San Francisco city officials told the staff of a firehouse that they will have to get rid of their cat, Edna. The SFFD notified Station 49 that Edna must go by today. The firefighters (as well as medics, EMTs, and other staff) of Station 49 are fighting back. They reached out to SFGATE and other media outlets for help.
Edna became a part of station life four years ago, when she first began visiting Station 49 as a feral cat. From there, the email went on to explain, she grew to become a part of their group.
“We slowly started to show her love and care, and she [became] our family,” the email reads. “Now she is always there, and is the most docile, loving baby.
“We take her to the vet now, give her treats and she calls our station home now,” the letter continued. “As I’m sure you can imagine, our jobs are very, very stressful. A lot of us see Edna as our little stress unit.”
People across social media have taken up Edna’s cause, including other firehouses, and have even started a petition. The city fire chief has not responded to calls from newspapers or TV. Read the story so far at SFGATE. See more of Edna at Instagram. -via Nag on the Lake
Update: The city did not back down, and Edna left the station to go live in a private home Monday. Station 49 will continue the fight to get her back to her chosen home in the firehouse.