Vince and Duncan Brady, of the aptly named Garden Rescue Tree Services, gave up their time to come to the rescue of one-year-old Steve after he was chased up a tree by a dog in a copse not far from his home in Ashurst, Skelmersdale.
Owners Ian and Tina Barry had been trying unsuccessfully to persuade him all along and decided to ask the RSPCA for help.
Animal Rescue Officer Johnny Brooks arrived at the scene and noticed that Vince and Duncan were parked nearby. The father-son team informed him that they had heard of Steve’s plight and wanted to see if they could help.
Tina Barry with Steve, as well as Duncan, Vince and Graham Brady
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Using special equipment, Duncan managed to reach Steve and talked him into getting close enough to catch him before bringing him back to the ground in a stone sack. The rescue on April 26 took over two and a half hours.
Johnny said: “Steve had spent three nights and two days up the tree and there was no way he could get down on his own, mainly because some of the branches were quite brittle making it more difficult for him.
“Even the fire department couldn’t have reached him on that occasion – so we are very grateful to Vince and Duncan who were only too happy to help and kindly donated their time and expertise to what turned out to be a lengthy effort.” and tricky operation.
The rescue of Steve the cat, 50 feet above the ground, is carried out successfully
“Steve was understandably scared – he was clinging to the edge of a branch that was bending under his weight – but once he was safely down I checked on him and thankfully he was unharmed and returned to his much relieved owners.”
The RSPCA recommends owners give their cats enough time – typically 24 hours – to get down from the trees on their own, by trying to tempt them with stinky treats or by heating the food up a bit to enhance its smell.
It often happens that they aren’t really trapped but are scared or unsure, and often they find out and end up making their own way down.
However, each job is different and depends on the cat’s age and health, whether it is injured or physically entangled, and the weather conditions at the time. If a rescue attempt is made too soon, cats sometimes climb higher or jump from tree to tree, putting themselves at even greater risk of falling.
Steve is back home after his ordeal