Hidden Rescuers uncovered a reassuring hint that all was not lost amid the smoldering ashes of a region devastated by the deadliest wildfire in California history.
And he was overjoyed to see them, too.
On Monday, a crew from the Foster City Fire Department was patrolling neighborhoods affected by the Camp Fire that had been evacuated owing to the large inferno when they heard a sound they couldn’t ignore: the desperate cries of an animal trapped up behind a bush.
It was a cat, but the species didn’t matter. He was, first and foremost, a survivor in need of assistance. And the rescuers were delighted to provide it.
The cat was understandably terrified at first, his burnt whiskers and burned paws indicating a near-death experience. When the cat realized his struggle was finally ended, his temperament altered.
Geoff Downing, a firefighter, was able to persuade the cat out of its hiding place and take him tenderly into his arms. The rescuer and the rescuee both felt relieved and happy at that moment.
They’d each discovered a ray of optimism.
The fire department noted on its website, “An instant relationship was created.”
To regain his strength, the cat was given food and water.
Firefighters nicknamed him “Foster,” and Foster returned the favor by giving them another cause to smile.
He picked Downing to be his perch.
Foster’s gratitude was obvious, but his rescuers saw the opportunity to aid a life in need as a prize in and of itself.
The fire service noted, “Scenarios like this will often bolster the morale of firemen who have, for days, experienced nothing but misery and ruin.”
And it was evident.
Foster was then placed in the North Valley Animal Disaster Group’s custody for treatment. And, perhaps, the cat will be reunited with his family soon after that.
“There have been good leads,” a fire department official told The Dodo on Thursday. “I’m hoping maybe today will be the day we find out some good news.”
While the full magnitude of what was destroyed in the fire is yet unknown as firemen continue their rescue and recovery work, stories like this one give both rescuers and those affected some much-needed confidence that optimism still exists.