Tabby cat Sparkles was finally able to get her paws back on solid ground after a gruelling couple of weeks. 18 days earlier, Sparkles had left on her adventures, and the owner soon became worried when she didn’t return.
Soon, owner Beverley McIntosh went out searching for her beloved cat and discovered her feline friend up a tree – too far to be pulled back down, freely. Instead, she tried to coax down her furry family member with a can of food, multiple times, to no avail.
Soon, it became clear that the Sparkles was well and truly stuck. The neighbors tried to use a ladder to reach the cat, but sadly the household ladder was shown to still be too short to safely fetch Sparkles.
Repeated calls for help from local shelters led to more dead ends, as they recommended more food and told McIntosh that her cat would come down eventually. Unfortunately, those who saw the cat realized that this wasn’t the case, as the poor puss quickly lost weight and became unwell, due to exposure.
Beverly then received a terrifying phone call from a local homeowner, who said that Sparkles was no longer crying out. As such, they believed that Sparkles had passed. In a statement, McIntosh said “She called and said she thought, you know, she finally had passed away”.
This spurred the heroic owner on to try other organizations, in her desperation. She called up ARC Angels for Animals, who said “when we got the call, Sparkles had been in the tree two weeks going on three” and they attempted to bring down the cat with various methods. Sadly, however, this didn’t work either, as the elements were now working against them and foiled any further attempts to bring down the cat from her perch.
A passing utility truck even took a stab at helping out, yet the ground below was now too soft. Then a passer-by attempted to climb the tree but conditions were too dangerous for them to reach the height of the cat. Finally, someone had a stroke of genius and called a local tree surgeon, Clint Williams, the owner of Williams Tree Service. As luck would have it, the call was made when he was only 10 minutes away from the scene and came as quickly as he could.
He was able to quickly rappel up the tree, grab sparkles and bring her back down to her loving owner’s arms. Sparkles, who by then was suffering with exposure and starvation, was quickly wrapped up in a towel and taken to the local vet’s for treatment.
After 18 long days of confusion, fear, hope and struggle, the pair were reunited. McIntosh and Sparkles are now both settled back in at home, recovering from their shared trauma and are said to be happy and well.