Animals

Man Uses His Coffee To Rescue Kittens Stuck in Ice

His quick thinking helped free a trio of kittens – now he's getting worldwide recognition for his heroic act.


Canadian oil worker Kendall Diwisch got quite the surprise when he was out on the job last week. He was checking on his oil wells in Dayton Valley, Edmonton when he noticed what he thought was garbage on the snowy ground.

When he got closer, he saw that it was three kittens who appeared to be stuck in the ice. Diwisch quickly ran to his car, got his tumbler of hot coffee and poured it over their tails which were frozen to the ground.

Kendall Disisch/Facebook

The ice quickly melted and once the kittens' tails were free, Diwisch picked them up and took them home with him. After he fed and watered the kittens, he took to social media to share his story and try and find the animals a furr-ever home.

"Took them home, fed and watered them; they look to be healthy and friendly," he wrote in a Facebook post. "If any friends are looking to have a new addition in their family, let us know as they will need homes. All three look to be males, and we also gave them dewormer."

Diwisch included photos of the kittens in his post, along with a video he took when he freed them from the ice.

Since making the post, it has been viewed almost 750K times and has earned comments from people all over the world.

Ed Debarshi from Bangalore, India wrote, "I never visit temples or holymen... for me, THIS is what gives one access to divine... through ones action. respect. 🙏✌️"

Diwisch posted an update a few days ago saying that the three kittens had found a home.

Cause for Critters/Facebook

"All three little rascals went to their new home today where they get to be together instead of separating them," he wrote. "All three are eating and drinking and very energetic. Thanks for everyone's consideration and offering to take them very appreciated."

Cause for Critters/Facebook

How can you start something good?

Seems like Diwisch was in the right place at the right time to be a hero that day, but there are ways that YOU can help keep animals safe during the cold winter months.

  • You can help protect your own pets by wiping their paws after time spent outdoors. (During walks, their paws can pick up all kinds of toxic chemicals, like anti-freeze, salt or de-icers.)
  • Steer clear of icy areas, like frozen lakes and ponds. Your pet can be seriously injured or killed if the ice breaks.
  • Watch out for other furry friends by checking your car hood before starting up your vehicle. Sometimes cats and other small animals take refuge inside cars and wheel wells to keep warm. You can prevent injuries by banging on your hood or honking the horn before starting your car.
  • Give them shelter! This goes for your own animals or those that have been abandoned. You can make a shelter outside of your home or bring them in (especially when the temperature drops below zero). If pets remain outside, use plastic food containers instead of metal so their tongues don't stick to the bowels.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together.

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