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Tampa 'Wall Kitty' has new name, but not new home

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City of Tampa photo of Wall Kitty before his rescue on June 13 City of Tampa photo of Wall Kitty before his rescue on June 13
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

It's almost a cliche, firefighters being called to rescue a cat from a tree, or from a roof.

Last week, Tampa Fire Rescue got a call that was different.

Between two walls of the Twigg Street garage in downtown Tampa, they could hear the cries of cat.

A firefighter used a camera to get a better look. The image went viral.

The black and white kitten was finally pulled from his tight spot, but not without a fight.

The little kitten was frightened and feisty. The firefighters put him into a cardboard box and delivered him to Hillsborough County Animal Services.

Now the kitten, dubbed "Wall Kitty" by some, has a new name:  Wally.

Lauryn Marshall at Animal Services says he's doing much better.

"Wally is actually doing very good," says Marshall.  "When Wally first came in, he was very scared and timid. He hid in the back of his cage and would actually hiss at people if you tried to pick him up."

Now as she speaks, and holds the kitten, he cuddles up in her hands and purrs.

"He's very friendly, he's loveable. He loves to sit in your lap and walk around on desks," says Marshall.

Now, Wally needs a new home.  Animal Services estimates he's about eight weeks old.  He's been vaccinated, but so far no one has stepped forward to adopt him.

Wally is not alone. 

"It's the season.  It just so happens that during the summer, that's when we get our kitten season," says Marshall.

Animal Services currently has more than 300 cats and kittens ready for adoption.  They hope the publicity Wally is getting will help many of those cats find new owners.

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