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‘Cat whisperer’ firefighter in rooftop rescue

The firefighter that rescued a cat from a two-storey house has been dubbed the 'cat whisperer' Credit: RSPCA

A firefighter who rescued a cat from the roof of two-storey house has been dubbed the 'cat whisperer' by his colleagues.

The RSPCA and Shropshire Fire and Rescue were called yesterday (18 October) to the house in Donnington, Shropshire, after Tinkerbell had been stuck for two days.

Crews from Wellington Station used their ladder to climb up onto the roof and coax the cat into a carrier.

ACO Howden said:

Thankfully Tinkerbell was fine after her rooftop rescue and was reunited with her worried owner.

I'd like to thank Shropshire Fire and Rescue Services for assisting and helping to bring Tinkerbell to safety.

– RSPCA, Shaun Howden
Credit: RSPCA

Wellington station watch manager, Craig Jackson said:

We have started calling Andy the ‘cat whisperer’ now as the cat came straight into the box and didn’t need much persuading.

We don’t use blue lights and travel at a normal speed when responding to a rescue of this nature. All in all the incident took about 45 minutes and we were pleased to bring Tinkerbell to safety.

– Shropshire Fire and Rescue, Craig Jackson
  • What should I do if my cat gets stuck?

The RSPCA receives more calls about cats than any other animal and many of these involve cats getting themselves into tight spots and sticky situations.

Unless there is severe weather conditions, or the cat appears injured or hurt, the charity asks that people monitor the situation for 24-hours and try coaxing them down with smelly treats or fish.

If they are still stuck after this time then always contact the RSPCA and they will contact the fire services if necessary.