Stray cats and dogs are a major problem all over the world. Globally, it is estimated that there are 100 million or more feral cats, and at least 60 million of them are found in the United States alone. While they can have a massive ecological impact, most are just trying to survive and looking for new homes.
Leon was one of those stray cats roaming the streets of Brasilia, Brazil. That was until he managed to sneak into the Brazilian Order of Prosecutors building. The employees adopted Leon and left him hanging out in the reception area, but when people started complaining about the cat, they found a pretty interesting way around him: they hired Leon as a lawyer.
Yes, he has his own identity card. The world was alerted to this lawyer cat when Dr Jeanette Laredo posted photos of Leon on Facebook, writing:
“After a heavy rain this little guy here looking for shelter from the storm entered the OAB building (the Brazilian equivalent of the American Bar Association) and decided to stay.”
“Unfortunately, some people started to complain that at reception there was a stray cat hanging out and trying to befriend the new arrivals.”
“In order to avoid further complaints, the board of directors gave the solution: hire the cat as an employee.”
This post quickly went viral, with over 11,000 shares and 30,000 likes. And to reward Leon for his hard work and for making the company a viral sensation in Brazil, he was invited to consult a lawyer.
In an interview with Bored panda, a spokesperson for Dr Leon explained that people had filed complaints because he was small when he first arrived in the building as a kitten, and they were afraid to step on him . He’s grown up since, so that’s probably not a problem anymore.
The spokesperson went on to explain:
“In February it rains a lot in the state of Amapá (Amazonia), so he arrived in OAB fleeing the rain and thunder. For a week he was fed and protected in a box. ‘he is hired. “
“[They said] that there was no place for him because it is a serious institution. So the president [of the OAB] determined the hiring and presented him with an employee badge.
Leon is now a valued employee, in charge of hugs and hugs.
Leon even inspired the OAB to start an animal rights institute – called Instituto Dr Leon.
“Two months ago Leon was neutered and is already fully recovered. But vets say he had a problem with his vocal cords from his pain as a baby. He barely meows, but we let’s continue to take care of him. This motivated us to create the institute to help abused and abandoned animals. “
“Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate all [the animals], we will therefore finance the city’s NGOs. We will be an example for Brazil [to follow]. “
Someone’s gotta make a TV series out of it.
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