Cop Saves Kitten From Being 'Bait' — And Makes Her His Partner
“Officers always ask where she is if she takes a day off or is not in my office.”
When a woman ended up with three kittens she couldn’t care for, she wanted to make sure they found loving homes, so she posted an ad on Facebook to see if anyone wanted to adopt them. The first response she got was from a man who wanted to use the kittens as bait for dogfighting. The woman immediately took the posting down — but not before the right people found out about the incident and stepped up to help.
Officer Andy Simmons of the Hillsborough Police Department in North Carolina had been involved in the rescue of a kitten from the wheel well of a vehicle a couple months back, and immediately decided to adopt him. He named him Officer Monty Sprinkles, but unfortunately, Monty was in poor health from the very beginning, and ended up losing his uphill battle. Simmons put Monty’s ashes in his office and tried to move on, but always felt like a part of him was missing after that.
Officer Simmons found out about the three kittens in the Facebook post from his wife’s coworker, and he and his fellow officers took over the situation and helped find two of the kittens loving forever homes. After everything he had been through with Monty, Simmons decided this was a sign — and adopted the third kitten himself, naming her Mercy.
Mercy helped Officer Simmons heal after the loss of Monty, and the pair enjoyed being around each other every chance they could from the very beginning. Mercy bonded to her new dad almost immediately, and started following him everywhere he went all over the house.
“She has a dog’s personality and is very curious,” Officer Simmons told The Dodo. “She follows me like a herding dog and wants to investigate every noise she hears.”
Since Mercy was so attached to Officer Simmons from the very beginning, he decided to try taking her to work with him — and just like that, little Mercy became the newest officer at the Hillsborough Police Department.
At first, some of the other officers in the department were a little skeptical about having a police cat around …
… but before long, Mercy won them all over, and now no one can imagine life at the police station without her.
“As days and weeks went on she began to bond with them, usually climbing on their shoulders as they sat, and it became the new norm,” Officer Simmons said. “Officers always ask where she is if she takes a day off or is not in my office.”
While at work with her dad, Mercy loves hanging out in his office with him and playing on the jungle gym he put in there for her. Once she gets bored of that, she has free reign of the whole station, and she wanders the halls looking for people to greet and officers to hang out with.
Mercy’s life almost went down a very different path, but thanks to Officer Simmons, she is now absolutely thriving in her role as a police cat. In a way, the pair saved each other, and Mercy seems content to be by her new dad’s side for the rest of her life.