Maybe it was some belated feline New Year’s celebration, but it led to a harrowing experience for Ween, an 8-year-old tabby, and his “mom,” Kelly Brooks.
Brooks hadn’t seen Ween for at least a day, but when she went outside Wednesday morning, Jan. 2, she heard him crying.
“At first I thought he was in the sewer, but it was very disorienting trying to figure out where he was crying from,” Brooks said.
Then she discovered him about 75 feet up in a ponderosa pine tree.
She said she called animal control and was told to just put food out for him and he’d come down.
That didn’t work.
So, close to 9 p.m., she called Tree Pro of Payson to tell them that she needed assistance getting her cat out of the tree.
“I thought I would get an answering machine, but Jesse of Tree Pro answered the phone although it was way past business hours,” Brooks said. “He was extremely kind and helpful, saying that he could stop by in the morning before they went to their first job of the day and take a look.”
He showed up at 8 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 3 and immediately took action.
“He made the treacherous climb with the skills and artistry of a real pro,” Brooks said.
“My heart raced as he situated himself atop that tree and gently held my cat as he descended back down.
“I cannot say how utterly pleased I am with this man. I asked him if we could give him anything and he said ‘no.’ My eyes were overflowing with tears from the kindness and selflessness Jesse showed.
“He literally risked his life to save my precious animal friend. Please consider Jesse and Tree Pro (for the Good Guy award) for their excellent community service,” she said.
Brooks has had Ween since he was a kitten, she added.
Jesse, come to the Roundup’s office at 708 N. Beeline Highway to pick up your Good Guy award.