I was picking up a friend to finish some Christmas shopping when I noticed that my friend’s neighbours across the street were standing outside frantically looking up at the huge tree in their front yard.
Their eight month old cat, Sunset was stuck in the top branches of their 10-metre tree. The pet owner said the cat had been there for hours and no amount of coaxing was getting him down. I asked if I could do anything to help and was told a long ladder might help. I drove home and put my four-metre ladder in my car and drove back as quickly as I could.
As luck would have it, the ladder was too short to come within a helpful distance of the cat. I suggested calling the humane society for help. The gentleman told me he had already called them as well as the police and fire department. He was told they don’t get cats out of trees.
By now the little cat was pitifully meowing and looking scared. In an attempt to be helpful, I got on my cellphone and called Manitoba Hydro, thinking that a bucket truck could come to the rescue. I was told they don’t get cats out of trees.
I then called 311 and asked for help. They referred me to the humane society and the fire department.
I decided to try the fire department as I was sure I could convince them to help. I was told that this service only helps humans and they referred me back to the humane society.
When I asked the gentleman at the humane society who could help this poor distressed cat he said to try Alliance tree service.
When I called there, all that was available was an answering machine. I looked up tree services in the directory and came upon Kildonan Tree service. I was happy a real human answered, and I began to explain the situation.
After asking me a few questions, Jerry said he could be there in half an hour. I remember asking how much the service would be, but he simply said he was on his way. When I ran out to tell the pet owners help was on the way they looked both thankful and relieved.
As promised, Jerry arrived with his bucket truck and Sunset was soon safely in his family’s arms. I went to speak to Jerry, and Sunset was taken into the warm house. I discovered Jerry is the owner of Kildonan Tree Service and when I took out my cheque book, he would not take payment. He said Sunset was a good little cat, and he was glad to help.
God bless this kind businessman who came to the rescue of a precious little non-human. We truly have some wonderful humane human beings in Winnipeg. Jerry, we thank you and so does little Sunset.
— Karen Romanoff