“Operation Kitten:” Templeton, California firefighter trainees learning to use the “Jaws of Life” rescue 2 kittens from a damaged practice car

Five trainees with the Templeton Fire Department were learning to use the “Jaws of Life” last Tuesday when they discovered something unexpected (and alive) inside a damaged practice car. What had started out as a training session quickly turned into a kitten rescue.

kitten rescued

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According to the Templeton Fire Department, firefighters had removed one door using the Jaws of Life when they noticed something under the passenger seat. There were two kittens, still alive, with no mother cat in sight.

homeless cat

Firefighter Jonathan Torres quickly wrapped the kittens in some spare clothing and rushed them to Las Tabias Animal Hospital to be checked out. The boy and girl kitten were both healthy and have been placed with a local kitten foster family. Dr. Brittany Donecho of Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) in Cambria estimate the kittens are about two weeks.

firefighter holding kitten

“Tofu” and “Stir-fry” will be available for adoption through HART in a few months. Photos courtesy of Facebook: Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART)

While it’s likely Tofu and Stir-fry had a mother still tending to them, it would have been dangerous to have left them under the seat. The risk of them dying of starvation, dehydration or heat was too great to chance it.


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