The California Highway Patrol responded to a very unusual rescue call on the iconic Golden Gate Bridge Sunday afternoon. With six lanes of heavy traffic, they are often called in to assist with accidents, but this was the first “cat call” for the officers! A concerned citizen reported seeing a “flash of orange” while passing over the bridge. Sure enough, the officers located a tiny, terrified kitty and rescued him from inside a median barrier.
On their first crossing, Officer Smith and his partner did not spot the cat, but refused to give up on an animal in need. They turned around and passed over the area again, finally spotting the ginger and white kitty that has become affectionately known as “Bridges.”
Allendale County in South Carolina is one of the poorest areas in the country. The average household income is $25,327, and 42% of the 10,000 residents live below the poverty line. They have one grocery store, one veterinarian, and the nearest Petco is 45 minutes away. But despite what they lack, the town boasts an animal welfare program that is making a huge impact on the lives of homeless pets.
It started in 2013 when the warden from Allendale Correctional Institute reached out to Vikki Scott from a local rescue called Animal Advocates. Animal Advocates has a 12-year history of stepping up to take care of the area’s needy animals. They pull dogs and cats out of the overcrowded shelter to give them better chances at being adopted, and they’ve helped ease an impossible situation that has seen a euthanasia rate as high as 98%.
She was bitten and thrown in water with injuries. Luckily Hinami Yoi found her and rescued her. She was cold, scared, hurt and couldn’t move. He warmed her and fed her and she has been getting better and better. Let’s pray for her.