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Whiskers in Wonderland
The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce
County to Hold Adoption Event for Senior and Special Needs
TACOMA, WA – To find senior and special
needs cats homes for the holidays, The Humane Society for Tacoma &
Pierce County will be holding its third annual Whiskers in Wonderland
adoption event at Watson’s Greenhouse and Nursery in Puyallup on
Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10.
Be Kind - Spay, Neuter and Microchip Your Pets
Young Black Cat Rescued from Tiny Drain Hole at Skateboard after Days Being Stuck
Story by Bob Walter
On Friday, October 27, a young cat was found stuck in one of the storm drain pipes beneath the skate board park bowl at Mill Pond Park. It is not known how long the cat had been stuck, or how it got there. Anyone with information pertaining to this is urged to contact Eatonville Police.
The drains had been plugged earlier in the week, after someone had stuffed items down one of the pipes. The cover grate was gone. The bottom of the bowl had standing water. Town crews cleaned the pipes out on Tuesday, October 24.
At around 3pm on Friday, the town administrator, several water utility workers and a number of concerned citizens could be seen in and around the bowl trying to determine how to extract the cat. At one point, the terrified
animal's face could be seen peering upward from a 90-degree bend in the narrow pipe about three feet below the concrete surface, but it then backed away and was no longer visible, though its cries could still be heard.
It was hoped the cat would reappear long enough to be pulled up to safety, though the pipe, barely four inches in diameter, limited the types of tools that could be used. One lanky young boy, his Tee-shirt pulled off his right shoulder, was practicing reaching down into the pipe with his slender arm in hopes of getting a hold of the cat's head, but the cat was still beyond the bend in the pipe.
The crew tried to get the cat to back up to the next drain about 25 feet away, gently pushing a plumber's "snake" in toward it with a plastic water bottle taped to the end. But it could still be heard crying near the same drain where it was spotted.
Unsuccessful after about three hours of trying, and with darkness descending, the would-be rescuers decided to drop a length of "mule tape," a flat, nylon rope, down into the pipe, and anchored it at the top with weights, in hopes the cat would be able to pull itself out, since the pipe itself was smooth PVC, with nothing for the animal to grip. They also dropped a small amount of cat food, then left for the evening.
At 7:48 a.m. Saturday, two kids at the park heard the cat crying and called 911 to report it. South Pierce Fire and Rescue responded from the Eatonville station, along with Officer Gill of the Eatonville Police Department, who brought along a noose-type catch pole. The cat was again partly visible down inside the pipe.
This time it seemed to cooperate as they attempted to coax it far enough into view to use the catch pole. After several tries, Firefighter/Paramedic Corey Kneeshaw was finally able to snug the loop around the cat's neck and pull the animal out. By 10:30, the town utility staff was preparing to secure a grate on the opening to the drain pipe.
The cat appeared to be suffering from hypothermia. Firefighter/EMT John Walsh, acting lieutenant at the station, contacted his wife, who came and took the cat home to care for it. No word as yet on how the cat is doing. We will provide an update as soon as we receive word.