More information about Edna, the fire station cat who was recently evicted from the only home she’s ever known has come to light. Edna was a comforting presence at San Francisco Fire Department #49 until her eviction on Monday.
The complaint came from within
According to a February 11 article by KPIX5,
“KPIX has learned that the complaint came from inside the building. Photos purportedly show a box of sterile paramedic gloves partially clawed open. They came from someone who said the cat complaint was filed, in part, as retaliation for alleged “unfair treatment” on the job.”
Since the complaint came from within, information won’t be released to the public as it’s considered a Human Services issue and those issues are kept confidential.
A former employee who helped make Edna comfortable at Station 49 speaks out
WVTM13 spoke with Irene Ybarra, the paramedic in charge of EMS logistics at Station 49 until June 2017,
“When I was at Station 49 I developed the medical supply in such a way that Edna was not able to get into the clean room. The items are usually boxed up, and it’s not something [Edna] is usually in the habit of getting on top of. She had her own specific spot, a box with blanket in it. Edna has never been a issue.”
Irene, who now lives in Washington State, had plans to adopt Edna on her retirement. That didn’t happen. Irene says she could offer the evicted kitty a forever home in a few months.
Edna is in a safe place but it may not work out
When Edna was evicted members of the station reached out to the SFGate asking the news media to get the word out that Edna only had until Monday to find a new home or animal control would be called in.
“Nobody adopted Edna, the person who took her home today has two dogs and two cats at home already so this is not the ideal situation,” she said. “She is still working to try to figure out [where Edna will go]. Ideally I would still like to be the one who adopts her, but that’s going to be a couple of more months.”
Cat advocates are stepping up from all over the country offering Edna a good home. I have the feeling this is a story that will stay in the news awhile. Especially since Edna has gained a loyal following on Instagram. The grand total tonight tops 36,000 followers!
To be continued
I’ll continue to follow Edna’s story and post updates as needed. Below are a few articles to bring you up to speed on her heartbreaking eviction. As one person commented, “whoever reported this I hope karma hits them slooowwwwly over time.”
Please feel free to add any information I’ve missed. Edna is definitely the most famous cat in the U.S. this week.
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