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

More

20 soothing, beautiful songs guaranteed to help you fall asleep

An expert picks the ultimate classical music playlist

by Sarah Biddlecombe
20 Oct 2017

Puppy dog eyes are a thing and your dog makes them just for you

A study says dogs change their facial expressions when humans are looking

by Amy Swales
20 Oct 2017

Here’s how to buy a house or a flat for the princely sum of £1

It's time to enter the real-estate raffle

by Megan Murray
20 Oct 2017

Oxford University under fire for shocking lack of racial diversity

One MP called the revelations an example of “social apartheid”

by Moya Crockett
20 Oct 2017

This prosecco festival is the best way to start feeling Christmassy

Bubbles, bubbles everywhere

by Susan Devaney
20 Oct 2017

Missing your 16-25 railcard? We have good news for you

Rail bosses have taken pity on cash-strapped millennials

20 Oct 2017

This man’s response to his friend’s period while hiking is everything

“I had NOTHING on me and I was wearing shorts”

by Susan Devaney
20 Oct 2017

Why anxiety makes it harder to follow your intuition

It can have a paralysing effect on decision-making

by Anna Brech
19 Oct 2017

“Why all men must work to stamp out sexual harassment and abuse”

In wake of the Weinstein allegations, one writer argues why men need to be counted

19 Oct 2017

Rage, lust, power and warmth: how it feels to experience ‘red emotions

“I grew up being told my body was terrifying and my voice was unimportant”

by The Stylist web team
19 Oct 2017