The 5-week-old orange tabby was trapped in the ceiling of the Pyle Adult Recreation Center. (Source: Arizona Humane Society)
(Source: Arizona Humane Society)
(Source: Arizona Humane Society)
TEMPE, AZ (CBS5) -
A kitten is ready for adoption after spending several days stuck in the ceiling of a recreation center in Tempe.
Libby was underweight - weighing about 1 pound - but otherwise in good shape after being pulled to safety in mid-September, said Arizona Humane Society spokeswoman Bretta Nelson.
The orange tabby managed to get caught in the ceiling of the Pyle Adult Recreation Center.
"For days, employees could hear her little cries, but were uncertain as to where they were coming from," Nelson said.
Staff members eventually called the humane society for help.
When emergency animal medical technicians arrived, they had to figure out the best way to reach her.
They decided that cutting a hole in the ceiling would work best, Nelson said.
The hole left behind will now be turned into a trap door in case any other furry friends get stuck there again, Nelson said.
AHS staff member Andy Gallo was eventually able to get to Libby and pull her out.
"Best, most destructive, most rewarding and hardest rescue to date," Gallo said.
Libby has been in foster care with Gallo since he rescued her. She needed to be two pounds to be spayed.
The Humane Society said Gallo's young girls have fallen in love with Libby, but Gallo knows that the perfect family is out there for her.
AHS is holding a drawing for Libby's adoption because nine people are already listed as potential adopters after seeing her story. The drawing was Friday, Nov. 8 at 12 p.m. at AHS Sunnyslope Campus located at 9226 N. 13th Ave. in Phoenix.
Libby's adoption fee is $75 and includes her spay surgery, first vaccinations, a free follow-up vet exam with VCA Animal Hospitals, collar and carrier.
AHS also wants to remind potential adopters that AHS currently has 260 cats and kittens waiting to be adopted. Fees range from $20 to $75.
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