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Firefighters Rescue Kitten

by ARLnow.com November 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm 6,649 33 Comments

Arlington County firefighters rescued an intrepid stray kitten over the weekend.

Firefighters were on a call at S. Greenbrier Street and 8th Road S., in the Columbia Heights West neighborhood, when an orange tabby kitten ran under their fire truck and into the truck’s engine compartment. The kitten was covered in grease by the time firefighters were able to free him, according to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

The curious kitty, named “Axel” by his rescuers, was brought to the League’s shelter in Shirlington, where he was cleaned up and given a physical exam and vaccinations.

On Monday, vets gave Axel the all-clear to go to a foster home for a couple of weeks until he’s big enough to be put up for adoption, according to the AWLA.

Photo courtesy the Animal Welfare League of Arlington

  • novasteve

    God if I didn’t have a small apartment with 3 cats already I would adopt him.


    • NorthArlingTim

      I thought the same thing. But we already have 4 cats in a 1BR unit.
      Gee, he can’t be all that bad if he’s a cat person. >^..^<

      • novasteve

        Wow, 4? My parents seriously pressed me when I got my third cat, asking if I’m becoming a catlady guy.

        • NorthArlingTim

          It’s a long story. Usually they adopt you.

          If you want to speak very rusty German someday maybe I’ll tell you (in English). It is my first language but I’ve been in Arlington too long.

      • Tabby


  • novasteve

    The pic is dated from 2010. Mistake?

  • G Clifford Prout

    Awe. Kitten!

  • Chris

    One Cat Please.

  • NorthArlingTim

    Yay, little Mr. Kittyface!!

  • Smilla

    Way to go, ACFD! Love the kitty. And the bright pink shirts on the firefighters!

    P.S. Someone needs to learn how to adjust the date stamp on their camera. Or better yet, learn to turn it off.

    • Tabby

      AWLA needs to take more flattering photos of the cats in there, too. Most are taken when they’ve just arrived, and they look so scared.

    • Josh S

      Waaaiiit a second! Those aren’t Breast Cancer Awareness shirts are they?


      • Anon

        Yep, that they are. If you look at the pics from the Rosslyn crane technical rescue incident from a few weeks ago, some of the crews are wearing the same pink shirts. Fire departments around the country participate in raising awareness for breast cancer treatment by wearing pink duty shirts, or sometimes outfitting entire fire engines with pink such as this engine from Fort Worth Fire Dept: http://www.bensware.com/firetrucks/fwfdE24BreastCancerGraphics1.jpg

        Well done, ACFD.

  • Die Katze heisst Axel?

    Axel? Was the cat German or something? Did he resemble a bratwurst?

    But good for the firefighters!

    • Smoke_Jaguar4

      Axle Grease… get it?

  • C Gough

    Great job guys!

  • giniajim

    Great job guys!

  • Cate

    Kudos to the firefighters! That kitten is absolutely adorable.

    I also have to endorse the AWLA – they’re an absolutely wonderful organization. I adopted a cat from them almost a month ago and it was pretty much the best decision I’ve ever made.

  • Tabby

    The guys look so proud, too!

  • STee

    Cute – and it must be a really slow news day!

  • South Arlington (one of many)

    This made me smile; thanks for posting, ArlNow.

    I love that it took three burly firefighters to save the tabby kitten. Go Arlington FD :)!

  • FW

    He was hiding from Nico Dauphine.

    • drax

      I get it.

  • Michael H.
  • charlie

    i love acfd.

  • dk


  • Westover Chick

    Too cute! (both the kitten and the ACFD guys)
    I would adopt the little guy in a heartbeat if my roommate wasn’t so anti-fur.

    • drax

      Your roommate knows you’re not going to skin and wear the kitten, right?

      Or are you?

  • Phil Connors

    150 years ago, they would have rescued that cat, and then would would have eaten it!

  • Fantomette

    The kitten is supercute but does not stand a chance next to these three firefighters!

    • Tabby

      This photo makes me happy.

  • Jamie

    Ahh. I had heard Axel was famous. I am fostering him, along with 7 other kittens. He is a sweet little guy. He was scared when I first got him, but he is quite the purr machine now. He will make someone a very nice cat. At this time, he hangs out with another orange tabby named Gary. Maybe someone will adopt them both? To find out more, and see more photos, go to http://www.elephantsupstairs.blogspot.com.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Jamie, thanks for the link. I like cats and most dogs and the pictures of Axel are great. If I was retired I’d adopt him and his buddy in a minute.


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