An anonymous complaint against the beloved pet cat of San Francisco Fire Station 49 has led to the animal’s eviction from her home of five years, and God forbid the firefighter-paramedics ever find out who complained.
The orange and black cat, named Edna, had been raised at Station 49 from when she was found as a kitten, and despite being allowed to come and go as she pleased, decided to stay with the staff.
After an anonymous complaint was filed to the station captain and brought to the awareness of SFFD brass, Edna was told she had to go.
Not letting their furry friend go without a fight, the station’s crew started a social media campaign to keep Edna where she belonged.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.
“Leaving Sta49,” an Instagram post from the account “fire_cat_edna” read. “She does have somewhere to go now but it just sucks to uproot a once feral cat from her home of 5yrs and one that she could come and go as she pleased but chose to stay with unlimited 24/7 loving from 200+ amazing EMS members. All this over an ‘anonymous’ complaint that was made with malicious intent.”
The San Francisco Fire Department has since clarified that the station is an ambulance deployment facility, where EMS units are dispatched and resupplied.
However, some former members of the department claim the excuse holds water about as well as a thimble.
“When I was at Station 49 I developed the medical supply in such a way that Edna was not able to get into the clean room,” Irene Ybarra said. “The items are usually boxed up, and it’s not something [Edna] is usually in the habit of getting on top of. She had her own specific spot, a box with blanket in it. Edna has never been a issue.”
The department also claimed that a member of the ABF had adopted Edna, but Ybarra countered that statement as well.
“Nobody adopted Edna, the person who took her home today has two dogs and two cats at home already so this is not the ideal situation,” she told SFGATE. “She is still working to try to figure out [where Edna will go].”
Ybarra, who now works in the northwestern US, claims her comrades have reached out and expressed how much stress the ordeal has caused.
“It’s a huge morale buster,” she said. “And the only upswing to it is it’s brought so many people closer together to actually voice that we’re going to miss her, we rely on her.”