New Animal Planet Series: Tree Top Cat Rescue from Seattle

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Treetop Cat Rescue” debuts on May 30.

Brothers-in-law Shaun Sears, of North Bend, and  Tom Otto, of Olympia – both certified arborists – travel all around the Puget Sound area to help cats who are stuck in trees.

In a special premiere event, Treetop Cat Rescue kicks off with a double episode at 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. In episode 1, Sears heads out for a solo night mission to rescue Spaz, who’s been missing for three weeks. Later in the episode they encounter a stray cat rescue that might prove more challenging than they thought. In episode 2, the crew is on scene in Maple Valley helping one owner investigate if the animal trapped in his tree is in fact his beloved missing cat. Finally, the guys head west to Bremerton to battle a brittle tree and less than ideal nighttime conditions to reach one cat that doesn’t seem to want to be rescued.

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Sears and Otto are always on call, taking calls from distressed pet owners who discovered their beloved cat has been chased, spooked, or simply wandered up a tree. After their expert evaluation of the rescue site, They strap on their harnesses and begin their ascent. On their way up, they face hazards ranging from buzzing beehives to dead branches to unpredictable weather.

That’s when the biggest challenge of the rescue begins, coaxing a distressed and helpless – and often exhausted – feline into their arms from heights as high as 150 feet off the ground. Each cat is different and no two rescues are alike. With patience and and care, Sears and Otto lure the cat to safety before descending the tree and reuniting them with their thankful owners.

Last year Sears and Otto rescued 249 cats, most of which were “treed” for days.

“I think people will love our show because it’s all about cats and the great lengths we go to help them and people,” said Sears.

A film crew spent eight weeks with Sears and Otto.

“People will get to see an aspect of our rescues that’s never been seen before, people will feel like they are part of the rescue not just watching it,” said Sears.

From King 5 news.