Update: Rescued!! “The mewing was heartbreaking”


Update from WARL:

“With the help of @wmata, our Animal Control Officers saved 6-week-old Totten of rail tracks #wmata”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Matt Calvert

“Dear PoPville,

I’m writing in the hopes that someone knows the (hopefully happy?) end to this story.

I was at Fort Totten this morning to catch the yellow line to the airport when several of us heard plaintive mews of distress from a little, fuzzy kitten hiding behind the third rail. Several folks tried in the stretches between trains to coax the kitten within reach to no avail. Someone notified the station manager and was apparently told there was nothing he could do because it was rush hour. Another metro employee came by soon after and was more sympathetic (I wish I had gotten a name or number). He was on the radio quickly and the next trains crawled through at a snails pace to give the kitten time to get out of the way. After one train passed, I saw the top of another cat’s ears poke up between the grates directly behind the third rail. I couldn’t see well enough to know whether or was another kitten or a mother cat, but I assume it was a kitten because my guess is the mother would have responded to the other kitten’s cries.

I had to leave to catch my plane, but I’m hoping someone knows if they were able to rescue the kittens! The mewing was heartbreaking.”

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  • Poor kitten(s). 🙁

  • I just called the Animal Control emergency line and they said they are at the location. For future reference: 202-576-6664..

  • In situations involving animals you MUST contact DC Animal Care & Control. It is not the responsibility of WMATA employees to help the cats (though I am grateful some wanted to do something to help), but rather animal control officers.

    DC AC&C is aware of the situation now, and I’m sure will be doing their best to help.

    • is there a reason MWATA employees themselves couldn’t call that number? Seems like having them call is a better system than hoping random strangers know what to do.

      • WMATA employees ought to be the ones calling Animal Control… but WMATA employees not doing what they’re supposed to do isn’t exactly surprising.

      • Yeah, you’d think metro employees would have a list of numbers to call for various problems such as this.

        • That would require them taking some sort of initiative/action, which many of them seem to be loath to do.

  • ‘someone notified the station manager and was apparently told there was nothing he could do because it was rush hour.’

    ^ so an innocent little life is stuck under the damn tracks and you cant do anything just because it is freaking rush hour?? bitch, please. NO. just no.

    ugh. jerk

    • I love kittens. Love love love them. But yes, thousands of humans and the efficiency of multi-million dollar taxpayer funded transportation system DO take precedence over a couple of strays. There is no shortage of kittens. Let’s be sensible please.
      Remember the politicians falling all over themselves in NYC last year about how they would shut down the entire subway system to save a kitten if they had to? That’s just shameless pandering.

      • Yeah, I’d be pissed if I was late for work because they stopped the train for a stray cat.

        • I’m sure the same unwillingness to tie up rush hour will obtain, next time that phantom “sick passenger” can’t be off-loaded to wait on the platform.

          • I don’t exactly follow (did you mean “prevail” instead of “obtain”?) but animals =/= humans.
            I would go so far as to say humans > animals.

          • wdc: your knowledge of grammar is indeed limited – the use of “obtain” by Sydney was correct. Look it up if you must. People who read literature tend to pick up on usages not used in common, simple, business-use English.

            I do agree with your other statements not this completely., wdc. And that doesn’t mean we don’t care about humans.

          • Goodness, my limited grammar is failing me today! I can’t tell if you’re agreeing with me or not here: “I do agree with your other statements not this completely”

          • typo or autocorrect fail – I agree with your statements ON this completely.

          • Actually, it’s a question of diction, not grammar. [I know. Grr.] And yes, prevail is probably the better word choice.
            Speaking of nouns and verbs, the folks at the Shelter are the BEST at choosing irresistible names for their foundling dogs and cats. Totten! Thanks for the follow-up. Great photo.

    • Sounds to me like the manager notified the other Metro folks and had the trains going slow through the area to give the kitten a chance to get out of the way.

  • God, the idea a Metro employee said there was nothing they can do should really be on a patch sewn on to all of their uniforms. WMATA: THERE’S NOTHING WE CAN DO.

  • istreettoistreet

    Metro had probably already made you late. Why not stop to help a creature in need? And have we forgotten Arthur, the NY Subway kitten?!

    • What was OP supposed to do? S/he informed the station manager…. I don’t think there was anything else OP personally could have done that wouldn’t have endangered OP’s own life.

      • This. The kitten was near the third rail, and OP stated that other were trying their best to coax the poor thing out. I would never in a million years expect someone to risk their life by jumping on an in-use rail track and reaching near the electrified third rail to retrieve a cat.

  • AntiAlias

    The kitten is safe! Here’s a tweet of him being rescued. WARL has named him “Totten”.


  • Well done Animal Control! And since dramatic rescues of adorable kittens always bring out lots of offers to adopt the kitten – please don’t forget that there are dozens of kittens looking for homes right now. I’ve got 4 of them (with equally dramatic rescue stories!)


  • YAAAAAAAAY!!!! I’ve kept checking back hoping for a good resolution. And Totten is the perfect name. Little guy (girl?) looks like quite the trouble maker. What a cutie!!!!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Good news!

  • Yay! Kudos to the kitties’ saviors!!

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