Recently in Logan, West Virginia, a cat was stranded atop a cliff more than 100 feet tall. The perch was far too steep and rocky for the cat to climb down on her own, so the feline had no choice but to wait for help…for 11 days!
“A woman who feeds stray cats in the area had been trying to get the cat help for seven days at that point,” Selena Marcum, president of The Paws Squad rescue said. “That’s when she called me.”
Marcum went out the very next day during a rainstorm, and the cat was still perched on the ledge looking down at her.
“I put out a huge call for help to all of my rescue contacts and partners,” she said. “There was no way she was going to get back down on her own.”
The situation was urgent as the cat had already gone without food or water for over a week and wasn’t moving when rescuers arrived on the scene.
The local fire department came but their 50-foot ladder wasn’t tall enough to reach the stranded cat. Marcum also tried coordinating with a local rock climber to get to the cat, but the conditions were just too dangerous.
Marcum helped make arrangements with another fire department, Mills stayed at the cliff from sunrise to sunset to keep watch on the cat and try to see if she was eating any of the food that he had launched up to her.
The Logan Fire Department arrived on the scene with a 100-foot ladder, which was finally tall enough to reach the cat. The cat was spooked when the firefighter got close, so he set a trap on the ledge and covered it with a blanket in hopes that she would go inside.
It is unclear how the cat got up there in the first place, but they assume she could have been scared up there by another cat or possibly a wild animal.
The cat had lost some weight after her adventure, but other than needing vaccinations, she got a clean bill of health from the local vet’s office. She was already spayed, thanks to the rescue’s trap-neuter-release program for stray cats within the community.
Mills took her home and named her Lilo.
“She’s doing really well so far,” Marcum said. “She’s still a little timid but is getting comfortable and lets Rusty pet her now. She’s just loving having a warm home.”
Marcum is thankful they got to her when they did because the day after Lilo’s rescue, the town had torrential rainstorms that caused flooding.
“All we kept thinking about was if she had still been stuck up there,” Marcum said. “It’s amazing she’s doing so well after all of this. Words can’t describe how happy we are that she made it.”
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