I waited until I could only just make out the tip of her tail.
Donna Lochmann put everything on hold to respond to a report about a newborn animal stuck in a sewer. When she arrived at the scene in a hurry, a small, pitiful cry was coming from inside a pipe.
According to Lochmann, chief lifesaving officer of Stray Rescue of St. Louis (SRSL), “I could hear her meowing as soon as I got out of the Jeep.”
At the bottom of the sewer, I noticed a little white and black kitten, Lochmann recalled. She had to have been 7 weeks old.
As the kitten’s meows grew louder and the sun fell, Lochmann realized she needed to act immediately to save the kitten. Lochmann had to devise an alternative strategy because the sewer pipe’s sides were smooth and there were no metal rungs that would have allowed her to descend to where the kitten was.
When Lochmann returned to his Jeep, he discovered a sizable quantity of dog food. I transferred the food to a box, poked a hole about two inches below the top, and attached two leashes to it to make it long enough.
The bag was then stuffed with some moist food, and Lochmann lowered it down the sewer pipe. Initially wary, the kitten gradually moved toward the bag and began to lick the food inside after being overcome by hunger.
Lochmann stated, “I waited until I could barely make out the tip of her tail poking out. She slid straight to the bottom of the bag as I pulled the leash up, she said.
Lochmann cautiously took the cat out of the bag and out of the sewer pipe. The dedicated rescuer was able to assess the kitten’s condition once she was finally secure in Lochmann’s arms.
Since she had been at the bottom of the sewer, she was very wet, so Lochmann tried to dry her off by putting her in a carrier with some towels. She was an extremely amiable kitten who never hissed.
After that, Lochmann spent the remainder of the day with the kitten. She went to an art show with Lochmann, and because of how late they were, she was given the nickname Tardy. After that, Tardy spent the night at Lochmann’s house where she met her unanticipated best friend.
She was adored by my dog, Lochmann said. My dog would simply lick her when she rubbed up against the crate’s bars.
Lochmann took Tardy to the animal shelter after their sleepover. The kitten, however, didn’t remain there for too long and quickly found a foster home.
Even though Tardy is still too young to be adopted, she is utterly enamored with her new foster home. When she is big enough to be spayed in a few months, her committed carers at SRSL will find her the ideal forever home.