Two Arlington, Texas police officers got quite a surprise one day after responding to a shoplifting call at a local TJ Maxx store.
After dealing with the situation and leaving the store, Officers Adkins and Hiller encountered a woman in the parking lot who flagged them down and led them over to her car where she could hear two tiny kitten mewing from underneath.
Afraid to start the car, she asked the officers for help in retrieving them.
A few minutes later, the kittens emerged with the help of officer Adkins.
“They located the kittens inside the bumper where most likely the mother cat had placed them for some reason,” Jesse Minton of the Arlington Police Department told The Dodo.
While no one on the scene is sure if a mother cat was indeed nearby, it’s possible that the kittens could have been dumped there as well and found their way into the bumper for warmth and safety – after all, cats enjoy hiding in places where humans can’t find them.
(You might remember the story of a tiny kitten named Tigger surviving a 300+ mile journey inside the bumper of a British Naval officer’s car a few years back. He had to dismantle part of his BMW to find the poor creature!)
The owner of the car in the TJ Maxx parking informed the police officers that she had no idea how the kittens had gotten into the bumper but that she had no intention of taking them home with her and did not want to be responsible for them.
But that’s ok because when Officer Adkins managed to extricate the first kitten, it was love at first sight.
When Adkins took the kittens back to his car, they were all too happy to climb all over their rescuer who held and stroked them in order to calm them down.
The photos are enough to warm even the coldest of hearts. The two kittens are happily playing all over their rescuer with no desire to run or hide.
The police department’s post with the photos garnered over one thousand likes as people around the country thanked the kind officers.
A post on the Arlington Police Department’s Twitter page asked, “Who says Firefighters are the only ones who rescue kittens?”
The officers’ next stop was the vet, who said they were about 6 weeks old and in fairly good health for being strays (or recently abandoned).
While feeding the hungry kittens, their bond with Officer Adkins only grew stronger until he decided that he would take them home and adopt them.
Certainly not planning to come home with two cats after setting out for work that day, Adkins simply couldn’t let the sweet kittens who loved him so much go.
As for their new names – The Dodo reports that Adkins is considering “TJ” and “Max.”
The kitten rescue wasn’t the only high point of Officer Adkin’s year so far. In February, he won the South District Officer of the Year Award.
It’s clear that TJ and Max have good taste in adopted parents.
And we love seeing our men in blue helping out the vulnerable – even our furry citizens.
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