A Yakima, Washington woman heard a cat crying near her home for days, but she was unable to locate it – so she called animal control for assistance. On Thursday, May 23, KOMO 4 News reported that animal control officers finally found a cat in a hole beneath a shrub – 25 feet below ground.
“I had been planting these planters the day before and heard the cat,” said Virginia Hislop.
“I called out kitty, kitty, kitty and nothing happened.”
Hislop heard meowing coming from a nearby bush, but she couldn’t find a cat.
“And then I heard kitty, kitty, kitty later, and so I called animal control,” Hislop explained.
When they arrived, animal control officers made a startling discovery: the bush had hidden a deep hole, possibly an old well, for decades.
“One of the men came and got me out of the kitchen and said: ‘Do you know there’s a big hole down there?” Hislop stated.
Despite living at her Yakima, Wash., home for more than 60 years, Hislop had no idea that there was a huge hole in her yard. The hole dropped 25 feet, posing a problem for would-be rescuers. Fortunately for the lost little cat, firefighters arrived on the scene, where they lowered a basket into the deep hole.
“We’ve got them out of trees and places like that,” stated Yakima firefighter Hans Solie, who helped rescue the cat.
“But you’d never imagine there would be a residential house like that with a hole that deep in the backyard.”
“The pediatrician who lives across the street saw, so he came over to see if everything was all right, and lo and behold they brought the cat up, and it was his cat,” said Hislop.
The cat, named Mai Tai, had been missing for weeks. Amazingly, she was thin but otherwise healthy and a veterinarian stated that the cat should be fine.
“We had given up,” stated Doris Matson. “We just thought she either found another home or she’s dead.”
“It’s a miracle,” Matson added.
Firefighters covered and marked the hole to prevent future mishaps.
If you have a missing pet, you can call the Missing Pet Partnership or Three Retrievers.
Missing Pet Partnership (MPP) is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to reuniting lost companion animals with their owners/guardians. MPP currently offers phone consultation services using volunteers trained to coach families in how to recover a missing pet. Their website offers behavior-based lost pet recovery tips and referrals to lost pet services.
Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue is run by Jim Branson, a certified Missing Animal Response Technician with four years of experience finding lost cats and dogs for Missing Pet Partnership. Jim Branson can be reached at 206 552 0304 or email jim @ 3Retrievers. com
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