Bills Streaker Nabs PETA Award for Saving Cat From Tree

Tristan Lambright Climbed to New Heights to Save Alice, Who Had Been Stuck for Nine Days

For Immediate Release:
March 13, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Lackawanna, N.Y. – A Compassionate Action Award is on its way from PETA to Tristan Lambright—also known as “the Buffalo Bills streaker”—in honor of his March 6 rescue of Alice, a cat who’d been stuck up a Lackawanna tree for nine days. The family had called the local fire department, the city, and a tree-service company for help, to no avail—so when Lambright, an arborist, saw a Facebook post about Alice’s predicament, he decided to help. He scaled the tree, placed Alice inside a backpack, and brought her back to her relieved family. Although she was thin and distressed, she seemed very happy to have been returned home. Video footage of the rescue is available here.

“When Tristan Lambright saw that his unique skills could save a cat from a deadly predicament, he jumped right in to help,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes his bravery and kindness will inspire people everywhere to take action when animals are in danger.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that the safest place for feline companions is indoors. Cats who are allowed to roam outdoors may catch diseases such as feline AIDS, be hit by cars, be intentionally harmed by cruel humans, or become stranded like Alice. PETA encourages anyone who spots a cat stuck in a tree or on a high structure to call authorities for help immediately—and if they won’t help, call PETA’s 24/7 emergency line at 757-622-PETA.

Lambright will receive a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan cookies.

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