Antrim firefighters rescue cat from tree

  • Antrim firefighters rescued a cat from a tree on Monday morning. Courtesy photo—

  • Antrim firefighters rescued a cat from a tree on Monday morning. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/8/2019 2:20:21 AM

On Monday morning, the age old question of whether a local fire department will rescue a cat from a tree was answered.

“As a department, we certainly like doing it for the sake of the pet owners and the pet itself,” Antrim Fire Chief Marshall Gale said Tuesday. “To be successful and to get the cat down and reunite it with the owners is very rewarding.”

Gale said an engine company responded to West Street around 11 a.m. in order to rescue a cat that had been stuck overnight in a tree after being alerted through a Facebook post.

With the aid of the homeowner’s 28-foot ladder, probationary firefighter Nick Taber was able to climb up and get the cat out of the tree. All in all, Gale said the rescue took about 10 minutes.

“It was a little shy. As soon as it got on the ground, the firefighter tried to hand it to the owner and it ran off a short distance,” Gale said. “You never know how the cat will react, sometimes the cat will climb further up the tree. I always talk with the owner first to give them the worst case scenario.”

Taber was dressed in full turnout gear, Gale said, as sometimes cats don’t want to be rescued and use their claws to make their point.

“This cat actually seemed pretty happy to be rescued,” Gale said.

Gale said that while his department tries to rescue cats out of trees when asked to, he isn’t sure which other departments help out.

In Antrim, everything is done on a case-by-case basis. Whether the fire department accepts the call depends on how high the cat is up in the tree and how accessible the cat and tree is.

“It kind of comes down to if we can do it safely for our personnel and for the animal,” Gale said. “We’ve had some cases where the cat is 50 feet up in the tree, out of reach from ground ladders.”

While the Antrim Fire Department gets the occasional cat in a tree call they are typically infrequent. Marshall said weeks or years can go by between calls.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com.


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