Police Officers often wear body cameras to document actions taken in emergency situations so they can be reviewed later. For Officer Jason Smith in North Kansas City, Missouri, a recorded video from one of his dispatches on December 20th, 2018 would change his life forever. It would be viewed thousands of time by people all over the world.
The “purrpetrator” apprehended during the video…a tiny kitten only a couple of months old!
A call had come in 5 hours before about a kitten on the I-29 highway, but officers were unable to locate one. Then Officer Smith received additional details that the kitten was “hiding behind the hand”. He knew exactly where to look!
A few months earlier, a mysterious Mickey Mouse glove had appeared standing erect on the median of the busy roadway. Sure enough, when Officer Smith approached the odd item he found the young kitten huddling beside it! With cars zooming by, he didn’t want to chance the kitten darting out into the traffic. Calling animal control, he anxiously awaited their arrival so they could work together to save the kitten.
Traffic began to slow down though and he knew it was the right time to cautiously try to grab the kitten himself. Donning thick gloves, he walked up to the kitten, using a soothing voice to try to keep it calm.
Although the kitten loudly meowed at the large human walking up to it, it allowed Officer Smith to simply grab it without fleeing! (Watch the video at the end of this article!)
As soon as they got back to his vehicle, the kitten began purring like crazy. Right away, it climbed back into his lap for even more thankful snuggles. It was a little girl and had a bit of a singed tail. He could only speculate that she had been hiding in someones car, gotten burned and fallen out as they drove.
The baby girl bravely explored her new safe surroundings. Officer Smith decided to take her back to the police station and then to the veterinarian himself. She was happy to purr contentedly during the trip. So much so, that she accidentally activated the siren as she gleefully pranced in the front seat!
The kitten was taken to the vet, treated for her tail injury, vaccinated and spayed. There was no way to determine where she’d come from and no microchip to locate an owner. During the next few days, she was on a temporary and required hold in case an owner came forward. No one did.
This was good news for Officer Smith though…he quickly stepped in to adopt the adorable girl!
He named her Bella and even started an Instagram page just for the little viral video star. Now we can all stay up-to-date on the adventures of the happy little highway kitty! In tribute, he returned to the highway and retrieved the glove that helped save Bella’s life.
Not only does she have a loving human family, she has 2 dog siblings, Charlie and Zoey, as well as a feline brother, Jasper.
Sadly the family had lost one of their beloved cats, Jasper’s brother Mocha, a few months ago. As many of us believe, our “animal angels” send us new animals to help fill the hole in our hearts their absence created. Perhaps Bella was just that? A gift from Mocha watching over them all.
Thank you to the Smith family for welcoming Bella into their home and for Officer Smith’s dedication to helping those in need, human or animal–and for sharing the video!
REMEMBER: ADOPT, DON’T SHOP & SPAY AND NEUTER!