Ohio shelter seeks home for cat rescued from pipe
Posted: January 23, 2014 - 3:48am

Piper gets a checkup at the Findlay Animal Hospital Friday morning, Jan 10, 2014, in Findlay, Ohio. Piper spent at least three winter days in a northwest Ohio drainpipe before groundskeepers at a school cut through the pipe Friday to free the orange cat, which was muddy, emaciated and hypothermic. (AP Photo/The Courier, Randy Roberts)

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — A northwest Ohio shelter hopes to find a permanent home for an orange cat that drew widespread attention when it was rescued after spending days in a drainpipe during some severely cold weather.

Officials at the Hancock County Humane Society say they're accepting adoption applications and donations to help with medical bills for the male cat, now named Piper.

The cat initially refused attempts to lure it out of the pipe with tuna, the classic call of "here, kitty, kitty" and even a cellphone app that meowed. Groundskeepers at a school in Findlay cut through the pipe Jan. 10 to free the cat, which was muddy, emaciated and hypothermic.

The Humane Society director tells The Courier newspaper that Piper is an older cat and will need to be kept indoors.

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