Before You Contact Me

If you are ready to ask me to rescue your cat, you will need to read this section first.  When you contact me, I will ask you if you have read it and verify that you understand all of these issues.  You will also need to download this Cat Rescue Service Agreement and sign it when I arrive or attach it to an e-mail and state that you agree to the terms.

Coverage Area
I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and I will rescue cats just about anywhere in this area.  I do not want to set a rigid limit on the number of miles, driving time, or parishes I will serve, but I am almost always willing to drive an hour from Baton Rouge.  If you tell me how sad and desperate the situation is, and tug on my emotions and paternal instincts with the sound of the cat crying pitifully in the background, I will likely go much farther.  If in doubt, just call me.  I may at least be able to help you find someone else who is closer.

Weather
The weather matters.  I do not climb trees if I can see lightning or hear thunder, because that would put my life at risk.  I can deal with light rain, but even then if I see that the weather is clearing soon, I would prefer to wait till that time if it is possible.

Power Lines
I will not climb close to power lines.  If power lines run through the center of the tree, I most likely will not be able to help.  Every case is different, though, and the only way I can evaluate the risk is to see the site and the location of the cat in the tree.  Especially if you are located some distance away, I may ask you to send pictures of the site from different angles to me.  Even if the tree is not safe to climb, there may be other options for getting your cat down.

If the cat has climbed a power pole, you will need to contact your utility company as they are the only ones legally allowed to climb power poles.

Cost
I do not charge anything for cat rescues.  Nothing.  Zilch.  And I won’t even try to sell anything to you.  I already explained the reasons for my no-cost policy on the home page.  If you really want to give me something meaningful, then send me a picture of your cat after the rescue.  I seriously love seeing pictures of those cats sleeping soundly and peacefully in a comfy bed after spending so much time in a tree.  And I also love to hear reports that they are still doing well days afterward.  Knowing the cat is safe and well and that the family is relieved and happy is my reward.

If you meet other cat rescuers who do charge for cat rescues, then please do respect and honor them too.  Cat rescuing is rarely a full-time career.  Most cat rescuers have other real jobs and take on cat rescues on the side out of the goodness of their heart.  Those cat rescues take them away from their paying jobs, so they do lose money when they must take time away for a rescue.  And I can vouch for the fact that tree climbing gear and cat handling gear are very expensive.  I am in a fortunate position where I am retired and have the time to give away my services.  This is my joy.  So please do not begrudge those who do charge.

Property Owner’s Permission
I must have the permission of the property owner to be on his property and to climb the tree.  If you are the cat owner and the cat is on your property, then I assume I have your permission.  But if your cat is on a neighbor’s property, then I can’t do anything until you obtain his permission.  If I should fall out of the tree or hurt myself in some way, the neighbor will not be liable, and I will sign a Hold Harmless agreement to that effect if needed.

Risks and Guarantee
There are no guarantees in the cat rescue business.  Every cat is different, and every tree is different.  I cannot promise that I will be successful in rescuing your cat.  There are risks associated with the rescue of a cat in a tree, and I cannot guarantee that the cat will not be harmed in some way.  Sometimes cats jump; sometimes they fall.  I might lose control of the cat and drop him during the rescue attempt.  The cat may be injured or even die as a result of his fall.  Cats have a remarkable ability to fall from very high places without injury.  They often jump or fall from 70 feet or much more and hit the ground running, suffering no ill effects.  Injury is still possible, and you need to be aware of that and be prepared to take them to a veterinarian for treatment if needed.

Cats can get themselves into some of the most precarious positions, and I cannot guarantee that I can reach them in every case.  Cats weigh far less than I and can climb on limbs that are much too small to bear my weight.   I have a long handle net and rescue-pole, but I still may not be able to get close enough to reach them without risking my own life.  There is usually something that can be done, and I have not had an unsuccessful rescue yet, but sooner or later I am likely to run into one of those cases.  If I find that the situation is too dangerous for me, I must reserve the right to abort the rescue attempt.

Damage to the tree is also possible.  Branches may break, and already broken branches that are hanging in the tree may fall, possibly causing damage to property below.  That is why I insist that everyone stand clear of the area around the tree while the rescue is ongoing.  I take great effort to cause no damage to the tree, and I assume no responsibility for any damage that my climb may cause.  I also do not assume any responsibility for any damage to property.  I do, however, assume all responsibility for any injuries I may sustain myself as a result of climbing the tree.