See? It’s not always a carnivorous blood feast out here! The print edition has pictures and she’s very sweet and small! They don’t pay too much attention to the gender, but hey, it’s a cat that wasn’t thrown out of a car window like the kids tend to do around here, at least with puppies.
From the Pierce County Herald…
Rescued cat needs home for Christmas: “Pets can make great Christmas gifts for the child or animal lover among family or friends.
Actually, as gifts go, a 2-3-year-old female stray cat found in Ellsworth received perhaps the most precious gift of all, life, thanks to the actions of several people involved in its recent rescue.
Call him Campbell
On the morning of Nov. 29, Shawna Alms of N. Dana Street called the local police department about a stray cat that had crawled underneath a car trailer on her property.
Stray cat calls are not unusual for the police to handle, according to Officer Eric Ladwig, who took the call.
“There are a lot around here and people are understandably nervous in dealing with them,” Ladwig said. “Obviously, they don’t want to get bitten or scratched, given the diseases such animals may have or cause. We usually take them and send them up to the humane society in River Falls.”
But this would be no ordinary call, as Ladwig would find out. The cat, in an apparent search for food, had crawled into the open end of a Campbell’s soup can and become stuck.
“I’d never seen anything like it before,” Alms said. “I even took a picture of it because it was so strange. When I tried to get it out, it started growling at me, so that’s when I called the police.”
Ladwig went to the scene, mindful not to let himself be injured by the animal.
“You don’t get any great length of training police work in dealing with animal situations,” Ladwig said. “You just have to keep in mind that they can bite and scratch, and try to avoid it.”
But the cat was not in any condition to attack anyone. It apparently had been stuck inside the can for several days. Its body temperature had been low due to lack of food and the recent cold temperatures. When Ladwig grabbed the cat and pulled it out from underneath the trailer and pulled the can off its head, it laid limp in his arms.
“It had no energy whatsoever,” Ladwig said. “I knew it needed immediate medical attention and brought it to the vets right away.”
The cat was indeed in bad shape when it arrived at the Pierce Veterinary Clinic between 9:30 and 10 a.m. So bad that veterinarian David Lindquist wondered if it could be saved at all.
“We debated whether or not we should euthanize it,” Lindquist said. “It definitely had hypothermia and was pretty close to death. It wouldn’t have made it much longer if it hadn’t come here.”
Lindquist and the staff at the vet’s office treated both its hypothermia and shock, and nourished it back to health over the past few weeks. Although it is still battling a upper-respiratory infection, it’s also eating normally again. The vet staff named the cat “Campbell” after the soup can it was found in.
“We hope to get her healthier and then spay her,” Lindquist said. “And then we hope to find her a home soon as well.”
And that home could very well be in a stocking or box on Christmas morning, a far warmer and brighter place than what it’s been used to.”