Good News Tewsday

Melissa Stanley, a Fayetteville, NC cat owner, was distraught. Her cat, Lightskin, had scrambled up a tree after a squirrel and could not return to earth. After a week, she feared for his survival, and she fretted that he might fall into the creek next to the tree.

She’d done everything she could to coax the cat down. She called animal control, who bunted, saying they didn’t have the proper equipment. She called the wildlife and environment agency, but the fee was significantly more than she could afford.

“We just want our pet down so we can feed her and take her home and get her warm. And we can’t do anything without her coming out of the tree and I don’t have any way of getting her down. We need some help, anything,” said Stanley.

The story and her plea for help made the news. So when Maile Manuel and her husband were watching ABC11 Sunday morning and saw the story about a cat that had been stuck in a Fayetteville tree for nearly a week – they knew they had to help.

Manuel’s husband owns Joseph’s Tree Removal and he wasn’t working Sunday, so they hopped in a truck for the half hour drive to try and help.

They made it to Hawley Lane and eventually found the cat.

“It was meowing a lot. You could tell she was scared,” said Maile Manuel.

During the rescue attempt, the cat jumped out but landed on the bank.

“We don’t do it for recognition, we just wanted to help out,” said Manuel.

The cat is now safely back with Melissa, thanks to the kindness of strangers.

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  1. Joseph’s Tree Removal are the bestest people EVER!

  2. ERin the cat says:

    Awww, a happy ending. Thank goodness that someone showed common sense and kindness and did what was needed . . . albeit the end was more dramatic than intended. Paws up for the tree guy!
    Toodle pips


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