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Tiny kitten rescued from Lawrence storm drain available for adoption at Lawrence Humane Society

December 17, 2010

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An 8-week old domestic short-hair kitten was found by city workers this week in a storm drain near Redbud Lane. The kitten has been named Stormie D.

An 8-week old domestic short-hair kitten was found by city workers this week in a storm drain near Redbud Lane. The kitten has been named Stormie D.

The rescue took an hour, but it was worth it.

“I’m a pretty sentimental guy,” said Nick Flint from the city’s street department.

Flint and another worker spent part of their Wednesday saving a 1.4-pound kitten from a storm drain near 26th and Redbud Lane.

Animal control workers called the city department for some help rescuing the kitten. Flint popped a sewer lid, and had to coax the feline to safety.

“It was so close,” Flint said. “It was just a little baby.”

Along the way, the kitten earned the nickname Stormy D, for obvious reasons.

After his adventure, Stormy D is safely waiting to be adopted at the Lawrence Humane Society.

“I was trying to get my wife to get it,” said Flint, adding that he’s hoping someone will take Stormy D soon.

Such rescues aren’t that unusual, said Kayse Aschenbrenner, director of animal welfare at the Humane Society.

“We get a lot of kittens from storm drains,” said Aschenbrenner, who is fostering another cat, Barracuda, who was rescued in a similar fashion.

Checking over Stormy D, Aschenbrenner said the kitten appears to be about 8 weeks old and healthy — if just a little scared in his new surroundings.

Comments

Gene Wallace 3 years, 4 months ago

Remember that White cat who used to hang around KFC on 23rd a few years ago? Sometimes she could be seen sitting outside the drive-thru window waiting patiently for her "order". She ended up at the Humane Society. She wasn't completely feral, probably abandoned or lost. After almost a year at the Human Society, Lady Ghost Whispurr adopted me. She is living comfortably with my wife, Grannysage, Wileykat and me at the "Pendragon" abode. Her story is at http://www.squidoo.com/ghost-cat and Wileykat's story is at http://www.squidoo.com/whitecats

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Sarah St. John 3 years, 4 months ago

P.S. Not that yours were not grand suggestions. They are. If everyone would heed them, we'd have fewer sad throw-away-pet stories.

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Sarah St. John 3 years, 4 months ago

Kernal, if I remember correctly from our last adoption (about ten years ago -- wow!) the Human(e) Society is really good at checking on all that -- they'll even call your landlord to make sure it's jake with him/her.

Wow, I can't believe we've had our cat that long....

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kernal 3 years, 4 months ago

Before anyone runs down to the H.S. to pick up Stormy, or any other kitty, please make sure your house is kitty proof, that you have a litter box, litter, and everything else already on hand. Also, if you're a tenant, make sure your lease allows pets and that you can afford the additional pet fee or moving costs if you get evicted.

Do not make your new pet a "throw away" pet.

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1029 3 years, 4 months ago

A more accurate title for this article would have been "Tiny Kitten Kidnapped from its Home in Storm Drain".

Storm drains are actually very safe places for cats and other small animals to live because they offer protection from predatory birds such as falcons.

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filmguru 3 years, 4 months ago

Not to be too shallow, but I'll bet a photo of the cute little kitten would go a long way to helping find a home for it. Who could resist?

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somedude20 3 years, 4 months ago

What's new pussycat? Woah, Woah

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g_rock 3 years, 4 months ago

Wait, it is a human in a kitty costume or something?

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UNIKU 3 years, 4 months ago

The kitten was just hiding from the gunfire on Redbud....

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UNIKU 3 years, 4 months ago

Kittens r deeeleeeshuuuss!

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consumer1 3 years, 4 months ago

Many ferrel cats live in storm drains. By definition the term rescue implys some sort of danger. What was the danger this cat faced? Living wild outside? The real danger is being adopted by a college student who will want to get rid of it after they adopt is and find out it uses their bed and floor as a bath room.

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