Kitten’s Cries In An Abandoned Hospital Don’t Go Unheard

A photographer rescued a 4-week-old kitten from behind drywall in an old hospital and then adopted the displaced cat.

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While photographing an abandoned building, a man heard high-pitched cries. Despite the hours growing late, and the building being in shambles, the photographer made multiple attempts to get to the the sound, which originated from a tiny source.

Joshua Goldberg had been exploring the former Leonard Hospital in Troy, New York, earlier this year when he found a 4-week-old kitten trapped in a wall, the Daily Mail reports. He’d worked his way to the third floor when he heard strange cries, which he identified as mewing, then began a quest to get to the little source of the loud meows.

At first, he thought a cat was caught in the heating duct. He returned to his car to gear up and investigate, even though it was getting late and he was losing light.

“I brought tools up from my car and piled some chairs up so I could barely reach the duct, then used my phone to look inside,” reads a caption of a video Goldberg posted on YouTube last month.

In the video, he then describes his next steps to find the kitten. He visits a store to purchase a ladder, climbs back to the third floor and looks into a boxed off area of drywall where he finally uncovers the kittens.

“I carefully made a hole in the drywall,” Goldberg wrote. “He was too small to leave behind hoping his mother was still around, so I brought him home: Leonard the kitten.”

Images from the video show a happy, healthy Leonard in his new home.

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  • Regarding your cooment about the typo — you’ve got to be kidding???? Perhaps if you conduct yourself with a spirit of empathy and compassion you wouldn’t concentrate on 1 minor mistake. THE POINT IS THE STORY, NOT THE TYPO.

    Carol April 4, 2016 6:32 am Reply
    • Where did it say anything about raw hamburger?!?! Lets not commend this man for going above and beyond to save it in what im sure was pretty eerie circumstances but critize him for food he gave it?! I agree with carol…grow some empathy and compassion for pete sake!! And do your homework! Stop listening to whoever gave you the wrong story on ‘raw’ hamburger!! Kudos to photographer! What a compassionate soul he was!!! And bless leonard! Bet hes s happy tiger kitty now!!

      TT May 18, 2016 7:05 am Reply
  • Please read this comment!!! You never ever give a cat raw hamburger it can give them brother had a calico cat and she died..the Vet said because of giving her the raw hamburger which caused theTuberculosis.

    Martha April 4, 2016 9:42 am Reply
    • Martha said; ” You never ever give a cat raw hamburger it can give them brother had a calico cat and she died..the Vet said because of giving her the raw hamburger which caused theTuberculosis.” That is UTTER NONSENSE!!!!
      I feed a raw beef diet, mixed with specially formulated vitamins and minerals, and it has totally reversed my 17 year old cat’s chronic IBD.

      carol May 18, 2016 2:01 am Reply
      • In 2014, an estimated 9.6 million people were infected by tuberculosis, according to the World Health Organization. Potentially fatal — 1.5 million died from it the same year — it is a disease known to be spread from human to human. But a subset of those contracting the disease today are getting it from infected animals.

        Unbeknownst to many, tuberculosis can spread through your food, as well as the air, via infected animals.
        The most common culprits? Infected cattle. The most common source? Their infected food products, such as milk and cheese.

        D Brown May 18, 2016 6:00 am Reply
        • I also feed my cat raw hamburger regularly and have for many years. They are very healthy. I guess you just need to know where your meat is coming from. I don’t by cheap stuff from Walmart. Sounds like someone from the pet food industry doesn’t want people feeding their cats anything but tainted, expensive and unhealthy processed pet food.

          Lanie May 18, 2016 7:47 am Reply
    • If you look more closely at the food he gave the kitten for the ride home, it wasn’t raw hamburger. It looks more like shredded up sandwich meat… most likely ham. Look at the video again. When he got the kitten home, he gave him moist, canned cat food.

      kotoc May 18, 2016 9:14 am Reply
    • I shudder to think of the long, painful death of starvation and thirst the poor kitten would have suffered if he hadn’t been there at the right place at the right time. Perhaps God had a hand in this rescue? Most people would scoff and call it “coincidence,” but I say they were MEANT for each other… by Devine Intervention.

      kotoc May 18, 2016 9:17 am Reply
      • Yes indeed God coordinated this rescue; he had the photographer in the right place at the right time and he told the little kitten to cry out to him. God does things like this.

        Patti P June 21, 2016 7:05 am Reply
      • Hi, You are 100% right. There is a link between heaven and cats. Thank You. Joe. Northport Cat Rescue assoc.

        Joe Thamm June 21, 2016 7:24 am Reply
    • Assinie comment and not a very smart vet. VERY rare for an animal to get TB from raw meat. Hell they eat mice and birds and they sure don’t cook them.
      Here is the low down:
      Can my pet get bovine TB?
      Dogs, cats and horses can be infected with bovine TB, but the risk is very low. Actually, dogs and cats are more likely to be infected by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, or human TB, through exposure to their human family members who have the disease; or by Mycobacterium avium, or avian (bird) TB, from eating infected birds. These forms of TB are caused by different species of bacteria, but the symptoms and effects of the diseases are similar.

      What is Bovine Tuberculosis?
      Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. In the U.S., the disease is found primarily in cattle, captive cervidae (deer and elk), bison and goats, but can affect any warm-blooded animal, including humans. In June 1998, bovine TB was confirmed in a beef cow in Alpena County. Since that time the disease has been confirmed in multiple cattle herds in Michigan. Bovine TB has also been detected in numerous captive and wild deer as well as wild carnivores such as coyote and bobcat, and in one case a domestic outdoor cat.

      Raina Spaziani May 18, 2016 9:31 am Reply
    • Raw hamburger does NOT cause tuberculosis! Raw hamburger is eaten by people around the world (ever hear of steak tartare?), and raw meat has been eaten by cats for centuries, without their contracting tuberculosis. It is possible, but exceedingly rare, for a cat to acquire mycobacterium bovis (so-called “cattle tuberculosis) from eating meat that has been contaminated with the microorganism. But it is by no means present in all cattle, much less all hamburger.

      annielaurie98524 May 18, 2016 2:45 pm Reply
    • Maybe you shouldn’t give raw hamburger to a kitten/cat – I don’t know. But under these circumstances, Joshua Goldberg went above and beyond in getting a ladder and something to entice Leonard to come out of hiding. This is AWESOME! Imagine the terror this baby felt, and how wonderful it is he’s in a loving home <3

      KatWrangler May 18, 2016 5:42 pm Reply
    • Joshua Goldberg – you are a true hero, doing all that to save this tiny life. I hope Karma smiles down on you – and Leonard – forever <3 It's good to know people like you are out there.
      Talk about being at the right place, right time. That poor baby would have suffered and died in a horrible way, terrified and all alone 🙁 What a wonderful story !

      KatWrangler May 18, 2016 5:48 pm Reply
  • Thanks for rescuing him ????????

    Teresa April 4, 2016 8:00 pm Reply
  • Thank you for rescuing him ???? He is soooooo adorable ????????????????

    Teresa April 4, 2016 8:06 pm Reply
  • First let me wipe away my tears. I don’t want to even think of how that poor little baby got in there. Second Bless you a million times over. You saved that sweet little life.

    catherine lingg April 4, 2016 11:10 pm Reply
  • You are a hero for rescuing this lucky kitten. God Bless You!

    Vicky Chan May 18, 2016 12:28 am Reply
  • Thanks for rescuing the poor little guy , it’s people like you that restore my faith in mankind

    Tony May 18, 2016 1:48 am Reply
  • This story made my day. Thumbs up to the caring person who obviously has great compassion as it should be. So many would simply look the other way and move on with their pathetic little lives.

    Wally May 18, 2016 1:53 am Reply
  • God Bless you, You saved a precious life..

    Colo43 May 18, 2016 2:13 am Reply
  • How on earth did this poor little fellow get behind the wall. You deserve a meddle for your kindness and perseverance in helping this little one and in the middle of the night. Thank you thank you thank you.

    Karen Bartley May 18, 2016 2:16 am Reply
    • Not as uncommon as you’d think. Found one the same way a few years ago. Many buildings don’t have completely closed off walls. The tops are often open and there will be gaps for electrical, plumbing, etc. If the mother’s nesting place was near, or she was in the process of moving her litter from one nest to another, this one might have wondered off and fallen into one of those gaps.

      Jen May 18, 2016 5:30 am Reply
  • Darling Leonard, my love and prayers that you enjoy a long, healthy, happy and safe life with your loved ones. Bless you Sweetie! xo xo xo xo xo xo

    Wendye Kolles May 18, 2016 2:45 am Reply
  • Thank you so much for showing compassion and determination to save the life of one of God’s precious creations. You are indeed, one in a million, and I’m sure you will be rewarded many times over for your efforts in saving this sweet little kitten. Very best wishes to you and Leonard. Thank you again, God bless you!

    Bonnie Liakas May 18, 2016 3:28 am Reply
  • Bless you, Joshua, for rescuing and loving this beautiful little kitten. I wish there were a million more people like you.

    Diane May 18, 2016 3:50 am Reply
  • You are a very kind person, and we need millions more like you. Wish you could be cloned and sent around the world to do good deeds. I believe your kindness will be rewarded again and again. God bless you and Leonard.

    Margaret May 18, 2016 3:55 am Reply
  • How on earth did he get begin there let alone in that building? I hope like heck the rest of his siblings and his mum are ok 🙁

    Justine May 18, 2016 4:37 am Reply
    • *behind there. (can’t edit the posts)

      Justine May 18, 2016 4:38 am Reply
    • Found one in similar circumstances a few years ago. The mother was probably transporting the litter to a new spot. This one was set down at a midpoint between old and new nesting place while she went back for another. (Often done in stages so they aren’t left alone for long at any point.) It may have wandered off a bit and fallen into the open framework of the wall.

      Jen May 18, 2016 5:26 am Reply
  • God Bless you a million times over for being a kind, caring human being; you went so far out of your way to save this precious little life. I hope you and your fur baby live a long, healthy life together!

    Vicki May 18, 2016 5:01 am Reply
  • Such a beautiful kitten… Thank GOD u showed up to save this little baby

    Diana May 18, 2016 5:10 am Reply
  • Thank God you persevered and saved the kitten to give it a good life . You were it’s angel

    vee May 18, 2016 5:29 am Reply
  • Thank you!!!

    michael shay May 18, 2016 5:37 am Reply
  • I watched the video with my two VERY settled in katz snuggled up next to my PC, both pounding out the zzzs. As soon as the kitten started mewing in the video, tho, it was instant wide awake, with both of them circling around trying to find the source of the sounds. I’ve never seen either of them get so wide awake so fast……… very impressive! 😉

    Bill May 18, 2016 5:52 am Reply
  • God bless you Joshu for going to such lengths to save this precious little life. I pray that you and Leonard live akng and happy life together…you both deserve to be happy!

    Kim Miller May 18, 2016 5:56 am Reply
  • Thank you, for saving the little baby..God bless.

    Julya Ferlsan May 18, 2016 5:59 am Reply
  • what a beautiful kitten!!

    ronnia May 18, 2016 6:13 am Reply
  • Leonard is a doll! I’m so glad a caring, compassionate human was there to rescue him.

    Linda May 18, 2016 6:17 am Reply
  • Joshua, you are one kind man who has a heart of gold. Thank you so much for finding and rescuing Leonard. He is one awesome and beautiful kitty who will turn into a very Beautiful Big Kitty. And who has a awesome man to take care of him for the rest of his life. You gave him a wonderful forever home. And I thank you for all of that.

    Jerrie Butler May 18, 2016 6:23 am Reply
  • God bless you! I hope you and Leonard have long, healthy, happy lives together! He is a gorgeous little guy!

    J. David Scott May 18, 2016 6:46 am Reply
  • Joshua restores my faith in humankind. Thank you for your tenacity! May you and Joshua have many, many happy, healthy years together. I think you will make a fantastic duo!

    Donna May 18, 2016 7:51 am Reply
  • I would like to just say, Joshua if you had not been there that day what might have happened to that poor little kitten. Leonard looks so happy and safe. Happy Tails little Leonard and may you both live happy furrever.

    G.Hollis May 18, 2016 8:06 am Reply
  • I wonder…how did the kitten get there? What an amazing story. It’s like fate that this kind soul entered that hospital that day! I love a happy ending.

    Kimberlydawn May 18, 2016 8:21 am Reply
  • Thank you to a wonderful human being. You set a fine example for others to follow. May God Bless you for your kindness.

    Carolyn Denton May 18, 2016 8:49 am Reply
  • I am glad this photographer rescued this little guy, he is just to darn cute. I think this little guy had a guardian Angel looking after him and guided this photographer to him. I sure am glad to know we still have many good people that are willing to take the extra step to save a small desperate special little bundle of fur. God bless this man and Leonard. May you both have many, many years to enjoy each other.

    Henry May 18, 2016 8:55 am Reply
  • Absolutely adorable!! My man you are the best!!! Thank you so very much for all your effort, time and money you spent to save this innocent baby. We need about a million more people like you in this world! I wish you and Leonard all the best! 🙂

    Kathryn White May 18, 2016 9:03 am Reply
  • Oh so beautiful! Joshua Goldberg, what a lovely human being you are!! If only there were more men like you!! And what a beautiful little angel Leonard is!! I wish you both much good health, happiness, love and joy in your lives!!

    Heather May 18, 2016 9:33 am Reply
  • Thanks for being such a great person and helping to rescue this beautiful kitten and giving a loving home to it!

    Jeffrey Lepre May 18, 2016 9:47 am Reply
  • Bovine to human TB transmission accounts for fewer than 2% of the human TB cases each year. And most of those are from drinking unpasteurized milk. TB transmission from cattle to humans used to be far more common, but improved testing of herds has largely eliminated the problem. If you drink pasteurized milk and eat USDA inspected beef instead of small farm raised beef that is not inspected, you are very unlikely to be exposed to bovine TB. As to the calico cat, it is difficult to know why the vet said the cat died from TB caused by eating raw hamburger. Perhaps the cat was not given regular veterinary care and the infection progressed too far before it was discovered. And eating raw ground beef, regardless of the source, is far more likely to be contaminated. My vet has recommended feeding one of my cats who suffered from severe digestive problems a diet of home cooked ground beef cooked with white rice (with added vitamins and minerals to meet a cat’s specific dietary needs), so we shouldn’t leap to the conclusion that hamburger (ground beef) should never be fed to a cat. However, raw meatball mix (which includes pork) should never be eaten raw by anyone, cat dog or human. In any case, let’s praise this man for being a good Samaritan and going so far to save this little kitty…and let’s not jump to unwarranted conclusions… the article never says he fed the kitten hamburger, cooked or raw!

    Stephanie May 18, 2016 9:52 am Reply
  • Thanks for saving that kitty! You rock!!!

    Meranda Elliott May 18, 2016 9:58 am Reply
  • I am awestruck by your kindness and persistence in saving this beautiful and precious life! You, sir, are a true hero! I wish all those who abuse, neglect, torture, and kill animals could be permanently removed from this earth and replaced by a billion of kind people like you! I don’t often have kind feelings towards humans these days with all the horror stories about what they do to the animals but today you have given me a sliver of hope. Thank you sir.

    Katherine wright May 18, 2016 10:09 am Reply
  • What a wonderful story of human compassion towards a helpless little creature. God bless you!!!

    Carol May 18, 2016 10:24 am Reply
  • Joshua, YOU ROCK!! Thank you for making the world a better place, especially for little Leonard.

    Patti May 18, 2016 10:39 am Reply
  • What a beautiful story. Lol people are freaking over raw hamburger meat and missing the whole point of the story. ( who do you know that carrys raw hamburger meat in their lunchbox . I personally use lunch meat on my sandwich so does this photographer!)

    Tara May 18, 2016 11:02 am Reply
  • Hats off to Mr. Goldberg for saving that little kitten. It looks like everything’s going to work out fine.

    Rick May 18, 2016 11:08 am Reply
  • Wonderful story – Love that man for helping

    Candace May 18, 2016 12:46 pm Reply
  • cat/dogs RARELY IF EVER get tuberculosis

    jeri May 18, 2016 2:12 pm Reply
  • Great job, Joshua — thank God you were there … to rescue this sweetie.

    MS May 18, 2016 2:22 pm Reply
  • Great job on the rescue.I just wish the rest of the world would act half as kind as you.

    John May 18, 2016 4:54 pm Reply
  • Thank God for wonderful caring contractors like you! I would hate to think of that poor kitty being buried alive in a wall! God bless you and that kitty! I pray for all animals on the planet every night before I go to bed – especially those that are abused and in captivity (like zoo’s, laboratories and circuses).

    Genevon May 18, 2016 5:00 pm Reply
  • God bless you Mr. Goldberg. You have a big heart!

    Gigi May 18, 2016 6:03 pm Reply

    JoAnne Klein May 18, 2016 9:32 pm Reply
  • You are such a great person for rescuing this sweet precious baby. God will reward you.

    Elliott June 21, 2016 9:01 am Reply

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