Jena Ball lost and then found her beloved indoor cat Oscar. But getting him back home safely isn’t something the elderly woman can do alone.
The 9-year-old cat disappeared after leaping from her apartment’s second-story balcony. “I heard this yowl, and I came running down, but he was gone,” Ball told WRAL News in North Carolina.
After searching for Oscar for days, she finally him in a storm drain in front of her home in Cary, North Carolina. “I walked over there, and I said, ‘Oscar,’ and I hear meow,” she said. “I look over, and his little face is looking at me like, ‘Help me.'”
The grate over the storm drain weighs more than 100 pounds, and only town employees are authorized to move it. Ball asked for help, and the whole town responded. Local Animal Control officer Shelly Smith got involved and asked a crew from the Public Works Department to remove the grate. She then put a cage with food in the drain. The wait has begun. WRAL covered the story live.
The town rallied round after Ball posted about her plight online. “I’ve had my neighbors,” she said. “I’ve had people from Facebook, from all the local rescue groups. I feel supported. I’m thrilled that he’s not dead. I just want him out of there,” she said. Let’s hope Oscar takes the bait and is back home soon!