Fortunate feline dodges death, makes a name for herself

2010-06-10T22:20:00Z Fortunate feline dodges death, makes a name for herselfBy Barbara LaBoe / The Daily News Longview Daily News
June 10, 2010 10:20 pm  • 

A high-flying cat is banged up after jumping off the Allen Street Bridge last week but should make a full recovery — thanks to several local veterinarians who have donated their services.

A distraught woman called the Humane Society of Cowlitz County on June 3 to report she was driving across the Allen Street Bridge and saw a cat crawl out of the engine compartment of the truck ahead of her. The cat dashed through traffic, disappeared beneath a car, re-emerged and leapt off the bridge, HSCC Officer Rich Falk said Thursday.

"They were horrified," Falk said of the woman, who was with her two young daughters.

The woman drove around and under the bridge, found the cat beneath a car in the Kelso City Hall parking lot and called the Humane Society. Falk retrieved the animal, which he said was "just a loving cat, and it was having a horrible day."

"She was somebody's pet," he continued. "She's a very, very good cat ... Doesn't have a mean bone in her body."

The cat had fallen roughly 70 feet, said Rick Johnson, executive director of the Humane Society of Cowlitz County.

"I'm surprised she survived the fall," Johnson said. "She landed probably the best way she could, considering."

A vet gave the cat pain medication and sent her home for the night with a foster family. That night, the cat miscarried a litter of kittens, Johnson said.

The next day at Lower Columbia Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Tammy White diagnosed and treated the cat for a broken palate (the top of the mouth), injured when cat's head slammed into the pavement.

Dr. Jani Remsburg at Lower Columbia took an X-ray of the cat's leg and determined it was broken. Dr. Russell Moore at Ocean Beach Animal Hospital set the leg and cast. Dr. Stacey Martzall spayed the cat at the Humane Society facility.

All the veterinarians donated their work, Johnson said.

"It's just one of those interesting stories where everyone agreed to help out," he said.

Despite the kitty's ordeal, "she's in remarkably good humor," Johnson said.

The tabby cat is about three years old and will stay with a foster family until she's healed and ready for adoption.

And what is the cat called?

Johnson he hadn't thought of that until asked but decided she needed a "flying name" to honor her adventure. Famed American aviatrix Amelia Earhart popped to mind, and the matter was settled.

"Amelia," he said. "We're calling her Amelia."

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(10) Comments

  1. Jynx
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    Jynx - June 11, 2010 5:34 am
    A very fortunate feline indeed! Thank you vets for all you have done for this poor girl. Glad she's on the mend!
  2. Pinky
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    Pinky - June 11, 2010 8:53 am
    What a precious kitty! Thanks to all who helped her.. Amelia just looks sweet as pie!
  3. concernedparent
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    concernedparent - June 11, 2010 9:21 am
    This was such a sad, tragic & heartwarming story all at the same time! I am so proud of all the local vets who pitched in & donated their time and effort to save this little kitty! Also thank God for the woman who saw this happen and took the time to go under the bridge and save the cat. Many other people may have just kept going about their day & not have taken the time. This is just a prime example of our many angels out there watching out not only for mankind, but for our furry friends too!
  4. Woodchuck
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    Woodchuck - June 11, 2010 10:08 am

    Thank you for reminding us in this community that you are here for the animals and that you do your best always. You are appreciated.

    BTW -- Amelia is a perfect name.
  5. Don'tMakeMeComeInThere
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    Don'tMakeMeComeInThere - June 11, 2010 11:41 am
    Proof of good folks in a good world. Hope Amelia's remaining 8 lives turn out as good as this one.
  6. Just a Kelso girl
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    Just a Kelso girl - June 11, 2010 2:00 pm
    What a heart warming story! Thank you, thank you to all the local vets who unselfishly gave of their time!
  7. IMHO
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    IMHO - June 11, 2010 3:07 pm
    To the poor lady and her daughters who had to witness this - there is a special place on this Earth for you. Your kindness and compassion is truly admirable. I think most people would have kept going, figuring the worst had happened. You didn't - Thank goodness, you didn't. I hope your little girls will sleep better knowing that Ms. Amelia is okay.
  8. Quit Yer Bitchen
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    Quit Yer Bitchen - June 11, 2010 5:57 pm
    My wife told me that if no one adopts the cat then I can. So please keep me informed. It looks like it could use a good home!
  9. SurroundedByIdiots
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    SurroundedByIdiots - June 11, 2010 7:43 pm
    It is nice to know that the world still has love. The kindheartedness of all involved is such a nice thing to read about. That there is still good in mankind is heartwarming.
  10. Amers
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    Amers - June 11, 2010 10:39 pm
    what a sweet story. adorable cat too! :)
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