An Austin Fire Department crew took time out of their day on Monday evening to rescue a kitten stranded on the side of the highway.
AFD said they dispatched a crew to northbound Highway 183 at the Braker Lane exit on Monday evening after a woman called and said a kitten was trapped on the side of the highway. Traffic on the highway can be very busy, AFD said.
Crews were able to rescue the gray tabby and she is healthy with only a "beat-up nose that should heal soon."
The woman who reported the stranded feline, Karin Sanchez, is saving the kitten in more ways than one.
"We are fostering the kitten until she is social enough and old enough to be spayed. We foster every now and then so we are happy to care for her until we find a good home. The best part is not a single person made me feel crazy or like a kitten on a highway wasn’t important. They just came out and picked her up like it was part of their everyday job," AFD said.
"If we can help, we will. We say it often, but it bears repeating: we serve ALL the citizens of Austin, whether they’re two-legged OR four-legged! That’s what we mean when we say, "our mission goes beyond our name," AFD said.