Who would have thought that coffee could be used to save lives? Well, all right, there’s a heap of studies on the benefits of coffee and how it can prevent certain illnesses, so a lot of people probably thought that.

I am, however, not referring to saving lives by means of ingesting coffee, but rather by pouring it. That’s right. Pouring it. You know, like pouring coffee on someone’s tongue when it freezes to a flag pole because someone else told them that people over 30 can’t have their tongues frozen to a pole (If you got this reference, post it in the comments).

Canadian Kendall Diwisch stumbled upon 3 kittens frozen to the ground during his work

Image credits: Kendall Diwisch

Kendall Diwisch, a Canadian oil worker from Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada, was doing a well checkup run when he stumbled upon 3 abandoned kittens on one of the back roads.

Diwisch stopped to investigate and was greeted by the sound of desperate meowing. He soon discovered that two of the three kittens had their tails frozen to the ground.

Apparently, two of the three kittens’ tails were frozen to the snow and they couldn’t move anywhere

Image credits: Kendall Diwisch

Without hesitation, he ran to melt the ice by pouring warm coffee on their frozen tails

Image credits: Kendall Diwisch

The man did not hesitate and leaped back to the car to pick up the only ice-melting thing he had—warm coffee. After getting back to the kittens, he started pouring whatever remaining coffee he had on the tails. To the man’s surprise, the kittens instinctively started drinking it, but not enough to have any negative effects.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough coffee (or it wasn’t warm enough) for it to do the trick. So, Diwisch decided to give it a little pull. Despite the kittens meowing in discomfort, he managed to fairly easily set them free from their icy prison. No kittens were scalded or harmed during the rescue.

Diwisch later posted on Facebook about this little adventure, which went viral

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The hero took the three little critters home to be fed and warmed up

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Diwisch brought the 3 furry felines back to the car and drove them home, where they were warmed up and fed. The kittens were also dewormed as Diwisch was planning to give them up for adoption.

The hero later took to Facebook to share highlights from his adventure with the kittens. He suspected that the kittens were frozen for the whole night, so they were lucky he happened to pop by at the right place and at the right time before they froze to death.

Here’s the video showing how it all went down

It wasn’t long until the three little furballs found a new warm home

Image credits: Cause for Critters

Diwisch’s story soon went viral with a number of news outlets covering the story and many social media websites reposting it.

It wasn’t long until all three kittens found a new home. According to Diwisch, he received tons of offers to adopt the kittens. Cause for Critters, a local animal shelter in Drayton Valley, later announced in a post that the kittens were taken in by a family also living in Drayton Valley.

A happy ending to a feel-good story. Have any rescue stories of your own? Let us know in the comments below!

One half of the internet praised the hero for his selfless act…

… while the rest started coming up with cute names for them