He was on I64 in WV. He was hugging the cement barrier on July 4th weekend last year, so I ran across a couple of lanes of traffic in a maxi dress and flip flops and brought him home!
His name is Detour because he was our “detour” on the way to Lowe’s. New home, new cat! I just moved back home to WV Mother’s Day 2015 and bought a fixer-upper house with my boyfriend. My Mom and I were on our way to Lowe’s on July 4th to pick up some things we needed. We go onto Interstate 64 and were on our way.
All of a sudden my Mom says, “Kristi, I think that was a cat!” I looked at her and optimistically said “NO! I’m sure it wasn’t.” But both of us are those kinds of people, if there was just a CHANCE that it was a kitty, we couldn’t leave it there.
So we made our way to the next exit, turned around, and then made our way back to where my Mom thought she saw the baby. It seemed like it took FOREVER! Sure enough, when we pulled off the road, there huddled against the retaining wall and across 2 lanes of July 4th traffic was a little black kitten just awaiting his fate.
So I hiked up my maxi dress and made sure my flip flops were on tight, waited for a break in what seemed like constant holiday traffic, and darted across the interstate to try and get it. Thankfully folks had seen me and were slowing down because as I reached down to pick it up, it then darted UP the interstate and directly into oncoming traffic.
By the grace of God and the angels looking out for both of us, I was able to grab him as he was trying to scale the center retaining wall. After I was cussed by a guy on a motorcycle, I ran safely back across the road and jumped into the car with my new little friend.
I had been wishing and wanting a black cat, and to me, this was God’s answer to my prayers. We took the little bit back to the house and, as I walked in with it in my arms, my boyfriend immediately said “New house, new cat.” I hadn’t even though about whether I was keeping him or not, but the wonderful man I love made the decision for me.
And for his wonderfulness, he got naming rights. Since we were on our way to Lowe’s, and we had to reroute, we named him Detour. And he fits in perfectly with his two big cat brothers, Indo and Cricket. He loves playing under blankets and drinking water out of the sink. I couldn’t imagine our lives without him.
And on a side note, this was the THIRD interstate rescue for my family. A first for me, but my Mom has risked her life TWICE to save critters on the interstate. First was about 10 years ago. Our kitty, Slick, was against the retaining wall on I64 across 4 lanes of interstate traffic. She stopped during 8 am rush hour traffic to get him! And he’s doing wonderful!
THEN! this past summer she rescued a dog in the same area, across 4 lanes of I64 traffic. People had seen the dog, called the police, but no one would stop. As she was getting back into her car with him, a police cruiser pulled up behind her. She beat him to it!! ????
I love my Mom for the inspirational person she is! I got my love for animals from her. Crazy people risking their lives to save another!
We adopted Freeway to his new family after we got him to the vet and his wounds glued up. We think he was either thrown out of a truck, or he fell out. But he’s doing great now and has a huge farm to live on and 2 older dog sisters to play with.