It is very important to me that people know that I will rescue their cat even if they can't afford it. For this reason, I refuse any offer of payment even though I am very grateful for the gesture. If you want to give something, I encourage you instead to make a donation to Cat Haven or any other animal welfare organization of your choice.
Not in My Area?
Why Do I Do This?
First, there is a need for it. Cats continually get stuck in trees, and there are very few people who are willing and able to help. In some areas, there is no one who will rescue the cat, and people and their cats suffer needlessly as a result. I do it to help fill that void and reduce that suffering. Also, remember that when I rescue a cat, I am also rescuing at least one person as well. Sometimes, I rescue a whole family, including the children. The people who love the cat are often suffering more than the cat is, and it feels very rewarding to me to return that cat to their arms and relieve their suffering.
Consider watching one of these slideshows of my favorite images from my rescues, and I think you will understand just how meaningful and important this is both to the people and their cats.
Below this section is the story of my most recent rescue. For this and all the other individual rescue stories, see the Rescue Stories page. For a general overview, consider these yearly compilations of the best moments from all my rescues.