A Virginia police officer has decided to adopt a kitten after rescuing it during a call.
Harrisonburg Police Officer Timothy Rugg was patrolling on his shift when he received a distress call about a kitten that had allegedly been thrown from a moving vehicle on Old Furnace Road. What began as a simple rescue mission ended up leading Rugg to a new four-legged friend and an unexpected bond.
Upon arriving at the scene, Rugg learned that a concerned citizen had managed to rescue the frightened kittenand take it home. The good Samaritan cleaned and cared for the small creature, but was unable to provide it with a permanent home. That’s when Rugg stepped in to help, intending to take the kitten to the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA (RHSPCA).
Describing the remarkable encounter to WHSV News, Rugg recounted: “She was hiding under a couch. I reached under and got her, and she immediately crawled onto my shoulder and perched onto it like a parrot and started purring.”
As Rugg arrived at the shelter with the intention of delivering the kitten, he found himself feeling unexpectedly attached to the feline companion.
“I just felt like she wanted to be with me, and before that, I never saw myself owning a cat. I thought I was a dog person, but we just kind of bonded immediately, and I just knew I had to take her with me,” he explained.
The kitten, who came to be known as Penny, quickly made herself at home with Rugg.
“She was super scared when I got her, but now she’s just super active. I’m having to arrange my entire apartment just to make it safe for curious Penny,” Rugg shared.
The newfound companionship between officer and kitten has not only provided a loving home for Penny, but has also had a positive impact on Rugg’s life.
“She’s definitely making my days better and helping me relax. She’s great,” Rugg said.
Reflecting on the experience, Rugg humorously admitted: “I have to be careful to not go on too many of them otherwise I’ll have a house full of cats.”
As the RHSPCA continues to champion animal welfare, it has announced that adoption fees for all adult cats will be waived for the remainder of the year, encouraging more people to open their homes to feline companions.
The Harrisonburg Police Department shared the heartwarming tale on its official Facebook page, acknowledging the compassion and adaptability exhibited by its officers.
“We are grateful for all of our officers and their willingness to answer every kind of call, day in and day out, and adapt to all kinds of situations … even fluffy ones with whiskers,” the post read.