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State Police troopers rescue frightened cat from I-83 median outside Harrisburg

Volunteers with PAWS of PA named the cat Trooper in honor of his rescuers. He'll be up for adoption after he recovers.
Credit: PAWS of PA
Trooper is pictured after his harrowing experience on Interstate 83.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police troopers from the Harrisburg barracks teamed up to rescue a scared cat from the median of Interstate 83 in a recent incident near the city, according to a Facebook post by PAWS of PA.

The cat was spotted frozen in fear by the median of the interstate near Union Deposit Road, PAWS said in a post on Monday.

A concerned citizen contacted State Police, who responded to the area to help secure the frightened feline.

The troopers temporarily closed the highway in both directions so they could collect the cat, which escaped the ordeal with a few minor abrasions.

The cat was not microchipped, nor did it have a collar ID, so a kindhearted trooper took the cat home to stay with her overnight. She reached out to FIND TOBY in PA to post the found cat.  

A PAWS volunteer saw the post and offered help, and the cat was transported to the organization's spay/neuter clinic to receive care by another State Police volunteer.

The cat, who PAWS volunteers named "Trooper" in honor of his rescuers, was neutered and vaccinated and will be going up for adoption when he is fully healed. 

"Thanks to all the troopers and staff of the Harrisburg barracks for going above and beyond to save this cat's life," PAWS said in its post.

May we present to you, Trooper: A story about a cat, a very busy highway, and the PA State Police. A good samaritan...

Posted by PAWS on Sunday, March 26, 2023

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