Two Local Men Help Rescue Cats Trapped In Trees

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Two men from different states that have never met each other have one thing in common: they both rescue cats trapped in trees.

Todd O’Neill of White Plains, New York and Marc Matthews of New Haven, Connecticut both are tree cutters, but they also use their skills to help bring down cats that are stranded in trees.

O’Neill (pictured here) is a tree surgeon, so he climbs tall trees that rise above homes and takes down dead limbs and branches. In the past ten years, he has also used his talent to rescue cats stuck high in trees.

“I’ve rescued about 40 or 50 cats from trees, and one pit bull puppy,” he said. “Most people don’t know that pit bulls can climb. This guy was about 20 feet up.”

His first act of heroism was when a neighbor’s cat was stuck about 50 feet in a 90-foot-tall oak tree. The cat had been stuck in the tree for a couple of days, and the fire department told the neighbor that they didn’t rescue cats from trees. So, the neighbors asked O’Neill if he could help.

He strapped on his tree harness, put a rope over a branch, and started climbing. A few minutes later, the cat and O’Neill were headed back to the ground.

O’Neill doesn’t charge for saving cats. He said he gets the occasional cake, cookies or baked goods as a token of appreciation.

He said he has rescued cats that were as high as 60 feet up. O’Neill added that mostly cats are pretty easy to take down, but he has been clawed, scratched and bitten a few times. He said once he got a claw right in the mouth. But he doesn’t worry because he keeps his vaccinations current.

O’Neill said his cat, Simon, is just like him. He climbs curtains, chairs, and anything else he sees.

Matthews also has his own tree removal business and rescues stranded cats at no cost. He said most fire departments won’t rescue cats, and some tree services do it but they charge.

He passes out fliers about his cat rescue service to animal shelters and veterinary services. Word has gotten around the community about Marc’s Cat-in-a-Tree Rescue Service.

Matthews has even climbed up an 80-foot-tree to rescue a cat.

“There is a real need for this and I think it’s wonderful that instead of charging (for the service) he’s donating to animal rescue organizations,” an animal shelter worker said. “I’m sure if the word gets out, he’ll be very busy.”

Source: The Journal News, New Haven Register

(Thanks Lynn)

9 Responses to “Two Local Men Help Rescue Cats Trapped In Trees”

  1. Maria says:

    Two great guys, not charging for their services and rescuing trapped kitties, especially since the fire department won’t do it. I hope their tree service businesses are booming after this.

  2. Judy says:

    Yeah a happy story about nice people, how nice these men are to rescue kitties and not even charge for it. I hope they are both nonimated for an award.

  3. Lynn says:

    And I hope that people in the greater New Haven and greater White Plains, NY, areas save their names and remember to call them for tree-trimming services as well.

  4. Bridgett says:

    What good guys! That is a very necessary service they are providing free of charge. We need more of them!

  5. Lorri says:

    It is fabulous to see two people give of themselves to help the helpless. This is a good service obviously preformed by good people, and animals (particularly cats ) benefit. It doesn’t get better than that. :)

  6. catmom5 says:

    HURRAY for two very good guys! I’m glad to hear some good news for a change. I know there are good folks out there, but they seem to go about their busines quietly, not drawing attention to themselves. I, too, hope that the folks in their areas support their paid work.

  7. Rose says:

    Great guys!

  8. Donna says:

    I am very impressed with these unselfish men. Bravo for your acts of kindness !

  9. Stan says:

    All I can say is thanks, If I met them in person, I would give them a hand shake! Great dead they are doing!

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