Cat Survives a Week Trapped in Discarded Mattress

 |  Mar 9th 2009  |   9 Contributions


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(L to R) Wayne and Ann Crews with Autumn's savior, Wilbert Davis. Ann is holding Autumn, "the mattress cat."

Two-year-old Autumn the Cat nearly didn't make it to Autumn this year, after being trapped for nearly a week inside a box spring and mattress.

The saga began when a Viriginia couple, Ann and Wayne Crews, had a new mattress and box spring delivered by Haynes Mattress Company. As the old set was being loaded on the truck, one of their cats, Zoie, leaped out from inside the box spring (which was taped to the mattress). About an hour after the truck left, the Crews realized that Autumn was nowhere to be found, and Zoie and their third cat, Miss Patty, were acting very strangely.

The other cats were going crazy," said Ann. "They could tell something was wrong."

The Crews contacted Haynes, who performed a search, but didn't turn up a cat. Days went by. It seemed that Autumn had been abducted by aliens: there was no sign of her. A happy outcome seemed unlikely... that is, until Wilbert Davis entered the picture.

Davis works transporting old mattresses from a Williamsburg warehouse to a landfill in Suffolk. As he handles the Crews' box spring, he felt something shift.

"When I moved that particular box spring, my spirit told me something wasn't right," he said.

He took the time to investigate, and found Autumn trapped inside the box spring, lying prone, with her front and back legs outstretched.

"I saw a purple collar. That's when I knew it was a pet," said Davis. "I was so shocked. I called the other person with me on the truck." Then he phoned his warehouse manager and said, "You won't believe this. There's a cat inside this mattress set. It must belong to a customer."

The mattress company went to work trying to track down the cat's owners, while Davis ministered to Autumn. He asked co-workers for leftover lunch, bought food from a nearby store, and watered the thirsty cat.

Davis said that his compassion was based on his Christian beliefs. "I do things from the heart. It was all through God. I can't take credit. God used me to do this."

Ann Crews was very thankful for the kindness that Davis showed toward Autumn. The cat arrived back home via delivery truck on Saturday and after a trip to vet, received a clean bill of health. According to the Crews, Zoie and Miss Patty are "ecstatic" to have Autumn back.

Thank you, Wilbert Davis, for going the extra mile to save Autumn!

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