RESCUE: West Seattle neighbors team up to get stuck cat down

That cat is one lucky kitty. It survived a close call with high-voltage danger, thanks to determined neighbors who spent hours on Tuesday trying to get it down. Among them, Corey, who sent the report, photos, and video:

Here is a crazy story with a nice ending. We live in the Osborn condos on California Avenue SW in the Junction. My wife was on our deck and a lady below asked if we had a black and white cat and pointed to the telephone pole in the alley behind our condo. There was a fluffy black and white cat about 45 feet above the ground balanced on a 3″ piece of metal on a telephone pole. Various neighbors called the fire department, electric company, animal control pleading for someone to help get this cat down.

Pastor Ron from (First Lutheran Church of West Seattle) and neighbor Dominic tried to use a 40-foot ladder to get the cat down, but the ladder was not tall enough. I visited the local fire department and spoke with fire chief. Two police cruisers ended up in the alley and two concerned officers helped by calling the public utility requesting assistance. After about two hours of neighbors placing calls and assistance from the Seattle Police, Seattle City Light came out with its lift and rescued the cat.

The City Light worker indicated that the cat was straddling a couple live wires and one bad step could have ended this cat’s life. The cat was successfully rescued and ran off to its home!

As you can hear at the end of the video, the rescue was a relief to everyone watching!

14 Replies to "RESCUE: West Seattle neighbors team up to get stuck cat down"

  • Kris May 12, 2021 (7:11 pm)

    Yay! Thanks for sharing such a heart warming story!! ❤️

  • Steve May 12, 2021 (7:11 pm)

    Outstanding. After a rough day this really made my day. Props to everyone: neighbors, police, fire, utility folks. When concerned people get together great things are accomplished. 

  • Sunflower May 12, 2021 (7:42 pm)

    Thank you hero’s, for rescuing this cat, and someones good friend! I’m sure they are so grateful.

  • The cat came back . . . May 12, 2021 (7:52 pm)

    Not the first cat to do this.  General advice is if the cat got up there it can get down when it is hungry.  You often just have to wait.

    • Auntie May 12, 2021 (9:03 pm)

      Not if it grounds itself on live wires. That would use up all nine lives.

    • Jennifer May 13, 2021 (2:31 pm)

      Not always true. Cats are naturally great climbers, quick to escape danger, or to gain a great view. Their curved claws work well to grasp onto the bark of a tree as they climb up, but were not designed to help them easily climb down. Unlike squirrels, cats cannot descend head first. They must step backwards, as people would climb down a ladder. Unfortunately, that movement is harder to figure out, and faced with the fear of falling, your poor cat may find itself in a state of shock. The situation can be traumatic for cats who are used to roaming outdoors, but indoor cats with limited climbing experience may really find themselves in trouble. 

  • Scubafrog May 12, 2021 (8:25 pm)

    Lucky cat, great feel-good story.  Great job neighbors, Wooooooo!!

  • john May 12, 2021 (8:35 pm)

    Great to hear about this.  Need some good news every once in a while.  

  • Sarah M May 12, 2021 (8:41 pm)

    Thanks so much for sharing.  A bright spot and happy ending.  That City Light worker looked like this was NOT the first time for a cat rescue.  Must be covered in City Light’s job description as “other duties, as assigned”.  Ha!  Thanks City Light and ALL the neighbors that led to a happy ending for this wayward cat.

  • StopCuttingDownTrees May 12, 2021 (10:39 pm)

    Wonderful news. Great job by all.

  • Sparky May 13, 2021 (6:35 am)

    I remember a decade or so back, a cat got stuck on a pole and City Light came out to get it down. For some reason, it became a big drama about wasted taxpayer money (which is silly, as City Light is not subsidized. It actually contributes to the General Fund). This was pre social media, so it eventually just petered out. But rescuing animals makes good business sense – if that kitty had met an unfortunate end, it might have taken down the power for everyone on that line. 

  • Laura May 13, 2021 (8:20 am)

    I work at City Light and yes, sometimes lineworkers rescue kitties! Of course wearing proper PPE so as to avoid gettting scratched :-) I love the bit where the lineworker pets the cat to calm it down before picking it up, and so happy it was a successful rescue!!

  • barbara s spector May 13, 2021 (9:04 am)

    Did they find the cat’s family?

    • Corey May 14, 2021 (7:50 am)

      I believe the family has absolutely no idea of the day this cat had, unless they read the WS Blog.

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