A deaf white cat named Frosty was rescued off a roof after an overnight stay, thanks to the joint efforts of the RSPCA and firefighters. Upholding their mandate to assist animals in distress, the RSPCA responded to a call for help from the distressed feline who had become trapped on a roof after climbing out of a skylight at his home in Burton Stone Lane, York. Typically a house cat, he was unable to get back into the house, despite the calls of his owners who attempted to lure him in with food.
Despite RSPCA’s general advice to allow cats to make their own way down from heights, frightened Frosty refused to come down and had already spent a night on the roof before help came. After being alerted of the situation, the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service arrived with an aerial ladder platform to reach the cat. RSPCA trainee animal rescue officer James Dack was able to take hold of the feline and bring him down to safety, much to the relief of his worried owners.
With Frosty being deaf, he couldn’t hear the calls of his owners, making it doubly difficult to respond to their efforts to bring him down. Inspector Claire Mitchell emphasized this point, stressing that Frosty needed the help of emergency services as he had been stuck for over 24 hours. Frosty’s ordeal ended happily with his safe return to his owners, who were clearly relieved to see him returned unharmed.
Fortunately, more rescues involving such animals often have positive outcomes as RSPCA works closely with the fire and rescue service, and appreciates any help it receives. The charity can request the help of fire and rescue service authorities, though emergencies involving people always take priority.
Support for the RSPCA in its continuing mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome animals in desperate need of care is essential, so please consider visiting their website or calling their donation line on 0300 123 8181 for more information on this worthy cause.
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