Letter to the Editor: Letter to the Editor Local Tree Services' Compassion Saves Cat's Life

Letter to the Editor
Local Tree Services' Compassion Saves Cat's Life

I just wanted to share the rescue story of Poppy the cat. My neighbor's cat, Poppy, had been stuck at the top of a tree about 50-60 ft. tall. She had been stuck up there since before 7 a.m. Sunday morning Nov. 25, 2012. Poppy had spent the last three days and nights up in the tree crying for someone to help get her down. She spent those three days & nights in freezing cold temperatures, wind, and sleet/freezing rain. My neighbor had tried to get the cat to climb down on her own and had called tree service companies for help. The first two days they couldn't get anyone to return their calls. Monday night I started calling everyone and anyone that I could think of to help this cat. I called the Humane Society, the police dept., the fire dept., and local tree service companies for help. There was absolutely no possible way that this poor, terrified kitty was able to back her way back down the tree.
Finally, this morning I spoke to a gentleman from Carbaugh Tree Service about the dire situation of this cat. I explained to him that another local tree service company wanted $200 to get the cat out of the tree. I explained to him that $200 seemed a lot to charge, and that it would only take 15 minutes to rescue the cat from the tree with a bucket truck. Also, that it wasn't my cat; however, I was willing to help pay for the rescue. I couldn't just let this poor cat suffer any longer up there or freeze to death. He said that he would see what he could do.
Needless to say, within the hour a bucket truck pulled up to the house where Poppy was stuck in the tree. Carbaugh Tree Service came to the rescue. They raised the 60 ft. bucket and got the cat out of the treetop safely. When Poppy's owner asked how much he could give them for rescuing her, the reply was "like $25" - a huge difference from the amount that the other tree company wanted. So, I would just like to say "Thank You" to Carbaugh Tree Service for caring about the welfare and life a cat named Poppy!
They truly saved her life, and it's good to know that there are still good, compassionate people out there willing to help.

Eve Hurley Wabst
(Robinwood) Hagerstown, Md