Rescue Services

If your cat is stuck in a tree and can't make its own way down, I'm happy to bring him or her safely back to your family.  I suggest giving your feline friend 24 hours to come down on his or her own before calling me or one of the other rescuers listed bleow.  Many cats will figure out how to get themselves down in that amount of time.  Take a look at the "What you can do on your own" tab for suggestions of what to try before calling.

However, if the weather is particularly harsh, if you are worried about your cat's safety, or if your cat has been up there for more than 24 hours, please call, text, or email me.  Leave me a voice message if needed, and I will get back to you promptly.  It is also helpful, if you can, to email me a picture of the cat in the tree.
Contact Patrick Brandt
919.928.4230 (call or text)  

Where will you do rescues?
I regularly perform rescues in Durham, Orange, and Alamance counties North Carolina.  You can call me for recommendations of other cat rescuers if you think you are out of this area.  I am on call with Durham, Orange and Alamance County Animal Control Divisions.

If you are outside of NC you can find other tree climbing cat rescuers at this cat-in-a-tree world-wide rescue directory: 

If you need help and are unable to reach me, or are outside of my service area, you can also get help by contacting any one of the people listed below. These folks have all rescued cats from trees before and are all skilled tree climbers.  In many cases they are tree care professionals.  Each individual is independent and has their own philosophy about charging for a rescue versus accepting donations.  Please ask about their rescue fee when you reach out to them.  
  • In Chapel Hill call Chip Hildreth or Nora Bryan at 919-357-2455
  • In Clayton call Michael Pippin at 919-280-4835
  • In Cary call Steven Stewart at 984-215-1603
  • In Wake and Johnston Counties call Andrea Genna at 919-548-9686
  • In Asheville call SC Cocanour at 978-985-0955 (or email: cocanours at; Dan Stouch at 717-860-8049; or Kyle Young 828-707-6040
  • In Creedmore call Robert Poe at 919-819-2727
  • In Charlotte call Bob Lubbers at 704-953-2917 or Shawn Welch at 704-608-0990 or Jamie Henrichsen at 704.654.8222
  • In Stedman/Fayetteville call Joseph at 910-728-0494
  • At the NC coast in New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick Counties call Joe McCourt at 910-617-4207
  • Near Bogue, NC please call Brittany Bert at 910-382-5184

Is this going to damage my tree?
I use safe, OSHA-approved, professional tree climbing practices that won't harm your tree.   I'll never use climbing spikes because they can introduce insect and fungal diseases into an otherwise healthy tree.  

How much do you charge?
Phone consultations are always welcome so give me a call if your cat is stuck in a tree and you're not sure what to do.  If you decide a rescue is needed, I appreciate a donation to help cover my gas, time, and gear costs.  However, thanks to our donors, I have never turned away someone in need because of an inability to pay.

I have a ________ stuck in a tree.  Can you help me?
Feel free to contact me to rescue cats, birds, and other pets, expensive toys such as model airplanes, drones, rockets, helicopters, etc.