Family smitten with frostbitten kitten


Rescued feline finds new family



Dezria and Beau Ballinger and their 15-month-old daughter Avalyn prepare to take home a male cat Friday that was rescued a week from near death as a result of frostbite. The family has three other rescued cats. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)


If felines’ fortunes are measured in nine lives, a stray that had taken up residence at Bellefontaine’s recycling headquarters has just used up one of those lives.


Not only was the 2- to 3-year-old male cat rescued from certain death during the blistering cold spell the area has been experiencing, but the perfect family just happened to be in the market for a new rescue cat.

On the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 20, rural Bellefontaine residents Steve and Becky Babjak, who are also volunteers at the Top of Ohio Pet Shelter, just happened to be dropping off a load of recyclable materials at the Logan County Solid Waste District when they heard a sickly mewling coming from somewhere nearby.

“We could barely hear him crying at first so Steve starting calling for him,” Mrs. Babjak said. “The louder we yelled, the closer he got and then he came out from under one of the Dumpsters and crawled right up Steve’s arm.”



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