KHS goes to great heights to save animals during BE KIND TO ANIMALS WEEK
May 2, 2012 (Puhi, Hawaii) – The week is BE KIND TO ANIMALS WEEK and that is just what some concerned citizens were doing when they called the Kauai Humane Society (KHS) after hearing the sounds of a cat in distress. After hearing the cat for a couple of days they determined that cat was in need of help. After an extensive search, the cat was located at the bottom of a tower surrounding wires for a cell phone satellite station where it had apparently fallen from the only opening approximately 20 feet up. The metal structure made it impossible for the cat to climb out and the opening in the bottom was only about 4 inches tall, making escaping impossible for this helpless cat.
The Humane Officers assessed the situation on Monday afternoon and determined they would need to contact the owner of the tower and ask for help accessing the area to determine how the cat could be rescued. After leaving food and water for the cat and making some phone calls, it was determined that the KHS officers were going to have to get creative to get the cat out from the bottom of the tower.
Officers attached a net to the end of a long pole and, after climbing to the opening 20 feet up, were able to squeeze the net into a small hole and lower it down to the bottom. The cat, anxious to be rescued, did not resist officer’s attempt to “scoop” the cat into the net and carefully lift it to safety.
Back at the Kauai Humane Society, the veterinary team was able to assess the cat and determined it was a young male cat. While dehydrated and hungry, the cat was otherwise in good health.
“I think it is amazing that this is also Be Kind to Animals Week. Big mahalo to all the people involved for helping ensure that all animals are treated with aloha and compassion , this week and every week,” says Shannon Blizzard, Executive Director. “We are so happy the cat was rescued and wasn’t injured by the fall. This is the kind of service that has made Kauai Humane Society so important to our island’s animals and families for the last 60 years!”
Kauai Humane Society is hosting their 60th Anniversary Celebration on May 12th at the Kauai Marriott. Find out more about how you can help the animals and to get your tickets to this fundraiser by visiting www.kauaihumane.org or calling 808-632-0610. KHS is located at 3-825 Kaumualii Hwy in Puhi and is open Tuesday – Friday, 8:00am -6:00pm and Saturday – Monday from 8:00am – 4:00pm.