The Jacksonville Humane Society promotes humane education by honoring child who rescued kitten from St. John’s River

6-year-old awarded scholarship to organization’s humane education camp and free “Knowledge with Noodle” session

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (September 11, 2009) – The Jacksonville Humane Society honored James Sigler, the 6-year-old who saved a kitten from under the Buckman Bridge, during a ceremony yesterday at the organization’s Beach Blvd. adoption and humane education facility.

“We are so proud of James for his heroic efforts,” said Pamela Javins, JHS’s director of development. “We often hear stories about the inhumane treatment of animals, but we rarely hear of the good things people do to care for our four-legged friends. James proves that one person can make a difference in the life of an animal.”

Javins, Meghan Kopitke, JHS’s humane education manager, and Noodle, the organization’s humane education mascot, presented Sigler with a one-week Camp Kindness scholarship, a one-hour “Knowledge with Noodle” session, a basket of kitty toys and treats and a certificate of humane appreciation. The “Knowledge with Noodle” session includes a guided tour of the JHS facility and the opportunity to play with and learn about adoptable animals at JHS.

In August, James and his father, Mike Sigler, were fishing on the St. Johns River near the Buckman Bridge when James heard a kitten crying. After a frantic search, the family found a black and white tuxedo kitten clinging to a bridge piling. The kitten’s paws were raw and her claws were gone. She was also covered in cuts. The Siglers believe she was trying to climb the piling after someone threw her from the bridge. The Siglers brought the kitten home and adopted her, naming her “T.K.,” short for “Tough Kitty.”

JHS commends all actions of animal welfare and believes humane education is a vital part of the prevention of cruelty to animals. The organization offers a series of educational opportunities for children, including Camp Kindness, a children’s camp designed to help find homes for adoptable animals while teaching humane education.


The Jacksonville Humane Society, founded in 1885, serves more than 4,000 animals each year. JHS is a no-kill, non-profit center for animal welfare and education that serves as a resource for all companion-animal related issues. The organization is dedicated to finding loving, permanent homes for animals by matching people with the pet that is right for them.

Media contact:

Michelle Gilliam
Jacksonville Humane Society
904-725-8766 x243 (o)
904-859-8606 (c)