In October 2020, Hoffmann Brothers received a phone call asking for help with a rescue effort underway in Belleville, Illinois. Two kittens were overheard in a storm drain on a Monday evening by restaurant staff at Main Street Brewing Company.

Stray Rescue of St Louis, the Drain experts at Hoffmann Brothers and many others got involved in what would become a mighty effort lasting more than eight hours.

Watch The Great Kitten Rescue Video


Kittens are Named After the Hoffmann Brothers

Kittens Rescued - Hoffmann BrothersAfter a successful rescue, the team at Stray Rescue wanted to honor our efforts and decided to name the kittens after Chris and Joe Hoffmann. Meet Joe and Kris!

A Huge Thank You To All Who Helped!

This rescue effort was made possible by organizations and individuals coming together. We’d like to give a big shout out to:

  • Staff at Main Street Brewing Co – Patrick Kennedy, Vince Hawthorne and others
  • Donna Lochmann – Stray Rescue Staff Member and “Rescuer”
  • John Schupp – Hoffmann Brothers, Drain Foreman
  • Mary Columbo, Stray Rescue Dispatch Team
  • Anna Beckemeyer, Hoffmann Brothers Customer Service Rep
  • Andrea Wilkey, Stray Rescue, Director of Operations
  • Natalie Thomson Stray Rescue, Director of Marketing
  • Team at Fresenius Medical Care – For buying dry shirts for rescuers at Family Dollar for the ride home, for offering hot coffee – that really changed everything for us and helped us keep going! You people are wonderful.
  • Many Good Samaritans that stopped by

We are so proud of our team at Hoffmann Brothers for taking part in this uplifting rescue and are grateful for our partnerships with Stray Rescue and the entire community.