There are thousands of animals in the Wellington region who find themselves in harm's way each year. These animals need someone to intervene on their behalf, attend and care for them, and ensure they can live the life they deserve.
It is the SPCA’s Inspectorate team who are the first port of call when animals have been in an accident, are the victim of deliberate cruelty, or have been neglected or abandoned by their owners. Cases of animal abuse that breach the Animal Welfare Act 1999 can lead to prosecution by Wellington SPCA .
The SPCA is the only charity with legal powers to help animals in need. If you would like to speak to our Inspectorate please phone 0800 INSPECTOR (0800 467 732).
Wellington SPCA's Animal Rescue Unit (ARU) is comprised of a group of internationally qualified emergency response volunteers who provide a technical rescue service for trapped animals, as well as responding to disasters that may strike.
Ezra, the cat, followed his family who were walking their dog in a park. Unfortunately for Ezra, another dog who was also out walking decided to chase him.
In a panic, Ezra went 25 m up into a large pine tree that hung over a small stream, which was in an area with no public road access.
Despite the best efforts from his family, Ezra refused to come down.
The family contacted the Fire Service who, given the nature of the rescue, referred them to our Animal Rescue Unit. The Unit attempted to rescue the cat first by scaling the tree using technical rescue equipment.
Unfortunately, Ezra was unable to be coerced from the end of the branch, so a trap cage was tethered to the tree with food and water – in the hope he would enter it overnight. He could then be brought down the next day.
When our Unit returned to the site the following morning, Ezra had not taken up the offer of food or water and decided instead to climb around the cage and onto another branch. The rope system was re-rigged and a Rescue Technician was sent up to the new branch where the cat was perched. Ezra had gone to its very end, where it was too thin for our rescuer to safely reach without risking the branch snapping. A new plan was needed.
After discussions with the Fire Service, the best course of action was decided and our Unit returned to the site along with the local Fire Brigade. A combined effort of spraying water towards the end of the branches to encourage the cat to move, and our Rescue Technician poised at a more stable part of the branch to grab hold of the cat, resulted in a successful rescue. Our Rescue Technician grabbed hold of Ezra and was able to lower him safely to the ground in a rescue bag.
Ezra was reunited with his loving family five days after his panicked climb up the tree and quickly established himself in front of the heater at home. We are happy that we were able to rescue Ezra and return him back to his loving family.
It was also great to see Wellington SPCA and the Fire Service working cooperatively to achieve a result that would have been impossible for each team on its own, and we look forward to building on this relationship.
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