This Beloved “Fire House Cat” Was Kicked Out Of Its Station After An Anonymous Complaint

 

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THE DEPARTMENT IS STILL EVICTING EDNA TODAY! ? 5yrs of unwavering love and support and they still are kicking her out.

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A group of employees at a San Francisco fire station say they are devastated after their beloved “fire cat” was kicked out of their office by the administration.

Edna the “fire house cat” first came to Station 49 as a little feral kitten four years ago. Staffers at the department’s Ambulance Deployment Facility, which is housed in Station 49, began to take care of her.

The cat soon became a part of the “family,” they said.

“We take her to the vet now, give her treats and she calls our station home now,” employees said.

“As I’m sure you can imagine, our jobs are very, very stressful. A lot of us see Edna as our little stress unit.”

 

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Found this oldie of when I was young. #throwback

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The department recently received an anonymous complaint about Edna being at Station 49.

In a statement, the department’s spokesperson said since the facility contains “medical supplies, equipment and pharmaceuticals,” the department concluded that “having the cat in the facility compromised the sterility” of the equipment.

The spokesperson said the department was worried about “the animal’s own safety and well-being” as well.

Staffers, who found out Edna would be kicked out of the Station on Monday, launched a campaign to keep their precious kitty.

In addition to contacting the newspaper, they began a social media campaign using the hashtag #ednastays on Edna’s Instagram.

Many people on social media rallied around Edna, pleading with the department to change its mind.

Despite all the pleas however, Edna was taken away from the station on Monday.  But there was some good news.  The department said she was being adopted by a person at the facility as a pet.

Edna’s Instagram shared a photo of her leaving the station.

“She has somewhere to go now but it just sucks to uproot a once feral cat from her home of five years, and one that she could come and go as she pleased, but chose to stay with unlimited 24/7 loving from 200+ amazing EMS members,” the Instagram read. “All this over an ‘anonymous’ complaint that was made with malicious intent.”

The department said in its statement it is planning to coordinate a “pet adoption day specifically for First Responders” for those interested in adopting a pet to cope with stress.

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