Just two days before Father’s Day, Officer Cardin from Florida’s Lakeland Police Department spotted a tiny lost kitten and brought her back to the station. Little did anyone know, she’d soon become a viral star.
The sweet kitty wasn’t in her new digs for long before catching the attention of Sgt. Wallace, who took her under his wing. Seemingly overnight, photos of the sergeant and his new little fur baby exploded on the police department’s Facebook page, racking up thousands of likes and shares.
In a June 18 Facebook post, the Lakeland PD shared:
“During last night’s shift, Officer Cardin found this little bundle of fur hiding at the base of a lamppost at the corner of Florida Avenue and Pine Street. It was early in the shift so he brought her in, outfitted a records box and put her safely inside the kennel at the station. But, the little cutie caught the eye (and heart) of Sgt. Wallace. He didn’t want her to be alone all night, so he scooped her up and kept her with him throughout the shift. She seemed to take to her new role as partner to Sgt. Wallace, however, she did fall asleep her first night on the job.”
The photos show Sgt. Wallace cradling his new furry friend, who has since been named Kelsey. And the best part is, Sgt. Wallace decided to take her in permanently.
“We think all is forgiven as she now has a new home with her partner Sgt. Wallace,” shared the Lakeland PD. “Congratulations to little feline officer Kelsey on her new loving home.”
Comments poured in from the community, thanking everyone involved for saving little Kelsey and celebrating the much-needed good news.
“That kitten hit pay dirt,” said one commenter. “A good looking Daddy, nice comfortable home, and she will always be protected! God bless Sgt.Wallace and Kelsey.”
“Being kind to animals is one of the greatest powers we humans have,” shared another.
And certainly, with over 6.5 million companion animals entering U.S. shelters every year (of which over 3 million are cats, according to the ASPCA), Sgt. Wallace’s generous act sets an example for all of us.
Here’s to a happy future for Kelsey and her proud new papa.