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Cat Stuck in Tree Rescued

Written by PETA | August 25, 2010
Cat brought down from tree


Desperate to help a cat who’d been stuck in a tree for a week through the summer’s worst thunderstorms, Tanya Lippke of Lewiston, Maine, turned to PETA—who she knew would never turn away from an animal in need. According to the local newspaper,

Tanya had been trying to find a hero all week. She tried the Fire Department. She tried police and an animal control officer. She even called some tree companies directly to implore them for help. “Nobody would do it. They said the cat would come down eventually,” Tanya said. “But you know what? It wasn’t coming down.”

Drastic times, as they say, call for drastic measures.

Tanya went up as high in the command as she could go. She called the people of PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. It was a last resort, a Hail Mary.

And it worked.

Within hours the kitty was safely down.

You hear about PETA’s lettuce ladies storming Capitol Hill and our undercover investigations that shake up entire animal-abusing industries. You don’t always hear about PETA saving cats from trees—but, yup, we do that too.

Aren’t you proud to be a PETA member?

Written by Joel Bartlett

P.S. Just a reminder: Please keep cats indoors where they are safe.

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  • sally says:

    our fd is pretty good! theyve even been told not to argue with folks who insist their animals be rescued first in a fire anymore as it just puts more lives at risk so the animal gets saved first!! but they have breathing equipment for animals and are taught how to rub their backs to revive those whove stopped breathing perhaps peta could post a vid for everyone about animal cpr you never know when you may be needed! but hey theyll come out for anything! they even came out to stick a star on the top of a chrismas tree on the roof of a house last year! heehee!

  • Ralph says:

    I’m sorry but I don’t see her as a hero. She should’ve once the FD and PD said no called someone that FIRST day and got help to get the cat down. I’m glad the cat is rescued but waiting a week is not healthy for the cat.

  • Marissa says:

    When I was at the dog park this happened! The sweetest lady called everyone and every organization she could. No one would come to rescue the cat finally she got a hold of 2 tree climbers that loved cats and they came out. It took them almost all day to get the cat down. It had been up in the tree for 4 or 5 days in the heat with no food or water. Everybody who saw the size of the tree found it impossible that the cat could have gotten up there. Luckily she was brought down and rushed to the vet.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    I am sure somewhere sometime in the distant past in a very small town where not much in the way of an emergency happened a firefighter climbed a tree and got a stuck frightened cat down from it. From that grain of truth grew a myth of legendary proportions to wit all firefighters or other emergency workers will drop what they are doing when the “cat in a tree” call comes in. Now I am sure a few fire departments will send someone out but that is not the case where I live. The caller is usually told that is not a service the department offers and do not call again unless there is a real emergency.