Kitten rescued from storm drain now needs permanent home


Penelope, the rescued kitten

NEW YORK – A night after she was rescued from a watery storm drain, a kitten named Penelope was released from BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Queens on Tuesday and was on her way to a temporary home.

The next step is to find a permanent home for Penelope, said Phyllis Taiano, president of the animal rescue organization Four Paws Sake NYC.

“I will bring her home and foster her until she can be adopted,” Taiano said.

A passer-by heard Penelope mewing on Monday night. She was beneath a grate and inside a pipe within a storm drain. The passer-by summoned help via Twitter, according to news accounts.

Taiano was alerted to the situation Monday night and came to the scene, where police worked for hours to rescue the kitten. Taiano brought Penelope to the BluePearl hospital in Forest Hills. She was evaluated overnight, before her release on Tuesday afternoon.

Based on her very brief time with Penelope, Taiano said she believes the kitten has a good disposition and will make a good addition to someone’s home.

“She’s adoptable. There’s no hissing, there’s no clawing, she’s totally accepting love.”

Phyllis Taiano

Phyllis Taiano with Penelope

Taiano urged people to visit her organization’s website if they are interested in learning more about how to adopt Penelope.

BluePearl hospitals offer 24-hour emergency care for pets, as well as specialty care that can include cardiology, internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology and others.