Gwyneth the rescue kitten 3 pic courtesy of PHS SPCA(1)

Kitten survives heroic freeway rescue; currently up for adoption

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A recent harrowing freeway rescue by the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) has culminated in an adorable kitten named Gwyneth being made available for adoption.

It all happened June 10, when the three-month old, Calico-colored kitten was discovered “clinging to life” on a freeway sign at the Interstate 380 connector linking I-280 at San Bruno with U.S. 101, according to PHS/SPCA.

The organization received a “frantic call from an airport worker” who had spotted the crying kitten stranded approximately 50 ft. up on the concrete base of the sign, said PHS/SPCA Communications Manager Buffy Martin Tarbox. The kitten “was unable to climb up to the freeway, but even if [she] was able to, she would have found herself directly in the dangerous and fast paced traffic.”

A staff member from PHS/SPCA quickly arrived on scene and recognized the kitten’s perilous situation, said Tarbox. The staffer was concerned the kitten would become scared of the net he was using to rescue her and jump to the road below. “Had she jumped, she would not have survived the impact since she was so high up,” he said. Using a sturdy net, the staff member braced himself against the freeway barrier and swooped the net down towards the stranded kitten. “He was able to safely capture the kitten with the net, narrowly avoiding a tragic ending,” added Tarbox.

Following the kitten’s frightful freeway rescue, she was taken to PHS/SPCA for evaluation and safe keeping, per the organization. Aside from being dirty and hungry, she was determined to be healthy and the staff named her Gwyneth, meaning “fortunate and blessed.” Since Gwyneth had no identification and no one claimed her, she was put up for adoption.

According to PHS/SPCA, Gwyneth is a three month-old, spayed female with Calico coloring who is microchipped and vaccinated. Her adoption fee is $120 and she comes with one sensational story. Anyone interested in potentially adopting Gwyneth can call PHS/SPCA at 650-340-7022.

“We have no idea how the kitten ended up in her perilous situation or how long she had been stuck on the concrete base of the sign,” said Tarbox. “Thankfully someone noticed her and called us, and we were able to save her life.”

Learn more about PHS/SPCA here.

Photos courtesy of the PHS/SPCA