Two terrified cats were brought to safety following two rescue operations by the RSPCA and the fire service on Monday (20 January).

Black and white cat Annie had been stuck up a tree for five days at Grosmont near Abergavenny, before being rescued. While six-month-old Angel was rescued from a conifer tree in Ely, Cardiff, after being spotted there at around 10am on Sunday (19 January).

Grosmont Cat rescue Jan20 pic2RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer Sian Burton, who was called to Grosmont following a call to the RSPCA, attended with a Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service crew from Ewyas Harold.

She said: “This was a remarkable rescue and thankfully after three hours of attempting to reach Annie, she was brought safely to the ground.

“The ditch under the trees meant she was around 50 foot high and she kept going higher and higher, so she was very difficult to catch. She understandably was petrified up there.

“When she was back on the ground she was taken straight inside by her grateful owners and luckily settled down straight away.

“The fire crew were absolutely amazing and we’re really grateful for their specialist assistance.”

Deputy chief inspector Gemma Black said Angel was trapped up 30 to 35 feet high and received assistance by the blue watch crew from Ely fire station from South Wales Fire & Rescue Service.

She said: “Luckily after some time coaxing Angel down she was safely brought to the ground and was unharmed.

Cardiff cat rescue Jan20 pic2

“Her owner was very relieved and happy to have her home. She has caused everyone quite a fright.”

Gemma said both of these rescues are further examples of how the fire service and RSPCA work together to help animals in need.

“All of these crews went above and beyond to ensure these cats were safe. We are always extremely thankful for their assistance, expertise and specialist equipment.”

If you find an animal in distress please call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit our website/www.rspca.org.uk/give or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181.