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Woman Saves Kitten from Poison Trap on Busy Sidewalk

Woman Saves Kitten from Poison Trap on Busy Sidewalk

Written by†Erin Brady of†Ohio (USA)

One July day, I was walking from my lab in the Lerner Research Institute in Cleveland to buy a fruit smoothie from the cafeteria.† I had walked the same sidewalk many times before, but this time I spotted something a little strange.† I saw a little fur ball. At first I thought it might be a rat, but after a double-take, I realized it was a very small kitten of about four weeks old.

It made absolutely no sense for a tiny kitten to be between two very busy city streets.† There was no way for her to get there by herself so I assume someone dumped her there.† I snapped out of my suprise and took off after her. As she scurried away she ran right into a rat bait trap.† These traps are spread around businesses and hospitals outside to control the rodent population.† I picked up the trap and carried it back to my lab.† Safe to say I got a few strange looks and possible questions of my sanity when I marched in with this trap and told everyone there was a kitten in there.† I placed the trap on my work bench and proceeded to cut the trap open.

We Had to Wash the Poison Off Her Fur

We proceeded to pull her out and give her a bath in the lab sink.† Our first thought was to wash off any poison that she might later lick off her coat.† She was not happy about the bath and I saw that she was very sick.† Mucus from her eyes and nose had taken off most of the fur on her face.

She was quickly taken to an emergency vet clinic that really wasn’t much help. †So I took her to our regular vet the next day and they said she had a major upper respiratory infection.† She received antibiotics, and after awhile, began to recover and grow.† Her fur grew back and she transformed into the beauty you see today.† We named her Sophie and she responded to her name within a few days of us naming her.

She is an absolute joy.† She loves to be cuddled and picked up.† She has the biggest round owl eyes a’

nd the happiest kitten voice.† She has made herself a cozy bed in a dresser drawer which I cannot close now. †She knows who is the princess in our house.† While I didn’t get that smoothie that summer day, I did find something much more precious. More photos of precious Sophie

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4:20AM PDT on Jul 17, 2013

bless you sofie and erin,thank you forsharing 17/7

9:00AM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

Erin you are a wonderful person. Thank you.

6:07AM PST on Mar 6, 2013

Great story. What a lovely cat Sophie is.

9:20AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

BRAVO! God bless you for having such a compassionate and open heart. Sophie in return will give you so much more! I have three kitties, all rescued ;) and they're the love of my life! Have had the opportunity to have them with me since they were about 4 months (two of them) 9 months (the third) and now the two are 11 years old and the third is 4 years old! And they are such a joy and an endless supply of unconditional love I couldn't even begin to describe! I'm so lucky! and count my blessings every day!

10:46AM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

Wonderful job, Erin! Sophie is a beautiful cat. So glad you rescued her.

5:48AM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

Sophie is just beautiful, thank you for the story.

8:57AM PST on Dec 28, 2011

i'm sure you're love in returned 100x over

7:47AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

great story, thanks for sharing :)

9:57AM PST on Dec 1, 2011

you are an angel, thankyou

8:08PM PST on Nov 30, 2011

aaah thats so lovely the kitty got a gud home and a lovely lady rescued her. well done.

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