A Los Angeles woman who saw footage of Miami firefighters rescuing a kitten from a storm drain on Labor Day flew cross country to give the kitten a home.
Miami Fire Rescue pulled the kitten from a filthy drain and took her to a veterinary clinic.
Storm was covered in muck and was suffering from a severe eye infection when she was pulled from the drain, but she was cleaned up and treated by Knowles Animal Clinic staff and soon recovered from her ordeal and her presumed rough life before she ended up in the drain.
Maron Swanson saw the story of Storm’s rescue on Miami’s Local 10 News and traveled 2,700 miles from West Hollywood to Miami to adopt her from the Knowles Animal Clinic after putting in an application and being selected from a list of potential adopters who wanted to give the kitten a home.
Swanson says Storm’s rescue triggered memories from when she rescued some kittens as a child and her parents would not let her keep them. She says she fell in love with Storm after seeing her online.
“The story just kept coming up on Twitter and Facebook, so I clicked on it and saw [channel 10’s] story about this little kitten rescued from a storm drain,” Swanson said.
“I said, ‘I want this kitten, I want to give her a home. I want to adopt her,'” Swanson said.
“When I saw Storm that brought [the memory of rescuing kittens from a drain at age 10] for sure,” she said.
“I freaked out a little [when told Storm was ready for adoption and would be hers] and I said, ‘I’m going to Miami, this is crazy,'” Swanson said.
Swanson picked Storm up from the clinic Sunday
“I called my mom. I called my fiance. She is the most adorable thing that I have ever seen. I’m in love,” she said.
Storm will keep the name given to her by her rescuers. She will share her new home with her petmom and her fiance and another cat.