A distressed four-week-old kitten has been rescued just hours from death after it became trapped in a wall cavity in a north Belfast bar.
The kitten's little meows were first heard by Patrick Gormley, the bar supervisor at The Shamrock Sports and Social Club in the Ardoyne area of Belfast on Friday morning.
Patrick contacted the Cats Protection's Belfast Adoption Centre who sent a member of staff out immediately to investigate.
However, given the nature of the incident the staff member decided to call upon the help of the nearby Westland Fire Station.
Following the sound of the kitten's cries, fire-fighters were able to locate the kitten and removed a concrete block from the bottom of the wall to gain access.
The tiny kitten was relieved to be rescued and only sustained minor injuiries.
The kitten – now named Macavity - is currently in the care of Cats Protection’s vets where it is being syringe fed and nursed back to full health.
Manager of the Adoption centre Bel Livingstone said: “Fortunately Macavity is doing very well in the care of our vets but the outcome could very easily have been so different if it hadn’t been for the compassionate actions of bar supervisor Patrick.
“Sadly abandoned kittens like Macavity are an all too familiar site for us and we would urge owners to get their pet cats neutered as they are such prolific breeders. Just one un-neutered cat can produce up to 18 offspring in a year so neutering will help to prevent more unwanted kittens like this in the future.”
To offer a homeless cat or kitten a home please contact Cats Protection’s Belfast Adoption Centre on 028 9048 0202 or firstname.lastname@example.org