Kitten Stuck To Glue Trap Is Almost Home, Forever

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 24, 2020

On Christmas Day, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha (HAWS) posted the story of Elmer, a tiny black kitten found stuck to a glue trap.

When discovered, the scared kitten was alone and in need on the cold Wisconsin streets. In a Facebook post, HAWS described the little baby’s state as “very scared and disoriented…with a glue trap stuck to him!!”

Once the poor kitten arrived in the care of HAWS, caretakers Brittany, Caitlin and Megan worked to remove the glue trap from the kitten’s delicate fur and skin. The glue had saturated Elmer’s fur, reaching all the way to his skin. In an interview with Fox6 Now, caregiver Caitlin Schneider said, “It was one of those things, how do you even get him unstuck?”

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The trio learned it takes a lot of soap, oil, and patience to do the job. A strong stomach helped too.

“It was very gross,” Caitlin admitted. “There was grass stuck to it, there was mouse parts stuck to it. This was not a great situation for him to be in.”

Elmer was a “Champ” Through it All

While the process to remove Elmer from the trap and clean his fur took a while to accomplish, the kitten remained brave.

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“He was an absolute champ,” said Caitlin. “He was purring as we were trying to get him out.”

Little Elmer was probably relieved to be free of the glue trap. How scary and uncomfortable for such a sweet kitten!

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Elmer went to stay with a foster family for a few weeks to recover from his incident. And there, he could also prepare for his forever home.

Ready for Adoption

Not long after his ordeal, Elmer was healed and back on his itty-bitty paws thanks to the hard work of HAWS’ staff and his foster family.

“He is such a sweetheart. He’s a snuggler,” gushed Jennifer Smieja of HAWS. “He is cute. He’s got just a beautiful coat, so velvety, smooth and soft.”

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Just recently, HAWS announced Elmer was ready for adoption.

Within a few minutes of opening, they had their first inquiry on the black kitten. As of their last update, Elmer was on hold for what just might be his forever home. Not only that, but he’s got a long list of folks waiting in line if the family who reserved Elmer doesn’t work out.

About Elmer’s plight, HAWS posted, “This situation could have turned out very badly, and we are relieved we were able to save this kitten.”

We are too! Thank you to HAWS and all the kind hearts out there working to save cats and kittens.

Feature Image: HAWS of Waukesha/Facebook