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A dramatic kitten rescue… Kittens are naturally curious… While investigating a concern regarding another animal on a property, representatives from the Capital Area Humane Society spot this little guy peeking out from upstairs… Oh No! As Humane Officer Christie Kang and Humane Tech Valerie Williams investigate the situation, the kitten topples headfirst out the window, through the “barrier” of stuffed animals… …and dangles precariously from the window ledge, clinging to a stuffed animal. hanging on for dear life… Now what? No one is home, so rescue from inside is not an option. Kang and Williams quickly grab a net from the rescue vehicle, to allow the kitten to jump or drop to safety. the situation worsens.. The kitten is in even greater trouble…. He has ribbon tied around his neck that is also tied to something inside. If he slips or jumps, he will strangle himself. Kang and Williams spot a solution, and enlist the help of nearby workers, who just happen to have a forklift… Don’t try this at home! Officer Kang is lifted on the forklift and is able to reach the kitten in distress, cutting the ribbon… Gotcha! The fearful kitten still clings to the stuffed animal… Safe at last The kitten arrives at the Capital Area Humane Society shelter for treatment and evaluation… still wearing part of the ribbon tied around his neck that endangered his life… Happily ever after… The kitten is now in his “forever home” …. Ironically, his new mom is an Emergency Medical Technician! Lesson: Never tie an animal around the neck with rope,ribbon or string. Cats in particular need break-away collars with elastic that will allow the cat to slip out to safety if they become caught on something, or at least two fingers worth of wiggle room in a standard collar. Tying any animal for any length of time calls for extreme caution: animals can become tangled and choke themselves, or jump out windows (including car windows) or over fences and choke. This kitten was one of many animals rescued on this day. During 2006, the Capital Area Humane Society received 6,579 calls and rescued 1,788 animals from unsafe, cruel and neglectful living situations.
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