Wareham officials rescue cat trapped in tree for 4 days

By Matthew Bernat | Feb 02, 2018
Courtesy of: Wareham Department of Natural Resources Wareham firefighters rescue a cat that had been stuck in a tree for four days near Lake Avenue.

“Tac” is one lucky cat.

The roughly 17-pound black and white mixed breed is back with his owner after being rescued from a tree by the Wareham Fire Department and Wareham Animal Control on Feb. 1.

Wareham Department of Natural Resources Officer Josh Kimball said the town’s Animal Control Officer Cheryl Gorveatt-Dill responded just before 9 a.m. Gorveatt-Dill then notified the Wareham Fire Department after seeing that Tac was perched on a branch 60 feet high.

Kimball said firefighters arrived with an engine truck, thinking it would be able to do the job, but had to dispatch the department’s ladder truck instead. Firefighters spent just under an hour at the scene before they safely reunited Tac with his owner, said Kimball.

“It jumped right into its owner’s arms,” he said.

While stranded, the animal survived a stretch of bad weather, said Kimball.

“It braved a snowstorm and high winds up there, and luckily he came down unscathed and his happy to be back inside,” said Kimball.

Tac’s owner, Zoe Meary, said he went missing Sunday, Jan. 28 after she let him out in the morning. An outdoor cat, Tac usually comes home for dinner, she said. When he failed to return she started searching and found Tac in the tree on Monday. Meary said she tried luring him down with food and treats, but had no luck. Meary said she hesitated to call the fire department because it wasn’t an emergency. Eventually, she put a call for help on Facebook and authorities took notice.

“I couldn’t believe how quickly they responded. I was so appreciative,” said Meary. “I’m going to bring them some cookies this weekend. It just shows you what a great town we have.”

A cat rescue is a fairly rare, though not unusual, call for officials to receive, said Kimball. He noted that last year two such rescues took place. He advised anyone with a cat stuck in a tree to place the pet’s litter box or some food at the base of the tree before notifying authorities.

Zoe Meary reunites with her cat, named Tac, after he was stuck in a tree for four days. (Courtesy of: Wareham Department of Natural Resources)
Comments (9)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Feb 02, 2018 10:32

Classic cat stuck in a tree rescued by firemen story.  Guess it was a good use of a million dollar ladder truck staffed by several well paid men on a slow day when no buildings were burning.  We need a nice feel-good story once in a while.


Maybe they can send the bill to the dog's owner?



Posted by: Rosebud | Feb 04, 2018 09:25

Someone once asked me "have you ever seen a dead cat in a tree?"

Posted by: Uptohere | Feb 04, 2018 13:31

I'm sure the pet owner is grateful to them as I would be if it was my cat. Some people can put a price on life, how sad for them.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Feb 05, 2018 08:26

Of course the pet owner is grateful.  It says so right here.  There's even a picture.  She's even more grateful than my kid was when a team of marine biologists from Woods Hole came to save his goldfish.


I wasn't implying that the cat wasn't worth the expense.  I was pointing out that it is expensive to deploy a ladder truck and firefighters.

Posted by: Rosebud | Feb 05, 2018 08:48

The cost is not the only factor.  This use of a ladder truck took a major piece of equipment out of service for real emergencies and increased its response time to such.  I love animals, but cats do this all the time.

Posted by: Peaches0409 | Feb 05, 2018 10:41

Come on ! Are we really complaining about this? Man....you people never cease to amaze me. What did it really cost here? The fuel to drive the truck over there? These guys were working anyway. Quit your belly aching. SMH!!

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Feb 05, 2018 12:00

Peaches, if this big ole cat wasn't someone's pet I'd tell you that the money spent on fuel should have been put towards managing the feral cat epidemic in our cottage neighborhoods.

Posted by: Uptohere | Feb 05, 2018 13:11

wbts, your pathetic sarcasm is noted. Unfortunately you have lost any abilite for empathy. How sad for you. How sad for Wareham there are more like you.

Posted by: Linda | Feb 05, 2018 15:57

Who pays for the fuel when these trucks are in a parade, or on a firefighter's funeral detail?  Who cares?  These men are being paid anyway.  Upset because the ladder truck was "out of service" - it wasn't and if the whistle blew, I'm sure the cat would have been left in the tree until their call was done.............and what if the next call was 2 streets over, they would be first on scene.  Who pays for the fuel for false alarms?   This is a story with a good ending.  I can't believe some of the negativity.


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