This little fella got stuck inside the wall of a stranger’s home. Luckily, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue showed up to save the day.
“It was a stray that either the mother cat carried into the attic to keep it safe or gave birth up there and this one just wandered,” deputy fire chief Timothy Heiser explained. “We get a lot of these. The shelters are all overloaded so a lot of our guys adopt them. Cats and dogs. One guy even has a parrot. It’s pretty funny. My poor mother’s taken in more cats than I know. We always try to find a home for them. We had a bunny rabbit last week. We always manage to find something.”
Heiser said these rescue situations are always “sad to begin with because you’ve got an animal that is by itself, but when you have a happy ending, that’s great.”
The department used thermal imaging to detect where the frisky feline was hiding. They kept knocking and going along the wall and with the help of the thermal imaging camera, detected where the cat was. They then had to tear a hole in the wall to safely remove the kitten. “They’ve got all the tools they need for cutting stuff up,” said Heiser. “The owner was more than happy to let us cut a hole in the wall. They found the little guy in there. They didn’t know how long he was in there for. They washed him off and brought some food for him back to the station. Everybody at the station has already adopted so many cats and dogs from rescues like these so no one was available to take him.”
The cat was taken to a local no-kill animal shelter for adoption.