Good Samaritan rescues scared cat from busy freeway

Good Samaritan Richard Christianson rescued an injured and desperately upset cat from a Tucson, AZ freeway last week and told the story when posting a video of the rescue online.

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Good Samaritan Richard Christianson rescued an injured and desperately scared and upset cat from a Tucson, AZ freeway last week and told the story when posting a video of the rescue online.

Richard saved the 2 year old kitty, now named Freeway, from a narrow median strip on I-17 in Tucson on April 9th, where the distraught feline was desperately clawing at a chain link fence.

Richard stepped in after calls to the highway department did not bring help in a timely fashion. One commenter at the Arizona Humane Society’s Facebook page suggested that the cat had been crying for help for hours before the rescue.

Richard tells the kitty, ” I know, baby. I know you’re scared, dehydrated, I know. Can I help you?” as he approaches him to make the rescue, and Freeway continues to meow, asking for help. Richard wrapped kitty in a tee shirt and carried him to his car.

Richard took Freeway to the Arizona Humane Society‘s Sunnyslope Campus in Phoenix, where he had surgery on his jaw and his paws. He is recovering from his traumatic experience in foster care and will be put up for adoption when he is ready.

Based on burns on his front legs, AHS thinks Freeway may have been stuck in a car engine before ending up on the busy road.

Richard posted his video and rescue story at the Facebook page of a group dedicated to helping strays.

AHS posted this update on Freeway at Facebook Sunday: “Thank you to everyone for your well wishes for Freeway, the cat rescued by a caring Good Samaritan! We anticipate he is an American Curl and approximately two years old, but he has no microchip or ID. Freeway has had surgery in AHS’ Second Chance Animal Hospital, a trauma center for injured homeless pets, and is now resting comfortably in a foster hero home where he will remain for at least three weeks. For those interested in potentially adopting Freeway, we have started an adopter list to let people know when he is all healed. We will provide updates and photos of the handsome fellow later this week. Thank you again to the Good Samaritan and all of those who have reached out!”

Richard told the story of Freeway’s rescue in the introduction to his video, which is seen below:

“IM NOT A HEREO, I was presented a situation in life where I had the opportunity to help out a little fury friend who was in a bad jam in which i chose to take part in and help out. I saw this poor thing, I checked on it, I called 911 who told me to call the Humane Society, who told me to call DPS and that DPS would stop traffic and call them to come pick up the cat, I tried jumping the fence, the spikes on top got the best of me, I’m pretty sure FREEWAY KITTY couldn’t get over them either, so I went down to Bethanyhome Rd on ramp to the Black Canyon freeway ( I-17 ) I parked about 10 yards away and approached this poor thing. As you can see ( warning kind of graphic ) the cat’s mouth was bloody from trying to chew it’s way through the fence, it’s paw was raw as you can see in the video it was trying to reach it’s way through the fence as it’s pressed up against the fence in fear of it’s life as cars race pass at a high rate of speed. As soon as I walk up it was talking to me and the rest is in God’s hands. This was Thursday April 9th around 2:45pm I took off my favorite T shirt and wrapped the cat in it, walked back to my truck and place it on the floor board and turned the AC on low and gave it water and took it to the Humane Society located at Sunnyslope Campus [in Phoenix].”

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I’m going to post this video on this page so you can share with your friends and family members, please understand this tho.. IM NOT A HEREO, I was presented a situation in life where I had the opportunity to help out a little fury friend who was in a bad jam in which i chose to take part in and help out. I saw this poor thing, I checked on it, I called 911 who told me to call the Humane Society, who told me to call DPS and that DPS would stop traffic and call them to come pick up the cat, I tried jumping the fence, the spikes on top got the best of me, I’m pretty sure FREEWAY KITTY couldn’t get over them either, so I went down to Bethanyhome Rd on ramp to the Black Canyon freeway ( I-17 ) I parked about 10 yards away and approached this poor thing. As you can see ( warning kind of graphic ) the cat’s mouth was bloody from trying to chew it’s way through the fence, it’s paw was raw as you can see in the video it was trying to reach it’s way through the fence as it’s pressed up against the fence in fear of it’s life as cars race pass at a high rate of speed. As soon as I walk up it was talking to me and the rest is in God’s hands. This was Thursday April 9th around 2:45pm I took off my favorite T shirt and wrapped the cat in it, walked back to my truck and place it on the floor board and turned the AC on low and gave it water and took it to the Humane Society located at Sunnyslope Campus9226 N. 13th AvenuePhoenix, AZ 85021Driving DirectionsPhone: 602.997.7585Fax: 602.870.1999And was taken in under the A# A508408 then when checked on yesterday ( Friday ) was told it was put to sleep then after I caused a bit of commotion and left, a staff member called me 10 mins later saying it was recovering from surgery and would most likely in up in a foster home until it was ready for adoption . Please call The Arizona Humane Society and ask for updates on FREEWAY KITTY and ask about adoption I think if there’s a large amount of people they may have a drawing so be sure to get on the adoption list !!! And please don’t thank me… As humans we all should look out for one another… A life is a life .. Regardlessly if it’s skin, fur, feathers, or scales. I hope and pray this cat has a wonderful and beautiful life because it’s been through hell ! Thank you all, Richard Christianson bless you all

Posted by Richard Christianson on Saturday, April 11, 2015

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Richard posted this followup video after he visited Freeway at ASH:

Oh my look at my emails and notifications on facebook !! Y’all are so cool !! Cat lovers from ALL over the world are…

Posted by Richard Christianson on Sunday, April 12, 2015

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8 thoughts on “Good Samaritan rescues scared cat from busy freeway

  1. He may not consider himself a hero, but the world needs MORE people like him! LOTS more! There are far too many callous, uncaring, compassionless people in this world and I thank him profusely for caring and doing the right thing! <3

  2. Thank you so much for saving Freeway. You are a hero. Wish the world had more like you. Animal deserve better treatment than they get from most humans. I have over 31 cats I struggle to feed and sometimes I go hungry to feed them. And I will always put them first. I hope freeway finds a great home. Thank you again for helping him.

    1. Sylvia, I hope you reach out to your local private rescue groups, or even the public ones. There are pet food banks that may be able to assist you with obtaining food for your cats. There is a community of people who want to HELP people who help cats, so maybe you won’t have to go hungry for them. Consider it, please.

  3. You are indeed a hero ,and a very brave one. Thank you for your bravery, and for your big heart .

  4. Richard might not consider himself a hero, but ask Freeway how he feels.
    We lived in Tucson almost 20 years, and 17 is a very busy road.
    How many people saw this poor injured cat and just kept on going.
    (especially since Freeway was of the feline purr-suasion)
    Cats are the forgotten. They have 2nd class status 🙁
    By now I’m sure Freeway has found that special forever home all cats (and dogs) deserve <3

    Richard Christianson certainly IS a HERO!
    And our world needs more people like him.

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