SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) adopted on Monday, February 11, after the cat faced eviction from a department facility, according to an official SFFD statement.
The cat, whose name is Edna has been residing in the Department’s Ambulance Deployment facility since being taken in by the SFFD four years ago, according to ABC 7 News.
The cat has over 33,000 followers on her Instagram page. Some of the fire department took to her Instagram page to build an effort to prevent the cat from being removed from the premises. The page harbors a message in it’s bio section that reads: “Help us save our cat!” The bio asks Instagram members to send emails and questions regarding the cat’s eviction.
The investigation started after the fire department received an anonymous complaint about a cat in a department office. According to a press release from the SFFD, an investigation concluded that having the cat at the facility compromised the sterility of supplies and equipment in the room. The Department has maintained a Policy Prohibiting Animals on Department Property for over 20 years. The reason for this policy being adopted is to ensure the safety of the animals, given onsite activities that routinely involve large apparatus and machinery operating under emergency conditions.
Edna found a home with one of the SFFD members from the Department’s Ambulance Deployment facility. The member volunteered to adopt cat.