Boots the ginger cat has finally been rescued from – thanks to a crowdfunding campaign.
A Melbourne woman, Susie Butler, launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds to pay for rescuing her neighbor’s cat Boots.
The Go Fund Me page raised the $205 which was needed to call an animal rescuer to retrieve the stricken feline, who got stuck in a tree on Wednesday and was stranded there for a total of 36 long hours.
Ms Butler, from Ferntree Gully, said that she had to turn to the internet after the RSPCA, local council and fire brigade all on by one, turned down her plea for help.
‘I would so love to pay to get him down myself but we are a little down on our luck at the moment, as is my neighbor,’ she wrote on the crowdfunding page.
‘The tree can’t be climbed.’
In the end it was animal rescuer Nigel Williamson came to the rescue on Thursday, and said the animal was a little shaken but unharmed, reports 9News.
‘He’s perfectly ok health-wise but, being an indoor cat, he was a little bit scared,’ he said.
Mr Williamson wore a harness as he climbed up and put the cat into a bag and pulled him from harm’s way.
‘The longest I’ve had a cat up a tree is 21 days – cats are very hardy animals,’ he stated.
Video shows the cat coming out of the bag to be reunited with his adoring owner.