November 27, 2022

Rafa arrived down with hypothermia when he acquired trapped in a drain pipe for various hours. Many thanks to weeks of intensive treatment, and pet insurance policies, he made a full restoration.

SEATTLE — A Seattle cat is in the managing for some common recognition – a Countrywide Hambone Award. 

The levels of competition is getting into its 14th calendar year, and provides awareness to the wild things that can materialize to our animals, and how pet insurance policy can assistance us care for them. 

Nationwide created the award back in 2009 when the to start with recipient, a Jack Russell terrier, acquired trapped in a refrigerator with a whole ham. Fortuitously, the pet was found alive, but only the hambone was still left.

Rafa the cat went by an ordeal earlier this yr that place him in the jogging for the award. 

“Rafa is rambunctious and functions like he’s absolutely invincible,” claimed a single of his house owners, Susan Sue.

Rafa snuck out of the dwelling although his people have been bringing in evening meal. Following hunting for him, his people discovered him trapped in a drain pipe just about 24 hours later on. 

“We were being on a wander calling his identify and we had been almost back again property when I read a faint meow and understood it was Rafa,” Sue claimed. 

Sue and her spouse Jose Montoro learned their cat was trapped in an enclosed drain pipe that was encased in a sewer grate that was welded shut. 

“We thought Rafa should be just within the pipe but we continue to couldn’t reach so we experienced to make phone calls,” Sue said.

It took the Seattle Fireplace Office, animal rescue, Seattle Public Utilities, Roto-Rooter and the enable of several neighbors to free Rafa from the pipe. They had to bushwack the hill which was coated in blackberry bramble and dig the pipe out two to 3 toes from the ground. 

Just after a number of hrs of digging and arranging, they were eventually equipped to slice the pipe and get Rafa out. 

Montoro was assisting the rescue efforts and was on the receiving conclusion when Rafa was finally no cost from the pipe that had been flowing ice-chilly drinking water. “It was not very good. Rafa experienced serious hypothermia, electrolyte imbalance, his blood sugar was really small,” he claimed.  

The pair claimed the veterinarians didn’t feel Rafa would make it via the evening, but following several weeks of intense care, Rafa made a entire recovery and returned household in time to welcome the family’s first human baby, Satya. 

The loved ones suggests they are thankful they experienced pet coverage and hope the dramatic tale evokes other pet homeowners to get their animals covered.

The harrowing rescue tale was chosen by Nationwide for the Hambone Awards which capabilities 13 other finalists. A grand prize winner will be unveiled on Oct 19 and will obtain the coveted Hambone trophy, a reward card and a $1,000 donation to a pet charity of their option.

Hambone Award voting finishes Oct. 17. Vote for Rafa and go through the other tales on the Hambone Award’s website.

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