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Scouts Receive Awards for Amazing Cat Rescue

August 19th, 2004, 06:38 PM
Boys take turns carrying starving tabby out of Arizona wilderness area

Branden Hoerl (left) and Jacob Maifield with “Scout.”
(PHOENIX) – No one knows how long he wandered in the woods of northeastern Arizona scrounging for food and warding off dangerous predators. But a friendly tabby cat is now recovering in the Arizona Humane Society Second Chance Animal Hospital™, thanks to members of Phoenix Boy Scout Troop #800.

The scouts found the starving cat on Sunday – the first day of a three-day hiking excursion in the Chevelon Canyon wilderness area. Two of the 12-year-old scouts did not want to leave the helpless cat behind, so they took turns carrying him as they traversed the rugged region for three days. They shared their meals - including SpaghettiOs®, beef jerky, tuna, and crawfish from a nearby creek - with the hungry tabby. At night, they kept him in their tent.

Boy Scout Troop # 800 returned from the hike Tuesday with the tabby in tow and contacted the Arizona Humane Society. The cat was admitted to the AHS Second Chance Animal Hospital, and has been dubbed “Scout.” He is 4 years old, very friendly, and expected to make a full recovery.

“This is one of the most heartwarming stories we’ve ever heard. These boys displayed a level of compassion for an animal that is not often seen in today’s society,” said AHS President and CEO Cheryl Naumann. “At a time when we so frequently hear about people doing bad things to animals, it’s refreshing to hear about two boys taking such extreme measures to save the life of a helpless cat. We applaud them and hope they serve as an example for others.”

Boy Scouts Branden Hoerl and Jacob Maifield of Phoenix today received “Humane Heroes” Awards from the Arizona Humane Society. Hoerl and Maifield also were made honorary AHS Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ (EAMTs) for their lifesaving deed.

“This poor cat probably would have died in the next day or so,” said Rick Maifield, Scout troop leader. “He is so thin. There is no way he would have survived out there much longer.”

That he survived at all is amazing. The Chevelon Canyon wilderness area is located above the Mogollion Rim in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. According to Arizona Game & Fish officials, the region is home to hungry bobcats, mountain lions, coyotes, eagles, hawks, great horned owls – and “even the occasional wolf.” Officials said people often drive to the remote area to dump unwanted pets. The cat also could’ve escaped during a camping trip.

Rick Maifield said the scouts had been hiking for about an hour on Sunday and stopped for a break at an old picnic area. Jacob heard meows and discovered the cat under a bush. The scouts refused to leave the cat behind.

“So two of them took turns carrying him the whole way,” Maifield said. “They hiked for three days carrying that cat with them.”

Despite being malnourished and dehydrated, “Scout” appears unscathed. The cat is litterbox trained. He has tested negative for feline leukemia and FIV, and is extremely sociable.

He will spend the next few weeks in a foster-care home to gain weight; then, he’ll be neutered and put up for adoption. Anyone interested in adopting “Scout” should call (602) 997-7586, Ext. 1043.

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August 20th, 2004, 06:39 AM
What an awesome story.

August 20th, 2004, 08:03 AM
Awwww,wonderful story,thank's Heidi! These kids deserve all the recognition they can get!!

August 20th, 2004, 08:34 AM
That was one of the most wonderful stories. That has restored some of my faith in the human race. We also need to congratulate the parents for raising children with some good morals. Awards are a great idea for situations like these, now its time to work on harder pens for cruelty against these animals.


August 20th, 2004, 09:11 PM
Stories like this make you really feel good about young people. Nice to know these kind of values still exist! Too bad we usually hear only the bad stories. :)