VIDEO: Kitten Rescued from Tree After Three Days

April 28, 2015 9:00 am · 19 comments

This cat was stuck in this tree for three days in Concord, and on Monday morning, it was saved by David Engel from AM/PM tree service.

Thanks to Jeanne for the video, who also wanted to give a shout out to Kitty911 for their help.

Good job to everybody involved in the rescue.

Sacto Rob April 28, 2015 at 9:05 AM

One time I asked a fire chief about rescuing cats from trees. His response: “Have you ever seen a cat skeleton in a tree? Cats find their way down on their own. We don;t do cat rescues.” Seems like this was the exception to that rule.

Amy April 28, 2015 at 9:44 AM

I hope AM/PM Tree Service gets the well deserved publicity and future business from doing this kind deed.

clg April 28, 2015 at 10:13 AM

Kind act by AM/PM Tree Service.

RunDogRun April 28, 2015 at 10:48 AM

Thank you David Engel of AM/PM
Tree Service. The cat might have
eventually figured it out, but there
seems to be, in recent years
in the population, cats who appear
to be slightly lacking in natural
instincts. I have one of them. He’s
a perfectly delightful cat, but he
just wouldn’t survive outdoors and
definitely couldn’t hunt for himself.
He positively refuses to chase,
pounce, and catch any of his toys.
He doesn’t seem interested in
climbing and, if chased by a dog,
would surely get stuck like this
when forced to climb a tree. I had to
teach him to meow, but he doesn’t
use it when he gets closed up in
the closet … just when he wants
attention. Still, he’s a loving
wonderful companion and I love
him dearly. If you are familiar
with the internet phenomenon
“Grumpy Cat,” you know what
I mean. So, thanks Dave Engel
of AM/PM Tree Service. You
saved this cats life.

yay April 28, 2015 at 11:25 AM

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell us that from now on, this will be an INSIDE ONLY kitten!!!

nicole April 28, 2015 at 11:39 AM

David is an awesome tree climber he has many years of experience we have been using him for our trees for a long time. David is honest and an extremely hard worker. Genuine good guy and family man. I highly recommend him and his company.
Am/Pm Tree Service #925 497 5787

Cats Can't Always Get Back Down; Tree Service Saved Its Life April 28, 2015 at 12:04 PM

This cat was an estimated 50 feet up a very spindly new oak tree, from what I read on Facebook yesterday. It would not have necessarily been able to get back down. (I think if it had been able to get down, it sure would’ve done so before 2 or 3 days had passed.)

The skeleton-in-a-tree story is convincing at first, but what people don’t necessarily realize is that a cat that grows weaker from exposure, thirst or hunger while stuck up in a tree will likely fall out of the tree (in this case, I think the cat was splayed out on a thin branch) and become injured or die from the fall. It’s a myth that cats always land on their feet …and due to how cats’ claws curve, it’s much easier for them to climb *up* than climb back down.

I’m convinced that Dave of AM/PM Tree Service saved this cat’s life 🙂

Thanks to the neighbors who initially tried to lure the cat down or reach it and the neighbor who posted on craigslist and to those on Facebook who helped spread the word — and especially to the volunteers of Kitty911 East County who mobilized their network, got the tree service on the scene (the tree service volunteered its time, to boot!), and got the cat scanned for a microchip and reunited with its owner. Yay! A happy ending ! 🙂

sam April 28, 2015 at 12:10 PM

the chances of survival in the wild are “slim to none”, for most all animals, if an animal is not sufficiently instructed, by a parent, early in life, the extensive techniques, inclusive all the hazards, to survival. that little kitty was just very fortunate that it not sighted by a hungry predator, ie, raccoons, birds of prey, ie, hawks, eagles, owls. We know that regretfully an overwhelming vast majority of people are woefully apathetic to the suffering of others and would have never saved this kitty, so I “take my hat off to those who reported and saved this kitty; personally, one way or another, I would have seen to it, that this kitty was rescued well within 24 hours.

Happy April 28, 2015 at 1:18 PM

So happy this kitty was rescued. I hope he/she will have a good life and live indooors where it’s safe.

Charles R. Darwin April 28, 2015 at 1:24 PM

Let natural selection play out.

Vanessa April 28, 2015 at 4:41 PM

Very nice indeed! Am/pm did our trees and they were so fast and friendly we would recommend them already but after hearing this story it’s a given. What a heart they have!

If you’re looking for tree service call them at 925-497-5787

Darlene April 28, 2015 at 5:50 PM

i noticed this poor kitty in the tree in my backyard Saturday morning. We tried everything to coax it down. I think it wanted to, but it was so high up and the neighbors dog kept barking at him. I was certain he would come down when night fell, but she was still there Sunday morning. I posted a lost/found notice on Craig’s list and that’s when all the help poured in. I got in touch with Kitty 911 and they came right over. They took pictures and went to the fire department – they couldn’t help. Animal control had already told me the skeleton story and if he got up there he would get down. It was too dark to get the tree service out, so kitty spent one more night in the tree. Kitty 911 and AM/PM tree service came back Monday morning and saved her.

She was micro chipped so she was returned to her owners. I am very thankful for everyone who was there to help me in this situation.

sam April 28, 2015 at 8:31 PM

Dear Darlene, Kitty 911 and AM/PM Tree Service,

Each and everyone of us, who reveres the miracle and preciousness of life, thanks each of you, as you worked together as a team, saving this kitty!!!!

thx4youropinion April 28, 2015 at 8:34 PM

@SactoRob #1 — One time I asked a fire chief about rescuing cats from trees. His response: “Have you ever seen a cat skeleton in a tree? Cats find their way down on their own. We don;t do cat rescues.”

Brilliant. Kittens may find their way down and become skeletons on the ground.

I hope that wasn’t a local. If it was, or if I ever have a similar response, I’ll keep it in mind the next time they or cops are looking for salary signatures.
@ Darlene #12 — “Animal control had already told me the skeleton story and if he got up there he would get down.”

Animal control is useless. It prioritizes itself with deliveries only.

And people seem so surprised when learning that the District Attorney, the one division that seems to care about animals, has to classify them as “property” from the legal aspect. They are limited on criminal and/or civil penalties gratis our legislators.


Walnut Creek Resident April 28, 2015 at 9:49 PM

What a great man to have the skills and knowledge to rescue that kitty! Also to be able to do what is required of a tree trimmer! I would hire him any day!

Dr. Jellyfinger April 29, 2015 at 12:25 AM

Hear that big dog barking? That’s why the kitten was up the tree. When I was a youngster my cat went up a telephone pole, right to the top. Dog scared him. He was up there for hours & we called PG&E. The little bastard shimmied down before they got there. He was fine.

george April 29, 2015 at 1:48 AM

Where some cats learn how to climb down from a tree or telephone pole, other cats never learned that lesson, for most assuredly, going down a tree or pole, is, for most cats, more difficult than going up the tree, as the cat has to position its body, facing up the tree, as they ever so slowly, back down the tree, using their front and back claws to grasp the tree bark as they come down. Each and every year an innumerable number of cats die, usually from eventual exposure to the elements, stuck up in a tree.

Disturbing that Animal Control Would Say That... April 29, 2015 at 2:44 AM

… about the skeleton-in-tree stuff. That someone at ANIMAL CONTROL would believe that and repeat it really makes you wonder what the heck goes on at that facility.

I believe that many of the staff and volunteers must be angels to work where they do, amid so many distressed animals and talking to distraught pet owners.. but on the other hand, the fact that someone there would brush off a report of a cat in trouble with the skeleton-in-a-tree line makes a person realize just how much more training at least some of the people at the county facility may need. Sheesh.

p.s. Thanks again to Darlene, who was alert to the kitty-cat in her backyard and for all she did. If nof for Darlene, others may never have known about the cat and its need for assistance. What a great neighbor and a terrific animal person.

(Say, Darlene — had you ever met the cat’s owner before? Or did you two meet only after the cat was reunited with the worried owner?)

Paula M. (from craigslist)

NiceTreeDude April 29, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Nice story. Thanks for sharing. Very nice of AM PM Tree service to help out. Hope this helps them to get more business.

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