January 17, 2011

Good Samaritans Still Exist

Yesterday when we were leaving for church I heard a cat meowing.  It was a continuous meow so I went to the woods to investigate and found a kitten about 25 feet in the air.  I figured she would be down when we got home from church.  A few hours later, she was still in the tree.  Throughout the day, I went outside to check on the cat and she had not budged.  My husband and I tried to coax her down.  The problem was that she would move to come down and then she would get spooked and go up into the tree even further.  I called the fire department and they said there was nothing they could do. 

Fast forward to today.  The kitten was still in the tree.  I called the fire department again and explained that it had been over 24 hours.  I also called the animal hospital, animal control, police department, tree cutter, and other places trying to get recommendations of people to call.  I posted pictures of the kitten on facebook to see if anyone knew what we should do.  I even posted and tweeted to local news channels.  My friends encouraged me to do more tweeting on the matter and so I did.  What did I have to lose? 

While all this was going on my husband got out the ladder and although he couldn’t reach the cat, he was trying to talk her down from the tree.  He even cut down a tree and tried to lean it up against the other one so that she could walk down it at an angle.  This cat wasn’t coming down and at this point she had been in the tree for over 30 hours.

Some of my friends also did some tweeting and posting on facebook for me.  My friend and former editor Gayla was a big cheerleader and she also tweeted it for me.   My friends were also upset about the cat being in the tree for so long.  It has been said that you don’t see dead cats in trees so they eventually come down.  Well, that’s not necessarily the case.  Google it and you’ll be alarmed.

The tweeting was very successful.  I began tweeting with Kim Hughes of 704 Events.com and she put me in contact with Rob of Jackalope Jacks Restaurant in Charlotte.  Rob began working on getting a crew together to come rescue the kitty.  Before long a group of people was working to save the cat.  Dave Smith jumped out of his truck and was up the tree in minutes.

The problem is that the kitten was petrified and honestly, I don’t think she’s been around people very much.  She climbed further up into the tree when Dave tried to help her.

The rest of the guys were standing at the bottom in case the cat fell.

As you can imagine, this was making me very nervous and I was doing lots of praying for Dave’s safety.  Thankfully Dave and the cat made it down safely.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of the cat on the ground.  She took off running after she got down.

In this world you will meet lots of people that will be ugly to you and that will let you down.  It’s nice to know that there are others in the world that help complete strangers.

A special thanks to:

Kim Hughes of 704 Events.com

Rob of Jackalope Jacks Restaurant in Charlotte

Tony Furr of Classic Auctions

Dave of Dave Smith Tree Experts

Have you witnessed any kind acts of service lately?



4 Responses to “Good Samaritans Still Exist”
  1. 1
    Norene says:

    That is so awesome thanks for sharing!!!

  2. 2
    joann says:

    I am such a kitty lover. I am so glad the kitty got down !

  3. 3
    Twitter: linetteg

    I love happy endings!

  4. 4
    Twitter: tarametblog

    Wow, what a story! She was sure high up from the looks of your pictures. I would have been equally worried and obsessed about it too. Good for you for getting the word out and for Dave for coming to the rescue. I’m glad it turned out OK. Hopefully the cat will stay out of trees in the future. PS: I’m afraid to google your suggestion. I don’t think I want to know the real answer.

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