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Posted on Wed, Jun 6, 2012 : 6:04 p.m.

Cat rescued from I-94 overpass in Ypsilanti Township

By Amy Biolchini

Firefighters this afternoon rescued a young calico cat from the Grove Road overpass above the rushing traffic of Interstate 94 in Ypsilanti Township.

Cruelty investigators from the Humane Society of Huron Valley were contacted by a woman running in a park near the Grove Road overpass who heard a cat meowing loudly.

When they arrived on scene around 2:45 p.m., they saw the cat found her way to perch on top of a concrete pylon that holds up the overpass on the eastbound side of I-94.

The cruelty investigators couldn’t reach the cat by themselves - so they enlisted the help of the Ypsilanti Township Fire Department.

Elise Ramsey, one of the cruelty investigators for the humane society that responded to the call, said she was struck by the cat’s bravery.

When approached by Ypsilanti Township Fire Lt. Keith Harr, rather than run away, the cat was friendly and ready to come down off her perch.

“I thought for sure once the firefighter got up there that she was going to be scared and try to get away,” Ramsey said. “She was so interested in getting down and kind of just stole my heart.”

I-94 is three lanes wide on the eastbound side at the Grove Road overpass.

"Most cats find their way down, but I was afraid she was going to find her way down into traffic," Harr said.

The cat is healthy and between 11 months and 1 year old, Ramsey said, and wasn’t injured in the incident.

The cat will be held at the humane society for four days to allow an owner to claim her, and then she will go up for adoption.

The cat does not have a microchip, and has not been de-clawed.

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Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.



Wed, Jun 13, 2012 : 3:45 a.m.

Sweet cat and great rescue! Thanks to all involved.


Thu, Jun 7, 2012 : 12:37 p.m.

She's a beautiful cat. I hope she finds a home as soon as possible. I'd adopt her myself, but my two cats don't take kindly to strangers. This cat may now have an advantage — surely someone will adopt her because of this news story — but please remember that there are always plenty of other beautiful cats at the Humane Society who would make great companions and would love to come home with you!


Thu, Jun 7, 2012 : 4:01 a.m.

Wow! What a beauty! And what an amazing rescue! Thank you to all who played their part! The world needs more of you! I'll agree with everyone else that she is indeed a Tortie due to her lack of white. But either way she's beautiful. I hope she finds a wonderful home!


Thu, Jun 7, 2012 : 2:29 a.m.

This is a wonderful story, but how is the fact that the cat is not declawed relevant? How random.


Thu, Jun 7, 2012 : 7:42 p.m.

I guess it seems to me that the many photographs would be enough for anyone missing their tortie near that location to contact HSHV. That fact just seemed out of place with the rest of the article. Then again, the writing on this site is usually marginal at best.


Thu, Jun 7, 2012 : 5:20 p.m.

If someone is looking for their cat, these facts may help them identify her, also. Thanks, fire department and HSHV!


Thu, Jun 7, 2012 : 12:26 p.m.

These are also important facts for people that are interested in adopting her.


Thu, Jun 7, 2012 : 3:58 a.m.

Cats should never be declawed; they need their claws for their psychological health. There are many ways to indulge your cat's need to scratch without removing this most intrinsic part of them. That being said, it's always nice to read of firefighters rescuing kitties!

Ann Dwyer

Thu, Jun 7, 2012 : 3:17 a.m.

I think it's a clue that she may not have had a home. Not a definite clue, but had it been declawed, then it was definitely a pet.


Thu, Jun 7, 2012 : 1:19 a.m.

Thanks to the firefighters for getting it down, and the Humane Society for stepping in to take care of it.

Susan Karp

Thu, Jun 7, 2012 : 12:22 a.m.

Elise Ramsey is a cruelty officer for The Humane Society of Huron Valley, so that is where this cat will be available for adoption if it isn't reunited with the owner. HSHV will spay or neuter, microchip, and give all necessary shots before making the cat available for adoption. The shelter is located at 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Ann Arbor 734-662-5585 Hours: noon-6pm 7 days/week.


Thu, Jun 7, 2012 : 12:14 a.m.

Actually she looks more like a dilute tortoiseshell than a calico. Torties are typically great cats with a lot of personality (I'm on my second). May she find a loving home. Thank you very much to Lt. Harr for rescuing her!


Thu, Jun 7, 2012 : 1:09 a.m.

It's a dilute tortie. I have two and she looks similar to both.


Wed, Jun 6, 2012 : 10:30 p.m.

Thank goodness the fire department stepped in. Just recently I was commenting on the unsightly cat skeletons I see in overpasses and trees and such all over town.


Thu, Jun 7, 2012 : 1:12 p.m.

Not funny at all nick....

City Confidential

Thu, Jun 7, 2012 : 12:47 a.m.

The article pointed out that the cat could easily have ended up in traffic if it had gotten down the wrong way. This was not a "cat in a tree" that would get down on its own. This was a good story about a good deed by dedicated public service personnel and I appreciate it.


Wed, Jun 6, 2012 : 10:17 p.m.

Hi, Amy! What a beautiful cat! Can you confirm if the "humane society" cited is the Huron Valley location?


Thu, Jun 7, 2012 : 12:50 a.m.

Thank you, Amy!

Amy Biolchini

Wed, Jun 6, 2012 : 10:44 p.m.

Yes, it's the Humane Society of Huron Valley --