Kitten pulled from Miami storm drain gets new home in LA

Kitten dubbed Storm rescued on Labor Day


MIAMI – A woman who saw Miami firefighters rescue a kitten from a storm drain on News4Jax sister station Local 10 News has traveled across the country to take her home.

Maron Swanson traveled 2,700 miles for the purr-fect moment.

"The story just kept coming up on Twitter and Facebook, so I clicked on it and saw your story about this little kitten rescued from a storm drain," Swanson said.

A Miami Fire Rescue unit pulled the kitten from a filthy storm drain on Labor Day, and named her Storm.

The small kitten was scared and had a severe eye infection, so she was taken to Knowles Animal Clinic.

"I said, 'I want this kitten. I want to give her a home. I want to adopt her,'" Swanson said.

Swanson called, put her name on a list and kept her fingers crossed.

So why would a woman from Los Angeles want a kitten that was pulled from a drain thousands of miles away?

According to Swanson, when she was 10 she rescued kittens from a drain in South Dakota but her parents wouldn't let her keep them.

That has stuck with her for years.

"When I saw Storm that brought that memory for sure," she said.

Late last week, Storm was healthy enough to go home and the animal hospital called to tell Swanson that Storm was hers.

"I freaked out a little and I said, 'I'm going to Miami, this is crazy,'" Swanson said.

Swanson arrived from LA on Sunday and picked up Storm.

"I called my mom. I called my fiance. She is the most adorable thing that I have ever seen. I'm in love," she said.

Swanson plans to keep the name Storm. She and her fiance have one other cat in West Hollywood.