People are amazing. Animals are amazing. Both can touch and warm your heart. Here’s what happened in our neighbourhood Kingsmill Park on April 4th, 2012:
On April 2nd, I was informed of 2 black cats stuck in a tree in a tree for at least 4 nights (before someone noticed them). One cat was at least 40 feet up having wedged itself into the Y section of a thin branch to prevent it from falling. I contacted Toronto Animal Services later that afternoon and they could not come because they were short staffed and was told to call at 8 am the next day.
After a just below zero night, I called at 8 am. I placed calls to the Etobicoke Humane Society, Toronto Wildlife Centre, Toronto Humane Sociey and Toronto Cat Rescue in hopes of getting help. No one really knew how to rescue a cat from a tree and calling the fire department was a suggested option. A friend dropped by the local fire station on Prince Edward Drive to inquire, and they confirmed that they do not rescue cats anymore.
An officer arrived at 3 pm. A tree climbing company would need to be called but they couldn’t come until the next day, meaning the cat would have to spend another near zero night in the tree and it was very windy to add to the cold conditions. Arriving at 8 am, the cat was still alive…after at least 6 nights in the tree.
CB Tree Experts arrived just before 10 am, along with another Animal Services Officer. Craig Telenko of CB Tree Experts (based in Scarborough) was very quick at establishing himself a lifeline and then swung over to the limb containing the cat. As he got closer the cat started meowing, as if to say, “It’s about time someone came to rescue me!”. The cat was reluctant to drop itself into the net, but eventually it did.
What is touching is that the 2nd cat that was on a lower limb and could get down if it wanted to, never abandoned its friend. There are so many stories about dogs displaying such amazing loyalty by never leaving the sides of injured friends, whether canine or humane and recently the story where a dog lay down beside the casket of its owner, a US soldier.
Both cats are doing fine in the Toronto Services Animal Shelter on East Mall. They received their rabies vaccinations today (April 17) which means they are considered adoptable. Once they are spayed (both are female), they can be viewed on the Toronto Animal Services website.
They need a forever home. After surviving this ordeal, a positive end should be given to them. If you can offer them a forever home, please give me a call or send me an email. Here’s keeping my fingers crossed….Diane…..
A special thank you goes out to my 2 wonderful neighbours (Katherine and Inge) who are animal loving friends for their support and help in ensuring these kitties were rescued safely and to Jackie Chabot, a tireless volunteer with the Toronto Cat Rescue for your guidance and ongoing support.