This compassionate police officer is known as the “cop who loves cats” – and that is because she has rescued and found homes for 63 different felines from the streets.
Officer Gretchen Byrne of the Boca Raton Police Department in Florida first rescued a family of stray kittens two years ago. Since she already had four cats in her own home, she brought the felines back to the precinct.
She then continued to bring every cat that she found on the streets back to the police station. Byrne makes sure that every cat is spayed and neutered – and she pays for it all out of pocket.
While 42-year-old Byrne usually keeps the older cats at her home, she will take then younger kittens to the police station so she can check up on them throughout her longer shifts.
“I will get three breaks: A 40-minute lunch break and two 10-minute breaks. Instead of going for pizza with my colleagues I use that time to run to the station and feed them,” Byrne told SWNS. “It all comes out of my paycheck at the end of the day but I don’t have kids so it is probably still cheaper than having kids.”
Inspired by how much attention the police officers were giving to the kittens, Byrne then created an Instagram page to find homes for the strays.
“At times I’ll have eight cats in my home at once. It’s a lot, but if I wasn’t doing this, there would be an abundance of cats on the streets,” she explained. “The other thing is that is really nice to come home and have kittens to help me destress. I’m dealing with a lot of stuff on road patrol.”
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