I’ve always insisted that Beagles are the cats of the dog world — so it stands to reason that when a sleek black cat was in need of a rescue plan to escape from the world of animal testing, it was the Beagle Freedom Program that stepped up for the cause. That three-year-old feline’s name is Xander, and you can admire the handsome chap here.
Cooped up in New York, Xander looked at a life shaping up to be a short one characterized by a ceaseless cycle of chemical and cosmetic tests.
“I lived in a cage in a research laboratory for the first three years of my life, being experimented on, and I did not like it there,” he recounts on his Facebook page.
The euthanasia rate for laboratory cats is high, and the outlook was neither healthy nor happy for Xander.
Luckily, the Beagle Freedom Program intervened and negotiated a rescue package for Xander and four other kitties sentenced to a similarly bleak future.
“My rescuers took me out of that cage with the promise that I was on my way to a much better life,” says Xander.
After a brief foster situation, Xander wound up in his happy home with three other cats. It was at this juncture in life he gained the official name of Xander, bestowed on him because it means “defender of all.”
Now Xander is committed to acting as a guardian and ambassador for other cats subjected to a life characterized by chemical cruelty and needless experiments. Well, he plays that guardian role when he’s not relaxing and frolicking with his new forever home siblings.
Keep up to date with Xander’s daily life and help with the crusade against laboratory testing on animals over at his Facebook page.
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About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.