Texas and the plight of all of the animals left homeless and stranded in the floods after Hurricane Harvey swept through have made headlines.
All of the problems from the storm didn’t happen in Texas though. After Harvey left Texas he made a side trip to Louisiana. He left behind a great deal of devastation that didn’t make it to a lot of news sources.
Any time there are dangerous storms that cause flooding and high winds, there will animals as well as humans left in bad situations.
One little cat in Louisiana found himself stuck in a tree in the middle of a flooded woods. He wasn’t in danger of drowning. He could have climbed higher in the tree.
But, in flatland Louisiana, flood waters don’t recede very quickly. And this particular little kitty got tired of waiting for a savior.
He started crying at the top of his lungs for someone to come and rescue him. Neow!
A birdwatcher who was taking advantage of the aftereffects of the storm to do some nature watching that was out of the ordinary. But, along with the birdcalls, he heard a very faint catcall.
He couldn’t tell exactly where it was coming from. But, he knew someone who could.
Randall Kolb of Cat Rescue Guy took the message about a cat found stranded in the middle of a swamp. He wasn’t surprised. It seemed like everywhere was a swamp right then.
He quickly loaded up his “cat catching equipment.” Armed with a plastic crate and a plate of cat food he headed out to the location he was given.
Not only is Louisiana flat, but it’s home to alligators and a lot of different varieties of water snakes. All of them angry about being displaced by the storm.
Kolb wasn’t a big fan of wading through algae covered water that could be hiding snakes, alligators, holes or myriad other potentially dangerous, even fatal, things.
But, there was a little cat in there crying, and he just couldn’t sleep until he’d at least tried. So, into the water he went.
It was no problem figuring out where the cat was. The sound of his voice was like a laser light leading him.
There’s nothing louder than a thoroughly ticked off cat. And no cat is more ticked off than one that’s surrounded by water with no way out.
The cat had made its way to a fork in a tree where he watched as Kolb headed towards him. He didn’t seem frightened but was wary.
He didn’t want Kolb to touch him, nor was he interested in the food that Kolb offered him. But, when he was offered an open pet carrier, he waltzed in without needing a second invitation.
As Kolb said to him with a laugh, “best offer you’ve had all day, huh?”
Even with the cat safely locked into the plastic airline crate, the danger wasn’t behind either of them. They still had to make their way back through the water with its hidden deep spots and who knew what else lurking below the surface.
Kolb told the cat about halfway back that he was awfully heavy and his arms were getting tired. The cat didn’t reply. But, Kolb kept going, holding the crate above the water as much as possible.
With the cat carrier in one hand and a long pole he used to test the depth of the water before every step, they laboriously made their way back to dry land.
No one can figure out where the pretty little Himalayan kitty (or maybe a Siamese cross?) came from. But, that’s not important. As Kolb said, “As of now, the cat is still a mystery, but at least he is out of the swamp and in a safe place getting good care.”
I wish we could say the same about every displaced and homeless animal. Thanks to guys like The Cat Guy, Randall Kolb, one by one, we’re all working on it!
Source: We Love Animals