The Cat Lady of Baghdad

Louise, a British security consultant in Baghdad, is the self-proclaimed "Cat Lady of Baghdad," where she rescues stray cats and dogs and spends thousands to send them to England. Louise covers the costs (up to $3,500 per animal) with donations and selling her "old stuff" on EBay and has so far rescued five cats and two dogs, in addition to helping other Westerners rescue strays. While there is no established group working to rescue animals in Iraq, many soldiers and foreigners pick up abandoned cats and dogs, something that is amusing to native Iraqis who are said to view see as unclean. Unclean or clean, we proclaim Louise as an honorary Jezebel for going to such great lengths to protect these animals. [Tucson Citizen]