She checked if it was the kitten that firefighters had spent hours freeing from a bedroom wall the night before. But that feline was still asleep, cozily rolled up on a towel in a cardboard box next to Seward’s bed.
“I thought it was all taken care of,” said Seward, 73, a retired U.S. Postal Service clerk. “I got up today and when I started hearing the meowing again I said, oh no!”
So Wednesday, for the second time in as many days, a Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crew freed a kitten from inside the walls of Seward’s home, on the 3000 block of Southwest 40th Street.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue makes service calls, like the two cat rescues at Seward’s place, between emergencies that get priority, spokesman Mike Jachles said.
The rescues took a total of just under six hours over the two days, Seward said. She wasn’t sure how the kittens got trapped, but suspects a stray female who hangs out on her roof.
“The only thing I can figure is that she must have brought these kittens up there in her mouth when they were a little smaller, and put them up there for safekeeping,” Seward said. Perhaps the kittens made it from the roof into a crawl space, then fell.
Rescuing cats and other pets is a traditional firefighter task. In this case, a special modern camera helped locate the kittens.
“We had to make a couple of holes in the wall to actually get our search cam in,” said Steffen Majer, a paramedic/firefighter. One more hole, and the cat was freed.
A sheriff’s sergeant arranged for a contractor friend to repair Seward’s walls for free Wednesday afternoon, Jachles said.
A cat lover, Seward already has three indoor kitties. So she was happy when someone claimed the kittens Wednesday afternoon, promising to provide a good home.