Cat Who Leaped Off Bridge, Swam To Safety, To Take Trip To Maine

Published: November 16, 2005 | 2746th good news item since 2003

Bridget the cat, who leaped 70 feet off a bridge into the Columbia River and swam to shore, may be getting a new home in Maine.

Witnesses say the longhaired calico cat, who wore no collar or identification, jumped from a pickup truck onto the Odabashian Bridge, then ran from swerving vehicles before jumping into the river. Rescuers captured the cat after she swam 600 feet to shore.

The cat, named Bridget after her Nov. 6 plunge, was put up for adoption by the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. [What the Humane Society does]

April Newman, who lives in Thorndike, Maine, a small town 38 miles northeast of Augusta, said she hasn’t seen the cat but heard its story last week on a public radio show and became convinced the cat belongs in her home.

“Anyone who’s 8 to 10 years old, who’s gone through as much as she has, deserves to have a wonderful, quiet life,” Newman said.

No one has claimed the cat, said Karen Headlee, director of operations for the humane society. The group has received more than a dozen nationwide inquiries about the cat, but only three serious adoption offers.

Headlee said Newman, a certified public accountant for the office of the state controller in Augusta, was selected to adopt Bridget because of her history rescuing cats.

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