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Freeway, a cat that was rescued by the Humane Society of Elkhart County and the Elkhart City street department Friday April 12, 2013 after clinging to signs and lights above South Main Street at the U.S. 20 By Pass. Photos showing his predicament were taken by animal rescue officer Don Ely. (Photo Supplied) (AP)

Freeway, a cat that was rescued by the Humane Society of Elkhart County and the Elkhart City street department Friday April 12, 2013 after clinging to signs and lights above South Main Street at the U.S. 20 By Pass. Photos showing his predicament were taken by animal rescue officer Don Ely. (Photo Supplied) (AP)

Freeway, a cat that was rescued by the Humane Society of Elkhart County and the Elkhart City street department Friday April 12, 2013 after clinging to signs and lights above South Main Street at the U.S. 20 By Pass. Photos showing his predicament were taken by animal rescue officer Don Ely. (Photo Supplied) (AP)

Freeway, a cat that was rescued by the Humane Society of Elkhart County and the Elkhart City street department Friday April 12, 2013 after clinging to signs and lights above South Main Street at the U.S. 20 By Pass. Photos showing his predicament were taken by animal rescue officer Don Ely. (Photo Supplied) (AP)

Freeway, a cat that was rescued by the Humane Society of Elkhart County and the Elkhart City street department Friday April 12, 2013 after clinging to signs and lights above South Main Street at the U.S. 20 By Pass. Photos showing his predicament were taken by animal rescue officer Don Ely. (Photo Supplied) (AP)

Freeway a cat that was rescued by the Humane Society of Elkhart County and the Elkhart City street department Friday April 12, 2013 after clinging to signs and lights above South Main Street at the U.S. 20 By Pass is recuperating at the shelter. Photos of his predicament are on the table by him. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

Freeway a cat that was rescued by the Humane Society of Elkhart County and the Elkhart City street department Friday April 12, 2013 after clinging to signs and lights above South Main Street at the U.S. 20 By Pass is recuperating at the shelter. Photos of his predicament are on the table by him. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

Freeway a cat that was rescued by the Humane Society of Elkhart County and the Elkhart City street department Friday April 12, 2013 after clinging to signs and lights above South Main Street at the U.S. 20 By Pass is recuperating at the shelter. Photos of his predicament are on the table by him. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)
Cat rescued after 2 days atop freeway sign
Posted on April 15, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — A cat that clung to a freeway sign for two days has been rescued.

On Thursday, April 11, a caller told the Elkhart Police Department there was a cat on top of a sign near the St. Joseph Valley Parkway overpass on U.S. 33. Officers were unable to find the cat and called off the search.

The next day, the Humane Society of Elkhart County received a similar call.

An orange cat was found sitting on top of a light on a sign about 15 feet from the overpass, said Megan Gonterman, assistant director of the Humane Society of Elkhart County.

Gonterman said the Humane Society believes someone threw the cat off the overpass bridge.

“There was no way he could have jumped that far,” she said.

The Elkhart Street Department helped retrieve the cat and he was taken to the Humane Society at 54687 C.R. 19 in Bristol.

“He was a little on the dehydrated side,” Gonterman said. “He ate right away, so he was pretty hungry, too.”

The cat, who has been named Freeway, was wearing a flea collar but had no identification tags. Gonterman said there is no other way to track down the owner.

“He was a little scared of stuff at first, but he’s a really friendly cat,” she said. “I think he was just happy to be down.”

The Humane Society has received numerous calls from people hoping to adopt Freeway after hearing his story, but Gonterman said he is not ready for adoption yet. “We want to hold him for a while to make sure he’s healthy and to prepare him for adoption,” she said.