Amazon delivery driver rescues young cat tossed out of car window in Iowa

Amazon delivery driver was praised for saving a young cat that had been thrown out of a car window in Des Moines.


The driver, who is not named, saw the cat being thrown from the car’s window in front of him. He stopped his truck and pulled over. Then he bent down. He was able to get his cat to run into his arms.

The shocking scene happened at Franklin Avenue, 46th Street.

The driver took the poor feline from her home to Iowa Pet Foods and Seascapes. She is now being cared after by the driver.

“She is just full of life,” said owner Lori Sandahl. “Purring from the moment she came in the front door, so she knows she is in a safe place.”

Lori Sandahl holding a young black cat

According to the owner of the pet shop, the black cat is house-trained and in good health. She uses the litter box and loves cuddling.

“She’s healthy, she ate, she’s purring, and she’s in good shape,” she told KCCI. “She has been handled a lot, obviously. The way she loves me, rubbing on my back. There is no aggression or anything.”

It remains unclear why the animal was tossed out of the vehicle, but Lori hopes that she can find a new loving home for the cat after it’s checked by the vet and undergoes a quarantine period.

“She’s ready for lap time and cuddle time,” she said. “You’ll find your forever home fast.”

A young black cat

This isn’t the first time an Amazon delivery driver has helped an animal in danger.

John Cassabria, a mail carrier in Woburn Massachusetts, noticed a dog struggling to swim in a backyard swimming pool.

He saw what appeared to him as a snout first, and quickly realized that it was a puppy in trouble.

John jumped in the pool without hesitation and he had everything. The delivery driver had his watch, wallet, and phone with him when John jumped in the pool. However, he didn’t seem to care.

“I thought only of the dog at the moment,” he recalled.

Julie Caldwell, his owner, said that Luka, a senior dog, had problems with his hind legs. Because of that, the pup doesn’t swim and wouldn’t have survived in the pool had John not saved him.

John Cassabria with Luka, the senior dog that he saved from drowning in a pool

Luka might have been attracted to the water by a bone caught in the pool’s vacuum line.

Animal Control informed Julie of the incident just hours after Julie had started her vacation. John stayed with her dog for an hour before the scheduled dog sitter arrived.

“I happened to be in the right moment at the right time,” he said. “I would repeat the same actions over and over if I had to.”

Julie, grateful for her help, wrote a letter to Jeff Bezos (then-Amazon CEO).

“Words cannot express how grateful we are to him. In fact I have tears in my eyes as I write this email,” she wrote. “Luka is doing fine thanks to your wonderful and courageous employee.”

These Amazon delivery drivers are amazing at saving the lives these animals! 

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