A cat from Bakersfield is set to join the cast of the next "Avengers" film.

Well ... not really. But that offer might be on the list of accolades and other offers pouring in.

By now, you've likely seen the video shot earlier this week of a cat coming to the rescue of a 4-year-old boy who was being mauled by a neighbor's dog on his driveway.

Just as the 8-month-old Labrador/mix pulls Jeremy Triantafilo from his bike and starts dragging him away, in flies Tara, the family cat, to the rescue, knocking the dog on its rear and chasing it away with its tail between its legs.

And you thought cats were useless ... or maybe that was me, I can't remember.

Anyway, the video went viral and the cat is getting offers to appear on magazine covers and receive awards, according to TMZ.

A rep for Cat Fancy magazine -- which TMZ describes as the feline Vogue (no, I'm not making that up) -- says the publication wants Tara on an upcoming cover, with an accompanying story.

Don't let them put you in a bikini, Tara. Keep your dignity.

TMZ also reports Cat Fanciers' Association wants to present Tara with its first-ever Cat Hero Award at its upcoming awards show.

You know why it's the first one ever? Because cats don't go get dad when Timmy falls down the well.

But this cat might.

The dog's fate isn't so happy. ABC affiliate KERO in Bakersfield reported the dog was rounded up by authorities and will be euthanized.


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Jeremy reportedly needed some stitches from his bites and is doing fine, according to TMZ.

Jeremy's dad, Roger Triantafilo, posted surveillance video of the attack on Wednesday and the video, which he titled "My Cat Saved My Son," quickly went viral. It's been watched nearly 6.2 million times.

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