Can we take a moment to applaud Gretchen Byrne?
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When she’s not fighting crime, policewoman Gretchen fills her time with rescuing cats. She’s saved more than 60 cats and kittens so far.
‘Everyone knows me as the cop that loves cats,’ says Gretchen. ‘If I’m not working, this is what I’m doing.’
Gretchen started out her cat-saving mission two years ago, when she began feeding stray cats while she was out on patrol.
She’d spotted cats scavenging for scraps in the back allerys of South Florida, where many animal shelters are filled to capacity.
On her 3am patrols, Gretchen made sure to head back to the same spots and give the hungry cats some snacks. At the same time, a group of cats was moved into the police station where Gretchen was based – so she began to give them food …