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Pregnant rescue cat discovered after 11 day search at Ottawa airport


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“I simply wasn’t going to surrender on her, that’s for certain,” lead searcher Janice Richard stated Tuesday.

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After rescuers hunted excessive and low for a small, scared, pregnant cat for practically two weeks, Donna MacRae obtained the cellphone name of a lifetime.

MacRae, of Furry Tales Cat Rescue, says a group of skilled cat rescuers had searched “high and low” for Athena, a brown tabby who was rescued from a landfill in northern Manitoba, however managed to flee her provider after touchdown on the Ottawa airport on March 21.

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The group had obtained a tip {that a} cat had been noticed at one of many airport’s gasoline buildings, a restricted space the place the cat hunters couldn’t access.

“Lo and behold, my phone started ringing this morning at 2:30 a.m.,” MacRae stated in an interview Tuesday, including an evening employee named Blake Fawcett managed to lure Athena after he noticed the cat on safety footage.

“I’m still in shock,” MacRae says. “I was in tears, I’ve been crying all morning.”

Athena, a pregnant rescue cat from Manitoba, has been found 11 days after disappearing at the Ottawa airport.
Athena, a pregnant rescue cat from Manitoba, has been discovered 11 days after disappearing on the Ottawa airport. Photo by Tony Caldwell /Postmedia

Krista Kealey, vice-president of communications and public affairs for the Ottawa International Airport Authority, stated Fawcett doesn’t work for the airport, however somewhat the corporate answerable for refuelling aircrafts. He had seen the details about the lacking cat, and took it upon himself to usher in a provider and meals to attempt to lure her out of hiding, she stated.

“We were happy to support the volunteer efforts to find her, but very relieved and thrilled there’s a happy outcome for Athena,” she stated through electronic mail. “We’re also very grateful for Blake’s proactivity and efforts to find her safe and sound.”

Attempts to achieve Fawcett weren’t profitable Tuesday, however Janice Richard, the lead trapper who clocked 13-hour in a single day shifts trying to find Athena, says he’s nothing in need of a hero.

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“I can’t wait to meet him,” she stated Tuesday. “He’s a hero.”

Richard, an skilled cat searcher and trapper, led a group of volunteers within the hunt for Athena, together with a very vocal cat named Boots, whose loud meows have been utilized in an try to lure Athena out of hiding.

I just wasn’t going to give up on her, that’s for sure,” Richard stated.

Janice Richard poses for a photo with Athena, a pregnant rescue cat from Manitoba, which has been found 11 days after disappearing at the Ottawa airport.
Janice Richard poses for a photograph with Athena, a pregnant rescue cat from Manitoba, which has been discovered 11 days after disappearing on the Ottawa airport. Photo by Tony Caldwell /Postmedia

Richard and the group labored lengthy hours, establishing traps and tools, however Richard says airport employees have been instrumental of their search efforts.

“They really came through,” she stated, “I can’t say enough good things about them. They were so supportive; if I walked through the airport, they were asking for an update. They were just fabulous.”

Athena is at present resting and getting ready to go to a foster home after a go to to the vet. Richard calls the small tabby “adorable” and a “survivor,” including she anticipated her to be in worse form after residing tough for practically two weeks.

“She was starving, very hungry,” she stated. “Right now she’s sound asleep, as she probably hasn’t slept in days.”

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