CHP, Animal Control Rescue Kitten Stuck on Center Divide on I-680 in Walnut Creek

April 3, 2014 15:27 pm · 48 comments


Interstate 680 in Walnut Creek was temporarily shut down on Thursday afternoon while Contra Costa Animal Control & the CHP rescued a kitten that was stuck on the center divide.

Both direction of the interstate were closed near Oak Park Blvd., but only for a few minutes while the animal was saved.

Thanks to Kristy for the picture and the information!

JJ2 April 3, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Looks like kitten season is getting an early start this year….

Krystle April 3, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Awww i want it.

Rose Garden April 3, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Poor little kitten! I’m glad the kitty was saved…..

dkjah'j April 3, 2014 at 3:52 PM


Shelly April 3, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Aw. I hope it gets a great home where cat friends are neutered and kept indoors where they stand a chance of survival and gets a whole lot of love. I already have too many, though!

Very nice April 3, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Nice to see a sweet story.

Thank you.

LostBoysMom April 3, 2014 at 4:02 PM

It’s puzzling to wonder how that kitten got there in the first place. Poor thing. I’m glad they were able to rescue it.

Anon April 3, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Lucky kitty. Hope it goes to a good home.

Jill April 3, 2014 at 4:06 PM

This is the kind of news we need more of. :>)

mad mom April 3, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Best story of the day! Thank you Mayor!

Cat Wrangler April 3, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Hurray! TY to CHP heroes and Animal Control who saved the life of this innocent kitten. Poor baby. I hope the sweetheart kitten is adopted quickly by a loving and wonderful family that will spay/neuter it and keep it inside where it will be loved and live a long and happy life.

MrDuckyWucky April 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM

With all due credit to the Animal Control and Police Offices, this was an incredible waste of everyone’s time. Let nature run it’s course for crying out loud.

Well, hmmm April 3, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Just trust me on this. If you find a dog or cat on a freeway in traffic , call 911. Do Not stop and rescue it as I did. You will be stuck with it and even arrested if you try to take it to animal control etc…

Cat Wrangler April 3, 2014 at 4:57 PM

This is so heart-warming it could be a Dignity Health commercial.

Bob Brittain April 3, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Congratulations to CHP officers and Animal Control. The people that performed the rescue will have a nice memory to offset less pleasant ones that they experience in their careers.

Cat Lover April 3, 2014 at 5:50 PM

LOVE IT!!!!! Thank you Animal Control and CHP!

Killjoy April 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Does the kitty have a micro-chip? If not, where will it be when it’s put up for adoption?

The Dude April 3, 2014 at 6:03 PM

By nature, you mean a freeway? Let me try and wrap my head around that. Nope, doesn’t compute.

Well, hmmm April 3, 2014 at 6:18 PM

@12 , A cat, kitten in the road can cause an auto accident as well as killing the cat. Nothing natural about a freeway and cars and an animal being on it.

victor mature April 3, 2014 at 6:25 PM

So chp Shuts down a freeway to rescue a kitten, yet arrests a firefighter because he was closing a lane of crew safety on a crash. SMH

What... April 3, 2014 at 6:33 PM

So little kitty gets out in traffic, someone swerves
and hits a car and 12 people die in a flaming
wreck. It was a traffic hazard! They all did exactly
their job.

ClayDen April 3, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Glad they saved the kitty.

Michelle April 3, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Nice job CHP! Glad they saved the kitty.

MrDuckyWucky is just a troll. April 3, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Ignore him and he’ll eventually go away.

Walnut Creek Resident April 3, 2014 at 7:54 PM

#12 I think you need professional help. Thank goodness they saved the poor little kitty. Wonderful job.

me April 3, 2014 at 8:03 PM

funny how we save a cat but will drive 80 mph and kill native wildlife without hesitation- birds, deer, coyote, fox, bobcats, raccoon, snakes, opossums, etc.,.

MrDuckyWucky April 3, 2014 at 8:40 PM

I honestly dont get going out of your way to save a cat. For a dog, man’s best friend, absolutely. But a cat, nope.

Miles Microft April 3, 2014 at 8:48 PM

A Catastrophe was prevented!

Amy April 3, 2014 at 9:10 PM

This is a great story and if it gets on the news many folks will line up to adopt the kitty!

Mustang Sally April 3, 2014 at 9:16 PM

@MrDuckyWucky, aren’t you the guy(?) who complaines over on Talk About Whatever about the ugly dogs up for adoption that aren’t worth the Mayor wasting space on trying to find homes for?

Atticus Thraxx April 3, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Got no use for a human who won’t stop and help a Kitty. None.

Suzan April 3, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Thank you CHP and Animal Control. Glad you cared for a living being!

Brian April 3, 2014 at 9:51 PM

I saw it when I was in the fast lane. It was so small and I’m sure was scared. I called 911 for it, couldn’t face seeing it get hurt.

Brian April 3, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Mayor, do you happen to know if it went to the animal shelter? April 3, 2014 at 10:06 PM

As far as I know, yes, it is at the shelter.

Cat in the Hat April 3, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Tuberculosis carrier…

Interesting Thought April 4, 2014 at 1:15 AM

There’s a saying that you can tell a lot about a society in the way it treats its animals. I wouldn’t want to be in MrDuckyWucky’s world.

Russ April 4, 2014 at 6:06 AM

my first question is this: was it in the HOV lane without proper tags?

JRConcord April 4, 2014 at 6:53 AM

I will say this so you can understand it.
You are a big POOPYWHOOPY head.
Have a nice day

Anon April 4, 2014 at 7:55 AM

I expect without the CHP getting envolved our Animal Services wouldn’t have even been on site. My appreciation to both units.

Chalkboy8 April 4, 2014 at 9:02 AM


Anon April 4, 2014 at 9:07 AM

I agree we need more feel good stories like this one on Claycord. Thank you for taking the time to post this one Mayor you have my Friday off to a great start.

ConcordMike April 4, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Awwww, Poor Wittle MrDuckyWucky don’t have no FeewingWeewings. Awwwww….
I hope you are reincarnated as a kitten.

@Victor Mature April 4, 2014 at 9:35 AM

The firefighter that was arrested completely blocked a lane UN necessarily and created a dangerous situation. Then he refused three lawful orders to move his truck from the Incident Commander and was threatened with arrest if he didn’t comply. He didn’t understand that the law clearly stated that CHP is in charge at collision scenes on the freeway. Finally, to open an unnecessarily closed lane, the CHP arrested him.

Further the fireman ( unlike in CoCo county) had previous run ins with CHP.

The CHP and fire departments work together hereabouts a
every day and get along, almost without exception, wonderfully.

I’m glad the CHP cared enough to save a kitten , like I’m glad when a firefighter saves one in a house fire. It’s just classy.

Reality Slap April 4, 2014 at 10:21 AM


In order for us to be offended by your opinions we must first have to value them. Epic fail on your part, but keep trying, you may be able to scrape up something of value. Someday.

:( April 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Bad news…the kitten had to be put down 🙁

Lynda B April 4, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Please everyone SPAY/NEUTER your cats. This is sad. Thousands of cats & kittens are EUTHANIZED everyday because people DO NOT for some STUPID reason SPAY/NEUTER their cats. There are low cost & even FREE spay/neuter clinics everywhere or call a rescue group for help. We’ll help you FCF (feral cat foundation) if you’re having trouble finding help. Thank you for SPAY & NEUTERING your PETS.

Thank you, Lynda B! April 4, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Can you post a link to the FCF for people who might want more info on this?
There are more and more seniors who would like a companion animal but live on a fixed income. Getting some help with the upfront fees might make the difference between them getting a kitten/cat or not.

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