START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
3,342,163 people care about Animal Welfare

Naval Man Leaps Out in Rush Hour Traffic to Save Feline Wildfire Victim

Naval Man Leaps Out in Rush Hour Traffic to Save Feline Wildfire Victim

Written byKelly Solomonof California

It always seems that there is a wildfire going onsomewhere inCaliforniaat any given time and there are always animals, as well as people, in harm’s way. This rescue story takes place at a time when parts ofSan Diego were ablaze and had been for days, making life extremely hard for everything. We lived in Temecula at the time, however, my husband Stacy was stationed at Point Loma Naval Baseand I worked in downtownSan Diego, so we traveled up and downHighway 15 every day.

I am usually the one who brings home hurt or abandoned critters to fix up and Stacy will shake his head and put up with whatever it was that I had bring home. But this time it was his turn.

He was traveling home on Highway 15 during 5 o’clock traffic and anybody who lives around this area knows this in not a nice highway for people, much less a panic-stricken animal. The traffic was horrible that day due to smoke from the fires and it was a Friday afternoon. This particular stretch of the highway hasfive lanes on each side, separated by a concrete barrier wall. Amidst all that, Stacy noticed something slightly moving next to the separating wall, so he slowed down. That’s when herealized thatit was a gray cat hunkered down and scared to death.

He Was Afraid The Cat Would Dart Into Traffic

Stacy pulled over onto the little shoulder next to the wall and was fearful that the cat would dart into the traffic, but thankfully he stayed put. As Stacy got out of his car, several people started honking at him and he was scared that the noises would frighten the little guy even more, so my husband grabbed the cat and put him in the car. This is when he called me at work and asked “What do I do with him?”

Of course, I was ever so proud that he had stopped to help and instantly worried as to what we would do with him. We have four dogs and two cats already and our cats are not very friendly towards others. I told Stacy to take the cat to the vet to make sure he was okay. Once he got him to the vet, we found out that the poor thing was actually awhite cat, not grey, and that is had just been covered in soot from the fires. All four of the cat’s paws and his back legs were badly burned and he needed help desperately.

His Split Second Bravery Changed This Cat’s Life Forever

We had our vet fix him up and I got on my critter hotline. To my delight, one of my co-workers took him in as her furry baby and the cat is now living large with his new family thanks to both my husband’s quick decision making and to my co-worker’s big heart.

Want More Joy?

Amidst all the bad news we read each day, it’s wonderful to hear from everyday heroes like Stacy who are bringing joy to this world. The Great Animal Rescue Chase is proud to present this uplifting daily series and today we’re offering a double feature. Take a moment to raise your spirits with this special bonus rescue, includinglovely photos , of a Chickadee saved in the road by a Canadian couple.


Related Stories:

Sirens Blaze Toward Cat & Rescuer as Tree Branches Begin to Break

Family Dog Saves Kittens Placed in Bag, Tossed on Highway

Treed Cat Leaps Into Arms of Couple Searching for Missing Pet


Read more: , ,

Fire Photo Credit: Nathan Allred |

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it


+ add your own
8:01AM PDT on May 10, 2014

A true hero. All rescuers are heroes in my book!

6:15AM PDT on May 6, 2014

A true hero , thanks for sharing this !

11:43PM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

BRAVO ! A HERO indeed ! :) Thank You for Saving this poor Hurt Kitty ! So Happy she/he was Saved and now has a Loving home ! Animals ROCK !

10:11PM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

Stacy's kindness toward animals obviously rubbed off on her dear husband. It's pretty amazing what he did. Wonderful people, all.

8:22PM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

Thank God for people like Stacy. I am so glad he was there for this adorable kitty.

2:54AM PDT on Mar 31, 2014

Thank you

2:22PM PDT on Aug 27, 2013


4:46AM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

Great rescue.

8:02PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013


4:12PM PST on Nov 20, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

ads keep care2 free

Recent Comments from Causes

I believe that the homeless are harassed for many reasons, not just pot smoking. STEVE N. It is surprising…

meet our writers

Lindsay Spangler Lindsay Spangler is a Web Editor and Producer for Care2 Causes. A recent UCLA graduate, she lives in... more
Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!
ads keep care2 free

more from causes

Animal Welfare

Causes Canada

Causes UK


Civil Rights


Endangered Wildlife

Environment & Wildlife

Global Development

Global Warming

Health Policy

Human Rights

LGBT rights


Real Food

Trailblazers For Good

Women's Rights

Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.