When I happened upon Squeeze–the cat with his head stuck in an old
water pipe on my property–I recognized him as one of the neighborhood
feral cats. I tried everything I could to get him free, but he was
I called Boulder County animal control and described the situation to
Officer Brandy Perkins. I told her I thought it was just a feral cat.
Her response was that it didn’t matter if it was someone’s pet or
feral, no animal should suffer like that.
Her determination, and that of the Mountain View Fire District crew,
to free this cat was impressive. After witnessing the care these
people took with this cat, I was reminded that we can’t just take for
granted that if any of us need help—whether it’s a fire, a heart
attack or a trapped kitty, our local emergency crews are here to help
all of us when we need it. We should be supportive and grateful to
I’d also like to mention another great resource we have that shouldn’t
be taken for granted, and that is the Boulder Valley Humane Society. I
can’t imagine not having their services to reconnect lost pets with
their owners, or for finding good homes for unwanted or stray
animals—as they will do for Squeeze. Please support your local Humane
Finally, Squeeze (and the bunny!) will be glad to know I have plugged
all the openings on the rest of that pipe!