Phoenix Fire Station 61 and a squad of Arizona Humane Society emergency animal medical professionals spent two days rescuing a cat they suspect had been caught in a storm drain for over a week, according to an AHS press release.
After spotting the kitten, rescuers tried a variety of methods to securely extract him from the sewer, but the small cat eluded them all.
After two days of unsuccessful attempts, the rescuers finally found a strategy that worked: enticing the kitten into a humane trap.
AHS brought the kitten to their animal trauma center for treatment after it got back above ground. During their examination, AHS veterinarians discovered that the kitten was underweight, flea-infested, and suffering from stomach issues.
The kitten is now flea-free and in a foster home, where he is gaining weight and easing his stomach issues. It is also a good environment for the cat to begin socializing.
AHS anticipates that it will take a few weeks of specialized care to get the kitten healthy and adoption-ready, but once he is ready, he won’t have to wait long.
One of the firefighters that helped rescue the kitten expressed interest in adopting the tiny guy once the feline is ready for a forever family.
This kitten is just one of the thousands of needy animals AHS emergency animal medical technicians helped last year.
The rescuers are dedicated to giving abused, injured, and abandoned animals a second chance at a great life. To learn more about how AHS cares for vulnerable pets, visit azhumane.org.