‘Happy story’: Port Alberni fire crews rescue cat wedged between two buildings

'Happy story': Port Alberni fire crews rescue cat wedged between two buildings
Photo: PAFD/Facebook
Firefighters from the Port Alberni Fire Department rescued a cat that was wedged between two buildings on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2023. Crews took to Facebook and posted a picture of the cat in good health after the rescue.

It was firefighters to the rescue after a cat got stuck in the middle of two buildings in Port Alberni, where the local SPCA and veterinarians also helped get the animal back on its paws.

The Port Alberni Fire Department (PAFD), in a Facebook post Saturday afternoon, said the cat was suspended between the roof and the ground when crews arrived on scene in the 3000-block of 3rd Avenue, between Angus and Argyle streets.

Not even a classic slippery trick could free the feline.

“PAFD wrapped a fire hose under the cat and tried to lift but even after lubricating the cat from above with dish soap, the cat wouldn’t budge,” reads the post.

It’s a “happy story, though,” said firefighters.

Crews were able to lower a pneumatic lifting bag and “compress one of the walls just enough to free the cat,” added the PAFD.

It says the cat was then hoisted to safety using an improvised hose “sling.”

In its post, the fire department thanked staff at the BC SPCA Alberni-Clayoquot branch for coming to give advice and transporting the cat to get washed up and checked on by a vet. It says the Bute Street Veterinary Clinic and the Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital also provided aid.

“So grateful to the PAFD for the lengths they went to to save this cat and get it into our care! Thanks to Bute Street Vet for joining us there to advise also!” added the SPCA in its own Facebook post.


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