Fulvia (sounds similar to Sophia with accent on second syllable) is a sweet, young gray tabby girl who was rudely chased up a tree by some loose dogs.  After she climbed the tree, she jumped onto the roof of the house immediately next to the tree.  She escaped the dogs, but now she was stuck on the roof and had no way down.  She was stuck there for three nights before her owner found me.

I went over there and found Fulvia crying constantly for help while she paced along the roof of a one-story house.  Since she wasn't high and was in familiar territory, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to give her a ramp to walk down.  I strapped two 12-feet carpeted boards together to make one ramp about 20 feet long.  I propped one end on the edge of the roof and let the other end rest on the ground.  The angle of the ramp was gentle enough that any cat should easily be able to walk down head-first.

Fulvia immediately took note of this new ramp, but did not know what to do with it.  She walked away and continued to cry.  She turned around and came back to it, this time, putting one foot on it.  Still, she wasn't sure about it, so she walked off crying again.  Again, she returned, and this time, with coaxing from us below, she stepped onto the ramp and began to walk down.

After coming down a few feet, Fulvia stopped and looked down as if she was thinking about jumping.  She would have been fine if she had jumped, but instead she decided to resume her progress downward.  Once she got close to me, she stopped, and I noticed that she was not comfortable being so close to this stranger.  I backed off, and that was all she needed to finish her walk all the way to the ground.  She was safely on the ground now and quickly looked for her food bowl.  I packed up the ramp and left.

This rescue was so quick and easy that I hesitate to even mention it.  But this is the first time I was able to get video of a rescue by ramp, and I want to show it as a demonstration.