This cat is looking for a new lease on her nine lives.
Officers from the 104th Precinct worked for several hours to rescue a kitten from a drainage pipe at 72nd Street and Penelope Avenue in Middle Village on Monday night. The feline was transported to BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Forest Hills for examination.
The kitten, named Penelope after the street where she was found, was released from BluePearl Veterinary Partners on Tuesday afternoon into the temporary care of Phyllis Taiano, president of animal rescue organization Four Paws Sake NYC.
Taiano is currently caring for Penelope until she can find a permanent home.
“I will bring her home and foster her until she can be adopted,” Taiano said.
A man walking his dog heard the distressed kitten crying from inside the storm drain, prompting him to alert the authorities via Twitter. Officers and an emergency services unit responded to the scene and tried to coax the kitten out of the drainage pipe. Eventually cops were able to scare Penelope out of the pipe by making noise in an adjacent drain pipe.
“She’s adoptable,” Taiano said. “There’s no hissing, there’s no clawing, she’s totally accepting love.”
For more information on how to adopt Penelope, visit the Four Paws Sake NYC website.