RCAA to the rescue

Staff report

ROCKINGHAM — Children visiting Discovery Place Kids Tuesday morning initially had their eyes turned not towards all the hands-on activities inside the museum but on all of the commotion caused by a calico kitten outside the building.

Submitted photo The young kitten shown here was rescued from an unsafe situation outside Discovery Place KIDS Tuesday morning in downtown Rockingham.

Submitted photo
The young kitten shown here was rescued from an unsafe situation outside Discovery Place KIDS Tuesday morning in downtown Rockingham.

The kitten, apparently feral, had decided an area between the engine block and wheel well of a compact sedan parked out front on East Washington Street was the ideal safety zone. An onlooker, though, decided it wasn’t in the kitten’s best interest to remain in that location for long.

The woman eventually grabbed the cat by the tail — kids, don’t try that at home. The kitten responded in a ferociously cute but all-too-serious manner to let the Good Samaritan know it’s not a good idea to do that anytime, any place.

The woman let go, and the kitten returned to its hiding place under the hood of the vehicle.

The incident caught the attention of the folks at PeeDeePost.com, situated across the street from Discovery Place KIDS, and in a short while someone contacted Allison Sweatt. Sweatt heads Richmond County Animal Advocates, a nonprofit not yet two years old dedicated to advocating for the health and welfare of animals in Richmond County — even if they don’t want to be caught, as in this case.

Sweatt contacted Amy Brown, who quickly — and rather easily, it seemed — gained control of the situation and had the kitten in her arms, safety wrapped in a sweater.

The incident shows that RCAA is more than about fundraisers and other events that put its goals in the public spotlight. In between such events, members are working to aid animals in any way possible.

And the children? They had a great time at Discovery Place KIDS.

RCAA

 

 

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