Most states, counties and cities have organizations that try to combat roadside litter.
If you see someone toss litter from their vehicle, you can call a hotline and turn in their tag number.
While they won’t get an actual ticket, they will get a letter from the Highway Department reminding them that littering is a criminal offense and their actions have been noted.
Sometimes, however, people toss other things out their car windows…things that are far worse than beer cans.
Fourteen-year-old Gavin Orlowski was traveling with his mom Erin Brown, crossing over the Grand River in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Then they saw the car in front of them toss something from their window.
Before either of them could say anything about the litterbug, they realized the action they’d just witnessed was even worse than they thought!
The bundle of trash they’d seen flying out of the window rolled a bit…then started running up the street.
They realized with horror that they had just seen a live cat being tossed out like garbage!
“I hear my mom…she’s driving, and I’m in the passenger seat and she’s like [gasp],” Orlowski told WZZM.
“Then there’s a cat being thrown out a window, running all around the street because the van in front of us just threw it out.”
Gavin was horrified.
He yelled at his mom to stop the car, then he was out and running, following the frightened cat down the side of the street.
“I was just thinking like I need to get this cat,” he said.
The boy blocked the streaming traffic to rescue the cat.
“I turned back and held up my hand,” he said.
“The cat is like hanging off the over-bridge, like 75-percent of his body is like over the bridge.”
Knowing traffic could spook the already terrorized cat even more, the boy knew that he had to act fast.
So he grabbed the cat and jumped back into the car with his mom before the cat could escape from him.
They took the cat, wrapped up tightly in case he was injured and shouldn’t move, to BluePearl Animal Hospital to be checked out.
On the way, Gavin informed his mom that the cat’s name was going to be Lucky.
As it turned out, he lived up to his name in more ways than one:
By a total bit of luck, despite the chances of being killed or serious injured, it had sustained no injuries other than some bruises and torn toenails.
“Turns out nothing was really wrong with it except all of his nails got cut off because of him trying to grasp the asphalt on the road and his back hurt from the fall,” Gavin said.
As luck would have it, there was more than one angel looking out for that little cat that day.
As Gavin and his mom sat at the vet’s waiting for word on their new pet, they were told that the cat’s bill had already been almost paid in full.
“The receptionist walks in and says, ‘Mrs. Brown, we just received a phone call from one of your Facebook friends to cover basically all of the bill,’” Orlowski said.
“We saw how attached Gavin was to this cat and the instant bond,” said his mom.
“Little Lucky here became a very lucky kitty.”
Although he had a pretty rough start to life, and probably used up a couple of his nine lives that day on the bridge, it’s obvious Lucky landed on his feet this time!
Now, Lucky and Gavin are pretty much inseparable.
Instant BFFs, Gavin is so happy that he was in the right place at the right time to save Lucky’s life.
With the intense traffic stream on the bridge that time of day it was nothing short of a miracle that the teen was able to save the terrified animal.
Unfortunately, nobody was able to track down the car that so callously tossed this kitty toward almost certain death.
But we know that someone was watching, and we know that what goes around comes around.
We just wish we could’ve been there to see it when it happened!
Best wishes to Gavin and his new best friend.
May they spend the rest of Lucky’s lives together enjoying their special friendship.