In her day-to-day job, Maria Torero works as a nurse in Lima, Peru. When at home, the 45-year-old caregiver continues her nursing job, only instead of helping humans, she cares for 175 terminally ill cats.
Torero has built a hospice for cats with feline Leukemia. Her two-floor, eight-room apartment is filled with heaps of feeding dishes and litter boxes. One would likely prefer to shelter healthy cats, but Torero claims that it is her duty to take care of the cats that nobody cares about, cats that will eventually die.
Feline Leukemia is usually transmitted through direct contact, mutual grooming and the sharing of litter boxes, food and water bowls, and the disease has spread quickly throughout the cat population of Peru. Torero finds the cats in the streets of Lima and has them tested for leukemia. Sadly, most have the disease.
Torero’s goal is to make her feline patients feel as happy, healthy and comfortable as possible including treating the cats for parasites. She even names the cats and dresses many in small shirts!
Torero acts as a true hero towards her cats, and feels that her main purpose is to give them the most love and respect that she possibly can.
Maria Torero passion for helping animals is truly inspiring. If you have a big heart for dogs or cats in need, we would love to hear your story!