All in a Day’s Work: Officer Rescues Kittens, Raccoons and More

A Richmond, Virginia man was recently surprised to hear a rustling noise inside his car. He looked under the seats to find two baby raccoons. He’d had the car parked about 25 miles away for quite a while and it seems that the raccoons had made a home out of his vehicle. The only problem is that the mother raccoon was not with her cubs and they were too young to make it on their own.

“The raccoons were both pretty scared, but when we picked them up they were very calm and friendly,” Officer Kelly Morley explains. “The owner of the car got one of them out right away and he had it wrapped in a blanket when I arrived. Then we reached in and got the other one out too and put áthem in a box together.”

Officer Morley knows an animal rehabilitation specialist ináanother county so the two setáoff towards each other and the raccoons rodeáquietly in the squad car. As unfortunateáas it was that the raccoons were separated from their mother, the truth is thatásuch a loss could have begun an even more tragic sequence of events were it not for Officer Morley’s determination toáoffer them a safe place to land.

This isn’t the first time that Officer Morley’s pledge to “protect and serve” extended to the non-human residents of her precinct.ááHaving several cats and dogs of her own, Morley identifies strongly with situations of animals in distress.

Teamwork to Save Treed Cats

A couple months ago,áOfficer Morley was flagged down by a resident who was concerned about a pair ofácats who had been stuck in the tree for five days. The residentátried luring the cats down with food, but had no success.áOfficer Richard Chappell was witháOfficer Morley and he had a clever idea. He decided that if theyástacked a few city garbage cans they could create a mock staircase to help the cats climb down. Officers Brent Howlett and David Woods were in the area andástopped to assist.

The neighbors wereáthankful and one of them offered to take the cats in and offer them a home. But that turned out to be just stage one of the rescue.

“Months later, I was walking through that area while working and I ran into that same woman and man who had let the cats into their apartment,” Officer Morley explains. “Not only did they still have the same two cats, but they had since had a litter of kittens. The couple asked for advice on what to do, being that they now had seven cats and it was just too much for them to handle. I came back the next day when I was off and loaded up all seven cats into cat carriers and took them all to animal control. All seven cats were spayed/ neutered, given their shots and put up for adoption. I called animal control not long ago and all seven cats were adopted.”

All seven cats have been adopted.

Police work is not often as black and white asáa squad car. There are a lot of grey areas where officers have to confront situations that are not easily resolved or they simply don’t have the legal authority to intervene. So whenever Officer Morley does have a clear shot at a rescue, she takes it.

Not long ago, Officer Morley was dispatched to doáa wellness check on a resident. When she got to the home, she found that the woman had been keeping a cat in a carrier for its entire life.

“The cat was covered in feces and urine and couldn’t even stand up all the way,” Officer Morley recounts.

But meeting one of Richmond’s finest was a tipping point for the cat who was about to undergo a remarkable transformation. After spending time in the animal control where she was nursed back to health, the cat was adopted by Officer Morley’s friend Chris, shown here.

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Carrie-Anne Brown
Carrie-Anne B4 years ago

thanks for sharing :)

Waheeda S.
Waheeda S4 years ago

Thank you to this officer. We tend to only hear a lot of sadness and cruelty!!

Shela L.
sheila l4 years ago

She is an outstanding officer of the law and they should all be like her!!!

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga4 years ago

that is awesome, bless you

Sheri D.
Sheri D4 years ago

Great job!

Virginia Belder
Virginia Belder4 years ago

That's just terific!!! Great job! 4REAL!!


Great a hero!!!!!!!

Angela Roquemore
Angela Roquemore4 years ago

Good work, Officer Morely!

Shannon Moody
Shannon Moody4 years ago

and kudos to the man who found the raccoons and called someone....lord knows what awful fates these babies could have endured.

Shannon Moody
Shannon Moody4 years ago

Officer Morley is truly a special individual