RSPCA and Fire Services Rescue Cat From Roof of Building in Harrogate

Alfie, the elderly cat, had climbed out of the window on the fourth floor

The RSPCA and fire services rescued a cat who became stuck after climbing out of a fourth-storey window and was too scared to climb back inside.

The charity was called on Saturday (July 24) to West Park in Harrogate, Yorkshire, after an elderly ginger and white cat had climbed out of the window of their home, onto a roof and couldn’t get himself back in.

Deputy Chief Inspector Claire Mitchell attended but was unable to access the roof with ladders so she called the fire services to see if they could help. North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue then attended with a cherry picker to bring the cat to safety.

Claire said: “Cats are very agile and seem to like getting themselves into a spot of bother sometimes and Alfie is no exception! He must have climbed out of the fourth-storey window onto the roof and got himself into a pickle as he couldn’t get back down. We were very grateful for the fire services who attended to help rescue Alfie – although it seems as though Alfie was less grateful as he got spooked by the cherry picker and managed to get himself down from the roof after all!

“Thankfully, he was fine after his ordeal and didn’t suffer any injuries. He ran off pretty quickly down the road but was reunited with his worried owner.”

The RSPCA works very closely with the emergency services – we are always incredibly grateful for any help we receive from them.

The RSPCA can request the help of the fire and rescue service but it is entirely up to them whether or not to attend. Some crews use animal rescues for training but emergencies involving people will always take priority.  In some cases crews attend to minimise the risk of members of the public attempting to carry out rescues themselves and potentially putting themselves in danger.

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