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Spelunkers save cat from Brooklyn shaft

Venusaur was stuck in in a narrow opening between two buildings for more than a week.

By Vetstreet Feb 21, 2013 4:36PM

Nine-year-old Ryan Fanchiotti and his mom, Taryn FitzGerald, had nearly given up hope of finding the boy’s 18-month-old Norwegian forest cat. Venusaur hadn’t come home after being let outside in his Brooklyn neighborhood the day before the Feb. 8 snowstorm that hit the region.

Photo: Cat rescued from shaft / via FacebookBut nearly a week later, a Brooklyn woman heard a cat crying out from a deep, narrow shaft between her building and the one next door, and she knew who to call for help: Met Grotto, a cave exploration group she once belonged to.

Two members of the group, Kay Shriver and Rob Fabiano, made a 90-minute drive from Long Island to rescue the trapped kitty. Shriver lowered herself into the 2-foot-wide space, picked up the cat and brought him back up.

She thinks he fell from a rooftop, 16 to 20 feet to the bottom of the shaft. Venusaur, who seemed unfazed by his ordeal, was returned to his grateful owners, and his veterinarian gave him a clean bill of health.

— Read it at The New York Times

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Photo: Cat rescued from shaft / via Facebook

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Feb 26, 2013 7:50PM
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Kitties get themselves in some peculiar situations.  I used to have indoor-outdoor cats, but when I get another cat, it will be indoor only.  My kids all have cats too, but because of hard lessons learned in the past (getting run over, eaten by coyotes), they all now have indoor cats only.  My son actually has a harness for his cats, hooked up to a line, where they can go outside, wander around, but can't leave the yard! 

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Feb 24, 2013 5:38PM
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I hope ditz learns to never let your animal out ANYWHERE in NYC!!  Keep kitty inside you twit!
Feb 22, 2013 7:34PM
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Good for the spelunkers, and their dedication.  We'd all be safer from dangers in the street, if we never left home, but our lives and bank accounts would both suffer from it.  Of course, a cat likes to explore outside sometimes.  It seems like there are self-appointed "police" for every event.  The point here, is that the cat was lost and now is found, and people did a good thing in helping this to happen.  Just be glad about it, instead of trying to be a vigilante, people!
Feb 22, 2013 7:21PM
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WoW!! What news!!! Here is some more!! The Price is Right has gone down Hill!!!

 

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Feb 22, 2013 7:20PM
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Bless you Met Grotto.

Please keep Venusaur indoors.

My Gadget was a rescue from outdoors.
Once he was in the house and never wanted to go out again.

Purebred Wegies are usually never let out so they don't really know how dangerous it is.
Feb 22, 2013 7:11PM
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Great story - thank you Met Grotto !
Feb 22, 2013 6:35PM
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Securing a house cat is very important, and one way is to have a strong aviary type fence structure attached to the side of a house, with a cat door so they can come and go inside for feeding, water and companionship.  Dog and predator proof, such as coyotes.  I've seen coyotes at night headed up and down San Diego streets, usually before dawn.  They were never seen east of the Mississippi River until around 20 yrs. ago or so.  
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