Grant Bougaard, a firefighter from the Lakeside Fire Station, rescued a small ginger kitten while putting out a fire, now the kitty lives with him and his family.


Lakeside, Cape Town – Grant Bougaard became a community hero for saving the life of a kitten. The Lakeside Fire Station was alerted to a fire in Heathfield and firefighters were dispatched immediately.

Upon arrival, the team saw that one of the shops was on fire and quickly started working to put the blaze out. A kitten was found during the process and appeared to be dead as it had stopped breathing for a couple of minutes.

Grant and his team refused to let the kitten go and began life-saving CPR on the small feline. Grant admits that he would never have been able to save the kitten’s life without his fellow firefighters. The little ginger kitten was worked on, and the team celebrated when it took its first breath.

When Grant had found the kitten, it looked to be about two weeks old and wasn’t moving at all. He placed his mouth over the kitten’s face and pushed air back into its lungs. The kitten started breathing again, and he quickly handed it over to the medical team on site.

The kitten was placed on oxygen and transported to a vet in Rosmead Avenue. Grant was a hero, and the best part about the entire story was that when the little kitten recovered, Grant planned to adopt it.

“I’m going to adopt him as soon as they give me the go ahead,”

The vet called when the sweet little kitten was ready, and Grant collected the kitten and took it home to his wife and two children. Since the fire, rescue and adoption, Kitty has thrived in the Bougaard home. Grant sent us pictures that are just too “purr-fect” for words!

Grant has become a hero twice over now, first by rescuing the sweet ginger and then by adopting him.

Sources: Supplied
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