Cats
Cat Stranded in Tree for Nine Days
This cat was stuck in a tree for nine days in the dead of winter, hoping that somebody would come and save her.
Rachel Shapiro
03.09.18

One February day, a tabby cat named Alice slipped out of her house in Buffalo, New York when her owner was letting out her dogs. Before Alice’s owner, Jessica Williams, could stop her, Alice climbed up a tall tree in her backyard.

After Alice reached the top of the tree, she tried to climb down, but she couldn’t make it. Alice was stuck, and Williams had no way to reach her.

Tammy Hanna via Facebook
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Tammy Hanna via Facebook

Williams quickly called her local fire department, hoping someone would come and save her beloved cat. But to her surprise, the fire department didn’t answer her calls. She also tried reaching out to her local SPCA and Animal Control, but nobody responded.

Williams, her boyfriend Daniel Pilarski, and Pilarski’s mom Tammy Hanna tried everything they could to get the cat out of the tree. They tried talking to her and placing food at the bottom of the tree.

Nothing worked—Alice couldn’t find her way down.

Tammy Hanna via Facebook
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Tammy Hanna via Facebook

Alice was stuck in the tree for nine days. The poor cat was freezing and hungry, and Williams was afraid that she wouldn’t make it much longer.

Williams and Hanna both posted about the cat on Facebook, hoping someone would come and help them. Thankfully, someone noticed their posts: an aspiring arborist named Tristian Lambright.

“I had some free time today and I noticed someone was in distress about their cat being up a tree for 9 days now. This poor kitty was stuck up a tree through rain and snow. The fire department wouldn’t come and help and neither would the town of Lancaster.

Some of you may know that my preferred profession is being an arborist, it was an easy step to take from climbing trees to take them down to just climbing up a bit and saving a family’s beloved pet. All I needed was a harness, ladder, backpack, and some treats.

It was a nice feel good moment and I’m glad that Alice is back to her family and that everyone was happy today,” Lambright wrote on Facebook.

Lambright climbed up into the tree and carefully carried Alice down. Hanna filmed the whole cat rescue and put it on Facebook. The video quickly got thousands of views—everyone was amazed by Lambright’s climbing skills.

Posted by Tammy Hanna on Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Alice was relieved to be on the ground with her family—she didn’t stop purring for the rest of the day! Hanna and Williams were both thrilled to have their cat home.

“Tristan was our angel as Alice had been in the tree for nine days and probably couldn’t have survived much longer,” Hanna told Love Meow.

Tamma Hanna via Facebook
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Tamma Hanna via Facebook

Williams brought Alice inside and wrapped a warm blanket around her, and the little cat happily fell asleep.

Tammy Hanna via Facebook
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Tammy Hanna via Facebook

Now, Alice is greatly enjoying life back on the ground!

Tammy Hanna via Facebook
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Tammy Hanna via Facebook

Thanks to a kind arborist-in-training, Alice is now safe and warm in her family’s loving home. Lambright is a true hero!

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By Rachel Shapiro
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Rachel Shapiro is a contributing writing at Shareably. She is based in New York and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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