr.
(Reblogged from the-miscellany)

sapphicdalliances:

the world is incredible. there are girls in this world, and there are also dogs. you can put melted cheese on any type of potato.  sometimes flowers grow even when nobody is there to water them. right now on this same planet where we live there are people who are in love with each other kissing each other on the nose. emotions and colours are both things that exist. everything is so great

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I can’t believe I was in the emergency psych ward four months ago wanting to end my life. I’m glad I didn’t fuck up and end myself….. what I’ve seen and experienced out here has truly made living on worth it.

the-black-mans-flute:

kingjaffejoffer:

You can’t do anything with your hands without it being a gang sign

He’s a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.!!! 

(Reblogged from whatwhiteswillneverknow)

koalatea:

i hate when ppl make fun of me for trying 2 be positive and spread good vibes like fuck your bitter ass i spent a good portion of my short life being bitter and angry and suicidal if i wanna shoot sunshine out of my ass then i fuckin will 

(Reblogged from hodiddly)

korraisnottan:

dalishpeach:

Tender-hearted heroes are so important to me.

Heroes that are soft-spoken and kind, that want nothing more than to take care of everyone.

Heroes that are sweet and good, that always leave folks smiling in their wake.

Heroes that see good in everyone, who want to be good to everyone.

Heroes that are gentle and compassionate, that wish to share the boundless joy in their hearts with the world.

(Reblogged from korraisnottan)

Ferguson from my TL- August 18th (1/3)

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rafi-dangelo:

We’re not people really.  Our concerns are not America’s concerns.  We are just here for entertainment. We’re a convenient treasure trove of limitless creativity to be pillaged, watered down, and re-purposed for White audiences and the people getting rich from bastardized stereotypes and simplified caricatures of everything we bring to the table have nothing to say when shit gets really real.

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Hey not to be a killjoy but isn’t there like a water shortage in the US or something? And isn’t the point of the ALS foundation gimmick is to donate money or something? So maybe we should just donate now that *~awareness has been raised~*and not waste water or something??

conflictingharry:

@new zealanders i know what’s happening in ferguson seems extreme but please be aware that maori and islanders in new zealand get persecuted unfairly every day by the law purely because of the colour of their skin and institutionalised racism isn’t a far off concept it’s alive and well in our own country so don’t take the high road before looking @ yourself

(Reblogged from im-your-turbo-lover)

Day 2 Broke/Bed-ridden/Bronchitis/Barcelona.