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Cat Who Jumped From 5th Floor Balcony To Escape Fire Adopted By Edmonton Fire Chief – Edmonton

Cat Who Jumped From 5th Floor Balcony To Escape Fire Adopted By Edmonton Fire Chief – Edmonton

After spending several months in foster care, a pet cat who escaped a downtown Edmonton apartment fire earlier this year by jumping from a fifth-floor balcony has found his forever home. And the adoption story has truly come full circle.

On April 25, a fire broke out in the Harwood Plaza apartment building on Jasper Avenue, near 110th Street. Flames and black smoke shot from a fifth-floor apartment as firefighters in a ladder truck rescued a man from the burning balcony.

While this was happening, video footage showed a cat jumping from the balcony to escape the fire.

The cat was found the next day, largely unharmed and with serious injuries.

“He had muscle pain, so he couldn’t sit properly for a while. He was very afraid of floors, so you had to put down carpet or he would jump from couch to couch. We’re not 100 percent sure why he was afraid of the floor — he wasn’t before — so it could have had something to do with the fire,” said Melissa Polnik, president and founder of Through Your Pets Eyes Animal Rescue.

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“He had lost his whiskers and some tufts of hair were missing.”

Polnik said the tabby cat — aptly named Jasper — originally came to the shelter in November when he was 4 months old and was adopted by the man who lived in the Jasper Ave. apartment. After the fire, Polnik said, Jasper’s owner was unable to take him back, so the animal ended up back in her care.

“He was in two really nice foster homes. They made him comfortable. They put down mats and rugs and let him jump from one place to another. They fed him in the cat tree so he didn’t have to worry about getting down to the ground, and then he slowly got used to the ground again,” Polnik explained.

When he was ready to be adopted, the animal shelter started looking for a new home for Jasper and by chance they found the perfect candidate.

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“We had received a request from a lady who had reported the fire on the day of the fire in the city centre and we started working on that request,” said Polnik.

“She met all the criteria we had and ended up adopting him and keeping his name.”

On Tuesday, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services announced on social media that the cat had been adopted by one of their dispatchers.

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Polnik said Jasper is doing very well in his new home with his new owner and can walk on the ground again without any problems.

“It’s very exciting. Cats have nine lives and he’s probably used up two of them now. So I’m really happy that he found a good home and it was really nice that it all came back to the person who saved him in the first place,” Polnik said.

“He’s doing really great. We’ve had no problems with the adopter. She hasn’t had any concerns. There are some pictures of him enjoying his new life.”

Tabby cat Jasper is enjoying his new home, months after he jumped from a fifth-floor balcony to escape a burning apartment building.

Thanks to / Through the eyes of your pet Animal Rescue

Tabby cat Jasper is enjoying his new home, months after he jumped from a fifth-floor balcony to escape a burning apartment building.

Thanks to / Through the eyes of your pet Animal Rescue

Tabby cat Jasper is enjoying his new home, months after he jumped from a fifth-floor balcony to escape a burning apartment building.

Thanks to / Through the eyes of your pet Animal Rescue

Tabby cat Jasper is enjoying his new home, months after he jumped from a fifth-floor balcony to escape a burning apartment building.

Thanks to / Through the eyes of your pet Animal Rescue

Tabby cat Jasper is enjoying his new home, months after he jumped from a fifth-floor balcony to escape a burning apartment building.

Thanks to / Through the eyes of your pet Animal Rescue

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