Man Saves Cat From Freeway When No One Else Would

freeway the cat

Freeway the cat recovering after medical treatment

If you were driving down the freeway and saw a terrified looking cat clinging to the center divide of the highway, what would you do?

For Richard Christianson, the choice was clear. He had to make sure the cat was rescued as soon as possible.

Richard called 911 to get help and was told by the dispatcher to call the Arizona Humane Society, who told him they were not equipped to do the rescue and directed him to call the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Richard reported that the cat was struggling for seven hours with out help until he decided to walk out onto the freeway himself to rescue the cat, and shot this video with his cell phone as he approached the cat.

As he got close the the cat he could see how terrified it really was. “He looked at me in total surprise and as if he was asking me to save him. The poor little guy seemed joyous and relieved to see me. There was no struggle whatsoever- he just went limp in my arms and started to purr.”

He gently scooped the cat up and walked back to his vehicle and drove to the Humane Society  where the cat was rushed to a clinic.  The cat has now been named “Freeway”.

Richard told reporters, “I was presented a situation in life where I had the opportunity to help out a little (furry) friend who was in a bad jam in which I chose to take part in and help out,” he said on Facebook. As humans we all should look out for one another…A life is a life…(Regardless) if it’s skin, fur, feathers or scales.”

“A few seconds of kindness can last a lifetime,” Christianson says.

Richard is coming on Pet Radio to share his story in more detail and we will be taking your phone calls.

Would you do what Richard did if you saw a stranded cat on a freeway?


  • Jill Wood

    Thank you for helping this poor little thing. Very thoughtful.

  • Sarah Highnote

    How can animal control not be equipped to stop their car and walk down the side of the highway to grab a terrified cat? Are they too stupid to do even that? The mind boggles. Good for Richard for saving a sweetheart from disaster.

    • The local human society may not be animal control.. They are not always one and the same.

  • right_wing2

    Awesome! Poor kitty was caught- thank God for people who care.

  • Malick Darian White

    I am so glad this man had compassion and yes, I would have done the same exact thing! Hoping Freeway is doing well and will get a home filled with love!

  • Lisa

    I hope I would have the courage and tenacity Richard showed! Thank you for helping an animal in desperate need, you are inspiring. You earned a lot of positive karma with that rescue 🙂

  • Valerie Workman

    i would stop as well. richard, there should be more people like you in this world! thank you for recuing this beautiful “child”

  • Nichole Chaffee-Shand

    Thank you so much Richard…you are an angel. I stop for every animal I see that might need help. I am constantly making my husband turn the car around to help turtles crossing the road. And I recently saved a red tailed hawk that had been hit by a car. He looked like he was dead, but I had to turn around and make sure. Well, he wasn’t but would’ve been if I hadn’t stopped. He definitely would have been run over again. He ended up having a broken beak and concussion, but has made a full recovery and been released to fly free again. If we see ANYTHING that might be in distress or in danger, just stop. Helping something or someone can be a life altering experience. And I personally know it is why I am here. We never know when we might be the ones who might desperately need someone to come to our aid. God bless you all!!

  • Deb Barnes – Zee and Zoey

    I am so grateful that Richard was there for this sweet baby. I look forward to speaking with him tomorrow when you have him as a guest on your radio show.