Firefighter Adopts Kitten He Saved After Developing ‘Very Special Bond’ During the Cat’s Rescue

Rescuers adopt kittens rescued from the pipe

Courtesy Brandon Mulvaney

Fireman Brandon Mulvaney’s family just got a little bigger and furlier.

In August, Mulvaney – a firefighter with the Saginaw Fire Department in Michigan – received a warning at 1 a.m. about an animal trapped in a rain drain. Mulvaney and several others were dispatched to answer the call and found a tiny kitten trapped underground.

After consulting with the other members of his crew and Saginaw County Animal Care & Control (SCACC) – who had police officers on site to help with the rescue – Mulvaney descended two meters into a maintenance hole to reach the pipe with the kitten.

“I crawled on my hands and knees into a smaller pipe about ten feet further to find the smaller pipe the kitten was in. After a few minutes of waiting and calling for the cat, he peeked out of the pipe and I grabbed him and carried him out. At that moment I knew I wanted the kitten because he came straight to me, “Mulvaney tells PEOPLE of the rescue.

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After the firefighter brought the little cat back to the surface, the firefighter wrapped the kitten in a towel, snapped a photo to celebrate the successful rescue, and gave the animal to a SCACC officer.

Mulvaney knew this couldn’t be the last time he saw the kitten, so he stayed in touch with SCACC to keep up with the cat’s recovery.

“I heard about his current health and approximate age, which was a few weeks old at the time, so he was a baby. During that phone call, I decided to adopt him because he deserved a better life than a baby to be wildcat, “said the firefighter when he learned that the kitten he rescued was a stray, adding that he couldn’t ignore the” special bond “he had with the pet.

Rescuers adopt kittens rescued from the pipe

Courtesy Brandon Mulvaney

“I called once a week for about two and a half months until I got approval to adopt,” added Mulvaney.

The story goes on

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Mulvaney and his family made Kitten’s Place their family official in October. The firefighter, his wife, and their children went to Saginaw County Animal Care & Control to adopt the cat. They decided to name him Huntley after one of the streets at the intersection where Mulvaney first met the cat.

Rescuers adopt kittens rescued from the pipe

Rescuers adopt kittens rescued from the pipe

Courtesy Brandon Mulvaney

The adoption was supported by the BISSELL Pet Foundation and their national “Empty the Shelters” campaign, which covers the cost of pet adoption fees. Huntley is one of over 61,000 pets that have found homes thanks to the event.

Huntley is adapting well to his new life. The “Spitfire” fits perfectly with the four small children and the Mulvaney’s dog and has already earned the reputation of a “love beetle”.