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Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2006 7:34 am | Updated: 3:33 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Most of us have heard the classic story about the fireman who saved the cat stuck high up in a tree. But how about the story of the Scottsdale firefighters who saved a litter of kittens trapped in the attic wall of a home?

On May 26, six kittens were saved after firefighters cut a board from the wall of an attic in a north Scottsdale home. Their mother had found a hole in the roof, gone inside the wall, made a nest in the insulation and gave birth.

The animals were found after Jenny Calk of Scottsdale, who was housesitting for the homeowner, noted the three dogs that lived in the home barking at the walls. After the dogs got her attention, Calk said she heard the kittens meowing.

“It was kind of funny because I thought the dogs had just lost it, but they knew something was in the wall,” Calk said. “We had seen the mother cat on the roof, but we didn’t know she had kittens inside a hole in the roof. There was no way I could get to the kittens to get them out, so I called the fire department and they got them out.”

Now, three months later, the kittens have grown — one has been adopted — and five of them are looking for homes.

Since May, the domestic short-haired cats have been living in a stainless-steel kennel most of the day at the Animal Medical Center of Scottsdale, 7311 E. Thomas Road.

“They need a good home, please,” said Denise Bush, office manager of the clinic. “It’s no life living in a cage. Now, they’re at the age where they’re running around and playing. Right now, we just call them Kitty 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.”

Four of the cats are female, and one is male. Two of them are black and white, two are gray tabby cats with white paws and the other one is gray.

The cats are let out of their kennel once a day to play in a room at the clinic.

Their mother has been seen running around the Scottsdale subdivision, and had taken good care of them.

The kittens were about seven to eight weeks old when they were found, said Michael Townley, lead technician at the clinic.

“They’re fun to watch, but they’d have a much better life somewhere else,” Townley said. “We’re hoping someone takes them and gives them a good home.”

If anyone would like to adopt the remaining cats, the Animal Medical Center can be reached at (480) 945-7692.

The cats have had their shots and can be adopted at no cost, but the center will accept donations.

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