Neighbors Work Together To Save Cat Stuck On Pole

CatA stubborn cat made neighbors work together to rescue a cat suspended 25 feet above ground on an utility pole wire for 14 hours.

Crystal Benton and Dolores Rodriguez tried to figure out how to get the orange-and-white male cat down from the pole. They were afraid for his safety on the pole in the snowy weather.

Benton and Rodriguez first called the police and an animal control officer came out. The officer said that the cat would eventually come down and the risk to rescuers outweighed the danger to the cat.

They then tried to get help from the fire department and electric company, but both said it was not their job to rescue a cat.

The neighbors then tried to persuade the cat to come down with cat food, a chicken leg, the sound of a ravioli can being opened and some bells. One even tried shaking a box of cat food to lure the cat down, but all of the attempts were unsuccessful.

With the snow coming down, Benton and Rodriguez knew that they needed to get the cat down from the pole.

They parked Rodriguez’s SUV next to the pole, and Benton put a comforter over the top of the car. They brought a 6-foot plank from the back of a house and tried putting it up as an alternative to an asphalt landing.

Then another neighbor saw Benton and Rodiguez and came over to help. He tried to climb part of the way up the pole and extended the plank to the cat, and then he tried to get the cat off of the electrical wire by poking the cat in his belly.

The cat started to come down, but then quickly scrambled back up to the wire when he lost his footing.

The neighbor called for someone to bring a 17-foot ladder while Rodriguez’s husband came out to help.

He climbed on top of the truck and sent up the rescue plank. The cat began to involuntarily slide down from the pole and then did a 180-degree flip, and he finally shimmied down the pole.

The group of neighbors awaited the cat at the bottom with outstretched arms to provide a soft landing. They promised him lots of food and a warm home.

Rodriguez’s son cheered on, “Come on kitty, you can do it; we love you.”

The cat is back on solid ground now and has many new friends.

Source: Union Leader

14 Responses to “Neighbors Work Together To Save Cat Stuck On Pole”

  1. Macushla says:

    Sometimes you forget that there are really good people in this world!

  2. kaefamily says:

    One learns never to depend on our tax supported government agencies for assistance, i.e. fire dept, police dept, utilities companies and the likes.

  3. Courtney says:

    Thanks for the wonderful and heartwarming story:-)

  4. Dennis says:

    Wow, it is a good thing they didn’t call our KCMO Fire Department to get the cat down. A couple years back, they came to get a stray cat next door off the pole and used the fire hose to shoot the cat off the top of the utility pole. We’re not talking ladders here, just whoosh and maybe the cat will survive the fall. In that case, the cat survived apparently unharmed, although I doubt she trusts firemen anymore. She now permanently resides with us.

  5. NH says:

    This happened in NH. There was an outcry by people because not only did the police and fire department decline to help, but the animal control officer didn’t want to help either.

    The people who saved the kitty are my hero’s.

  6. Jennifer says:

    aw. this is a feel good story because we often forget that there are still good people in the world because most news focuses on the bad.

  7. Velvet's Dad says:

    What they did was dangerous which makes it all the more poignant and heartwarming. There are good people in this world. So glad a happy ending.

  8. Michelle says:

    Kudos to crystal and dolores (and all others who helped)! Its so great to know that there are still people in this world who care about helping our animals… of course there are still some people who dont: go to the main source for this story (union leader) and check out tim from manchester’s comment… its a shame that people like that live on the same continent as me.

  9. Dianne says:

    funny story — my aby Max as a young yet to be neutered male cat climbed up on the neighbor’s roof. My then husband tried to get him down by climbing up a ladder on the side of the house and almost was a disaster. (Well he was a disaster but that’s another story). We called around (fire, animal rescue) and no one would claim jurisdiction. Eventually animal control gave us the number of a tree surgeon who would come out to get the cat down. The somewhat scruffy guy arrived with his family piled into the station wagon. He climbed the tree next to the house and jumped on the roof. With that, the cat jumped off the roof! He apologized profusely, but I said you did your job, the cat is off the roof! The cat was fine, and since it was close to the holidays we gave him some cash.

  10. my4meezers says:

    Kudos to everyone who helped this poor kitty. It’s people like them who make me proud to live in NH.

    (Ya, we do still have our jerks like Tim from Manchester.)

  11. catmom5 says:

    I hope that lucky cat now has a happy, forever INSIDE home. Poor boy must have been terrified, even with all of his rescuers trying to help. It’s nice to read this kind of story with a happy ending. SIGH, if only we had more TRUE HEROES.

  12. Patty L. says:

    Two years ago, when my little male cat Sweetie poked a hole in the screening of my screened-in deck, he playfully jumped onto the roof. When I got a ladder to rescue him from the roof, he jumped onto a tall spruce tree next to the house. He climbed to the top, maybe 20 feet — but couldn’t get down. Finally, I called the volunteer fire dept. They did come and did rescue Sweetie from the tree. Maybe the reason they came was that the dispatcher thought I said, “My dad is stuck in a tree,” rather than “cat” is stuck, because the first person to arrive said, “Is your father conscious?”

  13. Donna says:

    Great too know we still have people that care. Now if we could remove all that don’t to an Island………… alcatraz.We would just keep the good folks around. Better world starting now. Happy to know the cat is safe.Thanks all that helped !

  14. Tanya says:

    Please don’t put too much blame on police, fire, and animal welfare.

    1) they are under strict local and state guidlines about when and how they can risk thier own lives and spend tax payer money (the FPDs that i represent usually run about 5000 bucks per call like this, to investigate a fire, or check a downed power line).

    2) usually there are guidelines on top of it, about working with or around power lines that demand the whole block be shut down due to the hazard.

    3) very very very often, the cat is not really stuck, he’s just… reluctant. the shelter I volunteer with, says that if a cat is stuck in a tree, they can’t do a rescue until 24 hours have passed - the assumption being if more than 24 have gone and the cat is still on teh pole, it really is stuck. (if it’s stuck in a gutter, a wall, or other areas of imediate danger, they will react much faster).

    Give people a break this holiday, and just be happy this cat is safely down and hopefully happy and warm ! :-)

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