In Calgary, Canada this week, a horrific condo fire left 300 people homeless. That’s the bad news. The good news is that all 19 pets on the premises were rescued successfully by firefighters and returned to their owners. “Its absolutely amazing, said Glen Porter, a coordinator with Animal and Bylaw Services.
Recovered animals included five dogs, nine cats, two bearded dragons, one hedgehog with babies, two birds and a fishtank.
The most dramatic rescue was of Jack the Cat who was trapped in a 4th floor condo. Firefighters sprayed the Jack with water to keep the flames at bay and were able to rescue him.
Jack’s owner, Melissa Ostroski, ran up the street and made a beeline to the truck where the rescued animals were kept.
“I got my baby back,” Ostroski said. “He’s my baby boy.” Ostroski said she didn’t think “her baby” would make it out alive.
“I lost all hope,” she said. “He’s wet, he’s shaking and he smells like smoke.”
Joanna Dolfo and her family stood by, frantically awaiting news of their cat. She said the bylaw officials had heard no news of this specific animal.
Fifteen minutes had elapsed when firefighters appeared with Dolfo’s cat, Shisha, in hand.
“She’s there,” Dolfo yelled. Tears of joy burst out, streaming down Dolfo’s face. “I’m ecstatic,” she said. “She is the only thing I cared about.”
The 23-year-old said she hadn’t had a wink of sleep and would be able to rest easy now.
“It was a phenomenal day,” Glen Porter, operations co-ordinator of Animal & Bylaw Services, said.