Tiny kitten rescued from manhole in Phoenix

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Kitten rescued from manhole in Phoenix (Source: Arizona Humane Society) Kitten rescued from manhole in Phoenix (Source: Arizona Humane Society)
Kitten rescued from manhole in Phoenix (Source: Arizona Humane Society) Kitten rescued from manhole in Phoenix (Source: Arizona Humane Society)
Kitten rescued from manhole in Phoenix (Source: Arizona Humane Society) Kitten rescued from manhole in Phoenix (Source: Arizona Humane Society)
Kitten rescued from manhole in Phoenix (Source: Arizona Humane Society) Kitten rescued from manhole in Phoenix (Source: Arizona Humane Society)
Kitten rescued from manhole in Phoenix (Source: Arizona Humane Society) Kitten rescued from manhole in Phoenix (Source: Arizona Humane Society)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

It took three long days and teamwork between the Arizona Humane Society and the City of Phoenix to rescue a tiny kitten from a manhole!

[Watch the rescue video HERE]

The 5-week-old kitten, now named Tera, had somehow wound up at the bottom of a manhole in the middle of 35th Avenue, just north of Greenway. 

Over those three days of the rescue, Arizona Humane Society Emergency Animal Medical Technicians (EAMTs) managed to lower food to the stranded kitten, as they kept watch using the AHS "snake-cam."

Rescues like this are incredibly difficult for EAMTs, as they need the City of Phoenix's help in order to gain access to main city lines under major roadways. 

Finally, EAMT-in-training Kelley Mallon was able to bring the kitten to safety, completing her first-ever drain rescue. (What finally did the trick? Mallon lured the kitten into the net with some tempting wet food, which she placed on the net itself!)

A dirty and bedraggled Tera was transported to AHS' Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital, where she was examined and given a bath.

While in relatively good health, the kitten weighed in at just one pound, and is now in foster care with her rescuer, Mallon!

Tera will go up for adoption in approximately three weeks.

Potential adopters can call 602-997-7585 in order to be put on a list for when Tera is ready to be adopted out.

While there will likely be a lot of interest in adopting this resilient kitten, the story of these rescues sheds light on a very difficult time of year for the Arizona Humane Society and shelters across the state.

Kitten season is here and shelters are in desperate need of foster homes for kittens ranging from just days old (neonatal kittens) up to eight weeks of age.

You can register for a foster orientation at www.azhumane.org/foster, but AHS can also fast-track fosters into the volunteer force as well.

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