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Cat rescued from animal testing lab is given first taste of freedom

September 17, 2014

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Held in captivity his entire life, this is the moment Xander the cat is rescued from an animal testing laboratory

Imagine spending your life in the same windowless room?

That was the life of Xander the animal testing cat before he was rescued from a scientific research lab in New York six months ago.

The tear jerking video shows Xander (previously known as Jax) and a fellow former animal testing cat on the day they were first released from the windowless lab where they had been living in tiny cages.

The kitties were rescued by the Feline Freedom Project, part of charity called Beagle Freedom Project which is dedicated to legally rescuing dogs and cats from animal testing. The charity have previously posted adorable videos of rescued Beagles stepping onto grass for the first time.

According to the RSPCA, in 2010 152 cats were used in research in the UK, where as this number is closer to 20,000 in the USA.

Xander has gained quite a following and has over 3000 fans on his Facebook page ‘Xander the rescued lab cat’ where his owner posts regular pictures and updates about him.

His new (guardian) Rachel Gruen recently said on his Facebook fan page, “we are so very grateful for the opportunity to be a voice for the hundreds of thousands of laboratory animals around the world”.


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Welcome to the joys of liberty
and a cat life as it was
meant to be
Far away from the torturing

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

15 Comments leave one →
  1. J. David Scott permalink
    September 17, 2014 7:40 am

    NO animal should have anything “tested” on them. If you want to test on something, how about testing it on your kids…or better yet, test it on your own ass. BUT NO ANIMALS!

    Liked by 3 people

  2. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    September 17, 2014 7:52 am

    Welcome to the joys of liberty
    and a cat life as it was
    meant to be
    Far away from the torturing

    Liked by 2 people

  3. lovegan permalink
    September 17, 2014 8:22 am

    I wish I could post something intelligent, but the only words I can write are: THANK YOU! Thank you for helping the victims x

    Liked by 2 people

    • lovegan permalink
      September 17, 2014 8:25 am

      There is nothing like “that” moment , I’ve been so lucky to live that moment many times. They smell the air, they taste their freedom, they realize they are safe. In that moment you know you’ve not lived in vain

      Liked by 2 people

      • September 17, 2014 9:06 am

        This is very well-said and from the heart, hon, thank you for all you’ve done and all you do.

        Liked by 2 people

    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      September 17, 2014 9:46 am

      this is awesome♥

      Liked by 2 people

  4. Karin Nelson permalink
    September 17, 2014 9:05 am

    Great news about this rescue. I have one request…can you (we) start to change people’s perspective about our relationship with animals and instead of calling human companions “owners” , call them “guardians”. The word owner implies that they are property and we can do with animals what we like.

    Thank You

    Liked by 2 people

    • September 17, 2014 9:09 am

      Very good point, Karin, I agree. It’s about language and some just is not right. Same with calling an animal “it” – that should be “he” or “she” as well. If I wrote that, I’d be more than happy to change to “guardian” but I think I can get away with just one word change. 😉

      Liked by 1 person

    • lovegan permalink
      September 17, 2014 9:22 am

      I agree! In my language humans are called owners or masters, like animals were objects or slaves : unacceptable!

      Liked by 2 people

    • September 21, 2014 5:18 pm

      I call myself Xander’s mom! The author of the original article must prefer the term owner, but don’t worry, Xander calls me his mom, and I take my guardianship of him very seriously…I’m so blessed to have him as part of my family. 🙂 Thank you for caring about his story!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. September 21, 2014 5:14 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing Xander’s story! I am his very blessed mom (also mom to three other rescue cats), and I am so grateful to you for posting this on your page. I just happened upon your site while doing some research for a post on his Facebook page abut cruelty-free pet food, and I was actually going to contact you to see if you wanted to post about him…then I saw that you already had. What a blessing! Thank you again!

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 21, 2014 9:23 pm

      It’s so nice to meet you, Rachel! Thanks so much for being Xander’s mother as well as sharing your story. You truly are a special person, and we are all so thankful for what you do. Please give Xander a lot of hugs and kisses; he is so very special, too. I think it is now safe to say that everyone loves him!


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