These Are the Heroic Pets Who Saved People's Lives
Few things are more heartwarming than a great pet story, especially when a furry family member shows extreme bravery to save someone from danger. The following heroic pets made the news for saving lives.
Fidge the kitten
- Fidge alerted her owner to her breast cancer.
The cat kept jumping on Wendy Humphreys’ right breast, prompting her to see a doctor. After discovering a pea-sized tumor, Humpreys said, of Fidge, “She saved my life … I was told that if I hadn’t been diagnosed when I was I could have died because of the hormones in the menopause. I am the first one in my family to have breast cancer. I am so glad I got her.”
Tommy the cat
- Tommy called 911 after his owner fell out of his wheelchair.
Gary Rosheisen wasn’t wearing his medical alert necklace, so Tommy, his cat, called the police. The officers said nobody was on the line, but Tommy had hit the phone’s button to speed-dial 911. “I know it sounds kind of weird,” Officer Patrick Daugherty said. But Rosheisen is grateful. “He’s my hero,” the cat lover said.
Capone the pinscher/whippet mix
- He rescued his family of 10 from a house fire.
Capone alerted a woman to a fire in her Iowa home, giving Angela Fullmer enough time to evacuate her nine children before flames engulfed their home. Fullmer told press of the former stray, “I’m glad we found him on the highway. I believe it was supposed to happen.”
Masha the tabby cat
- Masha saved a baby from freezing to death in Russia.
The tabby climbed into an abandoned baby’s box. Keeping the infant warm, Masha meowed until she got the attention of a passerby, who rushed the baby to a hospital. A hospital spokesperson said, “The baby had only been outside for a few hours and thanks to Masha … he was not damaged by the experience.” Many neighbors spoiled Masha with her favorite foods after the incident.
Sako the shepherd
- He protected his teenage owner from coyotes after a car crash.
Sako accompanied Joseph Phillips-Garcia and the teen’s aunt and cousin on a fishing trip. Their car fell down a steep hill, and the lone survivors, Phillips-Garcia and Sako, were thrown from the vehicle. The teen sustained a compound fracture to his femur. So, Sako kept him warm all night, helped him get to a creek for water, and fought off coyotes. “He saved my son’s life,” the boy’s mother said.
Bagheera the cat
- Bagheera alerted his family to a fire in their Louisiana home.
Patty Ruiz woke up when her cat clawed at her. So the mom smashed the windows of her home to get her daughters out. Two of the three got out the window, but Ruiz’s youngest daughter, as well as Bagheera, never emerged from the fire. She hopes he escaped and will find his way back to them. As Ruiz told reporters, “We would have all died. It was thanks to that crazy cat that we made it out.”
Kelsey the golden retriever
- Kelsey stayed with her owner after he broke his neck.
A Michigan man, Bob, slipped in the snow and broke his neck. With the closest neighbors far away, his golden retriever stayed with him for 20 hours. “By morning, my voice was gone and I couldn’t yell for help, but Kelsey didn’t stop barking,” Bob said. He lost consciousness, but Kelsey howled until a neighbor heard her and came to the rescue.
Pudding the cat
- Pudding woke up his owner during a diabetic seizure.
Hours after adopting Pudding from a Wisconsin shelter, owner Amy Jung woke up during a diabetic seizure by the orange tabby. She was able to call for help thanks to Pudding. Jung said, “If something or someone hadn’t pulled me out of that, I wouldn’t be here.”
Ted the collie mix
- Ted alerted his owner to an aggressive tumor in her breast.
Owner Josie Conlon said the collie began to cry and paw at her chest even though he was rarely affectionate with her. Conlon says, “A lot of people would probably just push a dog away if it started clawing at their chest, but dog owners should take notice because Ted really did save my life.”
Apollo the German shepherd
- He helped police search for terrorist attack survivors.
The first police canine to respond at ground zero on 9/11, Apollo went into the rubble with officer Peter Davis to search for survivors. The 9-year-old German shepherd braved fire, red-hot metal, and jagged concrete to search for survivors. When Davis had to accept they weren’t going to find anyone alive, he had to pull the dog from the debris. The AKC reported, “Whoever coined the phrase ‘working like a dog’ must have known Apollo.”