DETROIT - A kitten found her way into the Little Caesars Arena site, where construction workers found her and wanted to rescue her.
A trap-neuter-return volunteer was contacted to catch the 6-month-old kitten. TNR volunteers capture outdoor cats in live traps; take them to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ear-tipped for identification; and release the animal where it was found.
The kitten, appropriately named Little Squeesers, couldn’t be returned because of construction on the arena, so she was taken to a Detroit-area shelter. After a month, the volunteer who rescued her was told that she would be euthanized.
“I couldn’t let that happen,” the volunteer said. “These compassionate construction workers reached out to save her--how could I let them down by letting the kitten they’d rescued be put down?”
The Humane Society of Huron Valley was contacted, and the society’s community cat coordinator found a safe place to release Little Squeesers.
“Returning unsocial cats to their original location, where they were thriving is a really important part of TNR,” said Cheryl Szkutnicki, HSHV’s community cat coordinator. “But in cases where there is demolition or other direct threats like animal cruelty, we look for relocation options.”
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