[UPDATE: 1 Oct] Here are some images of the dramatic rescue:
Frightened feline was referred to 8 separate organizations before private company stepped in
On Tuesday evening (29 Sept), the Animal Lovers League (ALL) was notified of a cat stuck on a 5 storey high tree within Parkview Mansions at 9D Yuan Ching Road. The feline had evidently been stuck there for hours, given that ALL was the 8th organization approached.
That’s right. Before ALL were notified, bystanders had approached the SPCA, NParks, AVA, ACRES, SCDF, the town council, and the managing office, but to no avail.
- The SPCA were first to be contacted, but were unable to reach the cat;
- NParks were unable to help despite having contractors for such cases, because the tree in question is located in a private estate;
- AVA only respond to animal abuses, and were unable to help in rescues. ACRES was referred to instead;
- ACRES suggested that SPCA had more expertise in such cases, and if SPCA couldn’t help, ACRES wouldn’t be able to do anything better;
- SCDF can only be dispatched to rescue humans, not animals;
- The town council do not get involved in private estates, and told the caller to approach the estate management office instead;
- The estate management office did not have funds to pay for an external contractor for rescue;
- ALL were finally contacted, but they couldn’t do much to help either.
In the end, the poor cat was forced to brave Tuesday night’s thunderstorm on the tree.
But wait! There’s a happy ending after all!
On Wednesday morning, ALL confirmed unsuccessful rescue efforts had been carried out, and that private company Sin Heng Heavy Machinery will contribute a boom-lift to reach the cat.
And then at 12pm:
We’re just glad the poor kitten has been saved despite the best efforts of red tape and bureaucracy.
Or, maybe they should have just enlisted the help of SPF’s cat-saving policemen.
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