First Responders Give Cat Christmas Miracle

Written by: Kelli Brinegar
For more than five years, Kelli Brinegar has been using her ability to write and her passion for research to tell the tale of what cats are thinking and why. She has provided care to more than 30 cats in her lifetime.Read more
| Published on January 1, 2020

Even on Christmas Day, when the world slows to a near stop, rescue workers are still on the clock because emergencies happen even on the most reverent of days.

A cat in Fort Collins, Colorado, learned this fact in the hardest and coldest way possible.

When pretty much everything was still and silent on this recent Christmas Day, a cat had wandered out onto an icy lake and found itself stranded. To make matters worse, the scared and cold kitty had a can stuck on its head. Reports of the stranded cat started coming in to the Poudre Fire Authority around noon.

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Responders from PFA and UCHealth EMS reported to Cobb Lake, situated east of Fort Collins, and located the cat in question. Firefighters swiftly brought the black cat to shore. There, EMS personnel clipped the can from the feline’s head.

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Wrapped in a blanket, the small black cat received some much needed snuggling from first responders.

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Next Stop…Full Belly and a Warm Blankie

At the time of the rescue, the cat’s family was not present.

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The cat was transported to the Larimer Humane Society where attempts to reach family are being made. But a scan revealed the black cat had no microchip or identification tags, which means locating the family becomes a difficult, if not impossible task. Microchipping furry family members makes happy reunions possible if the fur-baby ever goes missing.

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It seems this sweet cat won’t have any trouble finding a home if family doesn’t turn up. The PFA mentioned one of the concerned parties initially reporting the cat in distress has offered a home to the mini panther.

In the meantime, the cat is safe and warm at the shelter after being looked over for injury or illness. Staff at Larimer posted an update on Facebook, “We continue to search for her owner, but thanks to you, and to a dedicated team of first responders, this kitten is going to be just fine.”

Larimer is currently accepting donations for the rescued cat as well other shelter cats awaiting forever homes. They would like to remind animal lovers, “24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year, you can stand with us in ensuring every animal has love, care, and HOPE.”

By volunteering or donating to animal rescue groups, you can help make a difference in furry lives.

Feature Image: Poudre Fire Authority/Facebook