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Owner and Cat Reunite After Scare

April Slobodin feared the worst when her Tuxedo cat ran up a tree and was too afraid to come down.

April Slobodin is happy to say that her cat is home and safe.

That wasn't the case on April 9, when the Tuxedo cat named Stache, who is an indoor cat, got out the back door and climbed up a neighbor's tree.

"She’s an indoor cat, and she happened to get outside with the other two cats," Slobodin said. "My mother-in-law thinks something scared the cats because they knocked down the screen door in the back."

Slobodin said that Stache tends to head upward when she's nervous, and that was the case with the tree. After numerous attempts to coax Stache down failed, Slobodin hit the phones for help, but the and Hempstead Town Public Safety Department were unable to help.

"They said just to wait and see, because usually cats will come down on their own after a couple of days," Slobodin said. "But the next morning, we went outside and she was up even higher."

After a day and a half in the tree, Slobodin took to Facebook for help, and her prayers were answered. After the story about Stache was spread around, New Leaf Tree Inc. contacted Slobodin, and they came and rescued the cat.

"Jason left a job he was doing, pick up another worker and came by without any question," Slobodin said. "They went up and saved her."

As for Stache, she was very dirty, thin and hungry when she was finally coaxed off of the tree, but Slobodin said she is doing much better.

“I’m really glad somebody came to the rescue," Victoria Mele, who helped spread the word about this story around on Facebook, said. "This tree company happened to see this, and they did the right thing.”

Joanna G May 03, 2012 at 12:30 PM
The same thing happened with one of my cats. When I called the fire department, there was much chuckling and I was told that firemen only rescued cats in children's story books. My cat actually DID come down after I brought out one of her favorite foods and placed it on the ground near the tree. She complained a lot, but she figured out how to get down.
P.M. May 03, 2012 at 01:04 PM
That's what I do not understand why the chuckling? Maybe when they send their annual mailings or come knocking on our door for their annual donation WE SHOULD CHUCKLE AS WELL..or tell them LET'S WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS WITH DONATIONS THIS YEAR Please do not get me wrong .I Respect the EMFD But ..if they are unable to help ...they could have at least made a sugguestion not said what they did. Thank you "NEW LEAF TREE INC". Your kindness is very apprecated ...
Laura May 03, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Thank you New Leaf Tree Inc. It's good to know there are people out there that still care and are willing to help others. SHAME on you EMFD.
Katherine Trunk May 04, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Beautiful article.(What a beautiful cat, as well!) Animals can bring out the best in people.Kudos to Jason and New Leaf Tree, very selfless, very kind. Wishing you success in your business for the kindness you extended.
Florence Trunk May 05, 2012 at 03:44 AM
A "tail" with a happy ending! How wonderful to know Stache is safe & happy, not to mention the owners. Good luck to all & many thanks to New Leaf Tree for their help.

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