A kitten, just under 5 weeks old, was rescued from a drainpipe where he had mysteriously gotten trapped.
S & K Feline Furbabies Rescue Inc., based in Washington County, Maryland is a home-based foster/rescue organization. When president Sharon Longerbeam received a call around 5:30 pm on Friday, July 6th about tiny meows coming from a drain, she rushed into action.
Taking a live trap and some enticing kitten food, she located the kitten but unfortunately a large, heavy metal grate was covering the drain. Sharon called the Longmeadow volunteer Fire Company for assistance in rescuing the small feline.
Although not something normally covered in training, Sgt. Damien Smith was quick to lend a hand in the unique request. He and another firefighter, Quinton Toesten, hurried to the kitten in need.
The men removed the grate and the team could see the kitten, hiding in fear. Unfortunately they still could not reach him and the stubborn fur-baby refused to budge.
By 7:30 pm, having no success still, the firefighters were called to duty elsewhere. As they couldn’t leave the grate open, the team set the live trap and promised to return as soon as the cat was in the cage.
But the kitten remained steadfast and ignored the delicious bait. They could see there was nothing holding or keeping the kitten from moving, except his determination to refuse help.
Then they thought of a genius plan that may work.
Playing a YouTube video of a mama cat calling to her kittens, they were able to draw the boy out of his hiding place and get him into the trap!
They quickly called the fire department back out to the scene to remove the grate and officially save the kitten at 11:30 pm. It took an anxious 6 hours to free the trapped boy, but a rescuers life has no set hours.
The kitten is in good health but will remain in the care of fosters until he is old enough to be neutered and receive his vaccinations. He was lovingly named Bruno, in honor of a retired Longmeadow Fire Company fire truck.
Fortunately the kitten was discovered by a woman who has already applied to adopt him when he is ready for his fur-ever home!