This is about an amazing rescue of a cat in Kells, coordinated by the National Exotics Animal Sanctuary and carried out by W.Monaghan Tree Services.
‘A disturbing call was received by Kevin Cunningham of the National Exotics Animal Sanctuary about a cat that was stuck up a tree and had been there for up to a week. A quick call for help was put out to the Last Hope Animal Charity for some assistance, a second opinion on the matter so to speak! It was discovered that the cat was literally 70 feet up the tree, on branches that were hanging high above a busy road. Locals looked on helplessly, upset by the distraught cat who had been crying constantly and clearly distressed. Crows hovered around the cat, which caused further distress. Unable to use the fire brigade, numerous calls were made to different professions, groups, tradesmen and tree surgeons but to no avail. Finally, when we thought all hope was gone, we tracked down a willing Tree Services company – W. Monaghan Tree Services, http://www.wmts.ie/ who arrived quickly, fully equip on scene. When asked what their call out fee was, we were told that they were there to save a cats life and no money was needed.
The tree surgeons quickly assessed the situation, we received permission from the guards to control the traffic and armed with high visibility vests, traffic was controlled as Wesley Monaghan (pictured with the cat) made his way quickly up the tree. At this stage the light was fading rapidly and visibility was almost completely impaired. The cat kept moving away from Wesley, despite his attempts. People stood beneath the tree with a blanket prepared in case the cat fell.
Just when we thought there was no hope, the cat suddenly turned around and began making his way towards Wesley…we held our breath as we watched Wesley reach out and carefully lift the cat. There was no time to hoist a bag to hold the cat, so Wesley made his way down the tree, cat in hand. There were cheers and gasps of relief when Wesley reached the ground and the cat was handed over to Kevin from NEAS and placed safely in a carrier.
When you have stood 70ft below a cat, a cat who would have no doubt died without intervention and cried because you thought the situation was out of your hands, there is nothing quite like the reassuring and calm voices of three fantastic men who without question or afterthought put themselves in the line of fire so to speak, in order to save a cats life.
All we can say is thank you to Wesley and Mick Monaghan from W.Monaghan Tree Services, without their help, a cat would have died an horrific death. We owe you big time boys!! And to all involved, from the person who reported the call to all those who saved his life, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The cat has since been reunited with his delighted owner who had been missing him for a week and a half. If you are interested in helping the NEAS, please visit their website www.neas.ie