It was just another Monday morning for Eli Ralston. He woke up, dressed for work and started walking to the subway when his commute was interrupted in the cutest way possible.
“I’m walking and I see this cat standing there in the middle of the sidewalk, and I think ‘Well, there are neighborhood cats around here, she’ll skit away from me and run under a car like they tend to do,’” Ralston tells The Dodo. Unsure of what to do with a stray cat and a train still to catch to his job as a video editor at The Dodo, he continued on his way — when something odd happened.
“As I walked by her, she came up to me, and pointed up as if she wanted me to pet her,” he says. “I was confused, so I tried, and she let me pet her.” When Ralston attempted to pull his arm away, the cat pawed at his hand for more. Ralston knew immediately that this tabby was no ordinary street cat — he also knew he couldn’t leave her, even if it meant being late for work. (Luckily, The Dodo understands when an employee needs to step out for a surprise animal rescue.)
With tens of millions of cats living on the streets in the United States, Ralston’s feline confrontation is by no means unique. Luckily, there are a few simple guidelines that you can follow to safely rescue an animal in need: