You never know how you're going to meet a friend. Maybe at the gym, maybe hanging at a bar downtown, maybe you'll rescue them with a curtain rod. Here's a great story on how an officer and a kitty became fast friends.

Somebody was definitely looking out for a little kitten this particular day, or maybe someone was looking out for Sue. Either way, It's a great story about doing your job well, and finding room in your heart for a new friend.

Weld County Sheriff

In honor of National Animal Control Appreciation Week, April 9-15, the Weld County Sheriff's Office put out several stories about their Animal Control personnel, including this great story about one of their officer's rescuing a kitten, and then keeping (adopting) it.

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Weld County Animal Control Officer Sue Brown got called out to a property where there was a trapped kitten underneath a house on a dairy farm, making noises. When Sue arrived, she got underneath the house and found this little kitten stuck with its head just barley above some water, while stuck inside a pipe. It's not clear on where she got it, but Sue grabbed a curtain rod ("Honey!' I've always hated those curtains, give the officer that curtain rod!") to reach the kitten and "fish" it out of the pipe.





After an hour-long drive to the nearest animal hospital (where it looked like the kitten may not make it) and some close medical attention (including CPR,) the kitten survived the trauma. After a three-day stay at the hospital, the kitten was "good to go." I think we can agree that the kitty may have used up one of his nine lives.


It's not clear how much time passed before Officer Brown adopted that little white and grey kitty as her own, and named him Stanley. Here they are, a few years after the "Curtain Rod Rescue."

Weld County Sheriff

I'm guessing that Sue and Stanley often discuss that day on the dairy farm, and how if it wasn't for that "stupid pipe," they wouldn't be a family, today.

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