Press release originally posted on Jan. 4, 2019 on https://www.arlboston.org/press-release-arl-tallies-first-cat-rescue-of-2019/ by Michael DeFina
Feline trapped on rooftop three stories up in Dorchester
The Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Rescue Services Department tallied its first cat rescue of 2019 in early January as a three-year-old male cat named Gadget managed to sneak out of his home on Wednesday and found his way atop a roof along Gaston Street in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
The rescue had a high degree of difficulty, as the cat was on a shingled area approximately two feet wide just below the jutting roof.
Agents ascended the fire escape, however there was still a three-foot gap between where the cat was and the fire escape.
When attempts using nets and hook poles proved to be unsuccessful, a narrow board placed from the fire escape to the shingled area turned out to be the best approach – particularly when Gadget’s owners came to the scene after leaving work.
Stephanie Mitchell, Gadget’s owner, conquered her fear of heights and climbed the fire escape with the cat’s favorite food. Slowly but surely, the cat gained enough confidence to make it across the board and into the waiting hands of ARL Rescue Agents.
Gadget was hungry and scared, but was not injured during his adventure.
Answering the Call
ARL is the only animal welfare organization in Massachusetts with a dedicated technical rescue department, and rescues thousands of animals annually, including more than 200 cats trapped in trees and other precarious places.