Thank you to North Thompson Fall Fair Ambassadors for caring

To the editor;

My friend John Shablerwas stepping into his car to pick up a few things at Barriere AG Foods last week when his young cat decided to join him. Although it was not something John normally allowedTommyto do, he let him come along this time since it was a very short trip and little Tommy loved to be with his owner. Unfortunately, the result of giving in to the cat’s wish turned out to be heartbreaking.

John had left the car running while parked to keep the air conditioningon and forgot to engage the Child Safetybutton that would have prevented Tommy from pushing the electric window down. Ever curious, Tommy touched the button, the window opened and the cat jumped out and started looking for his owner.

When John saw what had happened he called me and we went out searchingfor the escapee. We had no luck, so we went home and I did all the search notifications and practices I could think of at the time.

John received a call from a young woman later. Indeed, they had found Tommy,but tearfully she reported that he had been hit by a car and killed. Tommy was wearing a collar that showed his identity and his phone number, allowing the young woman to make fast contact with the owner.

John found out that the four women who found Tommy were part of the North Thompson Fall Fair Ambassador Program and were on their way to an Ambassador function when they saw the young cat lying on the road obviously in bad shape. Nothing else was important at that moment to them than to stop and hopefully be able to help.

It was Tommy, as they found out from the information on his collar. The cat was dead, and the girls were extremely distressed, but that did not stop them from doing everything that could be done. They took a towel and wrapped the still warm body of little Tommy into it and waited for John to come.

John spoke to me later when we buried his little friend about his thoughts of the sad and disturbing incident, saying, “Those young women are true Ambassadors for theirtown, they were not required to stop and become involved with such a distressing accident, when not even the perpetrator had stopped to see what he had done and simply drove on. The young women showed such amazing kindness and caring which is rare in today’ssociety, Barriere can proud to have them as citizens of our town.”

Elli Kohnert Barriere, B.C.

Just Posted

B.C. declares state of emergency as wildfires rage

More than 3,300 firefighters are battling more than 500 fires

Third overall in Canada for McLure, B.C. cowboy

McLure junior bull rider, Jake Bradley, finished third overall at the recent… Continue reading

UPDATE: 5 injured in plane crash following Abbotsford International Airshow

One in critical condition in incident involving vintage plane

Slippery suspect evades RCMP near Clearwater twice in one week

Anyone with information urged to contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers

B.C. Wildfires 2018: Thousands prepare to leave their homes at a moment’s notice

Northwest B.C. and Cariboo seeing most fire activity in province as crews battle 490 fires

Average Canadian family spends 43% of income on taxes: study

Fraser Institute’s consumer report shows taxes accounting for larger chunk of income each year

Thieves steal supplies, tools and juice boxes from B.C. summer camp

‘Take a moment to think about who you stole from,’ says Burns Bog Society’s Mark Robertson

Are you prepared? Pet Safe Coalition gives tips on having and executing animal evacuation plans

Pet Safe founder Willow Eyford began evacuating her animals when alert was issued for her property

Women-owned businesses generate $68,000 less revenue than men’s: survey

When Dionne Laslo-Baker sought a bank loan to expand her burgeoning organic popsicle and freezies business in 2014, she was “shocked” by the feedback she received from one of the bankers.

Hedley frontman’s alleged sex offences case returns to court

Jacob Hoggard faces three sexual assault-related charges will return to a Toronto courtroom this morning.

Climate change likely to cause more sewage leaks, says environment minister

More than one hundred municipal wastewater systems did not report how much raw sewage overflowed from their pipes in 2017.

Priests molested 1,000 children in Pennsylvania, report says

The “real number” of abused children and abusive priests might be higher since some secret church records were lost and some victims never came forward.

Defiant as Trump rages, Omarosa says she won’t be silenced

Manigault Newman declared she will not be silenced by President Donald Trump, remaining defiant as her public feud with her former boss shifted from a war of words to a possible legal battle.

Most Read