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Old 29 April 2016, 05:19 PM
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It's been like thirty years since I could call myself a firefighter, but we used to get calls for cats (and other cirtters) in trees. My volunteer department once responded to a pet monkey that had gotten out and was in a tree. After one rescuer ended up taking a trip to the emergency room with bites and scratches, the department changed its policy and would no longer respond to such calls.

I was at the city department taking a class when a call came in for a cat in a tree. I only heard one side of the conversation that concluded with, "is the cat on fire? Is the tree on fire? Then we can't help you."

these days I do see the local departments helping get a bird tangled in fishing line and caught in a tree or telephone line now and then, but cat rescues are left for others to handle.
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