She saw a kitten struck by a vehicle and thrown across an eight lane highway. Then something beautiful happened.

Madison, Wisconsin, USA: There is a massive highway running around the south of Madison, Wisconsin, USA. It is called the Beltline. It is four lanes wide on both sides. It was a snowy Saturday and Hannah Schlumberger was driving east approaching the Rimrock Road exit.

Eight lane Beltline where cat was hit by traffic
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Eight lane Beltline where kitten was hit by traffic

She saw a tiny black-and-white kitten dart across the highway, “Oh, it was heartbreaking”.

Hannah is an animal lover and didn’t want to see that. It is hard to watch as it creates a painful emotional response and how can you save the cat?

Hannah said that she was mentally pulling over to rescue the cat, “I wasn’t thinking clearly as a lot of people will tell you”.

Hannah adopts her kitten who she tried to rescue on highway

Hannah adopts her kitten who she tried to rescue on highway

As I understand the story, Hannah, ran along the side of the highway but police stopped her just before she was about to rescue the kitten.

The kitten then scurries off into the traffic, terrified of everything swirling around. He is hit by a vehicle and thrown into the air across the highway.

“Seeing something that awful eats away at you”.

She is so right. If animal lovers see something like that it hurts emotionally and it can be hard to remove the ‘image’ from the mind.

Hannah and her mother spent hours on the Beltline searching for the kitten. They firmly believed that there was no chance he could have survived the impact. Hannah was badly shaken by the incident.

Moving forward several weeks, Hannah sees a video which is below.

She starts crying, “I’m pretty sure I started crying”. She knew that ‘her kitten’ had survived that dangerous highway and some how had been rescued, treated by a vet and adopted via the Dane County Humane society. He had lost one of his hind legs and been named Brooks.

Hannah was a little sad at knowing ‘her kitten’ had been adopted by someone else. But the story was not yet over. The adoption fell through and Hannah jumped at the chance.

“It was meant to be. He’s just a little soul and he’s just, oh my gosh, he brings me so much joy.”

P.S. It is not recommended that people stop on a highway like this to save a cat but it does happen and they are brave people. It is very dangerous for cat and human.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

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6 Responses

  1. Caroline Gifford says:

    Could we please get back to the subject at hand? My dear Shrimp. Thanks.

  2. Caroline Gifford says:

    Really great guy, alright. Thanks, Alpert.

  3. Caroline Gifford says:

    Must be fun you, Michael. You have know idea what real pain is, do you? I have had my face so far gone, and have had my blood from my skull –that’s funny. Android OS didn’t even have a word for that one.

  4. Albert Schepis says:

    Yeah well, as anyone here probably knows me, I’ve done this for cats and in one case a large seagull and a duck. Hey, they need rescuing and time is of the essence. If my life is to have meaning, that’s something I don’t hesitate to do, but not for me, for them. Someone has to do something, especially when you see everyone else doing nothing. I don’t recommend it, not at all, but personally I’ve pre-thought these situations out and balanced them against all the ways I could land in the hospital or worse (based on personal experience and observation), and the choice for me is easy to make, providing there’s a reasonable chance for success and to avoid injury.

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