It always catches my attention when policemen go above and beyond the call of duty.

Recently, I shared a story of one Massachusetts State Trooper who blocked off traffic to save a deer and its baby from danger. Now, I’ve come across the next heartwarming interaction, this time between a Dartmouth police officer and a stray kitten that was seeking refuge underneath his patrol car, leading the little kitten to find a new home and a new name.

On Wednesday, the Dartmouth Police Department shared that an adorable kitten had taken “temporary residency” under Officer Flechsig’s cruiser early that day.

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“The irony of this story is that Officer Flechsig is a K-9 officer,” joked the department on Facebook, but luckily this story has a happy ending.

Officer Jeremy Smith shared the details of how a strange noise was coming from Officer Flechsig’s vehicle.

“Another officer had told him about a strange noise coming from his car, but he wasn’t really hearing anything,” Smith said. “He drove off, and then he started to hear the strange noise, so he called Goodyear to take a look, and the mechanic at Goodyear found the kitten inside the bumper.”

The department handed over the kitten to the Humane Society & Shelter SouthCoast where the little one could hopefully find a good home, but it wasn’t long before Dartmouth PD shared an update.

“My family and I were looking to get a kitten, and after I heard the story about this little guy, I knew I wanted him,” Smith said.

“In recognition of where it was found, Officer Smith (said) that he and his family named their new rescue kitty Bumpah.”

There is something about animals that brings out the best side of humans. While one officer rescued Bumpah, another gave Bumpah a forever home. Officer Smith looks forward to bringing home his new friend today.

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