There's a few common themes (or stories, even) among people who adopt/rescue their pets and it really boils down to the humans wondering, "did I choose you, or did you choose me? And who saved who?" The bond between rescue cat and human is unparalleled in any other scenario, and it speaks volumes to the purr-sonalities we may not fully grasp that cats do indeed posses.
For one 3-month old kitten, frightened and afraid after being abandoned on a busy highway and the police officer who rescued her, it is pretty clear that fate intervened that day bringing the dynamic duo together.
Officer Jason Smith at North Kansas City Police Department in Missouri was going about his day as a police officer like any other day when he received a call that would have a profound impact on both his day and his heart.
The call was fora kitten stuck on the side of a highway and he immediately responded. Driving the location he was called to, he found himself searching for any signs of the cat when suddenly he saw a little ball of fur... standing on top of the median wall with nothing more than a toy glove behind her.
In an interview with Love Meow, Jason's son, Joshua Smith said:
When he spotted the cat, he worked with another officer to slow traffic down in order to not scare the cat into oncoming traffic.
Jason had experience with cats, having some of his own at home. So, he got out of his patrol vehicle and began to approach the kitten, speaking the same way he would to his kitties at home.
In a soft voice:
"Here kitty kitty kitty… hey kitty...
Immediately the tiny kitten's tail went up in the air. She started meowing back seemingly trying to say that she was ready to be taken away somewhere safe.
Joshua continued to explain what happened:
My dad slowly approached, and quickly picked up the cat, bringing her to his patrol car. Once in the car, she was instantly grateful, purring and hugging my dad's neck.
Jason tried to drive away but the sweet kitten couldn't stop herself from rubbing all over the face of her hero, and the steering wheel! He tried to gently place her in the passenger seat but she was having none of it and immediately hopped back into his lap to nuzzle, rub, and snuggle.
But pictures just don't do this story justice, you have to watch the video of the rescue to see how intense the connection between kitten and officer was!
My dad instantly felt a connection to this cat. He knew that we needed to bring her home to the family.
Joshua also said:
In the video you can see that the cat's tail was scorched. We can only assume that the cat was curled up around an engine for warmth and then jumped out around rush hour. We believe she was out there for at least five hours due to a previous 911 call about the cat when the police could not find her.
Jason took the kitten to a local shelter to have her spayed and vaccinated and then named her Bella.
It's unsure precisely how long Bella had been on the highway, alone and scared. But other locals said that they noticed the glove for hours before Bella was finally spotted.
According to some comments from locals the glove has been there for months. When someone called the police about the cat on the road they mentioned it was near a glove which helped my dad find the cat.
Jason thought about that glove a lot, apparently:
We believe the cat was using it to shield the cold wind to stay warm. My dad went back the next day and retrieved the glove as a symbol of the rescue.
No longer stranded on the highway, Bella has a BIG family. She lives with two rescue dogs, Zoey and Charlie, and another rescue cat named Jasper!
It was only a few months ago that Jasper's brother, a cat named Mocha, passed away. It was clear that Jasper really missed having a window buddy to watch birds with but Bella and Jasper bonded right away. Together, they enjoy hanging out by the window together now.
"Bella was a good boost of happiness for the family," Joshua said.
Bella loves cuddles, with humans and other animals.
Bella is a very lovey cat. She is a super loud purrer and loves all humans. She gets along with the dogs but only when she is up for it. They will cuddle from time to time.
Today, Bella's days are spent supervising her humans.
She is also very adventurous and tends to never stay in the same spot and will find new places to hide.
Whatever led Bella to that fateful day on the highway, all that matters now is that she is a dearly beloved cat, with her own family who will love her forever.
We are very lucky to have her in our homes. We are just as grateful for her as she was for my father rescuing her.
Comments will be approved before showing up.