On a cold and blustery January morning, Melissa thought this was the last time she would ever see her beloved cat, Li’l Man, as she watched him disappear alongside the subway tracks. Melissa had been taking her 7 month old, grey cat in to be neutered when he escaped from the carrying cage.

With the deadly electrified third rail nearby, and subway trains thundering into the station, Melissa called frantically looking for help and The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) responded immediately. After their team thoroughly searched the station, they set a humane box trap, which was checked regularly, day after day.

After nearly three weeks, and after this brave little cat survived several nights of -30°C wind chill, close to midnight on a Thursday night, Melissa received a telephone call from HSC Executive Director, Michael O’Sullivan: We’ve found him, he said quietly.

Within the hour, Li’l Man was reunited with his family, which includes two dogs and two other cats.

In Melissa’s own words:

And, about a week after he was gone, I gave up on finding him and on Friday Jan 30th I got a phone call from Mike at about midnight saying he has got my cat. I couldn't believe it. I thought they gave up as well but I was wrong. They where still there for me till the end thanks to them I got my cat back in my arms. Thanks so much.
Again I would like to thank the staff of the Humane Society of Canada for all their help in finding Li'l Man. He's now fixed.
He's a mircale cat. That's for sure

We’d liked to thank the kind hearted citizens and transit workers, who helped us every step of the way, and true to our word: When it comes to helping animals, we don’t give up. Ever.

The Humane Society of Canada works to protect dogs, cats, horses, birds, livestock, lab animals, wildlife and the environment. They carry out hands on programs to help animals and nature, mount rescue operations, expose cruelty through hard hitting undercover investigations, work to pass laws to protect animals, funds non-invasive scientific research, support animal shelters and wildlife rehabilitation centres and spread the word about how to help animals and nature through humane education.

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