Cat stuck 50-feet up in a tree for agonizing five days

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Delores Bushong’s cat, Hank, recently climbed a bit too far up a tree and managed to get himself stuck. Stuck 50-feet above the ground without food or water, and no way to get back down. Bushong was desperate to save her beloved cat and she reached out to Humane Rescue Alliance for help. The animal welfare agency’s field services team spent days attempting to get Hank down, but he didn’t want to climb down, and there were obstacles standing in the way.

Humane Rescue Alliance explained:

The tree branches were too unstable to climb, and the location of the tree made it impossible to reach with a fire truck’s aerial ladder.

Fortunately, the rescue team was creative, and Hank was open to bribery. The rescue agency said:

Having found no other option, we had to get creative. Our team placed high value treats and clothing with Delores’ scent on them in a basket – which our rescuers referred to as “Hank’s Party Pack” – and rigged a rope system to raise it more than 50 feet in hopes Hank would be willing to jump in. After a few attempts and additional rigging, Hank jumped in and was safely lowered to the ground.

Chris Schindler, vice president of Field Services at HRA, said:

“I can only imagine how agonizing it was for Hank to be stuck 50 feet up in a tree without food or water and in direct sunlight for five days and four nights. Hank’s successful rescue was undoubtedly made possible by the dozens of community members who worked together to help reunite this family.”

Hank’s owner was grateful for all of the help offered to get her cat down, she said:

“It was so far beyond what any individual could do. It brought the community together in a way that was amazing and allowed me to see just how many people would go out of their way to save this animal. People told me they woke up in the middle of the night thinking what else they could do to get Hank down from the tree. I’m happy to live in Washington, D.C., where we have an incredible resource in the Humane Rescue Alliance. For me, it was a wonderful ending.”

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