Firefighters Save Kitten Stuck in an ATM – And His New Name is Cash

Cats are known for getting themselves stuck in all manner of places, but for the staff at Fort Smith Animal Haven, an ATM was a first.

A grey tabby had to be withdrawn from an ATM by Fort Smith Fire Department in Arkansas, after someone probably heard a meow inside the machine.

After arriving at the shelter, “Cash” surprised everyone with his story.

“Probably trying to find shade is why, but I can’t tell you how,” Alexis Bloom, a cat and kennel tech at Fort Smith Animal Haven, told local news.

“This is actually my first experience with a cat getting stuck in an ATM,” added vet tech Ashley Deane. “You know, I never thought that somebody would be able to go up and make a withdrawal and get a cat out instead of some cash, so now we have both.”

The tabby was hungry, cranky, in need of a bath, and a name. Cash was a pretty obvious choice for the little would be cat-burglar.

After a week or so, the kitten has made a full recovery, and is getting up to a healthy weight before he can receive his vaccinations and socialize with other kittens on his way to a foster home. No doubt cash will be a popular withdrawal after his story made headlines, but the shelter said there are plenty of loving animals in need of a home, all of which can be found on their adoption program website.

Recently GNN reported on a kitten (another grey tabby) stuck in a Pepsi Co. vending machine outside of a Walmart, proving that there is virtually no machinery too enclosed for a kitten to infiltrate.

Fort Knox beware.