TEMPLETON — Templeton firefighters made the purr-fect rescue Tuesday during a training exercise near the Salinas River.
On June 25 at the Templeton Fire and Emergency Services training grounds near the riverbed, firefighters were training five new recruits in auto extrication techniques using the Jaws of Life. Firefighters had already removed one door of a wrecked car while simulating a rescue when they discovered what appeared to be stuffed animals under the passenger seat. Upon further investigation, firefighters determined the furballs were two live kittens.
Firefighters stopped the training exercise and immediately went into rescue mode, aptly named Operation Kitten. The kittens were quite young, so firefighter Jonathan Torres wrapped them in his sweater and drove them to Las Tablas Animal Hospital for medical evaluation. Both kittens, a male and a female, were given a clean bill of health and transferred to a local kitten foster parent.
Brittany Donecho, a Registered Vet Technician and Foster Coordinator for the Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) in Cambria, 2638 Main St., advised that the kittens named Tofu and Stir-fry are 2-weeks-old. They will be available for adoption in a couple of months. If you would like to adopt a kitten, contact her at [email protected]. The public is also encouraged to contact her if they are interested in becoming “fur” foster parents. HART takes fosters from all over San Luis Obispo County and kitten season has been especially busy this year.
Lastly, it should be noted that there were no signs of a mother cat. Due to the extreme heat of the day, possible predators and how young the kittens appeared, firefighters felt it was in the best interest of the kittens to move them from the remote, empty lot.
For more information, contact Templeton Fire and Emergency Services during regular business hours at 805- 434-4911.