Categories: Animal Rescue

The “Al Kitta” Rescue

by Eric Sitgreaves
(Muncie, Indiana, 47302)

A few months back I was at my job at GM in Indianapolis when I noticed some kittens that had been born inside of a material rack. Now these racks are quite large, and obviously large enough to house these little girls inside of the hole in which the fork lift forks enter, if one can picture that.

My quest to rescue them took 3 days, one trap, and an iPhone app that makes cat sounds. The first kitten was easy as I lured her out with my phone. She stuck her head out and I grabbed her … Simple.

Later that night I tried the second one, I put food outside of the rack, snuck up on her and grabbed her. I then juggled her, she fought me, slipped out of my hands and retreated back into hiding. My shift ended and I went home.

The following day I used a small squirrel trap to get her and succeeded. I simply put salmon in the trap, returned and there she was. Now for the last kitten, I only thought there were two at that time because I had never seen the last one until I heard her while setting up the trap for number two.

Once again the shift ended, I went home determined as ever to catch her as I had her sisters and wouldn’t think of abandoning her, but! she was a challenge needless to say. The kittens were located in an area of the plant called Rack Storage, where racks are stacked and lined up orderly for line use when needed.

I tried every trick that had been done to lure the first two kittens and she would not fall for any of them, she wouldn’t respond, eat, etc. So I decided to move all the racks out including the one she was calling home. After doing so I gently picked the Rack up with my fork lift, I then leveled the holes to a height around my waistline so I could look in and reach for her better.

Ah… there she was! But picture the base of this rack as being the size of a small car which has fork lift openings on all four sides, and I was already in two of them with my forks. I could see her silhouette through the holes and tried to fish her out with a broomstick and had no luck as she kept running back and forth in the tiny corridors of the rack. I blocked all of them but one and had her trapped, now the only problem was that she had entered the one where my fork was supporting the rack..and she miraculously wedged herself under the fork and the base which there was no way to pull the fork out or she would be crushed.

I then decided to enlist a helper to stay at the fork end and push a long piece of rubber tubing into the sides of the fork hoping it would reach her and scare her towards the side hole where I could grab her, yet she seemed to proudly elude the effort for what seemed hours.

After several attempts we finally pushed her forward of the fork where I could quickly nab her… and I mean quickly. Tiny kittens in small places are a pain in the butt after experiencing this little girl.

I then carried her in my lunch bag the rest of the shift before I took her home. My wife gladly bathed all of the factory grime off of her, just like the others and made them all smell girly.

With that said, we now have 3 terroristic kittens (growing fast and healthy) in our home who make us laugh everyday.

We absolutely love them!!!

Update: Here are pics of the kittens. Well, not so much kittens anymore as they are growing fast.


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The “Al Kitta” Rescue

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Feb 15, 2012 God Bless You.
by: Angie

Hi Eric. Have only just read your wonderful story. I am replying to you all the way from the Gold Coast Australia. A lady and I look after a small colony of feral cats, and except for her and a few other friends, everyone thinks I am totally crazy. It’s just wonderful to see what lengths people go to to rescue our furry friends & offer them unconditional love.

Jun 13, 2011 Al Kitta
by: Eric

Thank you for the response. My input for the story was done entirely on an Iphone so I wasn’t able to upload pictures of the cats otherwise I would have. I have some hilarious pics and video footage of them I would like to share as well.

The AL KITTA/KITTY name came after they became comfortable and started bouncing all over the house. We have 3 other grown cats whom they terrorize, hence the name.

Jun 13, 2011 Loved this
by: Michael

Uhmm..loved this story. I found it tense. I am impressed with your perseverance, intelligence and careful approach to cat rescue. Well done.

It is great to know that the three have a loving home.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in a many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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