When Steve called me, it was late in the afternoon, but I still would have had time to rescue the cat, except no one was home at that time to show me where the cat is and to care for the cat once I brought it down. I always like to have someone there to monitor the rescue anyway in case something goes wrong. The next day, I had a family funeral to attend, and I didn't think I would be back home in time for a rescue. However, I managed to get home earlier than expected, so I contacted Steve and headed out. Thankfully, Steve had already volunteered to take responsibility for the cat and try to find the owner. In fact, he had already placed a flyer in all the mailboxes near him to see if the cat belonged to any of his neighbors. This is in a rural area near Greenwell Springs, and the homes are on large tracts of land and set far back from the highway and from each other.
cat named Oscar. Fortunately, I keep a record of the phone numbers, so I sent a text message to Si, Oscar's owner, about the rescue I had just done to see if he knew anything about the cat. Well, he did. He excitedly contacted me right away and said that was probably Oscar. Oscar had been missing for 10 days, and he and his family had been sick about it and missing him terribly. They were desperate to find him and had been searching all over for him. I gave him Steve's phone number, and Si called him and went over there with the family right away and reclaimed their beloved Oscar. It was a happy and tearful reunion, and Si thanked me multiple times in behalf of his whole family.
It's a great feeling to be able to rescue a cat stuck in a tree, and it's a great feeling to help a family reunite with their lost cat. To be able to do both in the same rescue is sublime.