Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Meet the animal loving nurse who turned her home into a sanctuary for 175 sick cats

pa-20682717.jpg
615x330-cathero.jpg

When we get home after work, we want to crash out on the sofa with a glass of wine. But when Maria Torero, a 45-year-old nurse in Peru, gets off her shift she tends to 175 desperately ill cats.

Torero has turned her eight-room, two-story house into a sanctuary for felines with leukemia, scattering it with food bowls and two-dozen litter trays to make them comfortable.

The woman, who is also a mother of three children aged 16, 14 and 6, has been running her in-house cat hospice for five years.

She spends around £1,200 a month paying for their food and medicine, half of that from donations and the other half from her job as a private nurse.

Maria Torero cares for 175 cats (at last count) in her home in Lima

Torero finds strays around the markets and local streets of Lima, Peru´s capital, and gets them tested for leukemia before bringing them home with her. Nearly all of the street cats turn out to have the disease, which is not contagious to humans or other species, as well as fleas, parasites and malnutrition.

She said she doses out medicine, sterilises the animals and treats them for parasites every two months.

Her arms bear scratches from the cats that resist the injections, but she doesn't mind. "My best gift [is] love and respect I give them in life," she told Associated Press.

Torero has transformed plastic organiser bins into beds for the cats

She even knits them adorable little jumpers and gives them names such as Fellini, Peppa, Dolly and Misterio to name a few.

"Each one has a distinct personality," she said.

Meanwhile her children who live with her often play or cuddle with the cats.

She says each cat has a personality and gives them names as well as knitting them jumpers

When people ask why Torero doesn't care for healthy abandoned cats, she answers, "That’s not my role".

"I’m a nurse. My duty is to the cats that nobody cares about. People don’t adopt adult cats, especially if they are terminally ill."

Torero only takes in adult cats to avoid spreading the disease to new generations. "Bringing a kitten here is condemning it to death,"' she said.

(Images: Press Association)

Related

hero.jpg

Jennifer Aniston reveals she stays at home to avoid "very nasty" cyber bullies and critics

rexfeatures-1310669dk.jpg

The bigger the wedding, the happier the marriage study finds

hero.jpg

Adventurous foodie creates deep fried tequila shots, gooey doritos cheese bites and mac'n'cheese burritos

untitled-16.jpg

Is this the world's most expensive apartment?

hero4.jpg

10 amazing breakfasts from around the world

hero3.jpg

It's getting chilly: 20 autumn coats to buy now

Comments

More

Clueless nearly never got made because of Hollywood sexism

As Cher would say, as if

by Jasmine Andersson
23 Jun 2017

Starbucks are hiring 2,500 refugees across Europe

by Nicola Colyer
23 Jun 2017

Man carries out flower girl duties with immense pride and solemnity

His commitment is quite something

by Amy Swales
23 Jun 2017

Shocking US law says men can finish sex if woman withdraws consent

Shocking

by Moya Crockett
23 Jun 2017

Serial fans, Adnan Syed has been given a second chance in court

New hope for Syed supporters

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Jun 2017

The scientific reason summer turns you into a horrible person

A new study confirms that we’re not very nice when we’re too hot

by Moya Crockett
23 Jun 2017

The 5 most surprising things I learnt from appearing on First Dates

What's it really like to appear on First Dates?

by Jasmine Andersson
22 Jun 2017

Rihanna just gave a heartbroken fan the best relationship advice

The pop star took time out to give a fan this brilliant tip

by Stylist
22 Jun 2017

First Dates fans respond to “shocking” mansplaining incident

“A frightened, insecure monkey hanging on to his patriarchal perch for dear life”

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Jun 2017

Golden rules of work happiness from Europe’s female tech leaders

From nap rooms to therapists and no overtime

by Anna Brech
22 Jun 2017