There are adoption agencies and programs that allow you to safely relinquish rights to your baby at designated locations such as hospitals.
Still, infants and babies are found outside in trash cans, under bushes, and on strangers’ doorsteps.
Usually, the reason for the abandonment is fear and an inability to properly care for the baby. Panicked, they make their situation worse by committing a crime and abandoning their child.
Russia is known for having one of the harshest winters on the planet. They say that Russia evaded capture during both World Wars because winter beat invaders back.
Masha is a fierce, outdoor, long-haired tabby that is cared for by residents in an Obninsk, Russia neighborhood.
Going about her day, she came across a cardboard box.
Naturally curious, Masha checked inside and found a baby boy. Instantly, maternal instincts kicked in and she knew that the boy was in danger.
She wrapped her warm and fluffy body around the unprotected boy.
Then, she set her vocal cords to loud and hoped she’d draw one of her caregivers’ attention.
Resident Irina Lavrova heard the meows and recognized the voice. She thought it was odd that the friendly communal cat wasn’t coming out to greet her.
Concerned that Masha had injured herself and needed help, Lavrova followed the urgent calls.
She wasn’t expecting to find the cat with a baby in its charge.
Accompanied by diapers and a few jars of food, Lavrova knew the baby had been left. The baby appeared to be in good shape and was well dressed.
Masha tried to follow as the baby was taken to the hospital, where he was given a clean bill of health and estimated to be less than 12 weeks old.
Witnesses said Masha waited hours for the baby to return.
Since then, Masha has been lauded as a hero in her neighborhood and has been generously rewarded with her favorite foods. Anyone who says cats are heartless and uncaring hasn’t had the pleasure of meeting this compassionate, life-saving feline.