As professional arborists, brothers-in-law Tom Otto and Shaun Sears are quite adept at climbing trees. The cats that they rescue are not. And with a plethora of trees—and cats—around Seattle, they decided to put their off hours to good use and return scared, stuck kitties to their worried owners.
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Working completely off donations, these two cat lovers are helping keep Seattle’s free-climbing felines grounded.Last year they rescued 250 cats, and Otto said this year the pair is on track for 300 or more rescues.Initially, Canopy Cat Rescue had a flat rate for its services, but then Otto and Sears decided to go to a donation approach.
“It’s more important to get the cat down than to make a buck on somebody’s misfortune,” Otto, 42, said. “Once we went to donations, we started getting media coverage and then we started getting more calls.”
Some websites say if a cat is stuck in a tree, there’s no way it can come down and I know that’s not true because I’ve actually seen many cats climb down,” Sears said.