In a concerted effort, police and the media helped the DSPCA today when a frightened kitten was reported to be cowering by a road barrier on the M50, Dublin’s busiest motorway. “Freeway” is now safe and getting some calming rest with his rescuer Lisa, seen with him in the photo.
Passing motorists traveling Dublin’s M50 highway noticed a kitten cowering next to a barrier dividing traffic, reportedly frozen in fear, and phoned the DSPCA. Lisa Kemp was dispatched to the scene but it was impossible for her to reach the kitten with traffic whizzing by, so local media issued pleas for motorists to cooperate and the Gardai, Ireland’s police, came on the scene to direct and control traffic further so the rescue could be made.
Recounting the experience, Lisa said ‘Every time a car went by, he flattened his ears..it was obvious he was absolutely terrified. My heart was in my mouth, I couldn’t get to him. The traffic was going too fast, I kept fearing he would run and be hit. I could visualize it. We called the Gardai and while I waited for them to arrive I was just willing Freeway to stay put. The Gardai were brilliant..traffic stopped. I ran with the cat basket and just grabbed him and ran back’
This DSPCA video gives a good feel for what it was like for the kitten trapped out on the busy roadway:
Lisa took Freeway back to the DSPCA center in Rathfarnham and spent the afternoon with him, helping the exhausted kitten to relax after his ordeal. DSPCA says it will try to find Freeway’s family, if he has one, and, if not, will try to find him a new home.
It is unknown how the kitten came to be on the busy road; whether he wandered on during light traffic hours and became trapped, or was let out there on purpose. After a traumatic time and a dramatic rescue, he is safe now, thanks to the many people who helped. Thanks go to the motorists who called in to authorities, DSPCA, local media outlets who spread the word, cooperative motorists who slowed down and stayed out of the way when asked, and the Gardai; all of whom cooperated to help save a frightened kitten.